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Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »
- Brad Brevet
“Are you a firestarter?” That’s the deceptively flippant question repeatedly leveled at Patrick Wilson’s in-over-his-head limo driver by batshit billionaire client Roger Kairos (Chris Pine), who lands the poor guy – named Kevin and nicknamed Stretch – in a whole world of trouble over one crazy night during this wildly entertaining action farce (simply titled Stretch).
Although it takes a long while to figure out an answer, audiences should already know going in that there’s at least one firestarter involved in this production – director Joe Carnahan. Throughout his career, the helmer has delivered more than his fair share of stylish flicks winkingly infused with genre tropes and over-the-top, testosterone-fueled action. Whatever project he’s working on, Carnahan goes at it with equal parts intensity and intelligence. Consequently, he’s delivered an outstanding range of films, some which deal in hopped-up machismo fantasies (The A-Team) and others which work more »
- Isaac Feldberg
To Live and Drive in La: Carnahan’s Trip into Hollyweird
In an unprecedented and surprisingly brusque move, Universal chose to dump Joe Carnahan’s latest film, Stretch into a sole VOD platform release, bypassing a theatrical run completely. While this signifies the studio’s lack of confidence in the title, it’s most likely a herald of things to come for filmmakers working within the system. The rule of thumb in the film industry used to be that you’re only as good as your last picture, but Carnahan received some of the best notices of his directorial career with 2012’s The Grey—it no longer seems to matter just how well your last picture performed. In defense of the eclectic director’s tastes, his latest is a bizarre romp through Tinseltown that never adheres to a particular mold, making it a rather tough sell but pleasantly offbeat feature, »
- Nicholas Bell
After being suddenly delayed earlier this year, Universal Pictures is releasing Joe Carnahan's comedic action thriller Stretch on VOD this coming weekend. Kicking things off with a red band that was approved by "your mama" and an upbeat tune from the Ferris Bueller's Day Off soundtrack, this is one wacky trailer for what promises to be an equally crazy movie from director Joe Carnahan, who has apparently promised to refund your money himself if you don't like the movie. It's a very weirdly cut trailer, with some annoying sound editing, and just a list of all the craziness that you'll see. But is it enough to get people to watch? Here's the weird red band trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch from the film's YouTube page: Watch the first trailer for Joe Carnahan's wacky thriller Stretch right here. Stretch is written and directed by Joe Carnahan (of Narc, »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the things I like about Joe Carnahan's films is that they filter drama and action through a working-class lens. Narc is on the down-and-dirty streets; The Grey is about a group of oil drillers trying to survive in the wild; and even his blockbuster feature The A-Team sides with guys just trying to make a living. The outlier is Smokin' Aces, an ensemble piece that ranges from cartoonish to somber as assassins compete to take out an informant. Carnahan's latest feature, Stretch, attempts to blend the slapdash attitude of Smokin' Aces with a grounded, working-class character. The result is a movie that still manages to be endearing despite how often it tries to remind you of its weirdness. Stretch (Patrick Wilson) is a limo driver struggling to turn his life around. A failed actor and former addict, Stretch owes $6,000 to the Mexican mob, and he needs the »
- Matt Goldberg
Joe Carnahan has carved out an eclectic career for himself as a director. Three years ago he made his best film to date with the emotional and tense dram, The Grey. That film followed The A-Team and Smokin’ Aces, movies that are best described as fun. One was an unabashedly over-the-top popcorn the movie, the other a wacky R-rated shoot’m up, and the voice that gave us those two films has now returned with Stretch. Happily though, this is a more consistent and successful blend of sorrow and anarchy. Kevin Stretch (Patrick Wilson) moved to Los Angeles with the dreams of becoming an actor, but instead found himself behind the wheel of a stretch limousine. After overcoming his substance abuse and gambling problem, Stretch is at his lowest point — he has zero money to his name, a job he’s unhappy with, an ex-girlfriend (Brooklyn Decker) he can’t get over and the ghost of his »
- Jack Giroux
Now, I’ll begin this by saying that I am a big fan of Joe Hill. He’s a writer with a style that I admire, and his stories are so comically dark and psychotic that I can’t help but get caught up in their effortless cool. When I heard that Horns, Hill’s second novel (after the excellent Heart Shaped Box), was being adapted to screen, with Daniel (Harry Potter) Radcliffe playing the lead role of Ig, I was a little, shall we say, unsure of how to react. I like Radcliffe, but wasn’t sure he fit the image that my own mind had created for the main character in the Hill dark-fantasy-horror novel. Still, I was excited, and when I saw the trailer a few months ago, »
- Chris Cummings
Some horror fans were somewhat let down by 2013’s James DeMonaco-helmed The Purge and the lack of being in the middle of the plot’s carnage. Blumhouse & Platinum Dunes listened to those fans and brought this year’s sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, a balls out, completely entertaining film featuring one intense performance by Warrior and The Grey‘s Frank Grillo as a man on a mission of revenge. While some viewers felt the film’s political themes might have been a little too in your face, others felt the opposite and felt that it was quite important. Either way, one thing can’t be denied: it’s one hell of a horror/action-thriller film that is just as good with repeat viewings (I’ve seen it twice thus far).
