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Summary: 
Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 5th August 2021 (Australia), 2nd September 2021 (Thailand), 30th July 2021 (UK), 6th August 2021 (US)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: James Gunn

Screenwriter: James Gunn

Cast: Steve Agee (John Economos/On-Set King Shark), Dee Bradley Baker (Sebastian), Ray Benitel (Coronel), Stephen Blackehart (Briscoe), Flula Borg (Javelin), Juan Diego Botto (Presidente General Silvio Luna), Alice Braga (Sol Saria), Peter Capaldi (Thinker), John Cena (Peacemaker), Joaquin Cosio (Mayor General Mateo Suarez), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Giovannie Cruz (Isabella), David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Pete Davidson (Blackguard), Gerardo Davila (General Vera), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Idris Elba (Bloodsport), Nathan Fillion (T.D.K.), Jared Leland Gore (Double Down), Sean Gunn (Weasel/Calendar Man), Ray Hernandez (Teniente), Quasheem D. Herring (Co-Pilot Lt. Glass), Jennifer Holland (Emilia Harcourt), Mikaela Hoover (Camila), Alexander Christopher Jones (Sgt. Chavis), Tinashe Kajese (Flo Crawley), Joel Kinnaman (Colonel Rick Flag), Maya Le Clerk (Young Cleo), Fernando Martinez (Sliced Dome Soldado), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher 2), Mayling Ng (Mongal), John Ostrander (Doctor Fitzgibbon), Storm Reid (Tyler), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Michael Rooker (Savant), Julio Cesar Ruiz (Milton), Natalia Safran (Kaleidoscope), Sylvester Stallone (King Shark), Freddie Stroma (Adrian Chase/Vigilante), Taiki Waititi (Ratcatcher), Victoria Paige Watkins (Tiff)

Running Time: 132 mins

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

OUR THE SUICIDE SQUAD REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Suicide Squad Review:

The original Suicide Squad movie may have ben much maligned, although the Director’s Cut version certainly didn’t deserve to be, but it did show the world that DC did know how to mix their darkness with some good times and surprising humour. But like Green Lantern before it it did split DC movie fans over whether it was a good or bad film, so much so that I doubt many people would have ever expected that there would be a follow film.

But here we are in 2021 and The Suicide Squad is back with Hollywood’s ‘he can make anything look cool’ director James Gunn (Guardians Of The Galaxy) at the helm and boy does he make a difference. It is almost like Gunn sat down and watched the original film and said to himself “right I’ll change everything this one did wrong and make this old school.” He did that and yes it works.

Remember the long character introductions from the first film Yeah well Gunn doesn’t do that here. Director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis – The Help) hastily puts together her squad which includes inmates like special force veterans Bloodsport (Idris Elba – Thor: Ragnarok) and Peacemaker (John Cena F9), the mysterious Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian – Prisoners), the sweet but dangerous Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior – Massa Fresca), the very familiar Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie – Bombshell), and then puts them in the safe hands of Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman – RoboCop) and sends them to a jungle trouble spot to bring down an evil regime and scientific experiment led by Thinker (Peter Capaldi – Doctor Who).

Gunn doesn’t muck around here he keeps the story to The Suicide Squad basic and simple but it works. Instead he engages his audience with some amazing action sequences, actual characterisation (a rarity in comic book movies… right?) and some pretty witty dialogue between the characters throughout the film. As a director Gunn also demands the attention of the audience like a teacher whacking a table with a ruler by very quickly showing that not every character is going to make it through to the end credits alive, in a twisted way he also makes these inmates likable so their deaths hit you like one of Peacemaker’s specially designed exploding bullets.

As director Gunn doesn’t only learn from past sins to make The Suicide Squad work, he also leans heavily on movies that have got it right over the years. At times during this film you can sense the throw-backs to films like Rambo or Inglorious Basterds while the whole feel of the squad at hand (and the film’s poster) feels like it is inspired by famous war films like The Dam Busters or The Bridge On The River Kwai. Whatever the inspirations it certainly does work because even when the heroes here are battling a giant starfish that wouldn’t seem out of place in Ghostbusters somehow it all works.

Then there is the quirkiness to the film. Gunn reveals himself as a visionary here by throwing in little odd bits here and there, from interesting forms of titling throughout the film to going inside the head of Harley Quinn during one of her fight sequences and showing that amidst all the violence Quinn is visualising flowers and petals instead of blood.

