Category: Thriller

Summary:  After a one-night stand, a successful married man finds himself entangled in a cunning police detective’s latest investigation.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 6th May 2021 (Australia), 18th December 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Deon Taylor

Screenwriter: David Loughery

Cast: Oakley Bull (Haley Younger/Haley Older), Mike Colter (Rafe Grimes), Sam Daly (Officer Stallman), Michael Ealy (Derrick Tyler), Kali Hawk (Micaela), David Hofin (Officer Lowe), Rasneet Kaur (Lira), Damaris Lewis (Tracie Tyler), Sabina Mach (Sabina), Compton Menace (Bumpy), Geoffrey Owens (Bill Cranepool), Danny Pino (Carter Heywood), Filipp Revega (Officer Mike), Kirill Revega (Officer John), Lance Stephenson (himself), Hilary Swank (Detective Val Quinlan), Tyrin Turner (Tyrin Abenathy)

Running Time: 102 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), R (USA)

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Back in the 1990s and early 2000s Hollywood went through a phase where it loved to mix ‘sex-up’ it’s crime thrillers. The result was classic films like Basic Instinct and of course every teenage boy’s dream – Wild Things. Of course though like all Hollywood phase for every sexy crime thriller that hit its mark there were another twenty that fell from the way-side… and you can find most of those ones in the DVD section of The Reject Shop these days.

To me, director Deon Taylor’s (Black And Blue) feels like a throwback to those films. The film centres around the seductive Detective Val Quinlan (Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry) who ends up in bed with Derrick Tyler (Michael Ealy – Think Like A Man) when the two’s paths cross in the city of sin – Las Vegas.

What Derrick doesn’t tell Val is that he is married and she only finds that out about him when she is called out to the scene of an attempted murder that just happens to happen at the house of Derrick and his wife Tracie (Damaris Lewis – The Rewrite). The high-rolling Derrick is stunned that somebody has tried to murder him and he is beyond nervous of that fact that Val is now in contact with his wife.

The worst enemy of this film is its trailer. I’ll admit that I enjoyed Fatale as a film but having seen the trailer before I saw the film I had some of my experience spoilt by the fact that I already knew too much of what was going to happen. Deon Taylor and screenwriter David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace) have created a good crime thriller with all the right twists and turns to keep their audience guessing but sadly some of those reveals have already been revealed in the trailer.

Still as far as crime thrillers go Fatale does work pretty well. There is enough suspense to make you wonder about nearly every character that is in Derrick’s life while cinematographer Dante Spinotti (Heat) captures some wonderful shots of the opulent house (and its views) that a majority of the film was shot in.

What I also enjoyed about Fatale was the performances of its leads. Hilary Swank looked like she was having a hell of a fun time playing the dangerous vixen while Michael Ealy takes a huge step forward in his career with a performance that more than shows that he was ready to take over the leading man status on a film.Fatale is a guilty pleasure film. It is the kind of film that I found myself enjoying while I was watching but it is one of those films where people are going to give you a funny look when you admit to liking it. It has suspense, some great twists and turns but I would seriously consider avoiding the trailer before you head into the cinema to watch it.

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Summary:  17-year-old Zoe Hull uses her wits, survival skills, and compassion to fight for her life, and those of her fellow classmates, against a group of live-streaming school shooters.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 5th May 2021 (Australia), 14th January 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Kyle Rankin

Screenwriter: Kyle Rankin

Cast: Sahara Ale (Dawn), Cyrus Arnold (Kip Quade), Pierce Atchison (Chaz Harding), Nate Boyer (Commander Riggins), Eli Brown (Tristan Voy), Tori Carew (Katie), Demeris Comeger (Keith), Barbara Crampton (Mrs. Crawford), Catherine Davis (Anna Jelick), Braeden De La Garza (Connor Cope), Mary Deese (Mrs. Greene), David Docobo (Will), Desarae A. Dotson (Claire), Linda Eicher (Barbara), Sydney Gilbertson (Grace Evans), Hanna Glen (Jan), Thomas Jane (Todd Hull), Shelley Kaehr (Ms. Voy), Sebastian Konarski (Officer LaBelle), CG Lewis (Roy Moake), Isabel May (Zoe Hull), Shelby Mayes (Cora Brenner), April McCulloch (Lauren Cope), Joe Michaely (Mr. Yates), Radha Mitchell (Jennifer Hull), Britton Sear (Chris Jelick), Olly Sholotan (Lewis Washington), Kenneisha Thompson (Deputy Monique), Jackie Tien (Missy Walsh), Cindy Vela (Ms. Nunez), Treat Williams (Sheriff Tarsy), Tom Williamson (Mr. Coombs)

Running Time: 109 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK)

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Umbrella Entertainment have just released writer/director Braden R. Duemmler‘s debut feature WHAT LIES BELOW, a mystery horror to DVD and Video-on-Demand.

