With his most stylish film yet, horror specialist Alexandre Aja takes a wildly irreverent approach, packing the screen with rude humour, visual flourishes and spiky characters. But it's assembled in such a rapid-fire way that it's difficult to get a handle on anything, which makes the movie feel like a series of outrageous set-pieces without a coherent plot to hold them together. The likeable actors help bring their characters to life, but the film is too hyperactive to let us engage with any of them.
It's set in a small town near Seattle, where Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) is in shock after his childhood sweetheart Merrin (Juno Temple) was violently murdered. Then he becomes the prime suspect, and the media have a field day. So he hires his lifelong pal Lee (Max Minghella) as his lawyer, partly because he's the only person in town who believes he's innocent. This includes Ig's parents (James Remar and Kathleen Quinlan) and brother (Joe Anderson). As the situation continues to deteriorate, Ig suddenly discovers that horns are growing on his head and no one seems very shocked by this. They also seem unable to lie in his presence, so he decides to use this to find out who really killed Merrin. Along the way he gets a shocking glimpse into what everyone in town really thinks about each other.
The film is an assault on the senses, as Aja packs every moment with outrageous sights and sounds, encouraging the actors to sometimes drift over the line into broad slapstick. He also fills the screen with religious imagery, including churches, crosses, pitchforks and snakes, all hinting that Ig's transformation is connected with his loss of faith. Or maybe it's just part of the film's jokey attitude. But as pieces of the central mystery slowly fall into place, the movie seems to become looser and less coherent. Even when the real villain is identified, there's still at least half an hour of flashbacks and revelations, confrontations and conclusions, none of which are particularly surprising or satisfying.
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Following the mysterious death of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), Ig Perrish (Daniel Redcliffe) wakes up from with a hangover and no recollection of the night before. When horns begin to steadily grow out of his head, and the local people begin to believe that Perrish is guilty of raping and murdering Williams, Perrish decides that the time has come to find his girlfriend's killer, once and for all - so that she may finally rest in peace, and he can save both his name and his soul from eternal damnation.
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Following the vicious rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin Williams, Ig Perrish goes on a grief-ridden binge and awakens the next morning with the mother of all hangovers. He also discovers two horn like growths pushing through his temples which appear to be growing larger. He visits a friend and shows her his new appendages, but to his surprise she seems untroubled by the unusual deformity - as do the reporters that Ig is struggling to shake off since being acquitted of Merrin's murder. More unusual still, he also finds that everyone is sharing their darkest secrets and desires with him, including his doctor who is also unfazed by his appearance. As he becomes used to the horns, Ig also discovers he has another ability - he has the power to control the actions of nearly everyone he comes into contact with.
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Ig Perrish wakes up after a particularly drunken night with a very sore head - though, as it turns out, this is no ordinary hangover. He finds that he is somehow growing horns from his tempes, following the brutal murder of his girlfriend. Having been the prime suspect in the case, the media are swamping him everyday since he was absolved, and it seems no-one actually believes he was really innocent. Checking out his new growths, he visits one of the few friends he still has but is amazed to see that she neither looks surprised or troubled by them. As the day goes on, he visits a doctor, but soon discovers that everyone appears to be being painfully honest with him about their private thoughts - and not only that, but he seems to have to power to control their actions too.
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'McCanick' was one of Cory Monteith's final film projects, telling the story of a drug addict accused of murder. The movie is due to premiere, alongside Monteith's other final film 'All the Wrong Reasons', at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Cory Monteith's final film McCanick is due to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th. In one of his final roles, Monteith plays Simon Weeks a drug addict and recently released prisoner. According to reports by MTV, Weeks is suspected of a murder he committed whilst in his teens, he is tracked down by two detectives: Eugene 'Mack' McCanick (David Morse) and Floyd Intrator (Mike Vogel).
Cory Monteith at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, appearing in the Glee press room.
The trailer suggests Monteith's character is likely innocent of the suspected crime. One character warns the irritable McCanick "he's done bad things but he is not a killer", whilst the detective retorts "you don't know him as well as you think." This could be a red herring in itself, but we shall have to wait and see!
The gritty drama in which the recently deceased star plays a drug addicted street hustler will premiere at the Canadian festival in September
Cory Monteith was filming parts for two different movies prior to his untimely death in July, and each of these films will be airing next month at the Toronto Film Festival. The film creating the most buzz out of the two, McCanick, is the story of a narcotics detective who becomes obsessed with tracking down a recently released drugs felon, Simon Weeks (Monteith), and it is already being touted as the best performance of Monteith's unfortunately short career. His other film, the ensemble drama All the Wrong Reasons, will also premiere in Toronto.
Monteith plays a "lost soul" searching the streets of Philadelphia following his release from prison, with Eugene 'Mack' McCanick (David Morse) tracking his every move with the help of his partner Floyd (Mike Vogel). Set over the course of one long, hot summers day in Philly, the reason behind his obsession only becomes clear as he draws ever closer to the unsuspecting Weeks - who knows more about McCanick that either would like to admit.
