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The world of filmmaking is about to get another major shake-up. When Paranormal Activity hit our screens suddenly the world realised that audiences would go and see films shot on static cameras. Then came Tangerine, a feature film shot entirely on a phone, Now comes the next big step with the thriller Searching a film that uses various forms of technology to capture the intriguing story at heart.

So far the film has been receiving praise for its thriller aspect and first time feature director Aneesh Chaganty is being credited as the man who has potentially changed filmmaking forever. His leading man John Cho certainly agrees.

“You know I texted Aneesh after I saw the film the first time and said ‘you know you have had made a contribution to the vocabulary of cinema’,” says Cho who plays the concerned father, David Kim, in Searching. “That is very difficult to do because all the tricks are out of the bag at this point. But this is a really ingenious attempt to mirror what is happening in real life right now, which is more and more of us communicating through our devices, so how as a story-teller do you depict that? Aneesh went inside the computers and inside the tablets and yet it feels like a movie. It feels like a thriller so cudos… I was just glad that I was there.”

“I think the movie is pushing on a lot of fronts,” he says going on looking at why Searching is new and bold. “It is saying something about the time that we live in and it is making a contribution to what I think is a really classic genre. And I can’t look past the visual of the family that it depicts. They are Korean-American, they are specifically Korean-American but it doesn’t have any bearing on the plot or story. So on a lot of different fronts it is doing something new and bold and for people to respond to it, it is very gratifying.”

Cho who most film lovers will remember as the fun-loving Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar franchise and as the man who coined the phrase MILF in American Pie says Searching is going to take fans on a thrill ride. “The last time I checked we are all members of a family, and while we may not all be parents we are certainly all children and there is something elemental about that bond. It is very easy to relate to that, being a Dad, but past that this is a movie but I like to call it a page turner. This is all about how this is going to turn out and there are so many twists and turns in it that we just wanted to keep that emotion all the way through it and keep everybody guessing… so I hope it worked.”

A star of the recent Star Trek franchise of films Cho knows what audiences want when it comes to films and he said that fans of the thriller genre are going to warm to Searching very quickly. “Listen this is a good rock ‘em and sock ‘em time,” he says smiling. “It is going to be a fun night out with a compelling story and we hope that it keeps you guessing. What I love about the device thing though is that we have all these big feelings that we put into our little devices and our movie takes that and goes “oh no what you are feeling is big, look at it on the big screen.’ Then of course with the thriller genre I think it is something that works best with a crowd and to be in these screenings and to hear the gasps and the hoots and the hollers and the ‘oh my Gods’ I think that is how you want to see movies.”

Like it seems most of the critics in America at the moment Cho is also full of praise for the director, Aneesh Chaganty. “I think he brings such ingenuity  and energy and an intelligence I don’t know who else could have pulled it off and I sense that. And to be honest I didn’t want to do the project until I sat down with him, because I thought there was a problem with this little puzzle and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get involved with it but he is so ingenious and so charismatic that I said yes and I am glad that I did because I saw him work through this Rubix cube and it was a doozy. The work that he put into it after we finished, he spent two years editing, and I say editing they had to create all these worlds after we finished shooting… it is staggering amount of work.”

 

Searching begins in Australian cinemas this Thursday.

Brand new thriller Searching has the whole world talking at the moment. This is a film that has been filmed in a way that we haven’t seen before and early reports out of the USA is that this is the film that will change the future of filmmaking. Now the cast and crew take us behind the scnes to show us just how this movie was made.

Directed by first time director Aneesh Chaganty and starring John Cho (Star Trej, Harold & Kumar Go To White CastleSearching will hit cinemas in August.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Summary:  When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: J.J. Abrams

Screenwriter: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Gene Roddenberry (original ‘Star Trek’ concept)

Cast: Chloe Act (Nikicha Tomser), Beau Billingslea (Captain Abbott), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Noel Clarke (Thomas Harewood), Benedict Cumberbatch (Khan), Alice Eve (Dr. Carol Marcus), Leni Ford (Cosmoe), Bruce Greenwood (Christopher Pike), Chris Hemsworth (George Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Chris Pine (James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), Peter Weller (Admiral Marcus), Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov)

Runtime: 132 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS’:

David Griffiths: Stars(4)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out 0f 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness′: Check Episode #31 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’.

Trailer:

Identity Thief

Summary: Horrible Bosses’ Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Seth Gordon

Screenwriter: Craig Mazin, Jerry Eeten (story)

Cast: Brett Baker (Alec), Jonathan Banks (Paolo), Jason Bateman (Sandy Patterson), Matthew Burke (Ken Talbott), Morris Chestnut (Detective Reilly), John Cho (Daniel Casey), Kevin Covais (Kevin), Jason Davies (Kyle), Clark Duke (Everett), Lori Beth Edgeman (Arlene), Ben Falcone (Tony), Jon Favreau (Harold Cornish), Morgan Hinkleman (Young Diana), Maggie Elizabeth Jones (Jessie Patterson), Mary-Charles Jones (Franny Patterson), Melissa McCarthy (Diana), Colton Medlin (Neil), Carlos Navarro (Luis), Robert Patrick (Skiptracer), Amanda Peet (Trish Patterson), Genesis Rodriguez (Marisol), Eric Stonestreet (Big Chuck), T.I. (Julian), Steve Witting (Carl)

Runtime: 111 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Identity Thief’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Identity Thief’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Identity Thief′: Check Episode #27 (will be available on April 11th) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Identity Thief’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating:Identity Thief (2013) on IMDb

Summary:A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 20th December, 2012

Country: United States/Canada

Director: Len Wiseman

Screenwriter: Mark Bomback, Philip K. Dick (short story), Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povil, Ronald Shusett, Kurt Wimmer

Cast: Kate Beckinsale (Lori Quaid), Jessica Biel (Melina), Emily Chang (Newscaster Lien Nguyen), John Cho (McClane), Bryan Cranston (Cohaagen), Colin Farrell (Douglas Quaid/Carl Hauser), Will Yun Lee (Marek), Bill Nighy (Matthias), Simon Sinn (Murray), Dylan Smith (Hammond), Bokeem Woodbine (Harry)

Runtime: 113 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Total Recall’ Review:

It seems most sci-fi fans are worried that the 2012 remake of Total Recall will be nothing like the original because it doesn’t have Arnie. Perhaps what they should be more worried about is the fact that the remake doesn’t seem to have a soul. Changes are most cinema goers will be won over by its sleek production design but if they dig a little further they’ll soon realise that this film has as much heart as the Tinman.

Total Recall is set in the future at a time when the Earth only has two countries fit for habitat, The Colony (Australia) and The United Federation of Britain. The two ‘colonies’ are on the brink of war with each other with Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston – Rock Of Ages, TV’S Breaking Bad) from the UFB claiming that Matthias (Bill Nighy – Wrath Of The Titans, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) from the Colony is a terrorist hell-bent on destruction. In the middle of the disagreement are people such as Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell – Fright Night, Horrible Bosses) a factory worker who travels from the Colony through the Earth to the UFB for work each day.

Quaid’s mundane life with his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale – Underworld: Awakening, Contraband) soon gets a jolt of it’s own however as he tries to find some meaning for his life by going to a place called Rekall (despite advice from his best friend Harry (Bokeem Woodbine – Letting Go, TV’S Southland) not to), a centre that provides memories for a cost. Quaid’s attempt soon sees him being accused of being a spy and then being hunted down by his wife while being helped by the mysterious freedom-fighter Melina (Jessica Biel – The Tall Man, New Years Eve).

Director Len Wiseman (Die Hard 4.0, Underworld: Evolution) does a great job making this film look good. He goes for the similar always raining, always dreary look that he did so well with the Underworld franchise. He also directs the fight scenes in the same Underworld style, Kate Beckinsale’s groin take-down of Colin Farrell is a ripper, but it does feel that Wiseman is the only one lifting his weight.

The production design team seem to have been doing a lot of DVD watching because they have ‘borrowed’ a stack of things from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Blade Runner and The Fifth Element while the quite large script writing team did no service to Philip K. Dick’s short story at all. Instead of having the audience in suspense over whether the events that are occurring on screen are really happening or are just part of Douglas’s Rekall experience the script literally screams “THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING, YES IT IS!!!” while Lori may be set up as a top notch cop but most of the time throughout the film she seems inept at her job and seems to mutter ‘shit’ hell of a lot.

The poor actors really had very little to work with at all. Beckinsale’s talents are completely wasted while poor Jessica Biel’s character of Melina had no characterization whatsoever, despite the fact she is one of the film’s most important characters. The only member of the cast to get anything out of Total Recall at all was Colin Farrell who at last got the opportunity to remind the world that he is an action hero who is capable of delivering dramatic lines… sadly cheesy ones seem to outnumber his dramatic ones here though.

Total Recall does win you over with its great visuals but the fact it has no substance will most likely mean you won’t be watching it over and over.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Total Recall: http://www.helium.com/items/2366190-movie-reviews-total-recall-2012.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Total Recall (2012) on IMDb