Sixteen-year-old Libby Wells (Ema Horvath, THE GALLOWS ACT II) returns from summer camp to the surprise introduction of her Mom’s fiancée, John Smith (Trey Tucker, THE OUTPOST), who emerges from the backyard lake, chiseled and glistening in the afternoon light.

While her Mom (Mena Suvari, AMERICAN BEAUTY) nurses a foreign illness in the upstairs bedroom, John ignites a sexual curiosity in Libby and she slowly accepts his awkward, confusing advances. One night, Libby wakes to a piercing, amber light that cascades into her room from the depths of the lake outside. She spots John on the shore, basking in the luminance, until he walks into the water, completely submerges and then disappears as the light clicks off.

Immediately, Libby questions John’s outward perfection. Her suspicions raised, she quickly uncovers his true nature and sinister strategy, even as her Mother clings to his infectious charm.

WHAT LIES BELOW Available on DVD & Video-on-Demand Now

It seems that the apple didn’t fall from the tree when it came to Nicolas Cage’s son Weston Cage Coppola. Not only has Weston followed in his father’s footsteps when it comes to acting but he is also the lead singer of a black metal band and is a martial arts expert that has seen him win a few belts along the way. Now Weston returns to the screen with his latest film, action flick Assault On VA-33 and he couldn’t be happier.

“I think it was the actual intensity of it,” says Weston as he chats about what it was about the screenplay for this movie that made him want to commit it. “It was so high octane and there was this amazing speed of urgency that seemed to develop for the protagonist. For every character in the film everything is just so complex and I just knew that I wanted to be involved.

Weston is certainly not the hero in this story; in fact he is very much the villain as he gets to play a Russian terrorist hell-bent on getting revenge on an American Military General. “His name is Adrian Rabikov and he is ex Russian military,” explains Weston as we start to discuss the in and outs of characters. “Essentially he just wants to know the whereabouts of his brother. His brother was kidnapped during an American military operation and he is doing everything that he can to find this General Welch who would know where his brother is.”

There is a harshness to Rabikov and Weston is quick to admit that he is not a very nice guy. “It is not uncommon for him to torture people,” he admits. “He is basically willing to conduct terrorist acts in a bid to get what he needs. I guess the relief for me to be able to play a terrorist was that in his eyes he sees himself as a freedom fighter. Because of the fact that he is looking for his brother that to me kind of makes him a redeemable villain, that helped make him somebody that I wanted to bring to the big screen.”

The complexity of the character meant that Weston had to work really hard when on set and he admits that there were times when he had to try and find a way to try and relax at the end of each day, especially after the torture scenes.

“When it came to the scenes with the hostages I just used to try and make them laugh between takes,” he says when we begin to talk about how intense things were on set. “I was really carrying a lot of frightening energy. The statement that my character was so intense that I felt like I had to try and make everybody laugh between takes so there was some kind of release for everybody. A couple of times I couldn’t but I tried to as much as I could because for all of those people in the background that scene felt so real.”

A lot of that intensity came from Weston’s performance and the fact that at times he was so fired up with his performances that saliva sprayed from his at times while he was delivering lines. “I had to do a lot of meditation,” he says laughing as we discuss how he went about calming down each day when shooting wrapped. “I was taking a lot of hot baths; I was doing breath work and just meditating anyway that I could really. I just had to do whatever I could at the end of the day to try and get out of that mentality.”

“Of course that role was somebody that I think people have to be stone cold sober to play,” he says continuing. “I was just keeping up my vitamins and making sure that I got plenty of sleep because I knew that role could take people places that they didn’t want to go… even a bar.”

The intense Assault On VA-33 which stars Weston Cage Coppola and Sean Patrick Flannery is available to stream or rent online.

1. Q. How did you come up with the idea for Wrath of Man?

A. The idea came to me over 10 years ago after watching the French movie Le Convoyeur, and then one day I decided to stop talking about it and go ahead and make it.

2. Q. Then what happened?

A.  I wrote the script and called Jason Statham, who is my mate, and we ended up having a lovely time making it together.

3. Q. Your career as a filmmaker took off precisely with Jason Statham on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. And although you haven’t worked with Statham for quite a while, was it easy to fall back into the same dynamics you had with him years ago?

