So I really wanted Kevin Costner to be the next Liam Neeson. That man has just pumped out solid action movies ever since the first Taken film. Costner has really made a come back and I’ve always liked him. Here he plays a former CIA agent who finds out he only has several months to live. He chooses that time to try and reconnect with his estranged family in Paris. Problem is he’s approached by another CIA agent/femme fatale/weirdo played by Amber Heard. She has a new medical drug that can save him, he can have it if he kills off an arms dealer for her.
The film is produced by Luc Besson who I like and is directed by McG who has made at least one good movie(We Are Marshal) so things should have worked out. Sadly almost nothing works here, Costner tries and it’s fun watching him be a bad ass, problem is we don’t get enough of it. The largest action scene is in the first five minutes of the movie, then the film slows down and never picks back up. The film wanted to be a new age True Lies but instead is just a true mess. Hailee Steinfeld plays Costner’s daughter named Zoey. Their scenes together are decent but it’s not enough, it’s simply too generic. The film could have worked if the second plot were interesting at all, but sadly as an action film the movie just fails.
The biggest and weirdest flaw is Amber Heard, her character is not believable in any way. We’re told she’s a CIA operative, but at no time does it feel like it. Every time Costner sees her she’s dressed in the tightest dresses possible. Every scene she’s in is set in a weird 60’s Bond set which is never explained and takes you out of each of those scenes instantly. You start to feel real bad for her because she tries to simply over act herself out of this terrible character/script but she can never escape.
The main villains in this movie are throw away German/Generic European types. One if called “The Wolf” and in the beginning he’s trying to sell a dirty bomb but later we have no idea what he’s even doing. Every bad guy is wearing a black and white suit and Costner has no problem dispersing dozens of them at a time. This lack of a threat makes the action pointless and could make you care even less about the family element.
The obvious selling point for the script was that Costner’s character has no idea how to be a father, so as he tortures men to find “The Wolf” he stops to ask them for father advice. None of these scenes are funny or smart in any way. Basically you realize they are just stalling so the movie didn’t have a run time of forty minutes.
It’s very rare that a film takes the top spot in the box office in its second week… Well not for Denzel Washington! Safe House took the top spot in a big surprise. Even more surprising is that people are really going to the movies recently. Safe House gained another $24 million to its total and could easily break the beloved $100 million mark. The Valentines Day hit The Vow dropped a bit as every couple who wanted to see that film did already, still that movie is a hit.
The Ghost Rider sequel didn’t start a fire at the box office but made a solid $22 million. It will be interesting to see if this film has any legs over the next two weeks until any larger films open. It must be noted the first Ghost Rider made $45 million in 2007 during its opening weekend. That movie was more of tent pole film though. This sequel went down a silly route, so I’m sure the studio wasn’t expecting huge returns.
Amazingly to me the MCG directed This Means War didn’t really catch with audiences. It has only made $17 million so far which surprises me. The adds I thought very much would attract average movie viewers. It’s no secret this film had issues though, rumor is the script and production kicked around for over a decade.
Only other news is The Secret World of Arrietty landed in ninth with almost $7 million. I find that as a good sign since the film was barely even advertised in the United States. Also Journey 2: The Mysterious Island has some solid legs and added another $20 million to its total, good for the Rock.
Here is the list…
1. Safe House $24 million
2. The Vow $23.6 million
3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of… $22 million
4. Journey 2… $20 million
5. This Means War $17.5 million
6. Star Wars: Episode 1 3D $7.8 million
7. Chronicle $7.5 million
8. The Woman in Black $6.6 million
9. The Secret World of Arrietty $6.4 million
10. The Grey $3 million
Wonder Woman would be so easy to do as a movie but the studios have made it difficult. After watching the Sucker Punch trailer it was clear to me that Zack Snyder should make a Wonder Woman film set in the 40’s. It would be easy! Have her jumping around kicking Nazi zombies ass or whatever. Yet for over a decade the studios have just been screwing it up. So now Wonder Woman is being pointed towards the small screen and could possibly being helped by McG who is actually behind a large amount of good television shows including Human Target and Chuck. So this could be good news but it could also be really bad news. Why could it be bad? Well a television show means the show won’t be based off the comic from where WW was facing the Nazi’s or Soviets. A TV show means it will be Wonder Woman fighting right now in 2011. That is where Wonder Woman has trouble, she doesn’t work right now, she works fighting in the 40’s and 50’s not fighting terrorists and Wall Street villains. So will see maybe my hopes for a big screen adaptation have been hurt but there is always hope!