One of the greatest joys of being a lifelong Marvel fan is seeing its superheroes have monumental success on the silver screen. Though I did have doubts if director Peyton Reed would actually pull off Ant-Man, he absolutely succeeded, and the trio of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas all had wonderful chemistry.
Reed is back behind the camera with Ant-Man and the Wasp, and this time out Scott Lang (Rudd) is trying his best to balance his duties as a crime fighter and family man. With Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) by his side, Lang undertakes a new mission which may have him uncover secrets from his past.
The teaser looks pretty great, and the Giant Man appearance in the clip is definitely a welcome sight. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Ant-Man and the Wasp, co-starring Michael Pena and Walton Goggins, hits theaters July 6, 2018.
Willem Dafoe will receive the Icon Award at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) for his work in The Florida Project. The Film Awards Gala takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center January 2 and will be hosted by Mary Hart.
Dafoe’s previous movie credits include The Last Temptation of Christ, What Happened to Monday, and Affliction. “Willem Dafoe is a versatile actor who has appeared in over one hundred films in his stellar career,” said fest Chairman Harold Matzner. “In The Florida Project, Dafoe delivers a career defining performance as a hotel manager overseeing his sometimes unruly residents, which has received numerous critical accolades. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present this year’s Icon Award to Willem Dafoe.”
Dafoe has received two Oscar nominations (Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire). Previous recipients of the Icon Award include Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 2-2018.
Although it featured a couple of wonderfully choreographed action scenes, the spy thriller Atomic Blonde was a bit of a disappointment. Flying much more under the radar was Unlocked, a thriller headlined by Noomi Rapacethat, unlike the aforementioned film, hits the target.
Rapace plays Alice Racine, a talented CIA interrogator who is haunted by a terrorist attack in Paris. Determined to make up for what she believed was her own failure to complete a mission on time, Racine attempts to stop an impending attack on London. Michael Douglas, Toni Collette and John Malkovich serve as her superiors in various departments (Douglas is her mentor and close friend), and they help Alice on her perilous mission. Orlando Bloom co-stars as a thief who also joins Alice, but he might have motivations of his own.
Noomi Rapace, seen earlier this year in What Happened to Monday, does a great job as the determined agent and she once again proves she’s adept at handling dramatic and action sequences. Michael Apted, a veteran craftsman who also directed the James Bond feature The World Is Not Enough, was also the perfect choice to direct Unlocked. Filled with a ton of action and more twists than your average pretzel, Unlocked is a flick that’s definitely worth a look.
The Blu-ray version comes with a 13-minute featurette on the making of the film and has interviews with Apted, Rapace, the producers, and the rest of the supporting cast.
Fresh off a tour de force performance in What Happened to Monday, Noomi Rapace is back once again in the action thriller Unlocked. The story centers on Alice Racine (Rapace), a London based case worker who’s pulled back into the CIA after her mentor (Michael Douglas) discovers an imminent terrorist threat. Along with an ex-soldier named Jack (Orlando Bloom), Alice is in a race against time to stop a biological attack in London. Michael Apted, the director behind the 1999 James Bond flick The World Is Not Enough, directs.
“Unlocked is a spy thriller but not at all what you would expect,” said Rapace. “It takes turns and twists that are completely unpredictable which I love. It’s fun – it’s brutal. It’s very raw. I always wanted to do like a Jason Bourne (type of film) but a female version. She’s a little bit of a sister to Jason Bourne I would say.
Click on the media bar to hear Rapace talk about how she relates to her character in Unlocked:
Unlocked opens in theaters and On Demand September 1.
In Unlocked, Michael Douglas plays a high ranking CIA agent who brings back a protege (Noomi Rapace) to help him take down a terrorist. Along with the aid of an ex-soldier (Orlando Bloom), the trio attempt to stop a biological attack on London. Michael Apted, director of the James Bond flick The World Is Not Enough, is behind the camera.
“I love stories where you can’t guess the ending and this particular quality of Unlocked I liked a lot” said Douglas who cites the 7 up documentary series and Coal Miner’s Daughter as among his favorite Apted movies. “What separates it as a spy thriller is this amazing female lead. I don’t think I’ve seen any in the genre that has had a female lead, in particularly as one as strong as Noomi both as an actress and as an action lead.”
Click on the media bar to hear Douglas talk about why he signed on to do Unlocked: