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Revenge For Jolly

Actie, Komedie
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 1 januari 2014
Regie: Chadd Harbold
Cast: Brian Petsos (Girl Most Likely), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Sin City), Ryan Phillippe (The Lincoln Lawyer), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Paul), David Rasche (Men in Black 3, Sledge Hammer!, Burn After Reading)

Harry is kruimeldief van beroep en loser van nature. Een drankorgel met een geheugen als een gatenkaas. Slechts één ding houdt hem recht in dit tranendal. En dat is zijn hondje Jolly. Als de wet het toeliet, dan trouwde hij met zijn trouwe compagnon. Zo graag ziet hij Jolly dus. Maar dan gebeurt het ondenkbare. Een onbekend monster vermoordt Jolly in koelen bloede. Verteerd door woede, verdriet en een stuk of wat psychoses, begint Harry aan een apocalyptische wraakodyssee, met zijn al even geschifte neef (Oscar Isaac) en drinkebroer in zijn zog... Revenge for Jolly is een hondsdolle zwarte komedie over doorgedraaide dierenliefde, met een sublieme ensemblecast: Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings), Ryan Philippe (Stop-Loss), Kevin Corrigan (Grounded for Life) en vele anderen.

Reviews
  • AVClub.com: Revenge For Jolly! is often corrosively dark and incredibly bloody, but there's a powerful sincerity at its core. It is, without a doubt, the most unexpectedly poignant movie ever made about a silly little dog. Quite good.
  • DVDTalk.com: a fascinating one, filled with a talented cast in bit parts and aiming for a very subtle type of dark comedy.
  • Flixist.com: I really enjoyed the film. It's funny, it's violent, and it's got revenge.
  • Soundonsight.org: Revenge for Jolly! is distinctively entertaining. It has in its corner a very impressive catalogue of comedic actors (including Kristin Wiig, Gillian Jacobs, and Adam Brody, among others), and they bolster the production value with moments of berserk antics and intense energy. It also offers a consistent stream of laughs, two barbaric but charming anti-heroes, and the most outrageous excuse for shameless brutality that nearly anyone can get behind. For those who like to mix their dark comedy with over-the-top action, this film was made with you in mind.

The Trust

Thriller
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 16 mei 2016
Regie: Alex Brewer, Ben Brewer
Cast: Nicolas Cage (The Bad Lieutenant, Drive Angry, Leaving Las Vegas, Kick-Ass), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Sin City), Sky Ferreira (Larry Crown, Vampire Academy, The Green Inferno), Jerry Lewis (The King of Comedy)

Jim Stone en David Waters (Nicolas Cage en Elijah Wood) zijn twee agenten met suffe kantoorbaantjes die af en toe een centje bijverdienen met licht illegale randactiviteiten. Maar wanneer Stone lucht krijgt van het bestaan van een mysterieuze geldkluis, lijken hun financiële zorgen voorgoed voorbij. Snel even de locatie bepalen met wat uitgelezen speurwerk, de safe openbreken en lekker de buit verdelen, right?

Wrong. Wat hun garantie op een luilekkerleventje moest worden, ontpopt zich al snel tot een enkeltje richting hel...

In deze duister-grappige misdaadthriller is het genieten geblazen van het verbale vuurwerk tussen Cage en Wood als twee sullen die zichzelf ongewild steeds dieper in de nesten werken. Een heist movie met een existentieel, hilarisch kantje.

Reviews
  • Cinemagazine.nl: The Trust is een Nicolas Cage-comeback op meerdere fronten. Niet alleen keert hij voor deze zwartkomische politiethriller terug naar de locatie waar hij eerder successen boekte als Wild at Heart, Con Air en natuurlijk Leaving Las Vegas, ook is hij qua acteerwerk weer bijna ouderwets op het niveau waarom we zo van hem houden. Er zit redelijk wat humor in dit speelfilmdebuut van de gebroeders Brewer, die vooral op het conto geschreven mag worden van Nicolas Cage. Zijn personage is onvoorspelbaar en daardoor altijd interessant. Maar ook Elijah Wood laat zien wat hij in huis heeft, hij deelt een prettige chemie met Cage en maakt zijn karakterontwikkeling geloofwaardig.
  • Empireonline.com: Academy Award winner turned direct-to-video staple Nicolas Cage gives one of his loosest, goofiest and most enjoyable performances in years as Stone, a modestly corrupt Las Vegas cop stuck in a crappy administrative job, living with his doddering dad (Jerry Lewis) and lumbered with a partner (Elijah Wood) who'd rather be smoking dope than logging evidence. Cage and Wood make a hugely enjoyable double act (has True Detective season three been cast yet?) in this deceptively dark thriller with comic undertones.
  • Variety.com: Cage supplies a stream of tension-defusing laughs while the script steadily applies the screws .. in The Trust, a juicily played heist thriller. Of course, even the most carefully calculated scheme can be counted on to go haywire, and so it does here, with unexpectedly human consequences, in a heist sequence that, while not exactly "Rififi," becomes steadily absorbing as it consumes much of the film's second half.
  • TheGuardian.com: Nicolas Cage could very well become the next celebrity target of US police unions for his involvement in The Trust, a slickly executed dark comedy that sees the Oscar-winner play one of the most corrupt cops to grace the screen in recent memory. As the film grows increasingly dark following violent hiccups in their attempted robbery, so does Cage: Stone's odd tics suddenly turn sinister. Simply put, he's a blast to watch. Cage is the rare actor who has the ability to make you laugh one moment, and recoil the next. Not to be outdone, Wood holds his own opposite Cage, grounding the proceedings as an increasingly embittered everyman way in over his head.
  • Collider.com: It's engaging from start to finish, Nicolas Cage is a blast to watch, The Trust has strong performances, Jim is as quirky as they come and David doesn't take his job as seriously as he should, but it's clear that they're both smart guys so even though their scheme is incredibly risky, there is a sense that they could pull it off, which keeps the film engaging all the way through. If you take the sit back and relax approach to The Trust, there's a good deal of fun to be had with Cage's wacky performance and it's also easy to get swept up in the heist itself thanks to the need to know whether they pull it off.
  • Blogcritics.org: a crime drama which combines the world of CSI: Las Vegas with the violence and dark humor of a Quentin Tarantino film. 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Idigitaltimes.com: The Trust takes a bit to rev into gear, but once the heist begins, it's non-stop drama. Cage's Jekyll and Hyde performance is definitely worth watching. It's a solid debut from Alex and Ben Brewer, and I'm excited to see what they come up with next.
  • Little White Lies (lwlies.com): Elijah Wood and Nicolas Cage play a pair of crooked Las Vegas cops in this breezy heist caper. For most of the first act, it feels Cage-lite, but the Brewers slacken his leash just enough to drive up the tension as the heist proper begins. The Trust may not break new ground in the genre, but it's a handsomely made example of a tried and tested formula. Cinematographer Sean Porter eschews the garish neon hues of the Vegas Strip for a cooler colour palate, and Reza Safinia's up-tempo score helps to keep up the pace. Cage is on fine form in this slick little thriller.
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