Category Archives: Crime

THE INFILTRATOR (2016): New Trailer From Bryan Cranston & John Leguizamo

The Infiltrator (2016), Diane Kruger, Brian Cranston
The Infiltrator (2016), Diane Kruger, Brian Cranston

In The Infiltrator, Breaking Bad star  Bryan Cranston is real life character Robert Mazur, an undercover US customs agent and Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene is where he must work unsuspected…

 

I imagine that fans of big hit TV show Breaking Bad will be very excited about this movie. If the pace and thrills are as fast and good as this trailer suggests, I’m hoping that myself and everyone else will have a good time too.

Directed by Brad Furman, Diane Kruger, Amy Ryan and John Leguizamo also star.

The Infiltrator Release Dates: July 15th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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LEGEND (2015): For The Humour & Double Tom Hardy Experience

Legend (2016), Tom Hardy as Ronnie Kray
Legend (2016), Tom Hardy as Ronnie Kray

In telling the story of two of Britain’s most notorious criminals, the Kray twins, the combination of all the characters, dialogue, music and cinematography of 1960s London did an adequate job of keeping me engaged.

Besides Tom Hardy who is, shocker, not shocker, just brilliant in his task of portraying both Reginald (Reggie) and Ronald (Ronnie) Kray, another big draw for me was the delightful britishness of the humour in Legend.

Prior to this movie, my main experience of London’s east end gangster / criminal world is Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998). The pace and rhythm of that movie is one of the best things about it. In comparison to Legend, granted the period in time is quite different, but I did find myself wanting for things to move along a tad quicker.

Each time the two brothers were on screen at the same time, those were the most engaging moments and not just because I was curious to see how well director Brian Helgeland handled the reality of Tom Hardy essentially ‘talking to himself.’

Ronnie and Reggie’s sibling bond and the dynamics of their relationship is  the most interesting aspect of this story. We get to experience and witness this bond in Helgeland’s movie, but I’d have loved for more of the film to be dedicated to the story of the brothers, perhaps as young boys/ men. I found myself wanting a clearer picture of more of what it took to create the reality that became their lives. Without the look back, the story felt incomplete to me.

In my fantasy of this movie, I’d say, either split the story of the Kray twins into two films, or forget about the relationship between Reggie and Francis, It’s boring – and instead focus on the most important love affair instead, the one between the two brothers. After all, it is the thing that ultimately decided their fate.

I don’t think that Legend is a bad film. It just simply left me wanting more than I would have liked. Watch it for the Tom Hardy excellence.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

THE TRUST (2016): New Trailer From Elijah Wood & Nicolas Cage

The Trust (2016), Elijah Wood, Nicolas Cage.
The Trust (2016), Elijah Wood, Nicolas Cage.

Today’s crime thriller, starring Elijah Wood and Nicolas Cage looks promising…

I’m still holding onto the dream of seeing Cage in films I loved as much as I did Face/ Off (1997). Fingers, toes and everything crossed.

The Trust Release Dates: May 27th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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DHEEPAN (2015): New Trailer From Jacques Audiard

Dheepan (2015), Jesuthasan Antonythasan
Dheepan (2015), Jesuthasan Antonythasan

Todays trailer is for Dheepan and it comes from writer / director Jacques Audiard, the man behind A Prophet (2009) and Rust and Bone (2012).

Starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Dheepan follows a Sri Lankan man, woman and girl who pose as a family and flee the civil war to settle at a housing project outside paris…

I’m blessed that I don’t personally know what such a fate can be like and that’s precisely why I can’t wait to see how the story turns out. Considering the reputation of director Jacques Audiard, quality is imminent. I’m just hoping that things work out for the seemingly innocent protagonists. Nevertheless, whatever the truth is, I’m happy to know that also.

Dheepan Release Dates: April, 2016 (2016) April 8th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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KILL YOUR FRIENDS (2015): New Trailer Starring Nicholas Hoult, Ed Skrein & James Corden

Kill Your Friends (2015), Nicholas Hoult
Kill Your Friends (2015), Nicholas Hoult

So far it’s clear that the latest film from Nicholas Hoult, Ed Skrein and James Corden, Kill Your Friends is at least as dark as the movie’s title suggests. I like the way the trailer is quite entertaining on it’s own, without making me strongly want to watch the actual movie…

In the event that I do decide to tune in to Kill Your Friends, it’ll be to see what Hoult does with the character more than anything else. For now, something is telling me to watch American Psycho (2000) again. There’s also a desire in me to dance around like a crazy person after hearing the party music in this trailer.

Rosanna Arquette, Tom Riley and Georgia King also star.

Kill Your Friends Release Dates

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CRIMINAL (2016): New Trailer Starring Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner & Gal Gadot

Criminal (2016), Ryan Reynolds
Criminal (2016), Ryan Reynolds

The plot of Criminal involves the planting of a deceased persons skills and memories into another individual. Sounds a lot like sci-fi to me, But it’s the brand new  action / drama from director of The Iceman (2012), Ariel Vroman. Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner and Gal Gadot are the stars…

This trailer, though not perfect, I’m interested. The involvement of Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones gives me the most hope.

I’m curious as to why, knowing the outline of the plot as I do… I wonder why Criminal isn’t categorised under sci-fi. Does its categorisetion really mean that science makes it possible for one person’s skills to be implanted into another? If so, forget Rosetta Stone; I’m acquiring Italian Language skills the new way!

Criminal Release Dates: April 15th, 2016 (US & UK)…

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SICARIO (2015): For The Performances, Music, Cinematography & Tension

Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro
Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro

Set in the US / Mexico border area in the middle of the escalating war on drugs; Emily Blunt plays a ‘fish out of water’ FBI agent recruited by Josh Brolin’s Matt Graver. Benicio Del Toro’s character is the mysterious consultant, Alejandro who Graver brings along for the ride.

Bristling with expertly captured tension’ is one way to describe Sicario; whether it’s the tensions between law enforcement and the criminals or the tensions between the film’s main characters. Sicario is excellently scored, filled with stunning visuals and really notable performances, especially from Blunt and Del Toro.

Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt
Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt

In terms of things that I wish were different about the movie, director Denis Villeneuve’s film has a few stretches of time that had me wishing for more things to happen. I’m sure that when little seemed to be taking place in terms of action and drama, those moments were true representations of what days can be like for the main characters involved. Unfortunately for me, those moments just made my mind wander elsewhere.

Overall, Sicario is a very good movie. Just don’t expect continuous action/ drama, for this is neither Training Day (2001) nor End Of Watch (2012); both great films.

Other key characters are played by Daniel Kaluuya, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Donovan.

A reminder of the film’s excellent trailer

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TERM LIFE (2016): New Trailer Starring Hailee Seinfeld, Bill Paxton & Vince Vaughn

Term Life (2016), Vince Vaughn
Term Life (2016), Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn has an intriguing new movie and it also stars Bill Paxton, Hailee Steinfeld, Jon Favreau and Taraji P. Henson…

I’m hopeful because of John Favreau, Hailee Steinfeld and Bill Paxton’s involvement. Favreau because of his work in Chef (2014) and  I Love You, Man (2009), Steinfeld for True Grit (2010) and Paxton because of what he achieved with 2 Guns (2013) and he’s just generally very good. My fingers are very crossed.

Term Life Release Date(s): March 1st, 2016 (US)…

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