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CONTRABAND
I didn’t really know what to expect when I went to see this. I wasn’t particularly impressed by the trailers and ads, but I have to say — this film surprised me in more ways then one. This is a slick, smart, dark caper the likes of which I haven’t seen in awhile. This film hits the right notes so many times it’s not surprising that Kate Beckinsale and Giovanni Ribisi would take small, supporting roles here (when they’re bonified stars, Kate moreso than Giovanni).

If you’re looking for a smart crime film with nice action set pieces thrown in for good measure — Contraband is it. A real surprise, and you likely won’t be disappointed watching this film.

***½

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Release Date: January 20, 2012
Studio: Sony, Screen Gems
Director: Måns Mårlind & Björn Stein (Shelter, Storm)
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, India Eisley, Michael Ealy, Kris Holden-Ried, and Stephen Rea.
Plot: [Underworld Awakening] brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans, as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D. 

Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Thoughts: The Underworld series ranks right up there with the Resident Evil movie series in terms of guilty pleasures. It is awful, yet at the same time strangely addictive and entertaining. Plus, it’ll be great to see Kate Beckinsale return as the vampire who loves squeezing herself into skin tight leather and shooting guns with an endless supply of bullets. It hits theaters at the end of January. It is a little surprising that Scott Speedman’s Michael Corvin isn’t returning along with Beckinsale, but maybe that is just a little surprise that the action flick has in store. We’ll have to wait and see.

You must have heard by now that after Ridley Scott is done with his Alien “prequel”, that he will be returning to the world of replicants and the dystopian future society in Blade Runner. Now, as much as I would love to see Ridley Scott direct a follow up to Blade Runner, I can’t help but worry that it will take something away from the original. The mystery that we were left with at the end of the movie. Sure, he could be crafting a new story set in the world, heck it might even take place before or around the time of the original movie (again like his new Alien universe movie Prometheus). But will he be able to capture the magic of the original? Harrison Ford’s Deckard? Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty? Will modern CGI make the world seem a little too clean?

Recently we were treated to new images and a plot synopsis for the new entry into the Underworld series, and now we have a full trailer! After a one film break Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene, and much has changed over the years. Vampires have been revealed to the world, hunted down and imprisoned. Only few remain in hiding. Will Selene be able to rally them and save her people? As an audience member are we supposed to be rooting for the vampires to defeat the humans? Because that seems kinda off. The lovely Beckinsale is joined in this installment by Michael Ealy, India Eisley, Stephen Rea, and Theo James. It comes out January 20th, 2012. Click here to check out the film’s trailer.

Posted on August 19th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Film News: Blade Runner 2? Underwolrd Trailer!
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As we move closer to the July 22nd release of Marvel Studio’s Captain American: The First Avenger we are getting more and more goodies for the comic adaptation. If you head over to the teaser website you’ll find more than a dozen images from the movie (including the one above), the theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, superbowl spot, and a shot plot synopsis. Check out that picture of Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull and tell me that you are not excited to see Marvel’s super solider come to live on the big screen.

Shock Till You Drop scored a plot synopsis and an image from the forth installment of the Underwold series. The image features the return of Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a sexy vampire with a taste for leather.  From the directing team of Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, Underworld: Awakening jumps ahead in time from the last time we saw Selene in 2006’s Evolution. The secret world of vampires and werewolves has been released to the public, who are hunting them down. The idea sounds like it could be good, but if I learned anything from the past three Underworld flicks, it is that they will be mediocre at best. Even the above image… if I didn’t know better I’d think it was from one of the first two movies in the action series.

We started this entry by talking about one captain, so lets end it by chatting about another one. The classic 90s cheeseball cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers is getting the big screen treatment thanks to Transformers producer Don Murphy and the Cartoon Network. This will be CN’s first foray into theatrical movies. According to reports, the big screen adaptation will be live action and focus on current global issues such as “earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs”.

Murphy’s filmography is a mixed bag. In addition to all three Transformers films (the first two of which I hated, the third I just didn’t bother with), he also produced the horrid adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and disappointing From Hell, along with Shoot ‘Em Up… which was a damn fun popcorn flick. So one out of a dozen ain’t that bad but his name doesn’t give me hope that they could make Captain Planet into a good movie. If anything I think this captain would be better off on the small screen and animated for new audiences. Gear the show to young kids and entertain them while you teach them a thing or two about the environment.

Posted on July 20th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Film News: New Captain America pic, another Underworld sequel, & yet another cartoon goes to the big screen!
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Underworld Kate Beckinsale

Let me start this off by being perfectly honest, I don’t care about the Underworld series, but any reason to post pictures of Kate Beckinsale in tight leather is good in my book.  Moving on, for those of you who enjoy the series and missed her in “Rise of the Lycans”, you can cheer up because Beckinsale will be returning in the forth Underworld flick.

As of yet untitled, we can all assume that the new sequel will resume the war between vampires and werewolves. The script was penned by John Hlavin, who previously wrote episodes of The Shield and Trust Me, and was revised by one of the best comic book writers out there, J. Michael Straczynski, who has written comics for Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, and Thor.

No word yet on if other players in the Underworld will be returning, such as Scott Speedman who portrayed the werewolf/vampire hybrid Michael Corvin, or Michael Sheen’s werewolf leader Lucian, or Rhona Mitra’s vampire (that looks a lot like Beckinsale) Sonja. Rumor has it that we will be introduced to a daughter for Beckinsale’s Selene.

I’ll stay on top of breaking news for the series (mostly so I can post more pictures of Beckinsale).