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How much would you like to see a well-written scene of dialogue between Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins? It’s only a fraction of the feature film in question — in which Hopkins plays a tortured psychic helping some cops catch a motivated killer who is a psychic himself — but well worth the price of admission. As directed by Afonso Poyart, Solace opens after a shelved release following the near-death of Relativity Media. Rescued by Lionsgate Premiere, the film plays a lot like too-little-too-late, a sometimes-clever thriller with a couple of performances that rise above the material.
Written by Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin, this project was originally intended to be a sequel to the David Fincher film Seven. Though the final incarnation has nothing to do with the far-more impressive 1995 blockbuster, the genre elements are all still there. We’ve got two FBI agents working with the renowned John Clancy (Hopkins) but, »
- Dan Mecca
Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before. There’s a serial killer on the loose and the FBI are stumped. At their wits end they turn to a mysterious man played by Anthony Hopkins who uses his special insights to help them track the serial killer. As the case unfolds, Hopkins’ character develops a special bond with a cool headed and forthright female FBI Agent. Am I ringing any bells here?
If you’re thinking Silence of the Lambs you’re wrong. This is Solace. Written in the early 2000s, the film was apparently given to David Fincher as a potential Seven sequel, but Fincher (displaying some pretty damn sound judgment) turned it down. The project promptly disappeared into development hell, where by all rights it should have stayed. But now, somehow, it’s escaped. May God have mercy on our souls.
Set in an anonymous American city, »
- David James
The FBI hunts for a psycho serial killer and, stumped, they turn to a reclusive eccentric figure who seems to have a window into the psyche of the murderer. Oh, and he’s played by Anthony Hopkins. But the name of the character is not Hannibal Lecter and the film Solace is nowhere near the universe of that other movie. Solace is, instead, a rump sequel to the film Seven, with a brutal murderer at the center of the story, but, again, nowhere near the quality of that noir classic.
Two agents, played with appropriate bravado by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Abbie Cornish, turn to a psychic (Hopkins’ character) to try to catch the culprit. We soon discover that the suspect is a seer himself, and is on a mission to forestall some of the horrors that he expects will befall his victims if he does not off them first. »
- J Don Birnam
Plot: A psychic helps his old friend at the FBI track down a serial killer Review: Sir Anthony Hopkins thrilled audiences with his Academy Award winning performance in The Silence Of The Lambs way back in 1991. And ever since it seems that he takes on the occasional thriller in hopes to recapture that magic. And in many ways, his latest film Solace, harkens back to the days of Hannibal... Read More »
Studios and mini-majors always use the end of year to launch their best awards contenders, but the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is known for something else among film distributors: a dumping ground for bad movies. Starting around Black Friday every year, a wave of crappy titles hit theaters like clockwork. What’s driving this annual offloading of lousy product?
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Studios have avoided releasing films in early December for decades, fearing that the end of the year crunch and holiday shopping will keep people out of theaters. This creates an opening for distributors that need to get bad movies off their books in a hurry.
“If I were a studio and I had a film that I knew wasn’t going to do very well but I had to put it on 1,000 screens, you can »
- Graham Winfrey
Even though the holidays are upon us, that doesn’t mean the horror and sci-fi genres are slowing down, especially on the VOD side of things. For December, we have 21 different titles arriving on digital platforms, including two films I absolutely adored this year: The Eyes of My Mother (hits VOD on December 2nd) and Beyond the Gates (arrives on December 9th). Several other indie films will be coming home to VOD over the next few weeks, too, including Pet, Abattoir, The Possession Experiment, and Blood Brothers, and for those of you who may have missed it in theaters, Train to Busan hits VOD on December 13th, and it is not to be missed.
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- Heather Wixson
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While many of us take the French to be major art house film snobs, they can enjoy a good ol' genre movie like the rest of us, if not even more so. Where else but in France could a schlocky serial killer thriller like the Colin Farrell-Anthony Hopkins starrer Solace — which will be getting a stateside day-and-date release in a few weeks — rake in nearly 1 million admissions? And where else but in Paris could John Carpenter hold a concert for thousands of screaming fans, jamming along to the themes to his movies as highlight reels were »
- Jordan Mintzer
Matt Gerald has joined David Ayer’s film Bright, the Max Landis-scripted fantasy cop thriller that Netflix picked up for $90M. Will Smith, Joel Egerton, and Noomi Rapace star in the film that’s set in a world where humans cohabit the earth with magical creatures. Eric Newman, Ayer, Landis and Bryan Unkeless are producing. Gerald recurs on second season of the Marvel/Netlfix series Daredevil, and will next be seen in the crime thriller Solace opposite Anthony Hopkins… »
With just a couple weeks left before film critics start listing the best movies of 2016, it’s safe to assume Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” will be included on many of them. A darling of the 2015 festival circuit, the dark romance satire arrived in theaters this summer to critical acclaim, most of which singled out the never-better Colin Farrell in the lead role. No wonder expectations are sky high for the duo’s next collaboration, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” which co-stars Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone.
In a new interview with Business Insider, Farrell couldn’t help but tease the project, which is currently in production. The story, which has been described as a “psychological thriller with supernatural elements,” finds the actor playing a surgeon who takes a teenager under his wing and »
- Zack Sharf
Anthony Hopkins, of course, knows a thing or two about brilliant serial killers, having played the role of Hannibal Lecter multiple times. Now he’s back on that beat with Solace. Hopkins stars as John Clancy, a psychic hunting a murderer (Colin Farrell, looking serene) who shares those gifts. The set-up seems a bit like a CBS procedural: He has visions! They both have visions! Still, it’s rated R, so we’re also likely in for some gruesome, yet potentially meaningful, victim shots à la Se7en. Also featured in the trailer—a slow motion bullet.
