One of this year’s most underrated flicks was director Guy Ritchie’sKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and hopefully this film will reach a wider audience when it hits Blu-ray and DVD August 8 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The narrative traces Arthur’s (Charlie Hunnam) journey from a street wise hustler (he was raised by prostitutes) to an initially reluctant leader. Heir to the throne, Arthur simply wants to exist away from the spotlight, but he must do the right thing after his uncle Vortigern’s (Jude Law) evil influence spreads across the land. The epic co-stars Eric Bana as Arthur’s father and Djimon Hounsou as one of Arthur’s fellow knights.
The Blu-ray version comes with the featurettes “Arthur with Swagger,” “Sword from the Stone,” “Parry and Bleed,” “Building on the Past,” and “Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur,” “Camelot in 93 Days,” “Legend of Excalibur,” and “Scenic Scotland.” The DVD version’s sole special feature is “Arthur with Swagger.”
Episode Four of CinemAddicts, a podcast that’s a joint collaboration with Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions, is now available for download on iTunes. This week we review The Finest Hours, an epic action adventure that’s headlined by Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. Based on a true story, The Finest Hours had its share of surprises,including a standout and potentially star making performance from Holliday Grainger.
Also covered this week is a breakdown of the Oscar nominated short films which, like The Finest Hours, will be released in theaters Friday, January 29. If you’re unable to catch the shorts on the big scream, a slew of various streaming services, including Netflix,will house the shorts. For more information, go to www.shorts.tv.
Other films that are discussed on this week’s podcast include Kung Fu Panda 3, the 2013 surreal drama The Double, and Pretty Maids All In A Row, a cult film starring Rock Hudson that’s available via the Warner Archive Collection.
Are you excited about The Finest Hours or is there an Oscar short you’re dying to see? Feel free to comment below!
Now playing in theaters, DELIVER US FROM EVIL is an impressive little horror thriller that makes good on its promise to deliver scares to the summertime date-night crowd. Directed and written by SCOTT DERRICKSON, the film boasts an impressive cast that includes ERIC BANA, JOEL McHALE, EDGAR RAMIREZ and SEAN HARRIS. Inspired by a ‘true’ story, DELIVER US FROM EVIL manages to be a fun distraction and a great excuse to kill a couple of hours in an air-conditioned theater on a hot Summer day.
We caught up with stars ERIC BANA and JOEL McHALE on the red carpet at this years WonderCon and they fessed up to what scares them in real life.
Deliver Us From Evil starts off with three U.S. Marines encountering a terrifying presence at an Iraqi desert palm grove before cutting to present day life in New York. To be specific, it’s the Bronx, and Sergeant Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is a dedicated officer who’s deeply affected by the shattered lives he encounters on a daily basis.
As much as he loves his wife (Olivia Munn) and daughter (Lulu Wilson), Sarchie is horrible at pretending everything is completely fine. His sole form of solace lies in sharing a squad car with fellow officer Butler (Joel McHale), an ex-Army Ranger whose sarcasm briefly softens Sarchie’s all too intense persona.
Evil comes in many forms, and when the idea of demonic possessions enters the picture, Sarchie looks the other way. There is a logical explanation for a person’s instability and criminal actions, and any paranormal theories, at least to Sarchie, is a waste of time.
Edgar Ramirez is Father Joe Mendoza, a once morally conflicted priest turned exorcist. He tells Sarchie that there is a deeper reason why things really go bump in the night. A primary evil exists in our world, and exorcism is a means to a necessary end.
While Deliver Us From Evil is packed with the requisite horror sequences and carefully placed edits to make audience members scream or shudder at the opportune moments, the film isn’t just a cookie cutter thriller. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) brings a human aspect to the proceedings, as he understands that to partly understand the supernatural, the “natural” must spring forth.
The true conflict, one can argue, from Deliver Us From Evillies in Sarchie’s battles with his own demons. His conversations with Mendoza regarding faith and spirituality are among the narrative’s strongest moments, and their philosophical exchanges don’t come off as corny or half-baked. Having Ramirez and Bana at the center of these conversations definitely elevates the creative stakes, but Derrickson, who penned his first draft of the script over a decade ago, has also crafted a solid narrative.
On a visceral sense, the film’s final exorcism sequence, which pits our protagonists against a possessed Mick Santino (Sean Harris) will have you glued to the screen. At times, it may feel a bit too intense too watch, leaving you either exhilarated or exhausted (maybe even both). Harris is a complete revelation in this scene, as he goes above and beyond the call of duty as a man who’s entirely lost in another dimension.
Deliver Us From Evil is a cop thriller/exorcism hybrid that balances both genres with cinematic brio. Ramirez, Bana, and a buffer than usual McHale are fully engaged in their respective roles (McHale fans will also be treated to a first rate fight scene with Harris), and Derrickson has directed yet another first rate paranormal thriller (it’s great news he landed the Doctor Strange directing gig).
The story’s based on Ralph Sarchie’s book Deliver Us From Evil: A New York City Cop Investigates The Supernatural. Since this is Hollywood, the book and the film aren’t exactly one and the same, but we don’t watch movies to fact check. If you’re in the mood for a good scare and a bit of drama to boot, Deliver Us From Evil understands that the devil is truly in the details.
In the clip below, Eric Bana talks about his initial conversations with Scott Derrickson regarding Deliver Us From Evil:
To check out our full Q&A interview with Deliver Us From Evil star Eric Bana, check out the post on our sister site Deepest Dream.
Opening July 2nd, Deliver Us From Evil has been a passion project for director/writer Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) for over a decade. The story, based on former cop Ralph Sarchie’s (played in the film by Eric Bana) journey into the world of exorcism in New York.
The validity of exorcisms or the supernatural is entirely up to one’s opinion and experience, and thankfully Deliver Us From Evil Derrickson throws a bit of grounded reality amidst all the storyline’s more fantastical elements.
The project’s most ambitious scene, in which Sarchie and a priest (Edgar Ramirez) battle with a spirit that’s possessed a former Iraqi war vet (Sean Harris) took several days to shoot. Harrowing, tense, and ultimately viscerally thrilling, the exorcism sequence will have you on the edge of your seat, and we asked Derrickson how he pulled off such a feat.
“Yeah, it’s a really complex scene to pull off, part of it was because we were in such tight quarters, because it was just not a big space,” said Derrickson, who has signed on to direct the feature Doctor Strange. “That was the idea was to trap these three enormous personalities into this one space with this conflict, but it was a technically difficult scene too. There was a lot of makeup changes, which means every time something happens, you’ve got to stop and reset the makeup. But I think the impact of it in the end came down to those actors and them being prepared. Edgar having done his homework about what he would be doing exactly as an exorcist, and most importantly Sean Harris just delivered on that scene.”
Although Bana and Ramirez do solid work on the sequence, Harris went through the most physical and emotional hoops for the scene. “He really went to a crazy dark place in the second half of that scene, to the point where it was upsetting for people on set,” added Derrickson. “He was retching between takes and he was in some kind of weird trance state. People were nervous for his mental health shooting that scene, I’m not kidding. It shows because when he begins to speak, and he starts to speak the Spanish lines from the point where there’s the stigmata, there’s not a human presence behind his eyes or in the way he communicates. It is alien. It is so dark and that’s just what great actors can do.”
Are you going to check out Deliver Us From Evil when it hits theaters? Comment below and give us your thoughts on the project once you see it! To check out my interview with Deliver Us From Evil co-star Joel McHale, go to our sister site/blog Deepest Dream.