The new action-thriller with star Liam Neeson (Taken 3, A Walk Among The Tombstones) is opening in theaters tomorrow from director Juame Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Orphan). The two filmmakers have worked on several previous projects together, including Unknown (2011) and last year’s Non-Stop; this time out Neeson stars as mob-hitman Jimmy Conlon, who is approached by his long-time friend and mob-boss, Shawn MaGuire, when the former kills the latter’s son and wants to exact justice in a game of you-killed-my-son-so-I’m-gonna-kill-yours. The story comes from screenwriter Brad Ingelsby (The Dynamiter, Out of the Furnace) and co-stars Oscar-nominee Ed Harris (The Abyss, Apollo 13), Joel Kinnaman (Safe House, RoboCop), Boyd Holbrook (The Skeleton Twins, Gone Girl), Bruce McGill (Cinderella Man, Lincoln), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black). Check out the trailer here on MADE, then see it in theaters this Friday.
With pretty much all of the original cast returning from the blockbuster hit Olympus Has Fallen, including Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman, there is a chance that the upcoming sequel London Has Fallen will be at least as action-packed as the original, but any kind of a story the writers try to produce already seems automatically cliche. Olympus Has Fallen was released in 2013 and was praised for it’s action sequences and visual effects, but the story wasn’t necessarily anything you haven’t heard before. The new movie will also bring back original actors Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett, and Radha Mitchell, who will also be joined by Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley. Haley is most widely known by younger audiences for portraying the masked hero Rorschach in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (2009), but his Academy Award-nomination came from his supporting role in director Todd Field’s Little Children (2006). The actor has also appeared in All The King’s Men (2006), Semi-Pro (2008), Shutter Island (2010), Lincoln (2012), and the recent remake of RoboCop earlier this year from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The plot will apparently involve an assassination plot that will take place at the funeral of Prime Minister, but it reads to me like this series is turning into a modern-day Escape From New York/Escape From LA sequel series: just a similar story taking place in a new location, but I guess we’ll see when it hits theaters in 2015. The film will be directed by Babak Nanafi from a script by Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt and new team member Christian Gudegast.
RoboCop was a smash hit when it was first released to theaters back in 1987. The story involved a police officer in Detroit who was terminally wounded and transformed into the ultimate law enforcement cyborg. The film was directed by Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers, Total Recall) and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, who also wrote both sequels. Peter Weller and Nancy Allen led the cast of the movie, with Kurtwood Smith (Red from That 70s Show) appearing as the main villain. The new movie has taken the story another 15 years into the future, taking place in a more futuristic 2028 Detroit, but still revolves around the same general story-line. The new movie is directed by Jose Padiha and stars Joel Kinnaman in the lead role, as well as Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Leon The Professional) and Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice). Also coming to theaters this February is the World War II drama/action flick The Monuments Men starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman and Bill Murray. The film is based on the novel about a true story following a platoon that is tasked with the mission of saving priceless works of art from Nazi thieves and returning them to their owners. The book was written by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter and adapted for the screen by director and co-star George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Argo, Good Night and Good Luck). You can check out the trailers for both these movies right here on MADE, but you’ll have to wait another month to see them in theaters.