Tag Archives: Ed Harris

Man on a Ledge

YOU CAN ONLY PUSH AN INNOCENT MAN SO FAR.  In New York City, police negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) is called to a hotel where a man (Sam Worthington) is standing on a ledge threatening to jump… but there’s more to the situation. This thriller wasn’t very well received, but maintains its tension throughout, cutting … Continue reading Man on a Ledge

The Way Back

THEIR ESCAPE WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.  During World War II, a group of Gulag prisoners escape from the camp, but soon learn that the wilderness is the biggest obstacle to freedom. After Master and Commander (2003), director Peter Weir made another historical epic where a group of men face challenges in harsh locations. This story … Continue reading The Way Back

Snowpiercer

FIGHT YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.  After a catastrophic event resulting in a new ice age, mankind’s only survivors are packed onboard a huge train traveling a worldwide track; one day, the poor in the back mount another attempt at revolt… The Korean director’s English-language debut has a premise that won’t stand up to scrutiny, … Continue reading Snowpiercer

Run All Night

NO SIN GOES UNPUNISHED.  When Mike Conlon (Joel Kinnaman) accidentally witnesses a mob hit, he’s forced to rely on his estranged father (Liam Neeson), a former killer who used to work for the man (Ed Harris) who’s now chasing them. The third collaboration between Neeson and the director is another exciting thriller, this time set … Continue reading Run All Night

The Firm

POWER CAN BE MURDER TO RESIST.   Brilliant Harvard law student Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) is recruited by a Memphis firm that is very generous to him and his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn)… but they have much to hide. The first adaptation of a John Grisham novel had perfect roles for two major stars; Cruise and … Continue reading The Firm

Pain & Gain

THEIR AMERICAN DREAM IS BIGGER THAN YOURS. In 1995, ex-con and personal trainer Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) talks two other bodybuilders (Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) into helping him kidnap and extort a wealthy gym member. Michael Bay’s stab at a “simpler” film between his Transformers epics was based on a series of newspaper articles by … Continue reading Pain & Gain

Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.   When producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard decided to turn the story about the ill-fated 1972 Apollo 13 mission into a movie, they found a lot of support from NASA. The space agency, likely eager to exploit the goodwill surrounding the rescue of the mission’s three astronauts, even … Continue reading Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

Coma

Imagine your life hangs by a thread. Imagine your body hangs by a wire. Imagine you’re not imagining.   After losing her best friend who died after what was supposed to be minor surgery at a Boston hospital, doctor Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) discovers that she’s not the only case. A sense of credibility is … Continue reading Coma

The Right Stuff: Touching the Sky

HOW THE FUTURE BEGAN.   I have never understood those people who have no interest in space. That’s like showing no interest in the questions that have occupied scientists and philosophers ever since mankind grew a brain large enough to use it for something other than gathering food. This is a film that portrays people … Continue reading The Right Stuff: Touching the Sky

The Abyss: On the Edge of Darkness

A PLACE ON EARTH MORE AWESOME THAN ANYWHERE IN SPACE. It’s funny watching a good movie like The Abyss and knowing the kind of negative feelings that surrounded the production of it. Both Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio have allegedly vowed never to work with James Cameron again; cast and crew were frequently subjected to dangerous … Continue reading The Abyss: On the Edge of Darkness

Game Change

POLITICS WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME. In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain (Ed Harris) is facing Barack Obama and needs a game-changing name on his ticket; Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) is selected… but not properly vetted. This portrayal of how Palin was launched onto the national stage shows a charismatic, devoted mother firmly … Continue reading Game Change