Over the past thirty years, Edward Zwick has directed several movies that were based on true stories – Glory, Defiance, Pawn Sacrifice – and now he’s adding one more to his resume. Trial By Fire is his latest drama, and this one stars Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, Blue Velvet, Big Little Lies) as a Texas woman who, in the early 2000s, uncovers some sketchy methodology surrounding a man convicted for capital murder. Can she help save his life? Read More »
This weekend brings Tom Cruise back to the big screen in action star mode again with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back hitting theaters. While the first Jack Reacher movie was a surprise throwback of an action movie with an old school tough guy hero in the lead, it sounds like the follow-up has lost some of the magic that made audiences like the cocky, no nonsense character so much the first time around.
In the first Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews hitting the web today, it appears most of the blame is being put on director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), who doesn’t seem to understand what made the title character special. In addition, the sequel suffers from having a forgettable villain. But at the very least, Tom Cruise is still outstanding, and the action sounds like it’s on solid ground as well.
Read a round-up of Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews below.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Last week we got our first look at Jack Reacher: Never Go Back thanks to Entertainment Tonight. Unfortunately, the video was periodically interrupted by star Cobie Smulders as a talking head. (Don’t blame her, it’s the Entertainment Tonight way.) This week we’ve got the first real, full Jack Reacher: Never Go Back trailer, now with more context, more action, and fewer pointless interjections.
Tom Cruise returns as the stoic vigilante hero, who visits Virginia to meet with the head of his former unit (Smulders) and learns she’s been charged with espionage. Then he discovers he’s a wanted man, too. Oh, and that he might have a daughter he never knew about. Lots of drama for our guy this time around.
Watch the first Jack Reacher: Never Go Back trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Tom Cruise is back in action this fall with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the Edward Zwick-directed sequel to Chris McQuarrie’s 2012 film. And our hero hasn’t lost a step. In the first promo from the film, the former military police officer once again finds himself in a sticky situation, and once again kicks, punches, and puzzles his way out of it. Watch the first Jack Reacher: Never Go Back trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
The Jack Reacher sequel is about to take a big step forward. Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) is reportedly in talks to direct the follow-up to the Tom Cruise thriller. In addition, Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz will take a pass at the script. More on the Ed Zwick Jack Reacher sequel news after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this week Legendary Pictures, producers of the The Dark Knight and The Hangover among others, announced they’d gotten a large investment from a Hong Kong investor to move forward with Legendary East, a new company that would make its own movies. Mere days later, Legendary East already has its first project. It’s called The Great Wall and it’ll be directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai). He’ll also co-write the screenplay with partner Marshall Herskovitz, which “reveals the legend behind a great mystery of our age: why this magnificent structure came to be.” Read more after the break. Read More »
Paramount has released a new trailer for Edward Zwick‘s Defiance, the upcoming Daniel Craig WWII film. The film ahs already been getting early award buzz, and the trailer looks powerful. The poster also premiered today on InContention. You can check that out below as well. As always, leave your comments and tell me what you think?
Official Plot Synopsis: Based on an extraordinary true story, DEFIANCE is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.
At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others – men and women, young and old – willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment’s freedom. Tuvia (CRAIG) is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus (SCHREIBER) who worries that Tuvia’s idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael (BELL) is the youngest – caught between his brothers’ fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.
DEFIANCE is directed by Edward Zwick (BLOOD DIAMOND, GLORY) from a screenplay by Zwick and Clay Frohman, based on Nechama Tec’s non-fiction book of the same name. The producers are Zwick and Pieter Jan Brugge. The team recreating the forest haven includes two-time Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Eduardo Serra (BLOOD DIAMOND, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING), production designer Dan Weil (BLOOD DIAMOND, THE BOURNE IDENTITY) and Oscar®-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (GOSFORD PARK, A ROOM WITH A VIEW).
Defiance hits theaters on December 12th 2008.
Compare the trailer to this December’s Defiance to the trailer for October’s Valkyrie. Both begin with solemn white words on black referencing the evils of Adolf Hitler, but only the former manages to build up the palpable suspense and the grave importance of its character(s)’s mission. That is until a jarring tonal shift occurs at the fifty second mark, right when Defiance‘s imagery should have intensified, stopped suddenly and left the audience wanting more. I went from curiosity, to slight intrigue to imagining one of Michael Scott’s feel good office posters. The title doesn’t help. Also, I have no idea what the $50 million budget went towards after watching this.
Directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory, The Last Samurai), Defiance stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell and Liev Schreiber as three Jewish brothers who flee Nazi-occupied Poland and build a makeshift village alongside Russian resistance fighters.
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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition at Yahoo.com. Defiance hits theaters on December 26, 2008.