It’s time to find out just how much Wally Pfister learned from Christopher Nolan and the other directors, such as Bennett Miller (Moneyball), during his time as a cinematographer as he sets out to make his feature directorial debut with the high concept techno-thriller Transcendence. The curiosity surrounding the possibility of a new director to get excited about is enough to anticipate this one highly.
[amz asin=”B002LHRLNE” size=”small”]I was anticipating it before it moved out of 2013 and it remains one to look out for now that it’s been relegated to an early February release, which I probably would have viewed as a warning sign ten years ago, but it’s clear Sony sought the same release date Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island sought back in 2010 when it moved out of the 2009 awards hunt. Nothing to worry about here… I assume.
[amz asin=”B005GDZHB8″ size=”small”]The screenplay was written by Dennis Lehane (“Gone Baby Gone”, “Shutter Island”, “Mystic River”) and based on his short story from a collection of short stories titled “Boston Noir (Akashic Noir)” and with Bullhead director MichaÃ«l R. Roskam and a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz and the late James Gandolfini how can you not want to see this film?
The story follows a bartender (Hardy) who discovers a discarded puppy in a garbage can and rescues him only to find himself the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner (which I believe is the role Gandolfini will play), while simultaneously getting caught in the middle of a criminal conspiracy playing out in his mob-controlled bar.
David Ayer didn’t exactly jump out of the box with a string of hits as his directorial debut (Harsh Times) and sophomore effort (Street Kings) hardly moved the dial. However, last year End of Watch ended up making my top ten of 2012 and I really can’t wait to see what he’s put together with Fury as I assume this won’t be just another World War II film and hope he can capture the intensity and camaraderie he so perfectly nailed with End of Watch. Granted, the success of that film was just as much about the performances of Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal. Thankfully he’s stacked the cast for this one as well with Pena starring once again along with Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs.
That does it for this ten and tomorrow I’ll be here with my top ten most anticipated films of 2014. In the meantime, if you missed either of my previous two installments just click away on the links below.