Universal is set to bring The Purge: Anarchy home on October 21st in A Bluray/DVD Combo, »
- Jerry Smith
It was a good run, Liam Neeson. The 62-year-old who was Oskar Schindler and Alfred Kinsey spent the last seven years kicking the crap out of much younger bad guys in bone-crushing B-movies, best epitomized by the Taken films. But as of this past weekend, there's a new sheriff in town. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, one of the biggest movie stars of the past 25 years, and almost always, the coolest guy in the room, delivered his 12th No. 1 film, The Equalizer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), The Equalizer is a Neeson-ized adaptation of the 1980s CBS detective drama series that starred Edward Woodward. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Joe Carnahan’s best received movies tend to be his most somber; see 2012′s The Grey as well as 2002′s Narc, his sophomore effort and his most highly praised to date. Funny enough, both films represent a minority in his output, which is largely defined by shamelessly unhinged action operas in a similar vein to the works of genre auteurs like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Guy Ritchie. Put another way, somber tone poems might be Carnahan’s strong suit, but wacky shoot-’em-ups are his bread and butter.
His latest film, Stretch, is very clearly the latter kind of film; it’s littered with a troupe of weirdo characters, ...
- Andy Crump
Ahead of its VOD release next month, Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer from Stretch, the latest film from director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The Grey), which stars Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) as a “down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”
Also featuring in the cast are Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).
Stretch is out in the States from October 7th.
- Gary Collinson
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Stretch" comedy thriller, starring Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta, Randy Couture, James Badge Dale, Ed Helms and David Hasselhoff. Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on a down-on-his-luck limo driver named Stretch (Wilson) who discovered he only has one shift left to pay off a big debt to a bookie. When the chauffeur picks up a reclusive billionaire (Pine) with some deviant appetites, Stretch vows to fulfill his every request, no matter how weird, to score the big tip that could settle his score. As the night grows stranger and Stretch is pushed into some dangerous encounters, he worries that the freak in his back seat might just be his final fare. The new movie is directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), who shot the film for under $5 million. It will likely not get a theatrical release. »
Just two weeks after a gag reel surfaced, the first trailer has finally arrived for Stretch, the latest offering from director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey). Patrick Wilson stars as a downtrodden man taking on a job as a limo driver to earn some extra money, where he picks up an eccentric millionaire (Chris Pine), who puts him through hell and back.
In addition, we also have the first clip that shows Patrick Wilson interacting with David Hasselhoff, playing himself, who isn't too pleased about the chauffeur being an hour late. Check out the latest footage, then read on for more information.
Back in January, Universal Pictures pulled the plug on Stretch, just before it was set for release on March 21. The studio claimed they didn't want to spend between $20 million and $40 million to promote the movie, which only cost $5 million to make. Our report from last week revealed »
Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has been dealt blow after blow during its post-production. The gritty low-budget offering from the director of The Grey and The A-Team staggered about in limbo after Universal pulled it from its allotted March release. And took away its $40 million marketing budget. Following an extensive recut by Carnahan, the studio now looks set to deliver the fun caper this October and today, they have planted the first trailer online.
Following “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back,” Carnahan’s tale distinctly places it in the realms of his earlier works. Except this time it doesn’t venture to the dark, sombre recesses of humanity (Narc), but instead presents like a darker, funnier, edgier version of Driving Miss Daisy. You might expect bonkers behaviour, and you’ll be pleased to hear there’s »
- Gem Seddon
The story of Stretch, a colorful thriller from director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) has turned into quite a saga. Carnahan shot the $5m film last year, with Patrick Wilson as a limo driver who is in serious financial trouble, and appearances from James Badge Dale, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and Norman Reedus. Universal […]
- Russ Fischer
Since director Joe Carnahan decided to take the marketing into this own hands, we’ve already seen a number of clips, images, and even a gag reel from his new film Stretch. However, the first official Stretch trailer has now been released online, giving us a better handle on the plot for this colorful, insane-looking action comedy. The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (James Badge Dale). As we can see from this trailer, he comes across a number of unusual characters during his service, and things appear to get weirder and weirder as the night wears on. I loved the introspective nature of Carnahan’s The Grey, but it’s nice to see that he’s still able to have fun with things like this and The Blacklist, and Stretch certainly appears to be a very wild ride indeed. »
- Adam Chitwood
There are two species of Joe Carnahan movie: Pensive monochrome thrillers like Narc and The Grey, and rollicking color-blasted thrillers like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team. Based on the trailer, Carnahan’s newest film Stretch is very much the latter. Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur in need of a serious cash injection, who agrees to take kooky billionaire Chris Pine around for a night of general insanity. The film also features Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and Norman Reedus. It’s on iTunes and Amazon on Oct. 7 and VOD on Oct. 14, but you can watch the trailer right now exclusively on EW. »
- Darren Franich
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
When Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his fickle fiancée (Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace) to a mustachioed dandy (Neil Patrick Harris, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas), he rebounds hard with Anna (Charlize Theron, Young Adult), a gorgeous gunslinger new to his Old West town. What he doesn’t know is that Anna’s ex, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson, The Grey), is the most dangerous desperado on the horizon and he’s on his way to reclaim his gal—whatever it takes!
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September 2014…
Despite competition from Liam Neeson’s latest action thriller, stop motion animation The Boxtrolls retained top spot at the UK box office this past weekend, leaving A Walk Among the Tombstones to settle for second place.
Two other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with stage adaptation The Riot Club earning £496,647 to take fifth place, followed by the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, which was helped along by a live-event broadcast of Cave’s performance at London’s Barbican and an open air preview last month to pull in £356,467 in eighth.
Number one this time last year: Rush
1. The Boxtrolls, £1,333,137 weekend; £3,621,803 total »
- Gary Collinson
Final Update, Monday, 2:12 Pm: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox’s The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow September 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren’t so lucky with A Walk Among The Tombstones. The picture didn’t appeal to the female audience — that same demo which helped Non-Stop open to $28.8M earlier this year for the actor. Tombstones ends this weekend with $12.7M. This Is Where I Leave You opened to mediocre numbers after having a less than expected Sunday. It will take in only $11.5M for Warner Bros.
- Anita Busch
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