That leads us into the violence and action sequences throughout the film. Yes The Suicide Squad is insanely violent, if you can’t stand seeing blood and brain splatter then this isn’t the film for you, but even with that Gunn almost does it in a comical way. Like what was said earlier this film captures the darkness of a DC film but does it in a fun way. A great example being early on this film Bloodsport and Peacemaker conducting a massacre of troops while ‘competing’ to see who has the better kill. Yes The Suicide Squad is a throwback to the violent action films of the 80s but it is a hell of a fun ride as well.

That also shows in the acting side of things. Idris Elba and John Cena just take their characters and run with them, they are obviously having a fun time but when the screenplay calls for heart they deliver that is well… in spades. Likewise David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior bring a sensibleness to everything with measured performances that allow their characters to be shocked by the going ons of the supposed heroes around them. At the same time Melchior announces herself as a future star.

Viola Davis also seems to relish bringing out the darker side of Amanda Waller, almost to the point where she is one of the villains of this film, while Margot Robbie once again delivers the goods as Harley Quinn. She is witty, shows true emotion at times amongst the insanity and shows that through this franchise she has become an expert at fight sequences now.

There is little doubt that The Suicide Squad is a crazy ride. Yet somehow among a storyline that involves a giant starfish, a confused Weasel (James Gunn), a man-eating shark who walks on land (Sylvester Stallone – The Expendables) and a cute waving rat called Sebastian the audience finds a group of characters that they care about enough to want to see them get through all of us. At the same time the filmmaker at hand knows how to deliver twists and turns that will shock and stun the audience while totally engrossing them in a completely crazy world and scenario. Take your hat off Mr. Gunn because you have delivered a cult classic here.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Trailer:

From writer/director James Gunn comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure “The Suicide Squad” featuring a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC line up.

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A.  Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X.  Today’s do-or-die assignment?  Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn.  Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement.  And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself).  If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

The film stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker,” “Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise), Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” BBC’s “Doctor Who” ), David Dastmalchian (upcoming “Dune,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Joaquín Cosio (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” TV’s “Narcos: Mexico”), Juan Diego Botto (“The Europeans”), Storm Reid (“The Invisible Man,” “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Euphoria”), Nathan Fillion (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” TV’s “The Rookie”), Steve Agee (“Brightburn,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), Sean Gunn (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, the “Avengers” films), Mayling Ng (“Wonder Woman”), Flula Borg (“Ralph Breaks the Internet”), Jennifer Holland (“Brightburn,” upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker”) and Tinashe Kajese (TV’s “Valor,” “The Inspectors”), with Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky,” “Rambo” and “Expendables” franchises), and Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Suicide Squad”).

Gunn (the “Guardian of the Galaxy” films) directs from his own screenplay, based on characters from DC.  The film is produced by Charles Roven and Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, Nikolas Korda and Richard Suckle executive producing.

Gunn’s creative team includes director of photography Henry Braham (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), production designer Beth Mickle (“Captain Marvel”), editors Fred Raskin (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood”) and Christian Wagner (the “Fast & Furious” films) and Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).  The music is by John Murphy (“Kick-Ass”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents An Atlas Entertainment/Peter Safran Production, A James Gunn Film, “The Suicide Squad.”  The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Only In Cinemas August 5.

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Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad trailer has landed. Here is all you need to know, plus the trailer itself.

From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes SUICIDE SQUAD starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (“Run All Night,” “The Killing”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”) and Scott Eastwood (“Fury”). It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

The film will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia on August 4, 2016.

Check out the Suicide Squad trailer below.

