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Suspenseful & Thrilling | Review of ‘Life’ (2017 Film)

By Cynthia Ayala

Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare & Olga Dihovichnaya
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.”


The alien in space movie is not new, many are failures, but others have become staples of the genre. Life is part of the latter. The premise of the film is about a team of scientists who have discovered life on Mars. At first, the creature is docile, but when provoked, the alien has entered monster territory, if only for its desire to survive. The problem is it doesn’t know when to stop feeding, creating a being that is incredibly dangerous. What makes it even more dangerous is how smart it is. It evolves, and with its evolution, it grows bigger. It’s a sinister being and the writers knew how to develop the creature, its needs and everything that made it dangerous.
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R.I.P.D. | Movie Review

image Directed By: Robert Schwentke

Screenplay By: Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi

Story By: David Dobkin, Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi

Based on Rest in Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker & Stephanie Szoztak

Fun movie to watch but it’s not stellar. Being partially biased to this movie considering I am from Boston myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges made a great team being a part of two separate generations of law enforcements. Jeff Bridges, as always, was both great an amazing being a western guy who is so incredibly full of himself. Then there is Ryan Reynolds who made him a great partner. These two were the two best guys for the part and the overall plot line was good, it was solid, there were no holes in the story and everything tied together in the end.

However, that all being said, it wasn’t anything new. This summer seems to be the summer of apocalyptic movies and compared to some of the movies that have already come out this summer, it wasn’t anything special. Yes this movie had a great cast and was fun to watch, but it’s nothing really special. Here you have Ryan Reynolds playing a somewhat dirty cop who was done in by his partner played by Kevin Bacon, who turns out to be dead the entire movie. The dead are trying to bring collect the pieces of an ancient artifact that can unleash the dead onto the world of the living; it’s made out of gold, the same gold that brought on Ryan Reynolds death. So after that incident, the rest of the movie becomes a bit predictable. Kevin Bacon is evil, something that is revealed instantly.

So Reynolds and Bridges are working hard to try and stop the end of the world. Cliché plotline executed very well.

The special effects were good, not amazing but well done for the movie. There was a lot of comic relief that had me laughing so much throughout the movie and the bittersweet heartache in the movie between Reynolds and Szoztak was the sweetest thing in the movie. Like I said before, some parts may have been cliché and predictable, but the fun energy in the movie and the great acting really overshadow all of that. ★★ (B)

Ridley Scott Bringing Us A Team Of Psychics With Mind MGMT At Fox

By: Sean O’Connell

Mind_MGMT_35431Ridley Scott is one of the few filmmakers who stays just as busy as a producer as he does in the director’s chair. As he puts the finishing touches on The Counselor with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem, the Prometheus director is putting his name behind an adaptation of Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT.

Twentieth Century Fox will distribute the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which says that a search for a screenwriter to adapt Kindt’s popular graphic novel is “under way.” The Dark Horse graphic novel follows a government agent named Henry Lime, who leads a team of psychic spies and investigators. The action in the book takes place after Lime has a freak out (with disastrous results), forcing him to go into hiding. But a second character, true-crime author Meru, comes into the picture and starts investigating Lime and his former organization.

Obviously, there’s a ton of shadow-corporation potential in a story such as this, and we can see why the director behind Body of Lies, American GangsterBlack Hawk Down and Black Rain would be attracted to this material. Now we have to wait until we see whom Fox taps to write the film – and whom they hire to direct.

Later this year, Dark Horse will have another adaptation of a popular book — R.I.P.D. — in theaters. That one casts Ryan Reynolds as a recently-deceased police officer who joins a team of undead cops to solve the mystery of who killed him. So the books come at stories from different angles, and if R.I.P.D. takes off, Fox might have faith in 

Source: Cinema Blend


Rosario Dawson Joining Ryan Reynolds In Queen Of The Night

By: Sean O’Connell

rosario_dawson_35278Queen of the Night sounds like a vampire movie, and given Hollywood’s penchant for bloodsuckers it’s easy to see why one might be swayed into thinking that was its intent. Instead, it’s a missing-child thriller from acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, and it just added a stellar leading lady to its growing ensemble.

Rosario Dawson has accepted a key role in Egoyan’s latest, according toVariety. She’ll play the lead detective heading up an investigation into the location of an abducted child. Ryan Reynolds has already been cast as the girl’s father, who has been grieving her loss for eight years. However, he then starts to receive clues that suggest to him that his daughter is still alive. It sounds intense, and knowing Egoyan, there’s likely even more darkness lurking below the surface that we’re not yet exposed to.

