Rodrigo Cortés made a name for himself with a film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Buried, based on Chris Sparling’s black list script about a man buried alive who has to figure a way out of his coffin before his air supply is used up. The film starred Ryan Reynolds, and was critically praised for it’s direction, a tough task considering the 95-minute film takes place completely inside a casket.
Cortés returns to Sundance two years later with the $15 million thriller Red Lights, which he also wrote. The story follows Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?
This is a 21st century Ghostbusters. What if Venkman, Stantz and Spengler never got fired from their parapsychology professor jobs? What if they took their research seriously and mounted a serious fight against the world of paranormal scams (a la skeptics James Randi and Penn Jillette), busting “ghosts” through scientific research. Or you might even be ale to think of it as a Ghostbusters spin-off — what if Dana Barrett (Weaver’s character in GB) left the company of the Ghostbusters and became a skeptic?
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I’ll say this for In Time, Andrew Niccol’s story describing a society driven into extreme class segregation by an economic system in which time is literally money: Niccol drives Justin Timberlake like a taskmaster. The singer-turned-actor runs like crazy, jumps, fights, and sweats his way through a movie that all too often feels more detached than a severed limb. It’s a very physical, very present performance that lends the movie some much-needed credit.
The detachment is due to the always on-the-nose, never close to subtle language used to wield the core concept as a club against economic disparity. I could never take the movie seriously because it was always so insistent about Making a Point. In Time, as written, is perhaps meaty and clever enough for a Twilight Zone episode. Stretched to feature length it is an unconvincing attempt at world-building and simply a deeply silly take on Bonnie and Clyde. Or Robin Hood. Or something. In Time wants to be a lot of things, but it never commits to any one.
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Posted on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy have boarded Rufus Norris‘ Broken, along with Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, Zana Marjanovic, Bill Milner, and newcomer Eloise Laurence. The story, which was adapted by Mark O’Rowe (Boy A) from Daniel Clay‘s novel of the same title, follows a young girl whose life changes after she witnesses a brutal attack. Broken will be the first feature film by helmer Norris, an accomplished theater director.
Roth recently came off of three seasons as the lead of Fox’s Lie to Me, and will star in next year’s Arbitrage. Murphy will appear in this month’s sci-fi thriller In Time, and has several projects lined up for 2012 including the thriller Red Lights with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, Hope Davis joins Murderball director Henry Alex Rubin’s ensemble drama, and Rutger Hauer boards a miniseries.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Although director Rodrigo Cortes isn’t a household name just yet, last year’s gripping, suspenseful Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, marked him as a talent to watch. So we’ve been curious about his new project, Red Lights, ever since it was first announced last year. Our anticipation only heightened as we watched Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and indie darling Elizabeth Olsen join the cast, one by one.
We got our first glimpse of the film back in the spring, when a not terribly exciting photo was released showing De Niro standing on a stage, all in black. Now we’ve got a a brand-new teaser, which offers a very slightly better look at the movie.
Written and directed by Cortes, the story revolves around a psychologist (Weaver) and her assistant (Olsen). Their research leads them to try and debunk a famous psychic (De Niro), who’s making a comeback after decades away from the limelight. Murphy plays Olsen’s love interest. Sadly, Weaver, Olsen, and Murphy are nowhere to be seen in the trailer — it’s just De Niro by himself, acting all mysterious-like. Watch the video after the jump.
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Imagine that your body stopped aging at 25 and that you could live forever. It’s a very promising proposition if not for one small caveat. At the age of 25, your body is given one year to live. The only way to remain alive is to acquire more time on your body’s biological clock. And time is precious. That’s the gist of In Time, the latest film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca) starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy and more.
In the world of In Time, you can acquire more time by working but, to buy anything, you need to give up some of your time. So the rich are basically immortal but the poor could die today if they don’t work. It’s a tantalizing conceit for a brand new action thriller that might sound a bit confusing but, once you watch this Comic Con sizzle reel, you’ll have a much better idea of what to expect this Halloween. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
The ubiquitous Michael Fassbender will be joining fellow Irishmen Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Domhnall Gleeson in Brendan Gleeson‘s directorial debut, a big-screen adaptation of Flann O’Brien‘s classic novel At Swim-Two-Birds. The project has been a long time in the works — Gleeson initially acquired the book rights seven years ago — but it seems to finally be picking up steam thanks to some new financers. Shooting is scheduled to begin next spring.
First published in 1939, At Swim-Two-Birds is considered one of the greatest examples of metafiction ever written. The plot revolves around a university student and writer whose characters rebel and eventually conspire to kill him. Although I’ve never read the novel, that all-star cast seems like reason enough to get excited for the film. [ThePlaylist]
After the jump, Isabelle Huppert joins a mystery project and Roswell FM gets two more stars.
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