Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Trailers: Brighton Rock, Source Code, Frankie and Alice

Graham Greene's 1938 novel Brighton Rock gets a big screen adaptation starring Control's Sam Riley as small-time tough Pinkie with supporting roles brought to you by the likes of Helen Mirren, John Hurt, and Andy Serkis.  The film's events split from the novel (and the 1947 film version) in that they've been pushed into the 1960's, so, Greene fans be wary.  While I've never seen the'47 Attenborough edition, I know it's said to be a British classic.  Rumor has it, the mod take on film noir is just a little bit distracting.  Brighton Rock had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival where the critical response was something of a mixed bag.  Riley was fantastic in Control, so I'm hoping that in spite of adaptation continuity errors (which, I can't say I really care about here), this turns out to be a worthy little thriller.

Last year, I loved Duncan Jones' debut feature Moon.  It was a taut, highly-polished work of pure science fiction that was deservedly fawned over by critics of all sorts.  Of course, when something is that good, the pressure is on.  For his sophomore effort, Jones is releasing Source Code, a thriller with a mysterious trial and error sensibility centered around Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal),  a man involved in an experimental government project who finds himself living and reliving a terrorist attack on a passenger train.  If you're like me, this has the potential to either be shockingly well-executed or insanely, frustratingly tedious; like a video game from hell. We shall see when the film is released in April, 2011.

And finally, for your consideration: a bit of Oscar bait.  This is the trailer for Frankie and Alice, the movie that has some folks buzzing about the possibility that Halle Berry will sneak into contention and once again snatch up an Academy Award.  Yeah, three words:  multiple personality disorder.  Also known as: the quick way to get Tilda Swinton (I Am Love) and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) snubbed.  The film focuses on a woman struggling to keep her racist alter in check.  Class, what's another word that gets the Academy all a twitter?  That's right, it's racism.  Mental illness and racism in one movie?  If they threw a Nazi in there they could sweep every category.  Of course, in all fairness, it does look like Berry at her best.  The film itself, however, could veer too close to the melodramatic for comfort.  Frankie and Alice drops into extreme limited release on December 10th, but won't expand nationwide until February 4th, 2011. 

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