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Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban
Adaptations of obscure comic books have not fared too well as of recent. For every Wanted, there’s been a Jonah Hex. So when ads started playing for this adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, DC/Homage imprint, many outside the graphic novel geek community said “Huh?” Even the premise—a former Black Ops expert is forced to rejoin his fellow spies in a last ditch effort to save the woman he loves from assassins - seems borrowed from several, better films. Still, with a cast consisting of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeeman, and Dame Helen Mirren (oh yeah, and the mediocre Mary-Louise Parker), this could have potential.
It’s been fairly hush hush around the post-production camp for Clint Eastwood’s latest. Even with less than two months before release, few facts are known about this follow-up to his much beloved Invictus. With a script by Peter Morgan, the man behind The Deal, The Queen, and Frost/Nixon, one would expect another taut insider slice of political life. Instead, reports have the script being similar to The Sixth Sense. At least Eastwood is smart enough to bring back Matt Damon as a reluctant psychic who can speak to the dead. Beyond that, everything else about this intriguing effort from the 80 year old Hollywood icon is a big fat question mark.
The Company Men
Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson, Yolande Moreau
The Company Man
It’s got a relatively timely storyline—Ben Affleck is a corporate executive who suddenly loses his swanky six-figure job to downsizing. Reluctantly, he agrees to join his brother’s (Kevin Costner) dry wall business. Sadly, writer/director John Wells is not known for his work in feature films. He’s had a celebrated career in TV (including stints with ER, Third Watch, and The West Wing) but there is a major difference between drama on the small screen and the amplified emotions of movies. While his cast seems capable—including costars Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper—one fears too much boob tube and not enough cinematic bravado.