Ole Bornedal’s Just Another Love Story is what I imagine While You Were Sleeping would’ve be like if Guillermo del Toro had remade the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy as a dark dramatic thriller. Anders W. Berthelsen stars as Jonas, a forensics photographer who is involved in a traffic accident that sends a young woman into a coma, but leaves Jonas and his family unscratched. Jonas decides to visit her in the hospital, and is somehow mistaken for the Woman’s boyfriend Sebastian. Her family doesn’t allow him to explain, and somehow Jonas finds himself going along with the charade.
Julia awakens from her coma, blind and with amnesia. Jonas eventually tries to free himself of the situation, but when he attempts to explain, her father just believes he’s trying to coward out of the difficult situation. He offers Jonas money to stay around until she gets better. But a series of deeply twisted turns sends this film into an intense thriller. I have no doubt this Danish gem will be gobbled up by Hollywood, and released as a American remake, which won’t be half as good. Catch the original if you can. 8/10
D.J. Caruso‘s Eagle Eye is based on an concept by Steven Spileberg, of man vs. technology. Which makes me wonder why Spielberg didn’t develop and direct the project himself, especially considering his trademark series of films which pits man versus sharks, dinosaurs, vehicles…etc. I have no doubt that a great movie could have been made with the core concept, but the completed film is full of plot holes and characters who only seem to be on screen to serve a quota.
I can’t really get into my problems with the film without discussing the film’s climax and the reveal of the villain, both of which are shrouded in mystery until late into the story. But truth be told, when you learn who or what is behind the other side of the cellphone, and the reasons why Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan‘s characters were “activated”, it doesn’t exactly make sense. The film entertains and thrills, but is unsatisfying overall, especially when assessed after the fact. 6.5/10
Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2008 by David Chen
The /Filmcast Interview is a series of interviews with movie stars, directors, and other key figures from the film industry. In this episode, David speaks with Michelle Monaghan about her rise to stardom, working on Gone Baby Gone, and her role in the upcoming D.J. Caruso film, Eagle Eye. You can experience Eagle Eye in advance by going to EagleEyeFreeFall.
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Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2008 by David Chen
The /Filmcast Interviews are a series of interviews with movie stars, directors, and other key figures from the film industry. In this episode, David speaks with director D.J. Caruso about directing television compared to directing movies, working on The Shield, and the making of his latest film, Eagle Eye. You can experience Eagle Eye in advance by going to EagleEyeFreeFall. The full text of this interview is available for your reading pleasure after the jump.
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The first cut of JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek has screened to studio boss Brad Grey and executives on the Paramount lot. One source tells TrekMovie that the cut was “very impressive”, while another said that the reaction in the screening room was “far beyond expectations”. We’re still nine months away from release, and only a few of the 1300+ effects shots are remotely finished.
Apparently a theatrical trailer is already cut and edited, but the effects in the trailer have to be completed before it can be attached to a movie. Some people are buzzing that the studio hopes to release the trailer on September 26th with DJ Caruso’s Eagle Eye (Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci produced the film). But we’ve already heard that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is eyeing that release. So who knows.
I have a bit of good news for those of you who were angry that Michael Bay’s Transformers lacked a coherent story. The sequel will have an extensive narrative, all of which takes place off screen in a series of prequel comic books. Of course I’m kidding… or am I? SplashPage‘s preview of IDW Publishing’s upcoming five-part Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comic book miniseries Transformers: Destiny, provides final confirmation that the Fallen in the film’s title is actually the name of the main villain in the sequel (seen above).
Fallen is one of the original thirteen Transformers created by Primus to help him defeat Unicron. According to the Transformers Wiki, Fallen turned against his siblings, his creator, and his universe: “As Vector Prime was constructed to safeguard Space/Time, this robot’s function was to oversee the primal force of entropy, the aging and dissolution of order in this universe as presage to a new creation. However, this guardian of entropy became obsessed with the darker side of chaos and death, and in the black place these urges led him, the betrayer found a new god, more suited to his nature. He turned against Primus and became the Fallen. Now he is a being of power, darkness, and absolute dedication to Unicron. At the end of the first battle between the two Gods, for his treachery, the Fallen was sealed into extradimensional limbo along with his new master.” Very little of the Fallen’s backstory is given in his actual fictional appearances. Even his altmode, which was designed to be a tank, never appeared in his fictional appearances.
Destiny also fills the gap between the Reign of Starscream storyline, which picked up directly after the conclusion of the first movie, with Starscream returning to Cybertron with plans to rebuild the All Spark Cube from the information Frenzy accessed. The new series fills in the gaps, explaining how Sector 7 formed a new group, and how some of the new autobots and decepticons ended up on Earth, as both appear in the huge opening battle sequence at the Asian factory which opens up the film.
Screenwriter Roberto Orci also mentioned on the Don Murphy message boards that the film’s teaser trailer might be attached to Eagle Eye, which hits theaters on September 26th 2008. Transformers: Destiny will begin to hit comic book store shelves in December, leading up to Revenge in Summer 2009.
DreamWorks has released a new movie poster for Eagle Eye, too bad it’s not nearly as interesting as the two released movie trailers. I really have a feeling that this film will be a lot of fun. The new one sheet is somewhat reminiscent of the poster for Enemy of the State (seen also below), which is ironic since the trailer also shows shades of the Will Smith action thriller. It seems that Bourne Ultimatium has brought the black and white poster back in style. I’m still waiting for the day when the old school painted one-sheets (ala Drew Struzan) come back in fashion and the floating head style is put to death. Click on the image below to enlarge.
Paramount/DreamWorks just released a new theatrical trailer for Eagle Eye, which I’m guessing must be attached to prints of Wanted (which hits theaters this Friday). The new D.J. Caruso-directed fast-paced race-against-time-thriller which stars Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan as “two strangers who become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed.”
The trailer picks up where the teaser left off, and doesnt let up. Is it just me or is this film looking better and better? The action looks intense, and need I remind you that the movie is based on an original idea from Steven Spielberg?! Watch the trailer below and tell me what you think in the comments!
Watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. Eagle Eye hits theaters on September 26th 2008.
Eight new photos from DJ Caruso’s Eagle Eye have hit the net. Click on the images above and below to enlarge.
In the fast-paced race-against-time-thriller “Eagle Eye” Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two strangers who become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed.