Book Of Eli gets into gear

Remember that new sci-fi action movie starring Denzel Washington (American Gangster)? Well things are getting moving as Gary Oldman (Gordon in the new Batman films and Sirius Black in the Harry Potter franchise) has signed on as well.

“Eli” revolves around a lone warrior (Washington) who must fight to bring society the knowledge that could be the key to its redemption. Oldman has been set to portray the despot of a small makeshift town who’s determined to take possession of the book Eli’s guarding.

Written by newcomer Gary Whitta and Anthony Peckham (Don’t Say A Word), Book Of Eli marks the return of sibling directors Allen & Albert Hughes (From Hell), the film will start shooting in New Mexico this February for a January 2010 release.

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Bourne cash-in finally kicks in

Following the incredible success of the three Jason Bourne movies, one would have thought that Hollywood would be quick to adapt every Robert Ludlum book in sight. It was surprisingly not the case however as the only thing we got is a TV-movie based on a novel bearing Ludlum’s name but not actually written by him.

Now celebrated Canadian director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) is in talks to helm The Matarese Circle, which was adapted by duo Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (Wanted) and will star Denzel Washington (American Gangster).

In the 1979 book, two rival intelligence agents, one American, one Soviet, find themselves working together to ferret out and vanquish members of a mysterious group of criminals called the Matarese that has infiltrated the highest levels of American government. Ludlum published a sequel to “Circle,” “The Matarese Countdown,” in 1997, but the studio did not acquire the rights to it.

Cronenberg would definitely be a very interesting choice, and this would mark his biggest film yet, but the real question is, why the hell did MGM not buy the sequel rights? Just imagine the mess if a rival studio decides to snatch them.

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Denzel is humanity’s last hope

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington (American Gangster) is hoping to emulate Will Smith’s I Am Legend, it seems. Indeed, the actor has signed on for the lead role in the forthcoming dystopian sci-fi flick The Book Of Eli from fraternal directing duo Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell). The story you ask?

A lone hero fights his way across the wasteland of post-apocalyptic America. He’s the protector of a sacred book that may hold the key to saving humanity.

The film, which could easily surpass Smith’s lackluster effort, is scripted by newcomer Gary Whitta and Anthony Peckham (Don’t Say A Word). The film is still very much in the planning stages, so no release date is set.

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Broadcasted: Training Day (2001)

Hey guys! Ready for another Broadcasted! review that will rock your movie world? So, today we have Training Day directed by Antoine Fuqua (Shooter, King Arthur). I chose this movie after John Tucker Must Die because after watching an anverage teen movie, I wanted to get back to a more serious-minded and oscar-winning (Denzel Washington for Best Leading Actor) movie. I know this is probably a classic for most of you people but still it REALLY deserves a review.

Training Day is the story of a cop (Ethan Hawke) wanting to become a narcotics officer. So he is trained by crooked cop (with a really cool car) Alonzo (Denzel Washington). During this training day, he learns a lot about the real life in the streets of L.A. and sheds light on the shadowy moves of Alonzo. He will learn too much…

Training Day has truly good cast, besides an amazing performance by Denzel Washington with his super cool: “You wanna go home or you wanna go to Jail?”. He really did deserve the Oscar for this role. Ethan Hawke is pretty good in it too and, for the Hip-Hop fans, there surely is an all-star cast with superstar rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and singer Macy Gray. Moreover, even if you begin to know what is going to happen pretty early in the movie, the whole scenario is pretty well written. Antoine Fuqua also managed to give the viewer beautiful images of L.A. and the filming is great, you can feel the tension between the characters and every emotion is visible (thanks to great acting too). Well, the movie is well packed up and if you’re looking for a good cop/action movie, I recommend you watch it, you won’t get tired of it.

Why did I watch this movie? Mainly because Denzel Washington got an Oscar out of it so I wanted to see if he deserved it. You won’t be disappointed if you watch this movie even if you’re not a true Ethan Hawke fan (which I’m not), for those who hate Denzel Washington, I’m sorry but you won’t like it because the movie is mostly about him and this is the only thing I found annoying: the side characters are not really important to the movie.

Ok, let’s wrap it up and this “broadcasted!” movie gets a more than decent 8.9/10.

Trailer and a super cool scene of the movie after the jump. Thanks for reading guys! I’ll get back to you for more Broadcasted! reviews. Up next, How I met Your Mother Season 1&2&3. Continue reading