While Sean Penn lends this thriller some political subtext, the fact remains that it's actually just another vacuous revenge fantasy from Taken director Pierre Morel. Clearly for Morel, the violence is the point, and any depth of meaning is irrelevant, which leaves the film superficially entertaining but a waste of the considerable talent on-screen.
Penn plays Jim, a charity worker in the wartorn 2006 Democratic Republic of Congo. His hot doctor girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca) has no idea that Jim is secretly a black-ops sniper working with fellow mercenary commandos Cox, Felix and DuPont (Rylance, Bardem and Elba). Then their latest mission requires Jim to disappear. Eight years later in an all-new life, Jim discovers that someone is trying to kill him, so he travels to London to find Cox. When Jim's pursuers turn up, Cox sends him to talk to Felix, who now lives in Barcelona with Annie as his wife. With the mysterious killers still on his trail, Jim heads to Gibraltar to tie up the loose ends with DuPont, and finally discovers the truth about what's going on and who's behind it.
Yes, everything is leading to a brutal confrontation inventively set in a bull-fighting ring. But not much else here is either original or convincing. The whole African politics premise is little more than a plot device, while hopping from Congo to Britain to Spain does little more than change the background scenery. Otherwise, the script is so simplistic that it barely holds water, and each ambush, fight and chase sequence feels like something we've seen before. Especially since everything is both over-choreographed and gratuitously grisly. Still, Morel is great at creating a sense of tension that builds ominously from start to finish, adding some gritty urgency through corrupt politicians and self-serving businessmen. Unfortunately, the film continually sidelines these intriguing ideas for more mindlessly violent mayhem.
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Williams has scored all of the director’s movies except for 1985's ‘The Color Purple’.
DreamWorks Pictures has announced Bridge of Spies as the title of Steven Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller, which will reunite the director with actor Tom Hanks after nearly a decade. But the film will sadly be without a Spielberg movie staple, as it is the first in 30 years not to feature a score by composer John Williams.
Steven Spielberg's next film will be Bridge of Spies
Announcing the film’s title on Wednesday, DreamWorks Pictures also revealed via a statement that 83 year old Williams had been forced to pull out of the movie due to a health issue.
Mark Rylance - A variety of stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the premiere of 'The Gunman' which was held at the BFI Southbank in London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th February 2015
Some viewers were left confused by 'Wolf Hall'
Wolf Hall, the new BBC2 drama based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Hilary Mantel, premiered on Wednesday night (January 21) and appeared to polarise audiences. While the performances of Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis were acclaimed in the press, the vast swathe of Twitter users bemoaned the dim lighting and shifting narrative.
Mark Rylance leads the cast in the BBCs Wolf Hall
Speaking at a recent BFI screening, director Peter Kosminsky discussed the new cameras used to give Wolf Hall an authentic feel and help the cast fully immerse themselves in roles.
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He's worked for the same company for years, and one day he is asked to work late. What his wife doesn't know, however, is that Jim Terrier (Sean Penn), is actually a hired assassin. When his late-night hit goes wrong, he is faced with a sense of morality over what he has done over the year, and how his future is going to be affected by the mistake. After facing his employers, he finds himself unable to leave the mess he created, and when he tries to expose his organisation, they kidnap his wife. Now, Terrier must fight against his employers for the safety of his family - let alone his own life.
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Despite James Cromwell and Liam Neeson being the heavy favorites for the role, Mark Rylance will play the BFG.
Steven Spielberg has settled on the two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance to play the titular role in The BFG. Published in 1982, the Roald Dahl book told the story of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the BFG who set out on an adventure to capture man-eating giants.
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