Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Releases - Week of August 27th

Starring: Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, Jay Hernandez,
Chris Brown, Tip “T.I,” Harris, Michael Ealy
Directed by John Lussenhop for distribution by Screen Gems (Sony)

The Plot:
A highly successful team of criminals, team up for one last mega score, but find the odds stacked against them when a tough as nails detective (Dillon) takes a personal interest in their past heists.

The Final Word:
“Takers” is a movie whose back story may have more appeal than the film itself. It almost held the distinction of being the first movie people could have “invested” in through movie futures. That was until Congress making legal movie gambling illegal, so it will just have to settle for being one of the last action films of the 2010 summer movie season. Although it does hold the distinction of casting two actors to portray criminals who have also recently had very public brushes with the law themselves. While some believe that fact could impact its bottom line, I look more at the fact that if Sony had any confidence in the movie, it wouldn’t be released in the dog days of August.

Starring: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Iris Bahr
Directed by Daniel Stamm for distribution by Lionsgate

The Plot:
A troubled but talented minister (Fabian) agrees to have his last exorcism filmed for a documentary, although he finds this one to be more difficult any of his previous.

The Final Word:
Patrick Fabian is not one of those guys whose name is instantly recognizable. Although take one look at him and I almost can guarantee you’ve seen him somewhere before (Saved By The Bell: College Years fan take note). While he may not be the most logical choice to lead a movie, Lionsgate has a good history with horror films and they’ve proven if the story works you don’t necessarily need a name-cast.

 Previewed next week: The American, Machete & Going The Distance.