Possessor, the second feature from Canadian filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg, is a well crafted, but curiously unengaging psychological thriller.
Filmmaker Jason Bourque’s Drone is named after the controversial, remotely piloted aircraft that the film’s main character operates, but it’s more appropriately the best word to describe the tone of this lifeless, inert thriller. More of an underdeveloped reflection on loss and internalized suffering than a trenchant indictment of the current state of modern warfare, Drone never figures out what to do with what little it has, making it one of the dullest films of the year thus far.
Sean Bean has had a strong career, appearing in some big films over the years, but as any fan will point out, the characters he plays have some real mortality issues. Perhaps with his new series, Legends, Bean can do a little better?
New DVD and Blu-ray arriving this week on store shelves include: Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds as a man trying to survive being buried alive; the prequel Death Race 2, starring Luke Goss and Tanit Phoenix; plus a look at Takers, Sugar Sammy Live in Concert, and season one of Dan for Mayor.
Aside from the surprisingly clever story (especially for a direct-to-DVD sequel), and actors Luke Goss, Sean Bean, and Ving Rhames, I can think of one other great reason to check out Death Race 2 later today when it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray: South African model and actress Tanit Phoenix.
New this week on home video: Timothy Olyphant tries to survive a town of infected killers in The Crazies; John Cusack goes on a wild ride through the eighties in Hot Tub Time Machine; Paul Bettany plays Charles Darwin in the drama, Creation; and a look at Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
Opening this week in theatres: Benicio Del Toro stars in the horror-action film, The Wolfman; director Garry Marshall brings together a massive cast for the romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day; and Logan Lerman stars in the adaptation of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.