Tuesday, 18 February 2014

"Robocop", "Winter's Tale", "Endless Love", "The Past", "I, Frankenstein"

by
Julien Faddoul














Robocop

In 2028 Detroit, a policeman is turned into a cyborg after being critically injured in the line of duty.
Slim revenge action reboot with a confusing message and no villain; unsurprisingly, the satire of the original has been gutted.

d – José Padilha
w – Joshua Zetumer   (Based on the Screenplay by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner)
ph – Lula Carvalho
pd – Martin Whist 
m – Pedro Bromfman
ed – Peter McNulty, Daniel Rezende 
cos – April Ferry

p – Marc Abraham, Brad Fischer, Eric Newman

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Aimee Garcia, Douglas Urbanski















Winter’s Tale

A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.
A truly terrible piece of filmmaking where plausibility, tone and logic are nonexistent.

wd – Akiva Goldsman   (Based on the Novel by Mark Helprin)
ph – Caleb Deschanel
pd – Naomi Shohan
m – Rupert Gregson-Williams, Hans Zimmer
ed – Tim Squyres, Wayne Wahrman
cos – Michael Kaplan

p – Akiva Goldsman, Marc Platt, Michael Tadross

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Eva Marie Saint, Will Smith, William Hurt, Ripley Sobo, Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths, Finn Wittrock












Endless Love

A privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
A remake of the 80’s film based on the novel that doesn’t resemble either in any way. A movie like this becomes laughable all too easily, with a cast and director who have no understanding of one another.

d – Shana Feste
w – Shana Feste, Joshua Safran   (Based on the Novel by Scott Spencer)
ph – Andrew Dunn
pd – Clay A. Griffith
m – Christophe Beck
ed – Maryann Brandon
cos – Stacey Battat

p – Pamela Abdy, Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Scott Stuber 

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield












The Past **

A French woman requests a divorce from her estranged Iranian husband so she can marry someone else.
Farhadi presents another polygon of dishonesty but this time goes for melodrama instead of poeticism. His fluidity from shot to shot shows an excellent thoughtfulness at work, more so than a master storyteller.

wd – Asghar Farhadi
ph – Mahmoud Kalari
pd – Claude Lenoir
m – Evgueni Galperine, Youli Galperine 
ed – Juliette Welfling
cos – Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz

p – Alexandre Mallet-Guy

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karimi












I, Frankenstein

Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.
Infuriating cinematic vapour with nothing of value evident.

d – Stuart Beattie
w – Stuart Beattie, Kevin Grevioux   (Based on the Graphic Novel by Kevin Grevioux)
ph – Ross Emery
pd – Michelle McGahey
m – Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek
ed – Marcus D'Arcy
cos – Cappi Ireland

p – Sidney Kimmel, Gary Lucchesi, Andrew Mason, Tom Rosenberg, Richard S. Wright

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Billy Nighy, Jai Courtney, Aden Young





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