Posts Tagged ‘Ving Rhames’

This week’s releases include: a possessed house; a secret section of history; the second chapter of an adult animation; a holiday picture; a vengeful Death; a medieval sequel; a classic novel committed to film; a surprise visit from the stork; the forlorn find happiness; a super dysfunctional family; a radical couple; and a zombie sideshow. (more…)


This week’s releases include: a modern-day gladiator; an old school horror movie; a family torn apart; a cheery musical; a revenge fantasy come true; a set of tragic stories; a period drama; a comedic hunt for evil; an existential look at life; a sinister abuse of the Internet; and a talking animals picture. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a slasher sequel; a dark, cyberpunk future; a political docudrama; an historical trek through South America; an eccentric family’s opening season; a police mystery; a fantastic mandated job; and a physical odyssey. (more…)

This week’s releases include: the implosion of an Aussie crime family; an historical epic told through the eyes of an unlikely character; a sketch comedy bonanza; a science fiction drama that takes alternate realities to the extreme; an epic gangster narrative that spans 35 years; countless bloody deaths caused by ancient fish; and an account of a creation that changed the world. (more…)

There have been many attempts to recreate and modernize the 1940’s detective film, but most fall flat; Give’em Hell Malone ranks a few levels above that.

Malone (Thomas Jane) is a private eye with a reputation of being so tough he can’t be killed. Hired to retrieve a briefcase from a seedy hotel, Malone walks into a trap set by the city’s most notorious crime boss. To protect the contents of the case a bombshell client (Elsa Pataky) that can be nothing but trouble, Malone battles the hulking Boulder (Ving Rhames) and an army of thugs.

The picture attempts to evoke a Will Eisner style, using ‘40s detective language and ‘50s cars; the men wear suits, ties and fedoras, and the women are in high heels and A-line skirts. The feel is right, going as far as to only use revolvers instead of automatic weapons. Furthermore, Jane delivers the lines like a classic gumshoe, managing to avoid being laughable for the majority. The one improvement would have been a grainier aesthetic to match the gritty atmosphere.

Sadly, even though a lot of effort was put into the appearance and sound of the movie, the actual plot is lacking. The story has several twists, but the connections and motivations are not concrete. In addition, the femme fatale is not very genuine and the villain is a cheap imitation of Batman’s Two-face. With a cast wholly capable of pulling off this style of film, it’s unfortunate they didn’t have better material with which to work.

Special features include: interviews with Jane, Pataky and Doug Hutchison.

This is another case of a movie using a recognized title for a “reimagining” but employing only minimal elements from the original. Some advice: if you want to make a different movie, have the creativity to come up with your own title.

A small town in Colorado is under quarantine due to the pervasive outbreak of a virus with flu-like symptoms. Cpl. Sarah Bowman (Mena Suvari) is recalled to her hometown to serve in the military lockdown under Captain Rhodes (Ving Rhames). She is teamed with privates Bud Crain (Stark Sands) and Salazar (Nick Cannon) to manage the crisis. As the situation worsens, Sarah goes home to ensure the safety of her mother, brother Trevor (Michael Welch) and incidentally his girlfriend Nina (AnnaLynne McCord). Things get ugly unbelievably quick as the infected suddenly and simultaneously become flesh-eating monsters that take over the town.

George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead (1985) was the third chapter of the living dead series. It took place in an underground bunker post-zombie outbreak, where government scientists are attempting to understand and possibly cure the zombie epidemic. Their research reveals the creatures maintain residual elements of their pre-dead selves.

In this version, in which horror director Steve Miner states he wanted to make a different movie, there is a military presence, the infected do remember and the characters eventually end up in a bunker. However, the infected are not really zombies but victims of a government experiment gone wrong that was fatal but awarded them superhuman abilities.

This is a second-rate zombie flick without any real scares. The dialogue is repetitive and there are several unexplained holes in the story and character development. The cast performances are adequate but short of notable, with the exception of Sands. Fortunately, the special effects crew does excellent work creating nasty, creepy monsters.

There is an alternate ending among the DVD special features that is worth checking out and the interviews are faintly interesting but the rest (feature commentary, on the set) are lacklustre.