Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard, David Denman, Ty Burrell, Brooke Smith, Bruce McGill, Jim Pavitt
As we move farther and farther away from the Bush Administration and their various War on Terror dirty tricks, expect to see more movies like this. Indeed, the case of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband’s criticism of the Invasion of Iraq stands as one of the more seedy entries in the entire push to invade. With original Bourne backer Doug Liman behind the lens (how many out there actually remember that he helmed the first of the Matt Damon actioners?) and a solid cast including Ms. Watts and Mr. Penn, this has end of the year accolades written all over it.
An unmanned train loaded with biological and chemical weapons is out of control, headed for a well populated area, and it’s up to a grizzled locomotive engineer (Washington) and his conductor trainee (Pine) to try and save the day. A little over a year ago, it looked like this project would fall apart when the studio tried to lowball director Tony Scott and its Oscar winning star with reduced salaries. Washington got so angry he pulled out. A renegotiation later and he was back on board. The trailer promises some decent nail biting thrills and edge of your seat action. Has the potential to be very good indeed.
Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Ty Burrell, Jeff Goldblum
Harrison Ford in a comedy? Annie Hall herself as his bickering co-anchor co-star? Rachel McAdams as the production young gun charged with giving their sagging morning news show a meaningful make-over. If it wasn’t for the name as part of the production (J.J. Abrams) and the man in charge of direction (Notting Hill/Changing Lane‘s Roger Michell) we would be more than worried. Add in the past of screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (27 Dresses, Fame) and we are concerned all over again. Here’s hoping that a combination of age and experience helps the otherwise sitcom situations here succeed. Of course, the film was bumped from the Summer to the Fall, so…