First official image of Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw

The first official image from Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest film Southpaw has landed online showing an unrecognisable Gyllenhaal as boxer Billy Hope.

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Directed by Antoine Fuqua Southpaw follows Gyllenhaal as the left-handed fighter who despite winning a big title, must battle hard to re-build his relationship with his daughter after a tragedy hits him hard.

Gyllenhaal apparently stacked on fifteen pounds of muscle for the role, and it’s clear to see why he is surely an Oscar contender next year.

After appearing as the gaunt and troubled video journalist in Nightcrawler he has done what Christian Bale did and dump on massive amounts of muscle for his next role. We have to say looking at the image above we’re suitable impressed.

Southpaw co-stars Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris and Forrest Whitaker, and is expected to open next year, with a release date to be confirmed.

Gyllenhaal and Jackman star in gripping Prisoners trailer

Prisoners, the new film from Denis Villeneuve and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal has released an extremely tense trailer.

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Jackman plays a devoted father whose daughter and friend are kidnapped, Gyllenhaal is the detective trying to track them down.

However when the suspect is released and with no sign of the girls Jackman takes matters into his own hands.

Check out the trailer below…

The trailer looks pretty gripping as Jackman takes the role of a desperate man willing to do whatever it takes, there is also brilliant support from Terrence Howard and Paul Dano.

This is the type of film that I really enjoy, something that has you on the edge of your seat the whole way through so I’m expecting big things upon its release.

Directed by Villeneuve and co-starring Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Melissa Leo, Prisoners will open in the US on 20 September 2013, with a UK release date to follow.

Source: Total Film

 

End of Watch – 2012

end of watchTwo young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.

DirectedDavid Ayer

StarsJake GyllenhaalMichael Peña and Anna Kendrick

What we think: “I am the police, and I’m here to arrest you. You’ve broken the law.” comes officer Brian Taylor’s (Gyllenhaal) opening monologue in which we see a car chase and shoot out from the front dashboard camera view of a Los Angeles black and white.

It’s an indication that this cop film is not going to be as clear cut as any before it, and its no frills policy will surely shock most viewers as officers Taylor and Zavala (Peña) tackle everything from the mundane to the murderous on their watch.

We follow the pair during their daily routines which includes in the locker room, the briefing room as well as unique camera set ups from inside the patrol car and a hand held that Taylor carries along with him.

It’s incredibly well shot, and takes the conventional cop film and gives it a big slice of realism. It would give you the impression of what a real ride along might include, and the kinds of situations they find themselves in.

These situations might affect you in different ways, like the one involving two young children, which is particularly hard to watch. Director David Ayer has not shied away from the brutality of the surroundings the officers find themselves in, and uncomfortable scenarios are all part and parcel of this job

It’s not long before they start to ruffle a few feathers not just on the streets but within their own department. When they uncover a drug cartel which is a small piece of a very large jigsaw they are marked for death.

The film is also looked at from the view point of LA’s criminal underworld, where it seems everyone has a hand held camera and likes to film themselves. It seems a bit stupid really and maybe Ayer should have kept that side of the story to the conventional camera, it doesn’t work all that well if I’m honest.

The relationship between Taylor and Zavala is probably the most believable of any on screen buddy cop partnerships, not since Lethal Weapon (the first film at least) has a pairing conveyed such emotion and chemistry. You’d almost believe that these two had been together for years.

Ayer has had plenty of experience in this field already, having written the scripts for S.W.A.T, Training Day and The Fast and the Furious, but those films only looked at cops from the outside. End of Watch goes in just that little bit further which helps to make it unique from all the rest.

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Prince of Persia:The Sands of Time – 2010

A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time.

DirectedMike Newell

StarsJake GyllenhaalGemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley

What we think: Have we not been here before? Lots of sand, crazy fight scenes and mind blowing special effects? The only difference here is that there are no Mummy’s or for that matter Brendan Frazer.

Shame then that Prince of Persia basically falls flat on its arse, the cast list is pretty impressive, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley and the lovely Gemma Arterton which given their previous credentials should have made for viewing pleasure.

Sadly this was not the case and they all seemed to get lost in the sand storm of a weak plot.

Plucked off  the streets by King Sharaman, Dastan is taken in as an orphan and becomes part of the family while an evil plot to dethrone the king is brewing somewhere.

When he’s assassinated (by a poisoned cloak of all things) all the fingers point to the outcast Dastan who must reluctantly team up with Tamina in getting a magical dagger that can turn back time to its rightful resting place, of course Uncle Nizam has other ideas and from the beginning is the obvious choice as the real guilty party.

There are significant highlights of course, not to emphasise those would be a tad unfair to Newell’s direction. The chase scenes through the market place with Dastan’s free running skills on show are very good indeed. There is a comic aspect added in as well with Alfred Molina’s somewhat shady entrepreneur providing the light heartedness as he suddenly gets a conscience half way through, but that is about it.

The overall plot is weak and the scripting is pretty bad, it’s all bangs and whistles but when the crunch comes the film slips away like sand through an hour glass.

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Rating: (2.5/5)

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Source Code – 2011

An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

DirectedDuncan Jones

StarsJake GyllenhaalMichelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga

What we think: I simply describe this as Quantum Leap on crack with a bit of Groundhog Day thrown in for good measure.

The trepedation as Jake Gyllenhaal’s Colter Stevens looks back at himself in the mirror and doesn’t recognise the face is one that Scott Bakula experienced week in week out on the popular late 80s T.V. show.

Here though its a little different, Stevens isn’t aided by a hologram called Al. He has to do this on his own with help from a mysterious corporation fronted by the lovely Colleen Goodwin (Farmiga) Stevens only has questions as to how he ended up in something that looks like a mechanical womb and what he must do to prevent another disaster invariably heading for the windy city of Chicago.

It’s a brilliantly written script and Moon director Duncan Jones ads twists and turns throughout as Stevens has only eight minutes every time he jumps back into the body of one of the passengers via source code and has to work out who the bomber of the commuter train is. After the eight minutes is up it goes bang and he’s straight back into his metallic surroundings.

With him is Christina (Monaghan) a fellow passenger and gradual love interest whose character develops at a recurring and stable rate lending support to Stevens where she can without getting in the way or clouding his judgement.

The continued eight minute cycle is broken up each time to reveal different parts of the plot and sub plots so although you’re watching the same things you’re not really. The are a ton of notable red herrings and little nods too throughout the film which only the real eagled eyed viewers will be able to spot.

Its a bit of a head scratcher in parts but doesn’t leave you with a headache. Gyllenhaal is seemingly back to his best in this one, all but eradicating the memory of Prince of Persia. It’s an exceptionaly clever action thriller and really highlights Jones’s profile as a very talented director, no doubt we’ll be seeing more of his mind bending stuff in the future.

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Rating: (4.5/5)

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