Blu-Ray Spotlight: Noomi Rapace Holds Action Keys With ‘Unlocked’

unlocked5Although 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 Rapace that, 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.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi

New ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Trailer With Mark Wahlberg Debuts


The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion is chronicled in the upcoming feature Deepwater Horizon, and the new trailer for the film has just been released. Mark Wahlberg is Mike Williams, the electrician who escaped the tragedy that killed 11 people, and the project continues his collaboration with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock). Wahlberg was seen last year in the indie thriller Mojave, which reunited him with The Departed screenwriter William Monahan (he directed the feature), Daddy’s Home, and Ted 2.

The movie also stars Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) and Kurt Russell (Bone Tomahawk, The Hateful Eight) as crew members Andrea Fleytas and Jimmy Harrell. BP representative Donald Vidrine is played by John Malkovich.

Deepwater Horizon opens nationwide September 30. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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Anthony Hopkins Has Mad Professor Acting Prep For ‘Red 2’

RED 2 (Summit Entertainment, CR: Frank Masi)

Anthony Hopkins is, at 75, still passionately engaged in the acting process. He stars as the comic foil in Red 2, the action comedy sequel which features Red returnees Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich.

During the Red 2 press conference, Hopkins went into a long, but fascinating discussion on how real life scientists were inspirations for his character in the project, which was directed by Galaxy Quest filmmaker Dean Parisot.

Click on the media bar below to hear the actor talk about the process of landing and crafting his Red 2 role:

Hopkins will also be seen later this year as Odin in Thor: The Dark World.

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Mary-Louise Parker Enjoys Repertory Feel of ‘Red 2’

RED 2 (Summit Entertainment, CR: Frank Masi)Actress Mary-Louise Parker may best be known to cable fans for her successful and acclaimed run on Showtime’s Weeds, but she also has had a long running passion for the theater.  During the press conference for Red 2, the actress talked about the “repertory” feel she had with her fellow co-stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren.

“It doesn’t usually happen in movies,” said Parker. “And it did on this one. Especially Bruce, and John and I…the three of us. Because we spent the most time together and it’s always us and when Helen shows up anywhere. But the three of us, we’re just kind of this unlikely, little trio that happens to, for whatever reason, we kind of blend together super well and we can just hang out. It’s kind of a weird little mix of people but it kind of works and it does feel like more of a repertory situation or more like you’re coming back to do scenes with somebody who you have a shorthand with and it’s fun.”

Click on the media bar to hear Mary-Louise Parker talk about her bond with co-star Bruce Willis, who she describes as a “lovely and manly” guy:

Red 2, directed by Galaxy Quest filmmaker Dean Parisot, opens July 19.

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Bruce Willis On ‘Red 2’ Production: “We Just Had A Ball”

RED 2 (Summit Entertainment, CR: Jan Thijs) Red contained a deft blend of action and comedy, and thankfully the Bruce Willis headlined flick has now spawned a sequel.

Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones are the new additions for this installment, which has Frank Moses (Willis) once again targeted for death, this time by his close friend and colleague Victoria (Helen Mirren).

During the press junket for Red 2, Willis said that there is more romance in this film and that he was actually a bit more confident about the material going into the sequel.

To hear Bruce Willis talk about Red 2’s different tone than the original, click on the media bar below:

Red 2, co-starring Mary Louise Parker and John Malkovich, opens July 19.

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