Movie Recon: The Debt, The Entitled, Killer Elite

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This report focuses on three upcoming releases.  Appearing in a theatre near you, The Debt and Killer Elite star Oscar-winning actors in two different type of spy stories with what looks like more action in the latter.  The Entitled is a straight-to-video crime thriller.  More details below.

The Debt

the debt poster

Helen Mirren can do no wrong in my book.  She is as lovely as she is talented.  In The Debt, she stars alongside Tom Wilkinson and Ciarán Hinds as Mossad secret agents who helped track down a Nazi war criminal in 1966.  But all is not as it seems and what they thought was real and true becomes unravelled.  Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, the folks who made Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, The Debt is based upon an Israeli film by the same name. You can learn more about the movie and cast, view more videos from the film and more at the official site.  It opens August 31.





The Entitled

Kidnappers, much like teenagers in horror situations, could learn a thing or two from watching more movies - things are never as simple as they seem.  In The Entitled Paul Dynam (Kevin Zegers) kidnaps three socialites in order to get three million dollars to save his family.  You know automatically its not going to go well for him when the fathers of the socialites are Ray Liotta, Victor Garber, and Stephen McHattie.  Its a well-treaded plot line, but the trailer definitely looks interesting. The Entitled comes out on DVD and Bluray on September 6.  You can see more videos and images on the official site.


Clip - "Change of Plans"


Killer Elite

If Helen Mirren can do no wrong then Jason Statham is surely her opposite.  That's not really fair, I don't think I've ever seen a Jason Statham movie to be able to make such a declaration.  I can say he's never made a movie that looked remotely interesting to me.  I'm not really his target audience though, I left big action movies behind nearly a decade ago.  But if you like big explosions and plenty of action then Statham appears to be your man.  Add in Robert De Niro and Clive Owen and you just might have yourself one heck of a thrill ride. The plot is based on a "shocking true story" and concerns Statham as an ex-special ops agent and his mentor Robert De Niro tracking down a super-duper bad guy, Clive Owen, across large swaths of the globe. But really, who watches these things for the plot?  The trailer showcases plenty of chase scenes, explosions and big action, add to that the big names and you've got everything one needs to know. It opens Sept 23.


Scene - "Spike Chases Danny Across the Roof"


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