Avast! Trailer For Lawless.

After watching this trailer you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Great Depression in America was a blast. Full of action, danger, excitement, explosions and sexy gun battles. Sadly it wasn’t, as the reality looked more like this.

But hey, who cares about gritty realism when Hollywood is in charge. Let’s have a full blown, good old Southern hoedown with added Gary Oldman.

Lawless is directed by John Hillcoat a man responsible for such brilliant films as The Road and The Proposition, and stars a hefty cast consisting of  Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy the aforementioned Gary Oldman, Guy Pierce,  Mia Wasikowska and is based on Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest County In The World, which tells the story of  three brothers who find their bootlegging business under threat in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia.

The book was adapted for the screen by none other than all-round mental bastard Nick Cave, a man responsible for the insanely brilliant script for the proposed Gladiator sequel which criminally never saw the light of day thanks to unimaginative movie execs, which included Maximus leading tanks during WWII and even featured the Pentagon. Here’s a small sample of a speech Maximus delivers in the script:

You are students, are you not? Scholars? Learned young men? Then, answer me this: Does Rome stand deep-fixed and deathless as in the time of the great Caesars? No. I think not. Does she prowl the world, hungry and fearless and all-power? Again…I think not. Do the Gods sit mighty and well-pleased in the Heavens and bestow on her, her just rewards? No and again, no…I think not. Rome weeps and this little fish swims in her tears. A fish…a little fish…hidden around an old man’s neck. The earthquakes that have ripped this mighty empire asunder…charge this little fish. The infernal plagues and disease? The hellish pestilence that ravages our land? Charge this little fish… The diabolical rage of the Gods? I say again…CHARGE THIS FISH. And charge the one that wears it! The man here spits n the eyes of the gods themselves! He is the enemy of us all!

F@cking movie execs!

Avast! Trailer For Lock-Out aka MS One: Maximum Security.

First off let’s us just say how refreshing it is to finally watch a trailer for an action film that doesn’t have a muscled out, juiced up, meat head as the main protagonist.

Ever since Memento and LA Confidential we’ve been big fans of Guy Pierce and it’s great to see him finally tackle the action genre. That being siad this film does look very similar to John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and by very similar we mean almost identical.

The plot for Lock-Out aka MS One: Maximum Security rattles around like so:

In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue, in return for his freedom.

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Half of the crew here are appalled at such a blatant plot rip-off while the other half are genuinely excited to see Guy Pierce pull off a Kurt Russell and Rudy from Misfits finally get the wider recognition he deserves. Let’s face it Joseph Gilgun was pissing in the wind as a suitable replacement for Robert Sheehan on the hit Channel Four Sci-Fi series so it’s good to see the boy get his chops into a role which could lead him to bigger things.

Recalling his days at the community service centre in Wretham.