 

Avengers; Age Of Ultron

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  2. Batman v Superman (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  3. Daredevil (2015) – Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
  4. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
  5. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  6. Furious Seven (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  7. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  8. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Jude Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  9. The Age Of Adaline (2015) – Blake Lively, Michael Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker
  10. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  11. Unfriended (2014) – Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig
  12. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Robert MacDomhnail
  13. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  14. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  15. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  16. Grey’s Anatomy (2005) – Ellen Pompeo, Justin CHambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr.
  17. Jupiter Ascending (2015) – Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
  18. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  19. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) – Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verastegui, Daniella Alonso
  20. The Water Diviner (2014) – Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas
  21. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  22. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston
  23. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple
  24. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, Josh Dallas
  25. Child 44 (2015) – Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman

 

Daredevil

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Daredevil (2015) – Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onorfrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
  2. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
  3. Furious Seven (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  4. Avengers: Age Of Ulton (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  5. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  6. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  7. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Vivien Hines
  8. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  9. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  10. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  11. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  12. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Robert MacDomhnail
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  14. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  15. True Detecitve (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts
  16. Unfriended (2014) – Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennif
  17. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke
  18. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  19. Daredevil (2003) – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan
  20. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  21. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, Michael Pena
  22. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  23. Home (2015) – Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
  24. Better Call Saul (2015) – Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian
  25. Child 44 (2015) – Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman

Cinderella

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  2. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  3. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington
  6. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  8. Focus (2015) – Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez
  9. Chappie (2015) – Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
  10. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  11. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage
  12. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  13. Run All Night (2015) – Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio
  14. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  15. House Of Cards (2013) – Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
  16. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015) – Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kaine
  17. Empire (2015) – Lizzy Leigh, Jussie Smollett, Kaitlin Doubleday, Taragi P. Henson
  18. iZombie (2015) – Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley
  19. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Robert McDomhnail
  20. Furious 7 (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  21. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  22. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fieenes, Monica Bellucci
  23. Divergent (2014) – Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney
  24. The Last Man On Earth (2015) – Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman, Kristen Schaal
  25. The 100 (2014) – Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonnell, Bob Morley

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘71,’ ‘Big Eyes,’ ‘Love Is Strange,’ ‘Insurgent,’  and ‘Run All Night′ . This episode also contains interviews with Amy Adams, Tim Burton, Inna Rogatchi, Monica Zanetti, Jon Leahy, Julie Kalceff, Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman.

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Cinderella

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  2. Chappie (2015) – Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
  3. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  6. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams
  7. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  8. House Of Cards (2013) – Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
  9. Focus (2015) – Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez
  10. Unbreakable Kenny Schmidt (2015) – Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane
  11. Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014) – Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver
  12. The Last Man On Earth (2015) – Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman, Kristen Schaal
  13. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  14. The 100 (2014) – Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonnell, Bob Morley
  15. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  16. Better Call Saul (2015) – Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando
  17. Mean Moms (????) – Jennifer Aniston
  18. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard
  19. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  20. Birdman (2014) – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
  21. Run All Night (2015) – Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio
  22. Big Hero 6 (2014) – Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
  23. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, Josh Dallas
  24. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  25. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Run All Night

Summary:  Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) is a washed up gangster, a gangster with more notches under his belt due to his work with good friend Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris) then even he would care to admit. Those kills mount so high that he has in the ‘Moby Dick’ for Detective Harding (Vincent D’Onofrio) who is determined to bring him down but has never really been sure which murders he was responsible for and which ones were committed by somebody else.

But Jimmy isn’t living by his gun any more. No these days he spends his time drunk and asleep in Shawn’s bar, which seemingly seems to be managed by his also criminally-minded son Danny (Boyd Holbrook). Meanwhile Jimmy’s own son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) keeps out of the gangster lifestyle choosing to be away from his father and do an honest job as a limo driver.

Suddenly though Mike’s world is turned upside down when his job causes him to witness a murder committed by his former friend, Danny. Now suddenly Danny and Shawn have their sites set on Mike who suddenly finds himself being reluctantly helped by his old man.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th March, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Screenwriter: Brad Ingelsby

Cast: Lisa Branch (Angela Banks), Radivoje Bukvic (Victor Grezda), John Cenatiempo (Tommy), Giulia Cicciari (Catelyn Conlon), Common (Andrew Price), Ella June Conroy (Kirsten), T.J. Craig (Tim), Chris C. Cullen (Young Pat Mullen), Vincent D’Onofrio (Detective Harding), Tony Devon (Detective Angie), Dan Domingues (Uncle Ricky), Malcolm Goodwin (Officer Colston), Ed Harris (Shawn Maguire), Roderick Hill (Billy Conlon), Boyd Holbrook (Danny Maguire), Aubrey Joseph (Curtis ‘Legs’ Banks), Jelani Robert Joseph (Marcus), Patricia Kalember (Rose Maguire), Joel Kinnaman (Mike Conlon), Beau Knapp (Kenan Boyle), Anna Ladner (Maria), James Martinez (Detective Oscar Torres), Holt McCallany (Frank), Bruce McGill (Pat Mullen), Carrington Meyer (Lily Conlon), Julian Murdoch (Young Mike), Andy Murray (Paul), Tony Naumovski (Samir), Liam Neeson (Jimmy Conlon), Nick Nolte (uncredited), Genesis Rodriguez (Gabriela Conlon), Daniel Stewart Sherman (Brendan), Lois Smith (Margaret Conlon), Gavin-Keith Umeh (Officer Randle), Barrington Walters Jnr. (Terrell)

Runtime: 114 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR RUN ALL NIGHT REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

The gangster film genre (yes a sub-genre of the crime genre) can be a slippery slope for females. Get it wrong and you end up looking incredibly stupid like director Ruben Fleischer did with Gangster Squad. Yes everyone wants to make the next Godfather, but few come close, in recent times it has really only been films like Animal Kingdom, The Departed, Two Hands and Killing Them Softly that have ever come anywhere near the masterpiece of the genre though.

With Run All Night though director, Jaume Collet-Serra, who started as a horror director with House Of Wax and Orphan before directing Neeson it great thrillers Non-Stop and Unknown, comes dangerously close to making a film that deserves to be listed amongst the ‘better’ films in this realm.

Collet-Serra’s horror background certainly seems to help him in the making of Run All Night. Unlike some of the softer gangster flicks around he isn’t afraid to let a little bit of blood splatter, while he brings a dark sinister urban feel to Brad Ingelsby’s script, which already uses the city of New York as a character anyway. The best part of Run All Night though is the fact that Collet-Serra keeps track of the character relationships awfully well and never allows the film to become a storyless shoot-‘em-up like the mediocre Denzel Washington led The Equalizer which surfaced last year. The fact that Ingelsby’s screenplay sets this film over the course of one night also shows that he is a screenwriter to watch.

Instead Collet-Serra keeps the tension running throughout this film, not only from having Mike and Jimmy in constant danger whether through a high speed car chase or a slow paced forest ‘hunt’, but by realizing that the friction generated from the fractured relationships that these characters share with each other is more than enough to have the audience on their seat as well… a tension that is also enhanced by a great soundtrack by Junkie XL.

In fact the only weakness with Run All Night seems to be storyline surrounding Mr. Price (played by the rapper Common), the mysterious hitman hired to track down Mike and Jimmy. While most of the characters in Run All Night escape that the Hollywood gangster clichés, Mr. Price certainly doesn’t. Very little character background is given about him which doesn’t make him mysterious, it just makes him slightly annoying. There seems to be very little motivation to why the character exists in the film except to lead up to the finale, and he would really be more at place in a film like Sin City. Not sure why he was written into the original screenplay when two great adversaries were already set up with Shawn and Detective Harding… the latter a character that certainly deserved a lot more screen time.

Also making Run All Night a must see are the performances of the cast. Neeson vs Harris is one of the best enemy pairings in modern cinema and the two veteran actors go toe-to-toe with not only violence but also a remarkably tension filled dialogue driven scene where the two face off in a crowded restaurant over a meal. Neeson shrugs off the misses he recently delivered with Taken 3 and A Walk Among The Tombstones and once again returns to what we saw in Non-Stop a man who understands the action thriller genre more than most of his counterparts.

The younger cast step up as well with Joel Kinnaman making us forget RoboCop with a performance not too dissimilar to his one in The Killing while Boyd Holbrook also seems to relish the opportunity of playing the ‘bad guy.’ Common doesn’t do much to suggest that he should turn his back on his music career while the brave casting of Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Vincent D’Onofrio to play another New York cop (like playing one on TV for ten years wasn’t enough) actually seems to pay off despite the role not having quite enough meat to make him stand out.

Run All Night is a stylish gangster flick that shows that there is still life in this genre and Liam Neeson yet. Jaume Collet-Serra again reminds us why he is the leading thriller director around at the moment with a film that I am certain is going to be talked about for years to come.

Stars(4)

 

 

Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Run All Night review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(3.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Run All Night (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Run All Night reviews: You can also read our Run All Night review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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