By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds the attention and keeps the audience entertained, even when things get very silly indeed. And because of the tone, the starry actors get the chance to add quirky angles to their characters that remind us to avoid taking anything that happens too seriously. The terrorism plot may strain to be topical and relevant, but it's the corny plotting and lively banter that keeps a smile on our faces.
It's set in London, where former CIA operative Alice (Noomi Rapace) is trying to have a quiet life working with migrants. When one of these, Lateef (Aymen Hamdouchi), appears to be a jihadist planning an attack, she shifts into action mode, consulting her mentor (Michael Douglas) and her MI5 contact (Toni Collette). Then things take a turn, sending her on the run with a shifty ex-marine (Orlando Bloom). With Alice seen as a rogue agent, the American CIA chief (John Malkovich) joins in the hunt. But she's actually the only person who knows the truth: the Muslims are trying to stop a murderous attack that's being orchestrated by someone inside the agency.
Veteran director Michael Apted keeps things moving so briskly that the audience never has much time to worry about the nonsensical details that are flung around in each conversation. The film is a riot of conspiracies, betrayals, codewords, revelations and ticking time bombs, none of which make much sense, but it's a lot of fun to watch a woman taking charge for once. Rapace makes a terrific action hero, tough and sympathetic while still maintaining a sense of mystery.
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Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is a CIA interrogator who gets embroiled in a terrorist plot when her investigation into a potentional biological attack in London gets infiltrated. She finds herself accidentally revealing information to a terrorist 'prisoner', and has to make a pretty swift escape when her life is threatened by nefarious spies. She's not alone in this though. An MI5 agent (Orlando Bloom) insists on joining her as she attempts to thwart what could be the most devastating extremist assault since 9/11. However, with an enemy at every corner, Alice isn't sure who she can trust anymore.
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Zeta-Jones was sneakily photographed will holidaying in Mexico.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has got her own back on paparazzi who photographed her without her approval, while she was relaxing on a beach in Mexico earlier this week.
The 47-year-old actress decided to release her own bikini pictures on Instagram, saying she’d rather share the photos husband Michael Douglas took of her ‘ass’, than the ones taken when she was unaware.
Michael Douglas says Val Kilmer has the same cancer he had.
Val Kilmer is apparently seriously ill with some kind of oral cancer according to his friend Michael Douglas, who 'confirmed' the news at an event in London this weekend. Rumours have been circling for months regarding the actors health, but he's yet to comment on Douglas' remarks.
Val Kilmer is allegedly battling cancer
72-year-old Michael Douglas revealed the news during a Q&A with Jonathan Ross at 'An Evening with Michael Douglas', which took place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London last night (October 30th 2016). He was discussing worked with the 56-year-old on the 1996 movie 'The Ghost and the Darkness'.
Cameron Douglas was arrested for drug distribution offences in 2009.
Michael Douglas’ eldest son Cameron has been released from prison, after serving nearly seven years behind bars for drug offences, and is reportedly living in a halfway house.
According to the New York Daily News’ Page Six on Monday (August 1st), the 37 year old actor was quietly released early from prison having originally been due to leave in 2018, and is living in an unknown location while he gets accustomed to life outside prison.
Cameron Douglas with his father Michael in 2009
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Douglas was given a lifetime achievement award at the 15th annual AARP Movies for Grownups Awards on Monday.
Coming just a day after some onlookers spotted Douglas, 71, at the Super Bowl in Santa Clara looking somewhat frail, Douglas and Zeta-Jones attended the 15th annual AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. He said that his marriage was going strong once more, after he and his wife briefly separated back in 2013.
“I think it's just moment to moment,” the Hollywood heavyweight told reporters. “Catherine reminds me, I like to say sometimes, we all make more efforts to strangers than we do to the people closest to us.”
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The 46-year-old credits exercise for keeping her looking so youthful.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has denied ever having plastic surgery, despite constant rumours of her going under the knife. Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine, Zeta-Jones admitted that she wouldn't rule out plastic surgery in the future and doesn't judge those who have made the decision.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has denied ever having plastic surgery.
