Time for yet another original from Netflix. The Mechanism (or O Mecanismo) hails from Narcos executive producer José Padilha and is inspired by a true story about events in Brazil that launched the biggest corruption scandal of all time. Watch The Mechanism trailer below.
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Director Jose Padilha may not be a household name yet, but action movie junkies will recognize him as the filmmaker behind Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, and Netflix aficionados may recall that he a director and producer of the streaming service’s true life cartel show, Narcos.
Now Netflix has teamed with Padilha for an intense new crime drama in the vein of Narcos called The Mechanism, which tells a fictionalized version of “the biggest corruption story of all time.”
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Netflix releaseed Narcos Season 2 on Friday and if you’re like me you’ve binge-watched most of it over the holiday weekend. The streaming service isn’t going to wait a month to announce that the show will continue like they did with Stranger Things. This morning Netflix revealed an announcement teaser trailer which unveils the series’ new villain. Watch the Narcos season 3 teaser trailer and learn more, after the jump.
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Narcos is the Netflix series that tells the bloody story of Pablo Escobar, the Medellin cartel, and the law agents who sought to control the flow of cocaine and money in and out of Escobar’s organization. This new Narcos trailer features voiceover from Boyd Holbrook, who plays one of the feds on Escobar’s trail, explaining just how messed up the situation was. It also shows off Wagner Moura as Escobar, and Pedro Pascal as the partner of Holbrook’s agent.
There are big cues from gangster epics such as Goodfellas, and a couple staggering shots, like the image of a man escaping from a trench filled with bodies. Check out the Narcos trailer to see how Netflix is telling this story. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Game of Thrones fans still missing the Red Viper will be happy to know he’ll be back on their TVs in just a couple months. Netflix has set an August debut date for Narcos, starring Pedro Pascal as a DEA agent chasing down legendary drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura). Boyd Holbrook also stars as another DEA agent.
Watch the first Netflix Narcos teaser, and see another Narcos still, after the jump. Read More »
There’s a new city-loving omnibus film featuring work from a crop of well-known directors and name actors, and the first footage from the project is out. In these Rio, I Love You trailers, you’ll see how the producers follow Paris, je t’aime and New York, I Love You with a bunch of new stories set in Brazil’s most internationally famous city and former capital.
This time the produces recruited directors Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Rio), Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel), Andrucha Waddington (Party Crashers), Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?), José Padilha (RoboCop, Elite Squad), and John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) to make various segments of the movie.
Those segments feature a wide-ranging cast that includes Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer, and Harvey Keitel. (And Keitel’s Will this movie help salve the World Cup loss in Brazil? Probably not, but it will keep everyone paid and some audiences entertained. See the trailers below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
After spending the past season on Game of Thrones trying to exact revenge for the death of his sister, Pedro Pascal is skipping over to Netflix to try and bring a different bad guy to justice.
Pascal is set to star in Netflix’s Pablo Escobar drama Narcos, opposite Wagner Moura (Elysium). Jose Padilha (Robocop) is directing. Get more details on the show after the jump.
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Pablo Escobar is a figure that has become the inspiration for many a film, and now he and the Medellin Cartel are going to be the focus of a new limited series on Netflix. The former DVD rental house and current streaming movie champ will be the home for a ten-episode show called Narcos. Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop) is directing. Now Wagner Moura, star of Elite Squad, has been cast as Escobar. Read More »
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When I sat down with director Jose Padilha at Comic Con to talk about his upcoming Robocop reboot, I expected to have a very superficial conversation about his first Hollywood blockbuster. Instead, he dished out a deep psychological dissection of the characters and story of his film.
I’ve now seen the film and got another chance to talk with Padilha about the finished project. We spoke about how he got the directing gig, and the source of the concept at the core of the film. We talk about his background before filmmaking, when he studied political economy at Oxford. He tells me the most interesting thing he learned about the advancement in robotics while developing the movie. We discuss the struggles of trying to make a smart blockbuster movie in the Hollywood system. Why his RoboCop is not R-Rated and dealing with the MPAA over graphic violence in the film. All of this and more can be read in my interview with Jose, after the jump.
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If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.
That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »