This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,’ ‘Truman,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ and ‘The Clan’. This episode also contains interviews with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Damian Power (The Killing Ground), Neill Triffett (Emo The Musical), David Farrier (‘Tickled’), Kim A. Snyder (‘Newtown’), Abe Forsythe (‘Down Under’) and Andrew Wiseman (‘On Richard’s Side’).
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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.
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.
Also make sure you listen in for your chance to win copies of ‘The Love Punch’ and ‘What If?’ on DVD thanks to eOne.
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.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th March, 2015
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
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
OUR RUN ALL NIGHT REVIEWS & RATINGS:
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.
Summary: In a crime-ridden city, a fatally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th February, 2014
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Jose Padiha
Screenwriter: Joshua Zetumer, Michael Miner (1987 version), Edward Neumeier (1987 version)
Cast: Philip Akin (Dr. Alan), Jay Baruchel (Tom Pope), K.C. Collins (Andre Daniels), Matt Cook (General Monroe), Abbie Cornish (Clara Murphy), Wayne Downer (Marcus), Jennifer Ehle (Liz Kline), Aimee Garcia (Jae Kim), Patrick Garrow (Antoine Vallon), Maura Grierson (Kelly), Zack Grenier (Senator Hubert Dreyfuss), Noorin Gulamgaus (Navid), Jackie Earle Haley (Rick Mattox), Samuel L. Jackson (Pat Novak), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Chief Karen Dean), Jordan Johnson-Hinds (Jerry White), Daniel Kash (John Lake), Michael Keaton (Raymond Sellars), Joel Kinnaman (Alex Murphy/RoboCop), Dwayne McLean (Thomas King), Meysam Motazedi (Arash), Marjan Neshat (Sayeh), Gary Oldman (Dr. Dennett Norton), John Paul Ruttan (David Murphy), Evan Stern (Walter Karrel), Robert Thomas (John Biggs), Douglas Urbanski (Mayor Durant), Michael K. Williams (Jack Lewis)
The curse of the remake finally hits the classic RoboCop and while the end result isn’t exactly the absolute dog of a film that many people expected it is certainly very different to what you imagine director Jose Padiha had in mind when he took this project on. While Padiha might have made some pretty decent action films in his time here he finds himself well and truly blocked by a studio that were hellbent on making a PG rated film.
Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a righteous cop in the 2028 version of Detroit City that is now completely over run by criminals and violence. To make it worse it now seems that corruption is also now running rife in the Police Department as well. Just how corrupt that department is becomes painfully obvious when local gangster Antoine Vallon (Patrick Garrow) is able to get two Police Officers to blow up Murphy’s car critically wounding him.
The news couldn’t be merrier for business Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) who has been looking for a cop in this position so that he can sell the idea of having robotic cops to the American people and the Senate. While initially Murphy’s wife, Clara (Abbie Cornish) and son, David (John Paul Ruttan) think it is great that the technology designed by Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) can bring their husband/father back to them, that all changes when the ulterior motives come to the surface and it is becoming more obvious that RoboCop is an experiment that could easily spiral out of control.
The behind the scenes battle between studio and director really seem to have affected RoboCop as a film. First of all aiming to get a PG rating for this film is completely ridiculous. The film aims to tell a story in a violent city where violence is a key to the main themes at hand, yes this needed to be a film in the vein of the remake of Dredd yet instead we end up with a ham-fisted PG rated action film that will only disappoint fans of the original.
The film itself does have its moment, at times it brings out some suspense but then at other times, including the disappointing ending, the film turns to Hollywood clichés that sadly let it down. Then there is the whole Novak storyline. Sure the idea of having snippets, interviews and footage from a fictitious television show fronted by the Andrew Bolt inspired Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) may have seemed a good idea on paper but when it comes to the screen the idea at times becomes annoying and seems to be a lazy screenwriting tool for bringing out the film’s agenda on drone strikes etc.
What saves this film however is the screenplay’s handle on characterisation. The character of Alex Murphy is an interesting character and watching him battle to save his humanity is one of the highlights of the film. Again the characterisation of Dr. Dennett Norton is also a highlight and watching the inner turmoil his character goes through provides the elements of suspense that this film lacks during some of its action sequences.
Like the rest of RoboCop the acting performances of the cast are also up and down. Gary Oldman overcomes a fairly lacklustre beginning to really hit his strides when his character faces some inner turmoil. Likewise Michael Keaton delivers when the script provides him with some good dialogue but then seems to flounder when his lines and actions become a terrible cliché. The great Samuel L. Jackson just seems to glide through his role while Abbie Cornish really should have been given a much stronger role. The big casting problem however is Joel Kinnaman who just doesn’t have the acting range to pull off a role that requires both action and drama. Most of the time he just seems to spend his time in RoboCop looking like a second rate Michael Shannon.
RoboCop ends up being one of those forgettable action flicks that you see at the cinema once, talk to your mates about and then never bother with again. Let’s hope that some of the other remakes that are due to hit our screens this year are a little bit better than this one.
The second trailer for ‘RoboCop’ (in cinemas Feb 6th, 2014) has just been released by Sony Pictures.
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish