In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the title and the plot, leaving everything feeling rather over-familiar. Nothing remotely surprising happens, and there's absolutely no subtext beneath the relentless verbal and physical violence. But a first-rate cast makes it watchable, and the action sequences are shot with a gritty energy that's rarely seen in these kinds of mindless thrillers.
It's now set in Las Vegas, where Detective Vincent (Jamie Foxx) and his shifty partner Sean (Tip "T.I." Harris) have stolen a stash of drugs during a deal between psychotic criminal Novak (Scoot McNairy) and vicious casino boss Rubio (Dermot Mulroney). Also on their trail is the Internal Affairs investigator Bryant (Michelle Monaghan), who is looking into police corruption with her partner Dennison (David Harbour). And after Novak kidnaps Vincent's teen son (Octavius J. Johnson), he only has one long night to sort out the mess, catch the bad guys and clear his name.
The main problem here is that Vincent is a good guy from the start, an undercover straight-arrow who has absolutely no internal conflict. This doesn't give Foxx much to play with, aside from worrying about his son and juggling questions from his ex-wife (Gabrielle Union). He just charges through each scene as the only heroic figure on-screen, Die Hard style, while Mulroney and McNairy merrily chew their way through the scenery. Both are clearly unhinged, and the actors have a great time striking each macho pose. Monaghan gets a slightly more complex role, although Bryant is little more than an irritant in the film, doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons. At least she's a forceful woman in a sea of brutally violent tough guys.
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The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed for the true life adventures Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, both films that spent too much time glorifying rah-rah heroism to properly tell their stories. But this dramatic thriller, which recounts the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, is a startlingly visceral experience, allowing for a lot more humanity in the characters. Which actually makes them feel both more honest and more heroic.
Wahlberg plays Tommy, a street cop who feels like no one notices that he's rather good at his job. When two brothers (Alex Wolff and Themo Melikidze) explode bombs at the marathon's finish line, Tommy leaps in to help the injured. And due to his local knowledge, he also helps advise FBI investigator Richard (Kevin Bacon), who is working with the local police commissioner (John Goodman). As the frantic manhunt for the bombers extends over the following days, Tommy's wife (Michelle Monaghan) tries to get him to rest, but he pushes on. And with the whole city helping the cops, the brothers are eventually chased into the neighbourhood of beat cop Jeffrey (J.K. Simmons) for an intense showdown.
This film manages to get the balance right between gritty action and inspiring heroics. Berg mixes documentary footage in seamlessly, grounding everything in reality, and he lets the actors draw out the flaws in these real-life people. This makes them much easier to identify with, which in turn makes the action sequences that much more involving. There's a shootout in here that is perhaps one of the most outrageous ones ever put on film, even more remarkable because it's true. And while Wahlberg is the only character who gets some proper depth, he plays Tommy beautifully, bouncing off everyone else in ways that add meaning and energy to the film.
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Michelle Monaghan at the 2016 AFI FEST Closing Night Gala screening of Lionsgate's 'Patriots Day' held at El Capitan Theatre and Presented By Audi - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 17th November 2016
Aaron Paul will star in ‘The Way’, an upcoming series for Hulu.
Aaron Paul will star in a new drama series on Hulu. The 35-year-old actor, who is best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman in AMC’s Breaking Bad, will star in The Way. The upcoming series is being produced by Jason Katims, who is best known for his work on Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Paul will also serve as a producer on the upcoming series.
Aaron Paul will star in The Way.
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Back in the eighties, NASA sent a time capsule up into space to connect with possible life forces on other planets. But when neighbouring aliens discover a feed of classic arcade games such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders, they interpret it is a threat of war. Fearing for the safety of their planet, they send pixelated monsters in the shape of beloved video game characters to Earth to destroy mankind, and the only people who can stop it are record-breaking gamers Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant. Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten is also on the team, providing a set of creative weapons to defeat the characters. But can this group of gaming experts really stop Pac Man eating up the city?
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In 1982, Earth created a time capsule of popular culture from the era, and sent it into space in order to establish contact with extra-terrestrial life. Somehow, an ancient race of alien lifeforms that have never had any other contact with mankind did not understand the meaning of the 'message'. They especially take offence to the inclusion of 'Pac Man' and 'Donkey Kong', and assemble an army of pixelated, murderous 1980s video game characters and send them back to Earth to destroy the humans. With the world on the brink of destruction by a giant 'Pac Man', mankind has just one hope: a hodgepodge collection of retro gamers, using their old techniques to defeat the greatest video game boss of all time.
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'The Best of Me' is potentially the worst Nicholas Sparks adaptation ever. Which says a lot.
Making its case for worst Nicholas Sparks adaptation ever in The Best of Me - one of this weekend's cinematic offerings and easily one of the worst movies of the year. This sort of stuff usually sells - Safe Heaven, The Last Song, Dear John and, of course The Notebook - but there's a theory that The Best of Me won't be the guaranteed earner that Relatively probably assumes it is.
Based on Sparks' novel of the same name, the book tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Billed as an "epic love story", The Best of Me appears to contain every cliché in the book. That's the book of movie clichés, not the book The Best of Me - although that probably contains just as many platitudes.
Continue reading: Ouch. 'The Best Of Me' Scores A Lowly 8% On Rotten Tomatoes
Dawson and Amanda are living the life of the typical movie love story - they spend their time enjoying long summer days and nights together, until events conspire to break them apart. Dawson is arrested and goes to jail, leaving Amanda to live out her life without him. After being called to the funeral of an old friend, the couple meet each other for the first time in twenty one years. The couple begin to ponder the idea of letting go and moving on from your first true love, as they are dragged together into a relationship which also pits them against the same forces that drove them apart in the first place. The romantic drama spans decades, showing that some loves can truly last a lifetime.
Continue: The Best Of Me - Official UK Trailer
Michelle Monaghan has given birth to a healthy baby boy!
American actress, Michelle Monaghan has welcomed her second child with husband, Peter White, this past Wednesday (Oct 30th).
The baby boy is called Tommy Francis White and joins big sister Willow Katherine, aged 5.
People were first to confirm the happy news with a rep for the couple stating they "have welcomed their second child to the world."
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The actress is expecting her second child with husband Peter White
Actress Michelle Monaghan is pregnant once again, with the Source Code actress expecting her second child with husband Peter White. A source close to the pair speaking with US Weekly this Friday (June 14) revealed the news, adding that Monaghan is already a few months along in her pregnancy. Congratulations!
Monaghan and her graphic designer husband White already have a 4-year-old daughter, Willow Katherine, with their second child expected this fall. This is great news for the couple, who married in August 2005, and in particular Monaghan, who is currently experiencing her most successful year in front of the camera to date. The former model already has three movies set to be released this year, including Better Living Through Chemistry, Fort Bliss and A Many Splintered Thing with more to follow in 2014 and beyond.
In the past, the Iowa native has spoken extensively about how much she enjoys motherhood and that she always places her daughter first before her work, something that will continue with every child she has. She told Women's Health magazine in 2010 of her harbouring to be a full-time mother, telling the magazine; "On my kitchen counter sits a KitchenAid mixer, a potty seat, and a small pile of scripts. That pretty much sums it up. I'm a homemaker, a potty trainer, and a part-time pretender."
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