The New ‘Life’ Poster Featuring Ryan Reynolds And Jake Gyllenhaal Has Arrived! (Bonus Teaser Trailer Inside)

Last week, we were treated with a new teaser trailer for ‘Life’ and now the studio behind the project has surprised us all with a new poster.

The sci-fi thriller, directed by Daniel Espinosa, stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson. All three stars are featured in the poster you see below.

Life will hit theaters March 24, 2017, and it might be a surprise hit. You are probably getting tired of “space movies,” but this one has the potential to be great. You can check out the official synopsis and poster below. The teaser trailer can be found at the top of the page.

“The six-member crew of the International Space Station is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.”

Ryan Reynolds And Jake Gyllenhaal And Aliens, Oh My! Watch The Trailer For Their New Film ‘Life’

Another alien movie? Sure. You can never have too many alien films. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson star in the sci-fi thriller as a group of ridiculously good-looking astronauts on a mission to find life on Mars.

The first trailer for Life was released during Sunday night’s episode of The Walking Dead. In the teaser, Ariyon Bakare’s character examines a large, single cell: “We’re looking at the first proof of life beyond Earth,” he proclaims.

And Reynolds, still trying to shake off those sarcasm-filled cobwebs from his time on Deadpool, jumps in with this line, “You’re finally a daddy. It’s going to be a big custody battle over this one.”

But then the trailer takes a violent turn when the organism attacks and kills the poor scientist. This film was written by the same writing team, Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese, behind Zombieland and Deadpool.

It’s scheduled to be released May 26, 2017. That’s Memorial Day weekend, so the studio is expecting big things from the movie.

Check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

“‘Life’ tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.”

 

MOVIE REVIEW: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Delivers Without Trying To Get Too Cerebral

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I want to hate Tom Cruise. I really do. He kind of weirds me out and I heard that he makes actors taller than him (which is just about everyone) squat slightly so they’ll always be the same height as him. Despite that, when I’m faced with movies like Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, I’m forced to admit a grudging respect for his acting skills. Despite the fact that this is the fifth sequel, and the whole series should be floundering by now, this latest installment proves that Cruise is doing the impossible. He’s making sequels that are better than the original.

Cruise returns as Ethan, a man working for IMF, the Impossible Mission Force. The problem this time is that Hunley (Alec Baldwin), the director of the CIA, thinks that the entire department is unnecessary and shuts it down. Despite his unemployed status, Ethan still has buddies like Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg), and Brandt (Jeremy Renner). With their help, he decides to continue his pursuit of the Syndicate, and its evil shady leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris).

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The franchise has the same suspenseful energy that generally gives me hand sweats and heart palpitations. That’s surprising, because you’d think I’d be desensitized to that by now. But I genuinely flinched during the sideways motorcycle scene and had to look away a few times. That’s the sign of a good suspense right there, because I never flinch away from the screen.

Another strong point I’ve always found with this franchise is unlike most action franchises, they actually manage to portray females as more than Madonna saints or ‘fighting f-toys’.  Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a British spy, is more than just a love interest or damsel in distress. She’s a show stealer in her own right.

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Tom Cruise manages to still come across with the energy of a much younger man and he’s in rare form in this movie. I have to say, the only time I like him is during the Mission Impossible movies and he has not let me down yet. When he does these movies, he stops being that creepy scientologist guy, and instead oozes charisma. In this one, he was pure magic.

Mission Impossible is a franchise that respects the genre. Unlike other action franchises, (James Bond comes to mind) they don’t force complicated storylines and plot twists. Instead, they keep the story simple and deliver exactly what action fans want. Pure escapism.

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Sean Harris with his strangely raspy voice is the perfect villain. Alec Baldwin brings back shades of Jack Donaghy with his corporate portrayal of the most powerful man in the CIA. None of the actors in the movie laid down on the job.