When asked if there was pressure in Hollywood to stay looking young, Zeta-Jones said: “You don't have to be a beauty queen to be an actress, the roles that are coming my way are different and more interesting.”
Douglas is also set to star in Unlocked with Noomi Rapace & Orlando Bloom next year.
Michael Douglas' two movies this year couldn't be much more different, moving from the snappy thrills of Ant-Man to the dark tension of Beyond the Reach. The two-time Oscar-winner admits that he likes to try new things with each project.
Michael Douglas & Paul Rudd starring in Ant-Man
Ant-Man was something of a dream come true. "Well, I just wanted to do one of these pics, you know," he says. "My entire career is movies that have just been contemporary stories, with no special effects. So this was just the excitement of saying, 'Hey, I want to get into Marvel world!' It's larger than life, and there's a certain theatricality about it."
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With a spectacular setting and two solid actors on-screen, this thriller builds enough solid suspense to distract the audience from the implausible premise. Frankly, the screenwriter might have got away with it if he had avoided the temptation to indulge in some wacky bunny-boiler plotting. But Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine throw themselves into the situation in a way that's both gripping and entertaining.
In rural New Mexico, local orphan Ben (Irvine) has found happiness with his girlfriend Laina (Hanna Mangan Lawrence). Then she heads to Denver for university, so he throws himself into his job as a tracker working with the local small-town sheriff (Ronny Cox). His next job is to escort the cocky billionaire John (Douglas) out to the reach to hunt bighorn. But once the two men are in the wilderness, an unexpected incident reveals John's willingness to ignore the law. And now he needs to silence Ben. So John sends Ben into the desert wearing just his underpants, following him to make sure he dies unsuspiciously in the cruel sunshine. But he of course underestimates Ben's experience and resourcefulness.
The cat-and-mouse story holds the interest due to the actors, because it's never remotely believable that John's fancy jeep could keep up with the fleet-footed Ben through all of these rock-strewn mountains and ravines. And there's never even the slightest explanation for John's sudden burst of sadism. But never mind, Douglas sells the character through sheer charisma, swaggering across the Wild West like a man who has never lost at anything and doesn't intend to now. Meanwhile, Irvine throws himself into a physically demanding role that has some surprising emotional resonance. His moral dilemma is palpable, as his integrity wobbles in the face of a fistful of cash. Together, they make a terrific odd couple, with their constant distrusting glances and bald-faced bravado.
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The increasingly stale Marvel formula gets a blast of fresh air in this rollocking adventure movie, which combines a steady stream of character-based comedy with action sequences that are integrated seamlessly into the plot. Like last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, the film departs from the usual tired structure to joyously tell a story that's more than pure escapism.
Released from prison after a stint for burglary, Scott (Paul Rudd) is struggling to restart his life when he has an unexpected encounter with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), an inventor who needs his help. Hank's technology company is being steered away from his original vision to help mankind by his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and his protege Darren (Corey Stoll), who see a chance to make a lot of money by selling Hank's ideas to the highest bidder. Hank's biggest breakthrough is a suit that shrinks the wearer down to ant-size, allowing for all kinds of unexpected possibilities. Pushed into a corner, Scott starts learning how to master the suit. But his ex-wife (Judy Greer) is now engaged to a cop (Bobby Cannavale) who's keeping his eye on Scott.
One of director Peyton Reed's main challenges was to sell the whole idea of an insect-sized warrior, and he does that fairly effortlessly, revealing an increasingly cool series of possibilities in each action sequence. These set-pieces emerge organically from the story, combining comedy and exhilaratingly coherent action to push the narrative forward. One of the best moments is an encounter with one of the Avengers (Anthony Mackie's Falcon), which offers a strong hint about how Ant-Man can liven up the franchise as a whole. And the climactic sequence is an inspired collision of mind-bending effects and inventive humorous touches (Thomas the Tank Engine nearly steals the whole film). Plus two post-credit stings for the fanboys.
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Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones and Tribeca Film Festival - Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Tuesday 17th April 2012 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party at the State Supreme Courthouse
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