After a post-apocalyptic dystopia (The Road) and Prohibition-era America (Lawless), Australian director John Hillcoat brings his edgy Wild West sensibilities to this gritty present-day heist thriller. The film is fierce and stylish, and utterly gripping even though there's the nagging sensation that nothing is happening under the surface. Thankfully, the actors add plenty of terrific texture to their characters.
It's set in Atlanta, where Terrell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) leads his crew of thugs (Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr., Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus) through a riotously dangerous bank robbery. They're working for the cold-hearted Russian mobster Irina (Kate Winslet), who demands an even bigger heist before she'll pay them. Terrell has a child with Irina, so feels like he has little choice in the matter, but his team is made up of unstable hotheads and corrupt cops who have their own opinions. One of the cops also has a new partner in Chris (Casey Affleck), a tenacious good guy who's the nephew of a cynical detective (Woody Harrelson) who's just beginning to crack this case. So the gang decides to distract the city's police force with a triple 9, code for a downed officer, while they carry out their next elaborate robbery. The question is who will take the bullet.
Matt Cook's script is a bundle of mad twists and turns, usually the result of impulsive gang members who act without thinking. The tension is very high, as each person's morality is warped at every turn. All while Chris tries to remain upright in the middle of a storm he doesn't quite understand. Each character is up against a wall, ready to do whatever it takes to survive in a situation that is getting increasingly out of control. And without more subtext, or at least a sense of these people's back-stories, no one on-screen is very likeable.
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Terrell Tompkins and his team of officers are corrupt, finding ways to embellish their wage has turned into a habit that's about to land them in a lot of trouble. When a powerful member of the Russian mafia learns of Tompkins' money making ways, she blackmails him and his team into pulling a heist for her. Fearing they'll be exposed, the gang carry out the job for Irene, a woman who might look glamourous but has a dark soul. Once the job's complete, the crew believe they're in the clear but savvy Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen has been put on the case and he soon discovers that there's probably more to the robbery than first thought.
That's not the only problem facing Tompkins, Irene tracks the cop down and requests another job - if refused Irene won't hesitate in taking their lives. This job is far bigger than the last and is an almost impossible mission. Feeling their only option is to distract all the cops in their district, the team come up with a plan to pull a Triple 9 call - police code for 'officer down'. However, with Sergeant Detective Allen constantly uncovering more information and being faced with the ordeal of killing one of their own, the job will be far from straight forward.
Triple 9 is directed by John Hillcoat who also directed 2012's Lawless starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy & the film adaptation of The Road starring Viggo Mortensen.
There are spoilers ahead. If you haven't watched 'The Walking Dead' season 4, then what are you doing?
Walking Dead’s fourth season was a fractured affair, and one that got better with age. Once we’d recovered from Hershal’s death and the attack on the prison, our survivors were dispersed into groups as AMC’s zombie drama explored some of the darkest themes of its hugely popular run.
The season’s finale offered up a beautifully poised cliffhanger to lead us into season 5. Although cliffhanger might not be the right word, given we know the people of Terminus aren’t friendly, and we know Rick’s going to go all out to survive, especially considering what he’s done to get to this point.
The bell tolls, we just don't know for whom yet.
It’s time for the hotly anticipated Walking Dead season finale tonight – yes, time sure does fly, when you’re watching people fight off a global zombie plague. This one’s big, as we’ll finally see the band of survivors arrive at Terminus – the sanctuary we’ve been hearing about for months. The place is rumored to be a walker-free haven for anyone, who survives the perilous trip to its gates.
Even universal favorite Daryl might not be safe.
Of course, in TWD, as in life, everything comes at a price. The big questions now are: Is Terminus really what it promises to be? If so, how has it stayed that way? And most importantly: which members of the prison team will even make it there? It sounds almost too good to be true. Given the writing team’s tendency to go for surprise plot twists of the bloody variety, the team might be about to have the rug pulled out from under them. It has happened before *cough* Governor *cough*.
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Ahead of tonight's return, the stars warn these 8 episodes aren't for the faint-hearted
For fans of The Walking Dead, season 4’s hiatus has felt like a lifetime. So tonight’s mid-season premiere will come as a welcome relief. There won’t be long to bathe in the sweet sunlight, though, as things are getting serious…
Danai Gurira is Michonne, and she walks about like this
“Keep the lights on and stay near a loved one,” says Danai Gurira, who plays grump samurai sword weilding Michonne on the AMC zombie drama.
