Jeremiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas) is a retired FBI agent who is having a hard time dealing with his wife's death when his former mentor tells him she is actually alive and will reveal her whereabouts on the condition he accept this one last assignment. The assignment from what I can gather revolves around locating this injectable microscopic assassination device. As it turns out Ecks' wife Vinn (Talisa Soto) never died but instead married this really bad and powerful guy named Gant (Gregg Henry) who heads the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The slimy Gant uses their five-year-old son to transport the device from country to country by hiding it in a Band-Aid on the kid's arm. Enter Sever (Lucy Liu) a disaffected DIA agent with a bone to pick with Gant. It seems the DIA adopted Sever--an orphan girl from China--and trained her to be a perfect assassin but she turned against the agency when her baby was killed in a DIA mission. Ultimately she joins forces with Ecks to reunite him with his wife the kid (whom she kidnaps to protect from the bad guys) and get revenge on Gant. I just did this film great justice by explaining the plot because it actually made no sense at all. Next to Gymkata this is probably one of the worst films ever made. It makes you wonder if anyone even read the script before giving the project the greenlight.
Liu's character Sever is so utterly inconceivable that this Charlie's Angels star never really has a chance to do anything constructive with it. Sever's character has no real depth. We are supposed to believe there is something to her because she has mastered origami the art of Japanese paper folding. She even makes a little origami mobile for the boy she kidnaps and stashes in a cage--give me a break. Complete with lines that rarely exceed more than a dozen words it is not surprising that Liu cannot pump any life or emotion into her brokenhearted villain. Banderas' character Ecks is slightly more multifaceted but too implausible to buy. When Ecks reunites with his wife Vinn whom he believes died in an explosion five years earlier there is no emotion whatsoever. How come he doesn't ask the obvious like "What happened? Where have you been--and why are you married to that sleazeball you claim to hate so much?" As Vinn Soto's character is just as irritating and hard to comprehend. She married someone despicable because she thought Ecks was dead. Is being single such a sin or are there no other men out there for her to hook up with? Although they play her character up as being tough she comes across as desperate and weak.
Director Wych "Kaos" Kaosayananda tried to turn a convoluted mess of a script into a glossy and stylized actioner but instead delivered a really bad movie. The film is peppered with one too many slow-motion shots of ammo flying out high-powered automatic weaponry which we already saw in The Matrix and almost every action movie since. There is one good slow motion shot of a sniper falling off a building arms flailing on to the roof of a car the impact popping a wheel of the vehicle. But who wants to see slow motion shots of some extra falling to his death? Kaos should have saved those for significant moments involving key players. The messy script penned by Alan McElroy has a strange Saturday morning cartoon feel to it complete with showdown confession where the villain divulges everything to the protagonist. And although there is plenty of opportunity for the bad guys to kill off both Ecks and Sever they never do but instead--with weapons pointed directly at them--let them give little spiels and cartwheel off into obscurity.
61-year-old Nick Nolte, who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunk
driving in Malibu, Calif., may now also be facing drug charges. "We have
strong reason to believe there were drugs involved," California Highway
Patrol spokesman Leland Tang told Reuters. Nolte, 61, was described by highway police as "drooling" and "completely out of it" when he was pulled over in Malibu for driving erratically in his black Mercedes. The Oscar-nominated actor was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. He is currently out on $2,500 bail.
Brad Pitt, whom we reported yesterday had pulled out of director Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain seven weeks before shooting was set to start in Australia, said he also is disheartened about the project not moving forward. "Given my friendship and respect for Darren and the year and a half we've dedicated to working on this project, I too am disappointed," he said in a statement released by Warner Bros. Pictures. "Still, I remain encouraged that The Fountain will still have its day." Pitt is in final negotiations to star as Achilles in the studio's epic adventure Troy instead. The news that Pitt was opting out of The Fountain angered many crew workers who had worked on the film's sets, prompting some of them to write an open letter to the Web site Ain't It Cool News that accused Pitt of "Hollywood prima donna antics."
Actor Jude Law and his wife, actress and fashion designer Sadie Frost, had their third child Tuesday night, People.com reports. Frost gave birth to Rudy Law at a north London hospital. The couple has two children together, Iris, 22 months, and Rafferty, 7. Frost also has an 11-year old son, Finley, from her first marriage to Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp.
Actress Jamie Lynn Sigler, better know as Meadow Soprano on the HBO mob drama The Sopranos is engaged to her manager and boyfriend of one year, A.J. Discala, People.com reports. Discala, 31, proposed to Sigler, 21, while the two were on a Mexican cruise.
Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's childhood home, which was put up for sale on eBay last Thursday, received a high offer of $210,000 from a serious bidder--$10,000 over the minimum set by Ed and Jennifer McKee of Oregon City, Ore, The Associated Press reports. The couple, unaware Cobain had once lived there, bought the nondescript house located 70 miles southwest of Seattle for $42,500 last month. An attorney for Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and their daughter said the Cobain estate had not authorized the auction. "The estate will not be authorizing any commercial use of Mr. Cobain's name or likeness at the property," he said in a statement.
The Matrix star Laurence Fishburne is taking a serious interest in the small screen. The Oscar-nominated actor will produce a primetime series for Paramount Network Television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the action drama, tentatively titled Sleepwalker, is a high-concept show following the adventures of a next-generation superhero. Spawn scribe Alan McElroy will write the project, which has received a script commitment from CBS.
Comedian Jay Mohr has been chosen to host a new NBC series titled The Funniest Person in America, the AP reports. Producers of the show, described as a cross between American Idol and The Real World, will pick 10 comedians and follow them as they live together and compete for development deals with NBC. The series will debut sometime in spring or summer 2003.
Canadian singer Celine Dion's manager-husband Rene Angelil sent a notice of claim to Montreal-based radio station CKMF demanding it stop playing a parody of the song "I'm Alive," The Canadian Press reports. The song played for about six weeks before Angelil complained. He also asked that all of Dion's songs be removed from the station's play list. "I was ashamed that Celine is played on a radio station that, in my opinion, displays a vulgar and disturbing tone," he said. The station agreed to pull the song, in large part because it had run its course, but refused to pull all of the singer's songs from its play list.
Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, 55, whose hit song "Werewolves in London" had fans howling throughout the '70s, was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer last month, spokeswoman Diana Baron announced today. "I'm OK with it," Zevon said in a statement. "But it'll be a drag if I don't make it until the next James Bond movies comes out."