During the latest episode of CinemAddicts, I expressed a few reservations about watching Scorched Earth. Upon first blush, the post-apocalyptic/Western mash-up seemed like a cheap B-movie that would end up as a huge waste of time.
The good news is that the film is directed by Peter Howitt, the director behind the excellent Gwyneth Patrow flick Sliding Doors, and Gina Carano, so memorable in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, serves as the lead. Along with Sliding Doors co-star John Hannah in the mix, the movie actually surpassed my low expectations.
Earth is now a wasteland where breathing clear air and drinking clean water is a luxury, as survivors need breathing masks and filtering systems simply to stay above ground. Attica Gage (Carano) is a no-nonsense bounty hunter who tracks down criminals simply for profit, refusing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Her biggest target is Jackson (a delightful, scenery chewing Ryan Robbins), a ruthless leader of cutthroats who’s lording over a fear ridden town. Attica eventually ingratiates herself into Jackson and his crew, hoping to find a moment to catch him off guard and compete her mission.
Hannah is Doc, Attica’s nurturing and sarcastic mentor who advises her not to steer clear of Jackson to no avail, and the story’s third act features the pair attempting to ride out of this destructive, one-horse town alive and kicking.
Howitt is clearly a fan of Westerns, and Sergio Leone’s Man with No Name trilogy is clearly an influence on this picture. Though it doesn’t have the narrative gravitas of a Leone flick, Scorched Earth has its share of solid action scenes (along with a refreshingly game Carano) to keep this boat afloat. As proven by Haywire and now Scorched Earth, Carano is more than capable of carrying her own film – hopefully there’s much more lead roles to come down the pike.
Scorched Earth, now playing in select theaters, is also available on Digital HD and On Demand.
Gina Carano proved that she can carry her own film amidst an all-star cast in director Steven Soderbergh’s fantastic Haywire, and now she hopes to throw down once again in Scorched Earth. The narrative centers on a bounty hunter (Carano) who is determined to eliminate a savage outlaw. She eventually infiltrates his gang, but before she can zero in on her mark she becomes involved in ensuring the safety of a slave girl. Though Scorched Earth doesn’t have the budget of a studio driven action flick, the movie’s Western/post-apocalyptic mash-up seems to actually work.
The flick is directed by Peter Howitt, the filmmaker behind the Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah romantic drama Sliding Doors. Hannah is also featured in Scorched Earth, and it’s great to see them work once again almost 20 years later.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Scorched Earth hits theaters and On Demand February 2, 2018.
Airing tonight on STARZ, the delightfully graphic SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE continues its reign of bloody battles as this second season continues to re-enforce the show’s eponymous hero’s place as the greatest gladiator in history. Created for STARZ by STEVEN DeKNIGHT, the cast includes LIAM McINTYRE (brought in to replace the late ANDY WHITFIELD as Spartacus), LUCY LAWLESS, MANU BENNETT, JOHN HANNAH, PETER MENSAH and NICK TARABAY.
At the recent Television Critics Association press event to promote the new season, McINTYRE talked about his concerns that this is a season of change for SPARTACUS, while McINTYRE said he’s ready for action.. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Boldly telling the story of the world’s greatest gladiator, STARZ has opted to go where no other has with the outrageously bloody SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE. In this second season opener, a brothel bloodbath leads to the exposure of several secrets. Created for STARZ by STEVEN DeKNIGHT, the cast includes LIAM McINTYRE (brought in to replace the late ANDY WHITFIELD as Spartacus), LUCY LAWLESS, MANU BENNETT, JOHN HANNAH, PETER MENSAH and NICK TARABAY.
At the recent Television Critics Association press event to promote the new season, McINTYRE recalled the day news of WHITFIELD’S death hit the set. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Swords and sand epics may go in cycles, but after the success of Spartacus on Starz, it’s no wonder the channel would say yes to a prequel.
The Associate Press is reporting that Andy Whitfield, who played the Gladiator hero in the Starz production will appear only briefly in the prequel. But, co-stars Lucy Lawless and John Hannah will be featured prominently in the six-episode prequel set to begin production this summer in New Zealand.
The second season of Spartacus was postponed due when Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He is reportedly responding to treatment.
The prequel, which is yet to be named, is set for a January 2011 debut.