|CHADWICK BOSEMAN21 BRIDGESMANHATTANTHRILLERREVIEW|
It wasn’t long ago that I was complaining about shaky cam and quick-cut editing ruining otherwise perfectly good B-movies. Almost from the opening scene, 21 Bridges is a balm for haters of blurry pictures and jittery editing. It’s pleasant throwback to a more innocent time, when you could grab a straightforward genre title off the shelf at the video and store and be reasonably content with what you got.
The action in 21 Bridges, mostly submachine gun work, has an elegance to it and real thump, probably on account of no one’s jerking the camera around in a misguided attempt to create artsy production values. Simple camera moves, spatially lucid gunplay. Ah, remember that? It feels good, doesn’t it?
For at least the first half of 21 Bridges, directed by Brian Kirk a veteran of premium cable shows like Boardwalk Empire and Luck I thought I was watching a scruffy, working man’s Michael Mann, a kind of lunchpail take on Heat. Chadwick Boseman Black Panther/Jackie Robinson/Thurgood Marshall/James Brown plays Andre Davis, an NYPD officer whose origin story includes a cop father killed in the line of duty when he was a young boy and a subsequent career as a by-the-book hardass who we meet just as he’s explaining to internal affairs why he’s had to kill eight bad guys in nine years.
When two ex-military buddies played by Taylor Kitsch John Carter and Stephan James If Beale Street Could Talk start dropping bodies during a botched cocaine robbery, Captain McKenna, played by the incomparable JK Simmons, knows just who should take lead on the manhunt: Davis, the cold-eyed hardass who drops bodies when he’s not dropping panties. For the detail, McKenna sticks him with a partner from narcotics, Frankie Burns, played by Sienna Miller, the latest in a long line of British actors doing terribly over-the-top regional American accents. We gotta catch dese friggin bad guys ova heah in da greatest city inna worl. Did I mention I’m friggin walkin’ heah? She sounds like she took a wrong turn on her way to the set of Gotti. Oh well, I guess not every Brit can be as good at American accents as Dominic West, Damien Lewis, or Hugh Laurie.
In any case, the two partner up just in time for Boseman to deliver the film’s title line chug your drink, when he orders the closing of all “21 bridges” separating the island of Manhattan from the rest of the country “Escape from New York” was already taken. Up until this point, 21 Bridges is still essentially a procedural, a less introspective, vaguely bootlicky version of Heat. Adam Mervis and Michael Carnahan’s script pits Boseman’s gruff cop against Kitsch and James’ government-trained killers who’ve screwed up, and you can certainly detect a strain of uniform worship and tumescence for tactical ops common to many action movies.
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On the November 28, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson introduces an interview from Jack Giroux, /Film’s interviewer-at-large, with Anthony and Joe Russo, the producers of the Chadwick Boseman action thriller 21 Bridges.
In Our Feature Presentation:‘21 Bridges’ Producers the Russo Brothers Want to Keep Challenging Themselves in a Post-Avengers: Endgame World [Interview] The Russo Brothers Want to Release Their Directorial Debut ‘Pieces’ One Day Why ‘Happy Endings’ Continues to Endure, According to the Russo Brothers
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It’s been over a year since Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” was released onto Netflix. The miniseries documented the wrongful conviction of five New York youths, all of color, for rape and assault in the 1980s. Almost immediately after the series was released former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein, who oversaw the case and secured the original convictions, was decrying her portrayal as an “outright fabrication.”
Now, she’s going one step further and has officially filed a lawsuit against DuVernay, Netflix, and the show’s co-writer Attica Locke alleging defamation of character according to the New York Times. According to the suit, “In the film series, which Defendants have marketed and promoted as a true story, Defendants depict Ms. Fairstein — using her true name — as a racist, unethical villain who is determined to jail innocent children of color at any cost.”
This builds on Fairstein’s original criticisms of the series which extended to claims that the Central Park Five — now the Exonerated Five — were “being held without food, deprived of their parents' company and advice, and not even allowed to use the bathroom.”
Netflix responded by calling the lawsuit frivolous and “without merit.” “We intend to vigorously defend When They See Us and Ava DuVernay and Attica Locke, the incredible team behind the series,” said an unnamed spokesperson in a prepared statement for PEOPLE. Neither DuVernay nor Locke has released a statement, and IndieWire reached out to Netflix for additional comment.
At a Q&A in 2019 about the series, DuVernay responded to Fairstein’s critiques. “I think that it's important that people be held accountable. And that accountability is happening in a way today that it did not happen for the real men 30 years ago. But I think that it would be a tragedy if this story and the telling of it came down to one woman being punished for what she did because it's not about her. It's not all about her,” she said.
“When They See Us” was a critical darling upon release last year, with Netflix claiming it was their most-watched series at the time with over 23 million accounts streaming it. Despite being snubbed at the Golden Globes it would garner two Primetime Emmys for its cast, as well as actor Jharrel Jerome in the Outstanding Lead Actor category.
Netflix has released the first trailer for Extraction. This one, on paper, has a whole lot going for it. For one, it's one of few new blockbuster-level releases viewers will be able to watch this month, as movie theaters all around the country remain closed. It also features Chris Hemsworth in the lead. To top it all off, he's reunited with Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Avengers: Endgame, who are producing the original thriller. And, based on this first trailer, this could certainly be something to look forward to this month.
The trailer opens up with Chris Hemsworth doing some intense cliff diving/meditation before some of the action kicks in. We get the sense that Hemsworth has something of a death wish. We then get to the heart of the matter, which sees this man having to rescue the son of a drug lord, who was kidnapped by a rival drug lord. Things escalate, to say the very least of it, and Hemsworth is left trying to fight off impossible odds to keep this kid safe. This does seem to lay everything out on the table, seemingly not leaving much up to the imagination, but it's an impressive trailer. Lots of action. Real stakes.RELATED: Netflix's Extraction Poster Shows Chris Hemsworth as a Deadly Black Market Mercenary googletag.cmd.pushfunction ;
New Netflix original Extraction centers on a hardened mercenary's mission, which becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son. The cast also includes Rudhraksh Jaiswal, David Harbour, Derek Luke and Golshifteh Farahani. Taking to Twitter, Chris Hemsworth expressed his excitement in sharing the trailer, especially at this moment in time, given what's going on in the world.'So happy to finally be able to share the trailer for Extraction with you all! This has been a difficult few months for all of us, and we hope this will provide a bit of entertainment while we are all staying home.'
This trailer arrives after an Extraction poster proved to be quite popular after it was unveiled. Netflix has been ramping up its work with A-list filmmakers in the past few years and this is a huge example of that. The Russo brothers, coming off of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, have been busy producing a number of high-profile projects. In this case, Joe Russo wrote the screenplay and is producing alongside his brother, Anthony Russo. Re-teaming them with Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, makes this an impressive package deal.
Sam Hargrave, a longtime stunt coordinator who has worked on quite a few massive blockbusters in his day, including Captain America: Civil War with the Russo brothers, is making his feature directorial debut. Hargrave also worked on Atomic Blonde, The Hunger Games series and Suicide Squad, as well as a few other MCU titles like Thor: Ragnarok. So he knows his way around a big...