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Salt barrels forward at a relentless pace, and stops only for the most perfunctory of emotional beats. You know they’re emotional beats because somber music plays in the background while characters gaze longingly at each other. 30 seconds of that, and it’s back to more running, car hopping and violently-inflicted bodily injury. None of the action is especially impressive or inspired, but what it lacks in polish it makes up for in sheer volume. The mystery of Evelyn Salt is meant to keep the audience on their toes as the action unfolds, but it’s all so ludicrous and predictable; if there is a compelling mystery at the core of Salt, it’s learning just how much casual ass-kickery it can fit into a 100 minute package.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A filmmakers’ commentary, an unrated filmmakers’ commentary, an unrated extended filmmakers’ commentary, 2 featurettes (“The Ultimate Female Action Hero”, “Spy Disguise: The Looks of Evelyn Salt”), and “The Treatment” Radio Interview with Phillip Noyce. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a Spy Cam: Picture-in-Picture function, and additional featurettes (“The Real Agents”, “The Modern Master of the Political Thriller: Phillip Noyce”, “False Identity: Creating A New Reality”).
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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Russ Fischer, and Adam Quigley discuss the merits of the newest movie from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan, praise the surprisingly good Easy A, debate just exactly how brilliantly Animal Kingdom was, and spend some time in The Town.
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Public perception of the M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil has been pretty low so far. If you’ve been at a theater that ran the trailer this summer, there’s a good chance you heard laughter (or joined in) when the film’s trailer culminates with Shyamalan’s name. That leaves me wondering how the series of which it is loosely a part, The Night Chronicles, might fare.
But I wonder if some former Shyamalan fans might look differently at the series now that we know that one of the films will be based in part on some of the story the writer/director came up with for Unbreakable 2. Read More »
When the trailer for the M Night Shyamalan-scripted/produced movie Devil was screened at Comic-Con, people began laughing and booing when M Night’s name appeared on screen. I’ve seen the same thing happen to a much lesser extent at a normal Friday night screening in at the Hollywood Arclight. The M Night backlash seems to be in full effect.
M Night seems to have a sense of humor after all, and has recorded a faux movie trailer for a new thriller called Escalation (basically Devil but on a normal office Escalator which suddenly comes to a stop). The spoof trailer stars Shyalaman, Penthouse Pet Ryan Keely, one of the stars of Avatar, and MTV News correspondent Josh Horowitz. Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump.
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Bunch of new movie posters for you today, and shockingly, with the exception of one, they’re all pretty good. They’re also all over the map, subject-wise. There’s the questionable Joaquin Phoenix ‘documentary’ I’m Still Here, the M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil, the US one-sheet for Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void,the Philly drama Night Catches Us with Anthony Mackie, and Woody Allen’s upcoming You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
Allen’s poster is the only one that doesn’t have much to recommend it; check them all after the break. Read More »
Universal Pictures have released the first teaser trailer for Devil, which is being dubbed as coming “From The Mind of M Night Shyamalan.” The first released under “The Night Chronicles” banner, Devil is directed by Quarantine helmers the Dowdle Bros from a story by M. Night Shyamalan and script by Brian Nelson. The story reported involves a group of people who are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil. We’ve also been told that the security guard is trying to convince the policeman to get them out of the elevator, and that he is the chosen one to save the people. The trailer uses the wording “One of these five people, is not, who they appear to be.” The film stars Chris Messina, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend and Caroline Dhavernas.
Watch the teaser trailer after the jump. I really love the up-side-down arial transitions. The trailer seems to give away way too much about the story, as it seems like the type of movie which depends upon the surprises.
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Universal has shifted a few films around on the calendar. New berths for The Adjustment Bureau, Paul, Kids in America, The Dark Fields, Sanctum and Devil after the break. Read More »
M. Night Shyamalan is producing a trio of horror-thrillers called, collectively, The Night Chronicles, with the first film in the series due to hit later this year. Originally the title was set to be the rather wordy The Night Chronicles: Devil, but according to Box Office Mojo, the title has officially been shortened. Yes, now it’s just Devil. Originally scheduled for February 2011, Shyamalan recently said the film would go out this September 17. Read More »
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On Friday, /Film’s Russ Fischer said of Devil, the upcoming Dowdle Bros. film from a story by M. Night Shyamalan and script by Brian Nelson, that “The film starts shooting in Toronto a week from Monday, and that’s all we’ve got. It’s tightly under wraps, and has been for a while. Which, I suspect, really means that there’s some info out there that we haven’t dug up yet.”
Look’s like we’ve now managed to dig a bit of it up, with a little help from our friends. Be wary of potential spoilers as you read on.
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Couple of quick casting notes for you today. First up, Working Title yesterday paid a lot of money for a pitch from Allan Loeb to write an as-yet untitled comedy for Ryan Reynolds. The film is a “dude-in-drag romantic comedy, with Reynolds playing a jilted lover who must disguise himself as a woman and befriend his ex in order to win her back.” Had to happen sooner or later, really. All manly actors have to prove their mettle not by blowing away a bunch of other manly actors, but by wearing a dress. But if Wesley Snipes can do it, and Terence Stamp can do it, then why not Ryan Reynolds? Watch this one as a double-feature with Buried to see just how much range Reynolds has got. [Variety]
After the break, new casting for Devil, the film M. Night Shyamalan wrote for Quarantine writers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle to direct. Read More »