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The All Nighter – Trailer 

The All Nighter looks pretty amusing.  The role J.K. Simmons plays–a concerned father who’s daughter has gone missing-vaguely reminds me of Liam Neeson’s character in the Taken movies, but geared toward comedy.

Speaking of Simmons he’s perhaps one of the more versatile character actors working today, with an enviable ability to elevate whatever he happens to be starring in (a quality that used to be shared by Robert DeNiro, till a lack of discrimination in choosing parts killed it). 

You may not have like Vern Slesinger from O.Z.–truth be told, nor were you supposed to–but portrayal of a Neo-Nazi stayed with you.  

Or his portrayal as a UFO abductee from Dark Skies, a performance that resonated with a quiet intensity that elevated the material.

Taken 3 – Trailer

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) may have “a particular set of skills,” that have been parodied on various shows, such as Family Guy, but it seems to me that some very important questions aren’t being asked, such as:  If Mills and his particular set of skills were so effective, why is it that there will be three movies about a guy that can’t either keep himself of his family safe?

Something to think about.

Though when you take into account that the first Taken earned over $226 million (on a $25 million budget) and Taken 2, while almost doubling the budget of the first movie ($45 million) earned over $376 million you realize that there’s no way that the producers weren’t going to that well again.

‘The Prince’ Trailer

From what I can tell from the trailer Brian A. Miller‘s The Prince has nothing at all to do with Machiavelli’s book, which is a pity because I think it would be particularly neat to see a bad guy who treated it as his moral compass.

That being said, the ‘Prince’ is this particular instance is Paul (Jason Patric), who was known by that moniker when he was an assassin.  Now he works as a mechanic–I have no idea why.  It seems to me that it would be good job to take if he wanted to stay under the radar, but seeing that we’re talking about movies and assassins are generally really well-paid, I am not quite seeing it.

In any case, somehow his activities in that prior life are discovered by Omar (Bruce Willis, unfortunately not Michael K. Williams), who apparently had someone he loved killed by the Prince, and wants payback.

So he kidnaps Paul’s daughter.

Now you’re probably wondering if I just forgot to include Liam Neeson, and you’d be right because it does sound like a more morally ambiguous version of Taken.

And what is it with John Cusack, who plays ‘Sam?’  This is the second movie that I have seen him in where he plays second fiddle to another actor.  The first was Frozen Ground, with Nick Cage (great movie, by the way) and now this.  And that’s not meant to be critical of Jason Patric, though Cusack could probably bring a greater earnestness to the role.

And also, doesn’t it also sound like an Antoine Fuqua movie?  It feels like something that he was, at the the very least, considered for because it fits perfectly with the type of films he tends to work on.

The (Un)necessary Remake Dept: Krull

Krull logoLet’s be clear:  Peter Yates’ Krull isn’t a particularly good movie, but it is an awesome one and easily deserving of a remake to correct the problems–which I will go to in a moment–that are there.

How can one movie be two seemingly contradictory things?  Mediocre and awesome at the same time?  Quite easily.  Visually, Krull is a fascinating movie though the Sanford Sherman-penned screen story  could have benefited from a few more rewrites to tighten things up.

The movie revolves around a kingdom on an alien world.  The citizens of this land look human, and technology-wise are at a medieval level of development, as is the structure of their society–they also happened to be primarily British, except for Ken Marshall, which tells you a lot about the origins of the production.

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