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The face of didn't disappoint and not everybody made it to the end - SPOILERS AHEAD
The Walking Dead has reached the midway point of season four and after being reunited with old foes and faced with new threats from within and outside the prison walls, the midseason finale did hold a lot of promise. When it aired on AMC last night, on Sunday, 1 December, the coming together of Rick Grimes and our new friend Brian Heriot, AKA our old enemy The Governor, did not disappoint.
Not everyone will make it to the end
Heriot, as he goes by now, has assumed the position as alpha dog of another collection of people, people in desperate need of a leader, and he has plans for war. He leads them with a rallying call, preaching to the camp, “The people who destroyed the camp I was in with Martinez, they live in a prison… We could live there,” before showing off his spoils from last week; a captured Michonne and Hershel, currently being held hostage. Tara is the only one who seems surprised by this, did he capture two people on his lonesome, with no help or weaponry? But the Gov is able to feed her some cock and bull story about how he happened to bump into them and got lucky. Whatever he's feeding the camp, Michonne and Hershel could be key to gaining access to the prison, and without bloodshed perhaps too.
The biggest threat on last night's episode was the flu, not the zombie virus, however the biggest treat of the night was kept until the end
In the latest episode of The Walking Dead, titled 'Internment,' it wasn't just the zombies threatening harmony within the prison walls as a deadly outbreak of influenza was seriously affecting much of the group and tensions were beginning to mount. There was also a huge surprise in store for us as we reached the end of the episode, as we saw the shadowy return of a former favourite. The rest of this story contains spoilers.
The Walking Dead is back on track thanks to 'Internment'
The first thing we notice in 'Internment' is just how many sick people are draining the prisons' supplies from within the quarantine zone. With their numbers rising quick, its up to Hershel to work over time and ensure that he can save as many people as possible. But even for a guy with the patience of a saint, his wits are being run thin as the casualty numbers continue to rise and their conditions only seem to get worse. When we see our first flu-caused fatality die in Glenn's care, all whilst Glenn is having a coughing fit, we get to see just how serious things are. Things got even more worse when the deceased flu victims began to rewake as zombies (naturally) and climbed from their cells into the sick bay, making more zombies and placing Hershel and Glenn in grave danger.
There were some real horror moments in the latest episode of the AMC series as things began to get lively again
'Internment' is the latest episode of the Walking Dead and in a season where thrills and shocks were becoming more scarce in favour of pretty depressing story lines, episode five of the latest season was a much-needed shot in the arm. Twists were met with new shocks as 'Internment' and near-misses were met with genuine walker threats, and what's more,t here was a great little twist to cap off the episode. The rest of this article contains spoilers.
The series is back on track after last nights episode
The first thing we notice in 'Internment' is just how many sick people there are and how quickly their numbers are rising. Hershel is working over time to make sure that he can save as many people as possible, but even his patience is being run thin as the casualty numbers continue to rise due to the flu infecting the prison. Our first casualty occurred when one mof the guys Glenn was seeing to died right when Glenn was having a coughing fit, which wasn't too convenient to say the least. Things got even more inconvenient though when the deceased flu victims began to rewake as zombies and climbed from their cells into the sick bay, making more zombies and placing Hershel in grave danger.
We waved goodbye to a central character in the latest edition of the AMC series, but we might not have seen the last of them
Over the course of the past three seasons, we've waved goodbye to a number of important Walking Dead characters in unforgiving circumstances, but on the latest episode of the zombie drama, titled 'Indifference,' there was a much more civil goodbye from one of the less civil individuals. Their deeds and eventual banishing from the prison commune inevitably took up most of the episode, as we also discovered a little more about the remaining cast. The rest of this article contains spoilers.
Season four is well under way now
When we first met Carol, she was a frightened, deer in the headlights-type of girl whose survival often came into question. By the time she was cast out of the prison by Rick, she had developed into someone numb to violence or fear, someone willing to do what was needed when faced with danger. We found out this week that she didn't give a second thought to murdering Karen or David, as she told Rick that she did what she believed was essential for the well-being of the rest of the community.
AMC's hit flesh eating series returned last night to inject some zombie-shaped goodness into the hole left by the 'Breaking Bad' finale
The Walking Dead season four premiered on AMC on Sunday, 13 October, night and with this return there was an eerie calm over the people, as a sense of togetherness has developed over the period between the end of season three and here. As the title suggests, walkers have been scarce in numbers and devious characters have been keeping to themselves, but as detailed in our season four preview, there will be a whole new threat to the characters this season, one that is only just about to rear it's ugly head. The rest of this article contains spoilers.