Dawson, to her credit, finds time to work with some of the top directors in the industry, carving out a formidable career without having to fall into the traps that come with superficial celebrity. Egoyan joins an illustrious list of filmmakers who’ve found time to collaborate with the outstanding Dawson, from Oliver Stone (Hannibal) and Spike Lee (25th Hour>He Got Game) to Quentin Tarantino (Death Proof). She’s currently filming scenes for Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City sequel (after appearing in the first), and can next be seen in Danny Boyle’s Trance, where she’ll join James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel in an art-heist thriller that involves hypnotherapy. She no doubt will be an excellent component to Egoyan’s thriller, as adding her to virtually any film makes that picture better.

Source: Cinema Blend


Ryan Reynolds Joined By Mireille Enos And Scott Speedman In Queen Of The Night

By:  Eric Eisenberg

Mireille_Enos_34634Mireille Enos and Scott Speedman are best known for their respective work on the small screen, but now they’re making the jump to features. The two actors are the latest performers to join the cast of Queen of the Night, joining Ryan Reynolds. The thriller follows a father (Reynolds) who has for eight years has been forced to spent eight years trying to get over his daughter’s abduction and assumed death. But when he discovers a series of “disturbing clues” he begins to believe that his daughter is actually still alive.

Deadline, which reported the casting news, says that Enos will be playing the part of Reynolds’ wife, who is just as just as grief stricken (the site adds that the character “dutifully checks in with police each year on her daughter’s birthday”). She becomes involved with the plot when she realizes that events at her work place are also clues about her daughter. Speedman meanwhile will play a cop working the missing girl case. Atom Egoyan is directing the film and production is scheduled to begin in the first few months of 2013.

Enos, who was doing one-off episodes of various television series before landing major roles in HBO’s Big Love and AMC’s The Killing, will next be seen in Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad as well as Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot. In the summer she has Marc Forster’s World War Z with Brad Pitt coming out and she is currently in production on David Ayer‘s Ten.

Speedman most recently played XO Sam Kendal in the Shawn Ryan co-created series Last Resort, and will next star in Barefoot with Evan Rachel Wood and Beyond Apollo with Ali Larter.

Source: Cinema Blend


Highlander Reboot Loses Its Director

By: Eric Eisenberg

juan_carlos_fresnadillo_34348If Juan Carlos Fresnadillo isn’t careful he’s going to wind up with a reputation of having a short attention span. In October of last year it was announced that he was moving on from the just-about-dead remake of The Crow to make a new version of Highlander. Unlike The Crow, some forward progress was made with the adventure film, signing Ryan Reynolds to play the lead role, but still more than a year later Fresnadillo has decided to say adio

Deadline has gotten word the Spanish filmmaker is no longer directing the Summit Entertainment-produced Highlander reboot. Despite the director’s long-time commitment to the project, it would seem that there is no bad blood between the two parties. Evidently Fresnadillo and the studio simply couldn’t see eye to eye on the direction of the film, and “finally agreed to disagree.” Summit will now start looking for a new director, but still has Reynolds attached and a script written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.Fast Five‘s Justin Lin is attached to the movie as a producer, having previously been signed on to direct.

It sounds like Summit has a very clear idea of what they want in aHighlander film and there’s a very good chance that they will simply find a filmmaker who agrees with their specific vision, but if you had to pick who would your dream director be for the Highlander remake? Who would you like to see play opposite Reynolds as the villain? Do you even want a newHighlander? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Cinema Blend


Jon Favreau To Direct, Ryan Reynolds To Star In Battle For Bonneville

By: Eric Eisenberg

Director Jon Favreau may not be helming Iron Man movies anymore, but his filmmaking career isn’t slowing down at all. He’s already set to helm an adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys and has signed a deal with Disney to direct their upcoming Magic Kingdom project, and now it would seem that a third film has fallen onto his plate.

Favreau is reportedly attached to direct the new drama Battle For Bonneville and already has Ryan Reynolds attached to star, according to Deadline. New Regency is currently in talks to acquire the rights to the film, which tells the true story of Art and Walt Arfons, a pair of half-brothers and former drag racers who teamed up to create a jet-powered car that they eventually used to break the world land speed record three times. Dan Gilroy, who most recently worked on the script for the action-thriller The Bourne Legacy with his brother Tony, wrote the screenplay for the new project. While Magic Kingdom isn’t mentioned in the new story, the site says that Favreau will be doing Jersey Boys next and then will likely move on from there to do Bonneville.

Favreau last directed the sci-fi/western Cowboys and Aliens and has been doing a good amount of acting recently, taking roles in movies like the upcoming Seth Gordon comedy Identity Thief, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 (in which he will be reprising his role as Happy Hogan). Reynolds most recently made a dialogue-less cameo appearance in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted and has The Croods, R.I.P.D., and Turbo, set to be released in 2013.

Source: Cinema Blend

Ryan Reynolds May Go A Bit Nuts In Psychological Thriller The Voices

By: Eric Eisenberg

the_voices_33463It’s been a fairly quiet year for Ryan Reynolds, but that may just be because of how loud 2011 was. Last summer he had his big chance at a breakout, starring in Green Lantern and The Change Up, but neither of those films were able to do what they were expected to do at the box office. Earlier this year he played alongside Denzel Washington, but even that seems a long time back at this point (as does his tiny cameo in Ted). But now it looks he’s back to picking up roles and is now working towards added a new thriller to his list of upcoming projects.

Reynolds has entered early talks to star in The Voices, a new film from director Marjane Satrapi. Deadline says that the script was written byParanormal Activity‘s Michael R. Perry and is about a man named Jerry Hickfang, a “lovable but strange” guy who works for a bathtub factory. He spends a great deal of his time pining for a woman in the accounting department. The problem is that Jerry is also a little bit nutter butters and when his relationship with the woman results in murder he can only turn to his “evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog.” The script has previously made the Black List, which is the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Satrapi is best known for writing and directing the 2007 animated film Persepolis.

Next year should once again be a big year for Reynolds, who is voicing characters in two animated films – The Croods and Turbo – and acting in two live action roles – R.I.P.D. and Big Eyes. And, of course, we’re all still waiting for him to dedicate some of his time to Deadpool.

Source: Cinema Blend


Universal Wins Bidding War For Safe House Writer’s Script Black Box

By: Kristy Puchko


One of the surprise hits of 2012 is Safe House. “Surprise hit?” You might scoff, “It starred Denzel Washington!” True, but it also starred Ryan Reynolds, who lost much of his leading man appeal following flops like Green Lantern the underrated comedy The Change-up. Nonetheless, the spy thriller with a moderate budget of $85 million took in more than $205 mil worldwide, making it one of Universal’s most bankable efforts to date domestically.

Safe House‘s success has already led to its director, Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, being offered the chance to replace Ridley Scott at the helm of Child 44, and has spurred Universal pursue a Safe House sequel.And now THR has good news for Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, the former US Weekly editor who is now one of Hollywood’s most sought after spec script writers.

Guggenheim’s latest spec script Black Box went out to studios Wednesday, sparking a bidding war between DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Universal. At the end of the day, Universal reportedly laid down an offer in the upper six-figures that secured the screenplay which begins with a horrific plane crash once Air Force One plummets in America. The political thriller then follows an investigator whose life is thrown in the balance once he uncovers the plane’s black box, which contains evidence that the official report of “technical issues” is just a smokescreen.

In a Hollywood frenzied for established franchises and movie adaptations of marketable pre-existing properties, Guggenheim has been enjoying extraordinary success as a spec screenwriter. Aside from Safe House andBlack Box, he’s also sold Millennium Medallion, which has become the soon-to-be released Stolen starring Nicolas Cage and Malin Akerman, and Summit snagged his Puzzle Palace, promptly attaching McG to helm. In short, everything’s coming up Guggenheim.

Source: Cinema Blend

Universal Preps Safe House Sequel

By: Kristy Puchko

safe_house_32800Making more than $202 million worldwide, the Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds-fronted thriller Safe House was one of the surprise hits of early 2012, not to mention one of Universal’s biggest domestic successes to date. And now the studio’s looking to double down, laying groundwork for a so-called Safe House 2, though the possibility exists this sequel may turn prequel.

THR reports Universal has already secured Safe House scribe David Guggenheim to return, but there’s no word yet on whether Washington or Ryan may be asked to reprise their roles. Of course, those who saw the first film know (obviously spoilers ahead) that for Washington to be involved, the film would essentially need to be a prequel as his former CIA agent Tobin Frost bit it in Safe House. While prequels initially earn groans when announced to moviegoers, it might be wise to take this route as Ryan Reynolds has repeatedly struggled to shoulder a movie on his own (sorry Green Lantern). But as THR insists Universal is eager to have Washington return, an alternative could be some movie magic that resurrects his slain character. Which of these would be more preferable/less loathsome?

Sadly, it seems unlikely director Daniel Espinosa will return, as he appears moving on to bigger (and better?) things like replacing Ridley Scott on the crime thriller Child 44. But if Universal sticks to their playbook in picking up-and-coming foreign talent to helm their mid-level action-thrillers, we could get word of an exciting new addition to this project. Maybe they could snag The Raid‘s Gareth Evans or Sleepless Nights‘ Frédéric Jardin? Share your picks for the director’s seat in comments.

Source: Cinema Blend