- Esther Zuckerman
With HBO's Westworld the latest pop culture obsession, Anthony Hopkins is the hottest he's been in years. But will it help draw audiences to Solace? In development for more than a decade, the thriller was shot three years ago and had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival before being shelved due to the Relativity Media bankruptcy. At that time, the movie didn't receive great reviews, either. Fortunately, the delay in Solace's release has put some distance between the bad buzz and this new trailer, which will appeal to fans of 1990s serial killer thrillers. For one thing it showcases Hopkins as a psychic working with the FBI on a hunt for a mass murderer, kind of reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs except...
- Christopher Campbell
Solace originated from a script which was intended to be a sequel to Seven, but once that was determined to be a terrible idea, the script was rewritten to follow Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician who uses his psychic powers to assist a friend (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in solving a series of homicides. There's just one complication, the serial killer (Colin Farrell) is... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
"See - he's just like me... He sees things." Lionsgate Premiere has unveiled one more new trailer for the film Solace, a psychological thriller about a psychic who attempts to get into the mind of a serial killer. This was originally supposed to open in 2015 and we even ran a trailer last year, but it never came out and the thriller was finally rescheduled to open this December. The film stars Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, one plays a psychic, the other a meticulous serial killer, who battle mind-to-mind. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Marley Shelton and Xander Berkeley also star. This doesn't look much better than it did last year, though it's likely better timed now with Anthony Hopkins being in "Westworld". Have a look. Here's the latest official trailer (+ poster) for Afonso Poyart's Solace, or Prémonitions, from YouTube: A psychic works with an FBI special agent in »
- Alex Billington
“Star Wars” fans get another quick glimpse at Darth Vader in a new international trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” While he’s previously been seen in other sneak peeks, the once-Jedi Knight has a looming presence in the latest teaser.
The video includes many scenes we have seen before, sprinkled with a handful of new ones for an added bonus. The footage also shows a bit more of Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) backstory and her strong desire to find her father.
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Directed by Gareth Edwards, “Rogue One” is the first “Star Wars” standalone film and centers around Jyn Erso and a group of unlikely heroes who band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. The star-studded cast includes Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, »
- Liz Calvario
Ahead of its Us release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming crime thriller Solace which stars Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Colin Farrel; check them out below…
See Also: Read our review of Solace here
When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe’s partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles’s (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, »
- Amie Cranswick
If you spend much time online, by now you’ll have heard of Slenderman: an internet myth that ceased to be just a digital phenomenon when two young girls attempted to murder a classmate in his (its?) name. HBO’s documentary about the strange case, “Beware the Slenderman,” has released its first trailer. Watch it below.
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The 90-second trailer opens with “Blair Witch”–style footage before cutting to news footage in the aftermath of the incident and interviews with people attempting to explain how things got so out of control. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12 years old at the time, developed such an intense fixation on Slenderman that they decided the only way to prove his existence was by murdering an 11-year-old classmate in the woods; fortunately, their would-be victim survived.
- Michael Nordine
Anthony Hopkins may be busy building Western-themed amusement parks in “Westworld,” but before he became Dr. Ford he was helping an FBI agent solve a a series of homicides in “Solace.” Lionsgate Premiere released the latest trailer for the psychological drama, which features Hopkins trying to get inside the killer’s mind.
Directed by Afonso Poyart, the thriller follows FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) after he enlists his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Hopkins), a retired physician with physic powers, to help him track down a murderer. At first Clancy, who left his old life behind after the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He then changes his mind after seeing a disturbingly violent vision, which leads him to suspect Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). Though he soon realizes is that his abilities are no match against the killer. »
- Liz Calvario
The film follows FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case.
He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe's partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles's (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy's exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no »
- Kellvin Chavez
We’ve been waiting a long time for Solace, the upcoming thriller from 2 Rabbits director Afonso Poyart. Shooting wrapped up back in 2013, and while the film has seen a release overseas in certain territories, it’s yet to make its way to North America. That’ll change next month though, and to build some anticipation, Lionsgate has debuted a domestic trailer.
Though Solace looks a bit recycled and generic, it does have a unique twist to it. Anthony Hopkins will play a “retired psychic crime analyst” who returns for the proverbial “one last job.” He’ll be helping Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Abbie Cornish catch a serial killer (Colin Farrell). It won’t be easy though, as Farrell’s character has supernatural powers which help him stay one step ahead. Sounds interesting, if not a little silly, but judging by this trailer, there’s really not much here that we haven’t already seen before. »
- Mark Cassidy
Earlier this year we spoke with Brazilian director Alfonso Poyart about the North American release of his great crime drama Two Rabbits. During that chat, Poyart also spoke candidly about his first foray into Hollywood and the making of Solace, a thriller starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell and Abbie Cornish.
Morgan and Cornish star as police detectives on the hunt for a serial killer (Farrell). At a loss, the pair employ the help of a psychic, played by Hopkins, to help hunt the killer.
Solace played widely in various territories last year, even playing at Tiff, and it's finally se [Continued ...] »
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