Watch Keira Knightley And Alexander Skarsgård Star In Trailer For ‘The Aftermath’

There have been several movies released throughout the years containing stories from WWII. It’s honestly becoming a bit boring now. It’s on the same level as the Fast & Furious franchise…how many movies about one subject do we really need?

The Aftermath‘ promises to be a little different in that the events take place just after the war has ended.

Keira Knightly stares in the post-WWII drama, and her character finds herself in a love triangle with Alexander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke.

You can check out the official synopsis below…

“Set in postwar Germany in 1946, Rachael Morgan (Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision:

They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.”

Check out the trailer below. It’s set to hit theaters April 26, 2019.

See The First Photo Of Salma Hayek And Alexander Skarsgard From ‘The Hummingbird Project’

Ever wonder what Alexander Skarsgard would look like if he were balding? Well, you’re in for a treat today. The image you see above is the first photo released from the set of The Hummingbird Project. Yes, Alexander is in this photo…you’ll have to take your eyes off Salma to see him.

The film stars Skarsgard, Salma Hayek and Jesse Eisenberg. It was directed by Kim Nguyen, and it features Hayek playing the nemesis to Skarsgard and Eisenberg.

The Hollywood Reporters give us more details:

“Written by Nguyen, The Hummingbird Project sees Eisenberg and Skarsgard play cousins who inhabit the high-stakes world of high-frequency trading and hatch a multimillion-dollar plan that involves plenty of danger if they fail. Hayek plays their arch-enemy, their brilliant but ruthless former boss.”

No word on when this film might be released, but we will keep you posted as more information trickles out. It was first introduced to buyers in Cannes.

I’ve heard reports it might be released later this year.

How Did Alexander Skarsgard Get His Incredible ‘Tarzan’ Body? We Got All The Details You Need (VIDEO)

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Actors go on crazy diets all the time to look their best for an important role. You had Christian Bale eating just one apple and a can of tuna a day to drop over 60 pounds for his role in The Machinist. Gerard Butler completely transformed his body for the film 300, and he claims it was one of the hardest things he’s ever done.

And after listening to Alexander Skarsgard’s experience while filming The Legend of Tarzan, we’re beginning to think some of these actors do deserve those insane paychecks.

To get in the best shape of his life for the movie, Skarsgard had to first gain weight and then spent several months on an extreme diet to reveal all the muscle he had gained. During an interview with Mr. Porter’s The Journal, the 39-year-old actor revealed he gained 25 pounds by eating close to 7,000 calories a day, which he probably should have enjoyed more than he did.

Because after that, the real pain kicked in. After eating big and lifting heavy, the actor’s trainer forced him to go on a strict diet, which basically involved cutting out every delicious thing from his meal plan. No sugar, no gluten, no alcohol…no fun.

Chicken and veggies all day. He trained twice a day and ate six small meals every single day. And while eating six meals might sound like a lot, he told Conan that the meals were so incredibly small. He was thinking about food all the time.

“I had to eat every three hours, which meant I spent the entire day thinking about food. When I finished the meal, I would go, ‘All right. 2 hours and 55 minutes ’til my next meal.”

And then finally, after months of this brutal diet, he was able to relax and stuff his face. Or so he thought, check out the video below to hear why the torture was extended for another month.

 

Movie Review: The Giver (2014) – A Cerebral Approach to the YA Dystopia Template

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Whenever I see Meryl Streep in a movie, I always automatically assume she is there to make me cry. She just has this completely tragic face, like she’s always just heard that her puppy was run over. So of course, when I saw her in a top roll in The Giver, I know it was going to be a real laugh fest.

The Giver is the story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Then, he starts hanging out with The Giver (Jeff Bridges). The giver is the sole keeper of all the memories in his community, including the stories of its dark, violent past. The giver is based on a 1994 Newbury Award winner of the same name.

Just writing the synopsis gave me depression. Not that I’m saying it’s not good, but it’s an unusual take on the genre. In most teen dystopian literature, most of the focus is spent on the plucky heroine who doesn’t know she’s pretty and is in the midst of a love triangle. The Giver doesn’t follow that plot line. It’s is far more dramatic and dark.

One interesting thing they did with this movie was along the lines of Pleasantville. In that movie, black and white was done at the beginning, while color came into the world as people gained knowledge. The same idea is used here, and it really is a direction that involves beautiful contrast. I’m very glad they chose to do this because it really does add something to the film.

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Meryl Streep is back to increase the grey melancholy. She plays the head honcho in the supposedly utopian community and the heroes’ main antagonist. She does a bad girl passably well, albeit a boring one.

The theme of the film is really about the absence of emotion used to solve world conflicts. People are medicated and can only see in black and white. They don’t know how to clap or laugh or what a real elephant is. It’s an odd mix of The Gods Must be Crazy and Equilibrium with some teen angst thrown in.

For the most part, it works. This was a book I enjoyed as a child and I’m glad to see that the makers did justice to it. While it might be a bit darker and more cerebral than most teen dystopian offerings, it is by no means unwatchable. I’d rather suffer through this one than watch Christian Bale’s never changing face in Equilibrium anytime.

While the film showed up 2 decades after the book, it feels as if it was worth the wait. The characters are well played, the scenes fleshed out and the plot unfolds at an even pace. At times, it might plod and try too hard to be intellectual, but for the most part, it’s an easy watch.

If you’re tired of teen dystopian with the same leading ladies more worried about which crush they’re going to date than saving the world, then you’ll probably enjoy The Giver. This is a clever take on an old premise, in fact this is the tale that started the old premise that many teen Hollywood movies take.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

3.5 stars

 

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