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.
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.”
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After being absent from the last few Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Orlando Bloom is back as Will Turner in the newest installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales. The movies have always played well to a younger audience, and with the franchise now 14 years old, fans often tell Bloom they’ve grown up with the films. All of that comes as a bit of a surprise to Bloom, who admits he’s not exactly sure why the movies have made as big an impact as they have with kids. (Click on the media bar below to hear Orlando Bloom)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in theaters on May 26
After starring in both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now Hobbit trilogy, Orlando Bloom is facing the end of the series with mixed emotions. With the premiere of the finale, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, just a few months away, he’s happy to have had the experience, but sad to know he’ll never visit the mythical land of Middle Earth again.
But as torn as Bloom is about it, he knows it will be even more difficult for Peter Jackson, who wrote, produced, and directed all six of the movies. In other words, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit has been the primary focus of Jackson’s life for more than a decade. Bloom tells us that dedication on Jackson’s part is what made the movies so great, and why it will be so difficult to say goodbye. (Click on the media bar below to hear Orlando Bloom)
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17.
Opening in theaters today, the highly-anticipated fantasy THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is the first of three installments in the big-screen adaptation of J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S classic prequel to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Directed by PETER JACKSON, the cast features MARTIN FREEMAN, LUKE EVANS, CATE BLANCHETT, ANDY SIRKIS, ELIJAH WOOD, IAN McKELLEN, ORLANDO BLOOM and HUGO WEAVING (to name just a fraction of the participants). At the recent press conference to promote the film, director PETER JACKSON spoke with entertainment reporters who couldn’t wait to ask him about the decision to turn a single volume children’s book into an epic multi-feature franchise (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)