Cory Monteith relished his role in the hard-hitting 'McCanick.'
Cory Monteith's final role before his untimely death was as a "lost soul on the streets of Philadelphia," in Josh Waller's drama McCanick. The Glee star - who was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room over the weekend - convinced the filmmaker to give him a chance at the gritty role.
Simon Weeks. by @wallerjoshc
"He said he wanted the role so badly because he had a very jaded past and he'd never been able to tap into that as an actor and kind of purge his system," the McCanick director told Entertainment Tonight Canada this week, adding, "the character Simon Weeks was the perfect vessel for him to get it all out."
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Sarah Goldberg, Christopher Denham, David Morse, Lisa Emery and Rich Sommer - Opening night of 'The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin' at the Laura Pels Theatre - Curtain call - New York, NY, United States - Thursday 27th June 2013
Starting as a clever Contagion-style investigative thriller, this fiercely paced apocalyptic adventure begins to fall apart early on when smart logic is jettisoned for the more visceral thrills of seeing Brad Pitt save the planet. Sadly, almost every major plot point makes no sense at all, and by the time the film reaches its corny finale, we can no longer suspend our disbelief. But at least it's packed with exciting set pieces that get our pulses racing.
It's set in the present day, as strange unrest breaks out around the world. And when the marauding hordes of undead arrive in Philadelphia, the Lane family barely escapes with their lives. Gerry (Pitt) is a former UN military officer who gets help from an ex-boss (Mokoena) to evacuate his wife (Enos) and children to the safety of an aircraft carrier off the coast. Then he's put to work on a globe-hopping mission to find the source of the infection, travelling first to ground zero in Korea, then to infection-free Israel and finally to a World Health centre in Wales. Along the way he picks up a sidekick in the form of feisty Israeli commando Segen (Kertesz).
The script is only ever interested in Gerry, so the filmmakers never bother deepening any other characters. There's some nice chemistry between Pitt and Kertesz, but she remains essentially irrelevant. As the film goes along, Pitt assumes the responsibilities of experts, soldiers and scientists, so he can singlehandedly solve the mystery. It's utterly preposterous, especially since he has to miraculously survive frequent zombie attacks that kill everyone else. And we won't speak of a shockingly ill-conceived plane crash, which removes what's left of the plot's credibility.
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Gerry Lane is a government employee whose job takes him on missions he never imagined he would take when a terrifying pandemic sweeps the globe. His idyllic family life with his loving wife and two young daughters is shaken when martial law is thrown into practise as a deadly rampage of bloodthirsty creatures ensues, consuming the entirety of Russia and is on the brink of overpowering the US. Humankind will come to an end in 90 days unless Gerry and other government officials can find a cure for the quickly spreading disease and discover the creatures' weakness. He does his best to fly his family to safety in a helicopter, but nobody is immune and his mission looks almost impossible as hundred foot walls aren't even big enough to keep the undead monsters at bay as they crawl easily across cities like insects. Will humankind unite once and for all to fight the biggest global threat in history?
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If you weren't already looking forward to the upcoming Brad Pitt film, World War Z, then the Super Bowl teaser trailer may be enough to change your mind. And what if you're not into American football? Good news because it has gone viral a day early!
As are the perks of living in the internet age, things tend to emerge a little earlier than initially promised and the newest sneak peak into the much-anticipated zombie flick is just the latest example of this rule. In it, we begin with a rather serene look at the everyday occurrence that is a New York City traffic jam, and then all hell breaks loose as the zombie apocalypse takes hold. There's guns, plummeting population numbers and barely any close glimpse of the zombies, but plenty of shoots of the mass scale of the undead now dominating the Earth.
With Marc Forster attached as director, Matthew Fox, David Morse, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale take up the rest of the lead roles for the film, which is unleashed in cinemas on June 21. The film sees Pitt star as Gerry Lane, a UN employee called upon as society falls apart and he begins his race against time to help prevent the zombie menace overtaking the globe before human civilization collapses completely.
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Gerry Lane is a United Nations employee with a family life anyone would wish for. When he, his wife Karen and his two daughters venture out for the day, not even the deadlocked city traffic can spoil their contentment with each other's company. However, when screaming starts to become heard in the distance and explosions are going off left, right and center, it begins to look like this won't be a regular family day out. Gerry does his best with his knowledge and his contacts to protect his family and fly them by helicopter to a safe location on the ocean as hoards and hoards of the raging, flesh-eating undead take over the city, filling up every street and every square. He is enlisted by the government to help find the cause of this outbreak, which is spreading rapidly across the world, wipe it out and salvage what's left of their beloved planet.
'World War Z' has been adapted from the novel 'World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War' by Max Brooks; a sequel to his book 'The Zombie Survival Guide'. Directed by Marc Forster and written by Damon Lindelof and Matthew Michael Carnahan, this dystopian zombie movie is by far one of the most horrific and deadly zombie movies to ever be released in Hollywood and will hit UK screens on June 21st 2013.
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