Mission Impossible continues to be both commercially and critically successful because they respect their formula and they stick with it. I don’t want to have to rewind to figure out what the heck is going on in an action movie. I want to watch explosions and people getting beat up. Mission Impossible delivers without trying to get too cerebral. Because of that, I have to give this one a worth the watch.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

four and a half stars

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Movie Review: Hercules (2014) – Dwayne Johnson was better than the film he was in.

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Thanks to all the hype from Hercules, I didn’t volunteer to see it. I was required to see it. Two government agents dropped by my house, put me in a car and delivered me to the movie theater. Currently sitting at number 2 in the box office, Hercules was beat out by Lucy but still seems to be appealing to fans.

This Hercules boasts a new swing on an old premise. In this version, Hercules (played by Dwayne Johnson in a bad wig) isn’t the son of Zeus. He’s an orphan. He’s simply been cashing in on his reputation over the years in order to make more money as a mercenary. This is an ongoing conflict throughout the movie. When Lord Cotys of Thrace (John Hurt) is about to fight a civil war with a sorcerer, Hercules, along with 5 friends, is quick to take on the task. Then, massive battle scenes ensue and Dwayne Johnson grunts and yells a lot.

First, I love the premise because it’s the most believable version of Hercules I’ve ever seen. It really is an interesting take, regulating the character Hercules to nothing more than a Jersey Shore cast member. Hercules was famous for being famous and cashing in on that fame. Unfortunately, this clever premise is never really examined and instead, the move focuses on CGI and epic battle scenes.

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As it goes on, it gets more and more improbable. Usually, I wouldn’t have a problem with this in a Hercules movie; after all, the whole story of Hercules is completely improbable. But this movie promised a realistic premise at the beginning and didn’t deliver in the end.

On the upside, Dwayne Johnson can act. I will say that I think he’s one of the best Hercules’ I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot. What can I say? I like a muscular man running around with his shirt off. Johnson gives a new depth to a character that most actors tend to play as a one dimensional golden boy. Johnson was better than the film he was in.

The problem with this film is that instead of exploring an excellent premise, which even give a decent back story, it instead dissolved into self-empowerment psychobabble. At one point, Hercules proudly declares , “you just have to believe you’re a hero.” Oh good lord, insert eye roll.

If anyone should have been conflicted over whether he was a hero, it should have been Hercules himself. Is it weird that I think the screenwriter missed the point of their own script?

The battle scenes and CGI are well done. It’s not silly, like the previous bomb involving the legendary hero, The Legend of Hercules, released this past January. The special effects department was clearly working overtime on this one. The battle scenes are bloody and pretty conventional, with lots of death and lots of people getting hacked up.

I will say Hercules is an entertaining movie. It’s enjoyable to watch and Dwayne Johnson is just as charismatic as he’s always been. My big problem it that this movie could have been so much better if they had focused on the premise of legend over fact, rather than tried to turn the story into an inspirational self help book.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5  Stars: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

 

3.5 stars

 

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The Rock Shows us What Hercules Should Look like in new Official Trailer!

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Here we go. After all of the tweeting and Instagram from The Rock, we now have an official trailer.  If this trailer is any indication on how good the movie is going to be then I’m in.  Boy O’Boy am I in!!

The Rock’s version of Hercules is based on the graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars”.  When you see the words “Graphic Novel” then you should immediacy dispel any Disney Hercules comparisons and after you watch this trailer you will see that this is clearly much more graphic much darker and possibly a whole lot awesome-er then any of the past Hercules movies or TV series.

After Twightlight Star, Kellan Lutz poo-pooed all over “The Legend of Hercules” earlier this year, The Rock’s version promises to deliver on the title.  In the trailer you will see Hercules go toe to toe with some insanely well done mythical creatures.  The Rock is larger than life, the creatures are captivating and the love interest appears to be Russian super model Irina Shayk.  If this movie had a plot it would be a bonus.

The film is scheduled to be released on July 25th.  Watch the Official trailer below.

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