What could be i store for the characters this season?
The Woodbury people are still hemmed in at the prison and we see Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in the yard tending to his crops, zombies clawing at him from the other side of the gate. Finding a gun in the ground during his work, he tosses it aside like yesterday's newspaper. Still the same old Grimes. When Carl (Chandler Riggs) comes out to see his dad, who is this time tending to the prison yard pigs farm, Rick warns him not to name the pigs (Carl notices that "Violet" looks sick) as they are food.
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The teasers have already begun in preparation for the season premiere in October.
Fans of AMC’s Walking Dead tend to get just a tiny bit obsessed with the show, but there’s one character in particular that gets everyone’s approval – Daryl Dixon. It’s not surprising then, that when the first Season 4 promotional photo, depicting a masked Daryl hit the web, the collective chatter of excited fans could wake up the dead (ha!)
Reedus looks a lot less threatening without the mask on.
The photo raises a lot of speculation, namely, what on earth could Darul be doing? In the getup, Norman Reedus (the actor who plays the beloved character) could very well pass for a trainrobber – that is, if the show was set in the Wild West and not in an Apocalyptic wasteland, where, among other things, money is obsolete. Whatever the reason behind Daryl’s dress-up, the photo makes one thing clear – the man can pull off the masked look. Then again, it might leave the actor/character’s numerous female fans quite disappointed.
The season premiere of "The Walking Dead" comes with a number of surprises, as Rick Grimes' group of survivors battle their way into an old maximum security prison and clear it out to set up camp inside. The gang have to fight an army of zombies to get through the prison yard. They separate into teams, with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) sniping out the walkers, Rick running to close the gates and cut off their entrance and the rest of the group fighting from behind the fences. Gore ensues, in typical series fashion. The fight is a tense one, but the gang manage to secure the prison yard in the end. There's no time to rest though, as the rest of the prison still awaits, supposedly holding supplies of food, ammo and medicine, oh goodie! In a twist that comes as no surprise to fans of the original comics, the walkers aren't the only challenge the survivors have to face in this episode.
The episode also features an appearance by the mystery hunter, who saved Andrea and is seen again kicking some serious zombie tail.
Meanwhile, Rick's group go forth to secure a larger area of the prison. They get separated by a heard of walkers at one point, leaving Maggie and Glenn all alone to protect themselves. Finally, the team manage to come back together, but not before Hershel gets himself bitten by what he thought was a dead body. The episode's final twist comes in the form of Rick chopping off Hershel's leg to save him from infection. Whether or not Hershel will survive, still remains to be seen in next week's episode.
Set in broken down Mexico City, the film finds Vollmer receiving a visit from beat-heads Allen Ginsburg (Ron Livingston) and Lucien Carr (Norman Reedus). (Carr, a minor figure in beat history, was a UPI reporter responsible for introducing many of the beats to one another as well as inspiring Jack Kerouac to type On the Road on a roll of teletype paper.) Burroughs (Kiefer Sutherland) is off on one of his bisexual booty calls, leaving his wife to ponder whether she should stay with her philandering husband (being no faithful lap dog herself) or skip town and return with her two kids to New York with Lucien and Allen. (Her very short history should tell you which route she actually chose.)
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Visually and atmospherically, the video game-like vampire-action sequel "Blade II" is slick, dark and cool, yet it doesn't take itself too seriously. The flick's fancy-schmancy martial arts fight scenes even incorporate low-brow wrestling moves like the pile-driver.
But strip away its elusive sense of humor and its expensively hip Hong Kong-spawn sheen, and what's left is a sloppy plot, lifeless characters (no pun intended), and elementary execution masquerading as something more.
Based on one of those now-ubiquitous comic books set in a dusky, dingy alternative reality, the movie is about a vampire hunter who is half vampire himself -- he has all the usual bloodsucker powers but he can go out in the sun. Wesley Snipes, sporting a flamboyant flattop coif, wrap-around shades and a black leather duster, reprises his title role from the 1998 original, which was pretty much nothing but blood-splattered nightwalker-daywalker showdowns set to a rave music beat. Knowledge of that movie isn't a prerequisite for this one, which is a marked improvement while still being saddled with all the same problems.
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