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Review: Red Dawn

The “Red Dawn” remake has had a cloud over its head ever since MGM’s financial difficulties, the last minute enemy nationality change and the long delayed release, however, as a proponent of the 1984 original and a true believer that the story had major remake potential, some hope prevailed. I’m allowed to be optimistically naïve every once in a while, right?

It’s a typical night in Spokane, Washington, Matt Eckert (Josh Peck) desperately trying to take down the opposing team in the final seconds of a high school football game. His tendency to take matters into his own hands and “cowboy” his way into the end zone doesn’t prove effective and the Wolverines lose the game, however, that’s the least of Matt’s worries. Later that night, the town goes black and early the next morning, Matt and his Marine brother, Jed (Chris Hemsworth), wake up to North Korean bombs, fighter planes and armed paratroopers. Matt and Jed take to the mountains and hunker down in their family cabin with a few other escapees, but soon come to realize that there’s no use in merely hiding out. They have to defend their friends, family and town.

The original “Red Dawn” certainly isn’t a masterpiece, but it packs enough of a punch to get you rooting for the Wolverines. The 2012 “Red Dawn” finds some similar success, but to a far lesser degree, as the material is far too manic and illogical to support any attempts at character development.

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Review: Immortals

There are so many pieces to the filmmaking puzzle; it’s really no wonder so many movies can’t pull it all together. With the visual king, Tarsem Singh, behind the lens, Immortals was basically guaranteed to be imagery eye candy and, sure enough, Singh delivers big time. If only he’d learn to put the same amount of time and energy into honing his script, Immortals could have given 300 a run for its money.

Way back when, there was a brutal war that resulted in the gods ruling from Mount Olympus and the Titans entombed in Mount Tarturus. Determined to end the reign of the gods, in 1228 BC, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) sets out to hunt down the Epirus Bow, the weapon with the power to unleash the Titans. Right in the path of Hyperion’s destruction is Theseus’ (Henry Cavill) home, a small village nestled in a mountainside of the Kolpos Peninsula. Even with his deft fighting capabilities, Theseus alone is no match for Hyperion and his men and Hyperion butchers Theseus’ mother right in front of him. With the help of the oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), as well as a band of slaves including the thief, Stavros (Stephen Dorff), Theseus sets out to stop Hyperion and avenge his mother.

Meanwhile, up in the clouds, the gods watch and bicker over the proper time to intervene. Riding on his faith in humanity, Zeus (Luke Cavill) demands that his children keep away from the mortals. Should they disobey his orders, he’ll put them to death. However, when necessary, the gods will make their move to ensure that the Titans never escape their tomb.

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SDCC 2011: Interviews With Immortals’ Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz And More

He brought us The Cell and The Fall and now director Tarsem Singh is back, but in, well, a more commercial way. His latest film, Immortals, is a big-budget, effect heavy, action adventure featuring Theseus (Henry Cavill), a man hell bent on taking down the individual responsible for killing his mother, Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Hyperion’s on a mission to find the invincible Bow of Epirus and will do whatever it takes and kill anyone necessary in order to get his hands on it. And that’s where the gods come in, as they’re left with no choice, but to intervene for the sake of humanity.

The Immortals showing at San Diego Comic Con consisted of yet another Hall H extravaganza after which the cast and crew hopped on the roundtable circuit for some far more low-key discussions. First up was a chat with the film’s producers, 300 duo Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari. Canton joked they only took on Immortals out of desperation, but, in all seriousness explained, “We’re very driven by stories and character, the two of us.” In terms of what differentiates this swords and sandals film from 300, Canton assured, “The look, the style, the way we shot it, it’s all different.” Nunnari wittily pointed out, the connection might have come from the fact that they printed “From the Producers of 300” on the Immortals poster. Oh, and Canton prefers Equal to sugar. Hey, I can’t judge; I only use Sweet’N Low.

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Set Visit: Immortals Interviews

Big movie means a big cast, and a big cast means an abundance of set visit interviews. Not only did we get to speak with the man in charge himself, director Tarsem Singh, but Stephen Dorff (Stavros), Freida Pinto (Phaedra), Luke Evans (Zeus), Henry Cavill (Theseus), Kellan Lutz (Poseidon) and Isabel Lucas (Athena), too. Rather than forcing you to ogle your computer screen for hours sorting through transcriptions, I bring you the best of the best of each.

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Set Visit: Immortals

“Dawn of War”? “War of Gods”? “Immortals”?

Regardless of what Tarsem Singh’s massive 3D spectacle is called, it’s still a film involving Greek mythology and therefore, one that’s constantly compared to 2010’s Clash of the Titans. In spite of my personal disappointment in “Clash,” Immortals was my very first set visit, so the moment I committed to visiting the Montreal set, any and all Greek god-related skepticism was behind me; I was thrilled to be getting a first-hand look at the world of Immortals.

In June 2010, journalists from all over the world convened at La Cité du Cinéma, a massive film production facility responsible for films including Death RaceThe AviatorThe Day After TomorrowSecret Window and now Immortals. After a few minutes in the facility’s trophy room – the lobby decorated with posters of past productions – we made our way to the first stop on our tour, the production office.

The room was packed with tables, all littered with schedules, sketches and assorted notes except for an area cleared out to make room for a giant conference table for the visiting journalists. The Immortals staff wasted no time and had us sit down for the first of many presentations.

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Interview: Ethan Hawke

In Daybreakers, Ethan Hawke stars as a vampire. No, he doesn’t sparkle like Edward Cullen nor does he sulk the majority of the movie, but his character does share something in common with the heartthrob of the vampire craze: an aversion to blood. Hawke’s character, Edward Dalton, works as a hematologist trying to devise a blood supplement to replace the near-depleted supply of human blood. The thing is, not only does he have no interest in indulging in the purest of human blood, but he doesn’t think a blood supplement is the answer to world’s predicament.

From the moment Hawke saw the script for Daybreakers, he knew it was something novel that he’d love to be part of. Once he signed on the dotted line it set Daybreakers on the path to a wide release and made it a magnet for big stars like Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Isabel Lucas. He’s eager to give the film’s writers/directors, the Spierig Brothers, their due credit, but it was his faith in the duo who had only made one very small scale film that made the world of Daybreakers a reality. And that faith has extended so far that he’s already talking about how excited he is to do a sequel. Read below for all that and more.

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Interview: Daybreakers’ Willem Dafoe

There’s something very intimidating about Willem Dafoe and that intimidation increases tenfold when he sits down right next to you. After a brief chat about his upcoming film Daybreakers the uneasiness didn’t fade, but I was able to pinpoint its source. When Dafoe takes on a role, there isn’t an ounce of him that isn’t fully committed to becoming the character.

In this case, that character is Elvis, one of few remaining humans in a world filled with vampires. Why would a star as well renowned as Dafoe take a chance on a brother writing/directing team with just one extremely low budget film on their resume? Because it isn’t about the scale of the film to him, it’s about the quality of the content.

Read on to see what Dafoe had to say about his role in the movie, his career overall and his hopes for the future.

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