A. Oh yes, it was just like the old days. We are all a bit older now, and probably not any wiser, but it’s always fun to work with him.

4. Q. How similar is your movie to Le Convoyeur?

A. That film represents only about a quarter of what this one is, which is basically just the premise of how the guy finds out who the inside man is. In the original movie he was an ordinary man that had no skills, but here there is some irony involved in the investigation and a reason for whom he is and why he was where he was when the first robbery happened. And I think it’s fun.

5. Q. So, how would you explain the plot of Wrath of Man?

A. Well, it’s a revenge action movie with some interesting hooks in it that I like quite a lot. There are different layers that reveal themselves during the process of unpacking this particular narrative. So, the story twists and turns to the point where you realize that nothing is what it first presented itself to be. And precisely those twists and turns are what interest me the most about the story.

6. Q. It seems like it is one of your more dramatic films to date.

A. That is true. Actually, I am trying my hardest not to laugh or make it funny. I just hope it feels fresh to the audience, because that’s how it feels to me at the moment.

7. Q. The mysterious man working at a cash truck company known as H – the main character played by Jason Statham – reminds us a bit of those great 70’s antiheroes.

A. I agree, I think he has a 70’s tacit antihero feel to him; although I believe H has a bit more to say in this final incarnation of the script, now that we are more into it. And that’s because I like to pretty much let these characters come alive on the day, rather than overworking them before. Jason is definitely the right man for this job.

8. Q. How have you seen Jason Statham evolve as an actor over the years since you started working with him?

A. Well, as we can all see, Jason has star quality. People just love him and relate to him. Quite a lot of those lads from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels have cracked on.

9. Q. But did you already see that star quality in him back then?

A. Yes, I did. Jason is structured like an old-fashioned leading man, and there are not a lot of those around.

10. Q. After making a movie of the size of Aladdin, you are now shooting Wrath of Man for a much lower budget. Do you enjoy working on all kinds of genres with different budgets?

A. I like trying different things and never want to feel I’m stuck in a genre. And the budget doesn’t affect me, because I always know what I am getting into. I like expensive and inexpensive movies, the same way I like foul-mouthed and family friendly movies. In the end what you want to have as a filmmaker is a broad experience of genres.

11. Q. But what movies or genres inspired you growing up?

A. I loved Spaghetti Westerns and all those Clint Eastwood movies. And I actually have his kid Scott in this film. He has a proper role as quite a naughty boy.

12. Q. Music plays an important role in your films. Should we expect another unique soundtrack for Wrath of Man?

A. Yes, I hope so. I am looking forward to doing something interesting with it.

13. Q. Your movies also have a cool look and style to them.

A. It’s hard for me to be objective about either what my style is or what is stylish. I can only put things in there that are esthetically pleasing, but I can say that every movie I make is one I would like to watch, although you are always nervous before a film comes out because you want to be able to make the next one.

14. Q. Are you more nervous while you are shooting the film or after you have made it?A. Always after I have made it because every movie has three components: the actual movie, the marketing and the day it is released, and I can only really control the first one.

Wrath Of Man hits cinemas this Thursday.

Umbrella Entertainment will release filmmakers Andrew Traucki & David Nerlich’s critically lauded survival-horror BLACK WATER to Blu-ray in a feature-packed edition on May 5th.

After blazing the international film festival circuit around the world including London’s FrightFest and Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, BLACK WATER was released to Australian audiences in 2008 and quickly became a genre touchstone in local cinema, surpassing the reputations of both ROGUE and DARK WATER.

Heralded by the BBC as “short, sharp and refreshingly nasty” and Time Out as a “scary horror movie [that] makes effective use of one striking location and one strong idea“, BLACK WATER is without a doubt an Australian genre classic worthy of celebration with Umbrella Entertainment’s global Blu-ray debut.

Special Features

Audio Commentary with filmmakers Andrew Traucki & David Nerlich
The Making of BLACK WATER
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer

Synopsis

Grace (Diana Glenn, HARROW), her boyfriend Adam (Andy Rodoreda, CARGO) and younger sister Lee (Maeve Dermody, THE SECRET GARDEN) decide to take a river tour whilst holidaying in Northern Australia. As they drift into a mangrove swamp, their boat is suddenly capsized and their guide disappears. Realising they’ve been attacked by a crocodile, Adam drags Grace to the safety of a tree whilst Lee clings on top of the overturned boat. Adam and Grace frantically try and manoeuvre Lee and the boat to the tree but it is firmly stuck. Stranded in the flooded mangrove swamp, the three holiday makers must work out what to do to survive.

BLACK WATER on Blu-ray from May 5th.

STUDIOCANAL today announce the 4K restoration of Paul Verhoeven’s (ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL, STARSHIP TROOPERS) BASIC INSTINCT. Commissioned by STUDIOCANAL, the film was restored through 2019 and 2020 from the original 35MM negative and supervised by the director himself, with invaluable input to the bonus material from Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas.  As boundary-pushing today as it was in 1992, BASIC INSTINCT redefined the erotic thriller subgenre and remains a must-see for audiences globally.

The film will soon be launched theatrically in France with STUDIOCANAL’s partners Carlotta, coinciding with the French home entertainment release (June 16th 2021), and will also be in cinemas from June 17th 2021 in Australia and New Zealand, followed by a theatrical release from Rialto Pictures in the US later this year. STUDIOCANAL will also launch the film on Ultra HD™, Blu-Ray, DVD and Steelbook editions in the UK (June 14th 2021), Germany (June 17th 2021), Australia (July 7th 2021) and New Zealand (July 14th 2021)

In addition to a new trailer, two brand-new artworks have also been created to promote the release which were designed by celebrated, French graphic artist Flore Maquin.  Maquin is noted for her iconic Cannes Film Festival poster designs of 2018 and 2019 amongst a host of other film work.

To coincide with the new restoration, a brand new 52 minute documentary, BASIC INSTINCT: SEX, DEATH & STONE has been created by STUDIOCANAL, TCM and Rockyrama and is being sold globally to broadcasters, having received its network premiere in France in December 2020.  This documentary includes exclusive interviews and personal anecdotes captured in 2019 and 2020 with Paul Verhoeven, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, editor Frank J. Urioste, writer Joe Eszterhas and cinematographer Jan de Bont, and will feature on the Home Entertaiment releases for the film as a special bonus feature.

The aim was to create an image just as crisp as audiences had enjoyed in 1992. The first step was to scan the 35MM image negative of the film in 4K DPX LOG 16 bits on Scanity – but the restoration team at Hiventy Laboratory in Joinville-le-Pont noticed a problem with the negative.  STUDIOCANAL project manager, Sophie Boyer, explains – “we quickly realized that the negatives corresponded to the short version of the film. In addition, some shots from the most erotic scenes were censored in the United States. We went looking for these cuts: their negatives had disappeared, but we found them in the internegative. Thanks to this, we were able to restore the full-length version of the film, the only version that Paul Verhoeven wanted to have restored.”

All damages on the negatives were identified: stains, scratches, dusty shots and instabilities. DIAMANT film software was used to remove these defects.  The laboratory undertook over 100 hours of manual removal of the dark stains.  Light filtering was applied to remove the superficial defects, with particular care taken to retain the grain and the texture of the original image. The film was colour graded for theatrical, home entertainment and 4K HDR release using previous digital releases and 35MM prints as a reference. The colour-grading required a painstaking homogenization between the different versions (the director’s cut vs. censored versions). The sound was similarly restored – the dynamic of the mixes was improved, and the sync checked throughout, with corrections made using Protools plug-ins for a 5.1 + 2.0 version, from sources 3324.

Michael Douglas stars as San Francisco detective Nick Curran, a troubled cop with a history of trigger-happy shootings. The death of a former rock star sends him into the orbit of the victim’s lover, novelist Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), who immediately becomes prime suspect in the murder. But Nick’s lust for danger draws him further and further into Catherine’s orbit as he becomes dangerously obsessed with her. Can he prove her innocence and free her of suspicion? Or is she involved in the murder after all?

The film also stars Jeanne Tripplehorn as police psychologist Dr Beth Garner, George Dzundas as Nick’s partner Gus, Denis Arndt as Lieutenant Phillip Walker and Leilani Sarelle as Roxy Hardy. The cast is rounded out by great character actors like Bruce A. Young, Stephen Tobolowsky, Wayne Knight and Chelcie Ross.

Theatrical release dates:

AUSTRALIA – STUDIOCANAL: 17th June 2021

NEW ZEALAND – STUDIOCANAL: 17th June 2021

Home Entertainment release dates:

AUSTRALIA – STUDIOCANAL: 7th July 2021

NEW ZEALAND – STUDIOCANAL: 14th July 2021

British filmmaker Andy Goddard chats to Subculture about his brand new World War II thriller Six Minutes To Midnight which hits cinemas tomorrow.

In the interview Goddard chats about what it was like researching such a little known piece of war history and what it was like working with Eddie Izzard and Dame Judi Dench.

You can take a listen to the full interview here: