Max Winkler’s new bareknuckle boxing drama, Jungleland, is well on the way for moviegoers next month. The film is winding up to punch in a select theatrical release on November 6 before moving to Premium VOD and digital as of November 10, and on that note, we also have a trailer to show for it.
Helping to fill-up the ‘Men On A Mission’ genre of thrillers is J.C. Chandor whose follow-up to A Most Violent Year now has an ensemble cast setting the stakes in Triple Frontier. Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, Garett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal lead the charge with a theatrical open on March 6 to be proceeded by a Netflix rollout on March 13.
A harrowing mission awaits five men looking for a grand steal in the official trailer now online for director J.C. Chandor’s new crime thriller, Triple Frontier. For this, you could even say the road to the film’s completion was equally enduring at best – once housed at Paramount back in 2010 and serving as the starting point for a marathon development period that lasted eight years.
Whenever I think of Charlie Hunnam lately, I think of what could’ve been with the King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword if it didn’t bomb so creatively as it did. A fresh take on the mythology with solid action and an energizing story with an adrenaline-pumping tone would have been awesome to see flourish.
Having found inspiration in the written and filmed life and times of Henri Charrière, Danish director Michael Noer’s latest, Papillon, took to viewers late last year at the Toronto International Film Festival where Bleecker Street ultimately snagged the rights thereafter. This one bares a clear new look with some seriously brutal action that promises, hailed by the casting of Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek with a release date set for August 24, and on that note, a first official trailer to bide the time until then.
The road to fruition for upcoming action thriller, Triple Frontier, has been a long and winding one. The revolving door of actors dates back as far as 2010 with recent news of Channing Tatum, Mahershala Ali, Tom Hardy, Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck all circling the film at some point this year until departing the project while it eventually transitioned from Paramount over to Netflix back in May.
News finally broke on Wednesday for the film revealing talks are happening with actors Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: The Last Knight), Charlie Hunnam (King Arthur), Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound) and Pedro Pascal (The Great Wall) with actress Adria Arjona (The Belko Experiment) also starring. As Deadline writes, details are still nil while what is know is that the film will center its story in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge.
A Most Violent Year helmer J.C. Chandor will direct from his own revisal of Mark Boal’s script with production eyeing an August start in Hawaii and Colombia.
Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Fights On Unstable Ground, Swings Hard And Loud On Enough To Fascinate
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to go and see the one film in 3D that no one wanted to go see. I wish I were kidding in contrast to the headlines but…yeah. I was the first and only one inside the theater room showing King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword with actor Charlie Hunnam before maybe ten others showed up – including four kids, so it wasn’t a total solo outing.
The film comes years after its share of stops and starts prior to nabbing Guy Ritchie to direct the script from Joby Harold and with Hunnam in a stylish, enriched take on the character for its central narrative pitted in an ancient world of kings, warriors and mages, and the compelling existence of Excalibur – the sword passed unto Arthur after pulling it out of a razed stone. Its affects on young Arthur aren’t known until around the tail end of the second act when we meet our embattled reluctant medieval hero from orphaned childhood, enduring hazing by peers whilst enslaved in a Londinium brothel until manhood, becoming much stronger and self-sufficient.
Soon enough, an unfortunate series of events forces Arthur on the run only to find himself among slaves in the King’s court by chance (or prophecy), eventually crossing paths with Excalibur which unlocks his haunted past upon his first grip. With his evil uncle Vortigern having usurped himself into power in the years since betraying Arthur’s father, Uthur, with the aid of Mordred’s army, Arthur’s trepidating quest for answers will implore him to choose his rightful place in his father’s throne at Camelot in the face of pure evil, or live out the grim prophecy that has haunted him for years and will condemn mankind to suffering.
Ritchie’s signature style is almost everywhere in the film from brisk, frenzied interludes to witty dialogue, the latter which is energetically paced and well acted. Jude Law exhibiting a strong villain in Vortigern who stoically sacrifices the occassional loved one so he can get stronger. Hunnam gives worthy portrayal of our title character from start to finish, supported accordingly by Djimon Hounsou and Aiden Gillen who play Sir Belvedere and Goosefat Bill in addition to Kingsley Ben-Adir and Neil Maskell as Arthur’s longtime friends Tristan and Backlack. Spanish actress Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey commands alongside Hunnam as the nameless mage who implements her skillset when needed.
The action is feasible, though understandably frustrating through visbile usual formulaic shaky cam. Thankfully most of the shots aren’t so ridiculously cut that you can’t follow where the action goes but you would be forgiven if some of the tight lensing was an issue. The fights get exciting when Hunnam picks up Excalibur – stunning visuals and stellar 3D showcase a sword that lays waste in any direction with explosive, thunderous approval, invoking one of the albeit best iterations of the longstanding literary figure. Visuals of the landscape are a predictably good to average as you might feel about it depending on your expectations.
Daniel Pemberton’s scoring is a plus as well, though there are a multitude of factors that play into the film’s lack of satisfaction, a lot of which one may say are outlying. The fight sequences, coordinated by Mike Lambert, were entertaining and the Excalibur sequences, which aim to dazzle more than showcase fight prowess, accomplish what they set out to while leaving a little more to be desired in a time when films like John Wick and Logan are embracing perpetually better cinematography. Coloring overall is suitable but overall could dullen the look thus affecting the viewing experience.
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword isn’t a terrible film. It aims high and reaches for a vision keen on starting something special in all its grit and fervor, and Hunnam is an extraordinaty candidate for the role, joined by a cast that would have been primed for a franchise in another lifetime. Unfortunately, despite the years of hard work and patience it took for Warner Bros to get this one right, the last thing it needed was a poorly-timed release, as much as this project languished in wake of an already lesser-demanded IP, among some of the many other factors that have been discussed in various trade news sites and blogs.
Time will tell if Arthurian literature will ever get to see better box office numbers should a studio pick this one up again in the years to come. In the meantime, you would be wise not to pay the entirety of your attention to arbitrarily disapproving critics. What King Arthur: The Legend Of The Sword lacks in luster, it makes up for compelling drama, relatable characters you can connect with, dazzling visuals, quality 3D, a lively and vigorous soundtrack and spectacular action, plus or minus your own viewpoints.
Given the current lack of prospects, I at least recommend a 3D viewing of this one while its theatrical run continues, or a Blu-Ray combo pack purchase upon its release. Either way, you can’t really lose, which is more than I can say for the studio. As for Ritchie, well, it’s been six years since Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows teased a third in that franchise and now he has Aladdin in the works, so let’s hope he wraps that one so Holmes can bring it on home.
I don’t really have much to add about the latest trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. It looks epic but I can’t say I’m hugely impressed by it so far and to establish this as the first of a whole franchise of titles may be stretching it. We’ll see how this goes.
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.
When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.
Charlie Hunnam and Oscar nominee Jude Law star, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen as and Eric Bana.
Check out the trailer before its May 21 release.
Sons Of Anarchy star, actor Charlie Hunnam is preparing to show off his Muay Thai chops according to a new report from ScreenDaily with news on the pending production of A Prayer Before Dawn. The news comes as one in a batch of recent casting headlines in the last several months which also include a potential lead role in Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming King Arthur film saga and the recently-announced Pacific Rim 2.
Despite all current hopes for a third installment to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, instead, director Guy Ritchie will instead be working under Warner Bros. on the forthcoming production of a new six-film saga for King Arthur. The initial report came back in April, just a decade after director Antoine Fuqua released his own cinematic take on the legendary British king back in 2004 with actor Clive Owen in the lead.
An attempted reboot from Warner Bros. went through several transitions starting in 2010 with different actors, screenwriters and directors ever since. Four years later with Ritchie set to direct from a script by Awake (2007) scribe Joby Harold and producers Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell attached, Deadline brings the official first casting news for actor Charlie Hunnam in the title role.
Hunnam‘s casting comes on the heels of a possible return for Legendary Pictures’ April 7, 2017 for director Guillermo del Toro’s Jaeger/Kaiju war sequel, Pacific Rim 2, following an awesome announcement back in June. The news also arrived just in time as the seventh and final season of the FX original series, Sons Of Anarchy debuted its latest trailer for its start date on September 9.
Check it out below and stay tuned for more info on Pacific Rim 2, as well as King Arthur ahead of its July 22, 2016 release!