Lone Survivor is a dramatisation of the 2005 SEAL mission in Afghanistan to kill or capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Director Peter Berg has based his screenplay on the book of the titular ‘lone survivor’ Marcus Luttrell and the result is one of the most brutal films I have seen in years. The opening credits show us real life footage of navy recruits training for inclusion in the SEAL teams. This footage, dramatised in films like G.I. Jane, reminds us of just how tough these men need to be. Continue reading “Lone Survivor” »
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Fresh from acclaim at the Cannes film festival comes the trailer for the drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. From relatively new writer / director David Lowery comes a tale of a life, love and the hope of redemption. The film features an impressive cast with Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck leading the line.
The film’s plot involves two lovers being separated by the law after a shoot out. After several years the man breaks out of prison with the intention of finding his way back to his woman. She has moved on and is now involved with a police officer. A classic love triangle played out in rural USA.
Ain’t The Bodies Saints is released on 16th August.
Before the 2012 psycho cop drama Rampart (reviewed here) Oren Moverman debuted in the directors chair with the military drama, The Messenger.
Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) has returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq. He was seriously injured and has returned to the US to recuperate and see out the last few months of his enlistment. He is assigned to Casualty notification team alongside Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson). Having no background and no training in dealing with delivering bad news to relatives of soldiers, Will is severely conflicted. He feels that he can not perform the duties laid out before him. It doesn’t help that his personal life is a car wreck. Continue reading “The Messenger” »
Moviescramble reviews the 2012 cop drama Rampart
Before viewing this film I had no idea what the title referred to. I had to do a bit of digging to find something about it. Rampart refers to a division of the LAPD. There was a scandal in the late 1990′s where more than seventy police officers were involved in widespread corruption. This film is set in the aftermath of the scandal where the main character Dave Brown, played by Woody Harrelson, is the last of the renegade cops still on the force.
Dave Brown is a relic from a bygone era of the LAPD. To all, including his family he is known as Date rape Dave as he shot and killed a Serial date rape suspect. The film starts with Dave mentoring a new officer, taking them through the daily routine and what is expected of the Police in Rampart. We then move on to his family life. This is as complex as his work life. Over the years he has been married twice and has two daughters. They all live together in commune style with Dave moving from one ex wife to the other making advances for a bit of bedroom action, usually to no avail. What he does not get at home he seeks out in the local bars and clubs. This is what his life amounts to. Work followed by an unorthodox home life, drinking, drugs, smoking and casual sex. Into this mix a charge is raised against him for a beating on a driver who crashes into his police car then flees the scene. The beating is caught on camera by a bystander and passed to all the local television stations. Cop beats citizen is always big news, especially in rampart so Dave is hauled up in front of his superiors and threatened with charges being raised against him. Dave being a very eloquent and knowledgeable man, having studied law in the past, is able to talk his way out of suspension. Further problems arise from ongoing money issues leading Dave to get involved with ripping off a high roller card game. This goes slightly awry leading to further complications and Dave’s professional and private life threatens to spiral out of control. Continue reading “Rampart” »