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S.W.A.T Firefight

Posted in Action, drama, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by aliciamovie

 

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Stage 6 Films

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Benny Boom

Review Rating: 7 Obstacle Courses

Los Angeles SWAT Instructor Paul Cutler is sent to Detroit to train a SWAT group in FBI certification, but training gets a harsh dose of reality on a live response to a domestic dispute call.

You wouldn’t think they would bother with a sequel to the SWAT movie deal, considering that the first one, while fairly lauded and somewhat popular, didn’t make a whole lot of film waves; but they did. And to give the movie gods credit, it’s not half bad at all. Like, literally. Half the film is greatly watchable, and the other half, well, judge for yourself. Director Benny Boom seems to have a clear understanding that a SWAT movie needs a healthy balance of action, but also respect for all that they do, undergo, and fight for. Half the movie focuses on training under the boyish but firm hands of Gabriel Machts’ character Paul Cutler, with all manner of weapons, situations, hostage negotiations and so forth. The other half of the movie, where they attempt to toss all this nifty training into a real life situation and have the trainees go through it that way too, is rather sloppy and ill-explained. Which is unfortunate, because the bad guy in this instance is Robert Patrick of Terminator 2 fame, and he really deserved a more well-defined character. Interestingly enough, we also have another Terminator baddie, Kristanna Loken, who sadly gets all of five minutes face time before her face ends up on a wall.

Since the first SWAT movie had several noteable actors and gave the shot to a few lesser-knowns, the sequel seems to follow the same pattern. Aside from Macht, Patrick and Loken, we have several others of middling fame to round out a pretty nice-looking cast. Nicholas Gonzalez, of True Blood (that should get some attention), Anacondas and Spun note, stars as Justin Kellog, member of the team that gives Cutler the most trouble. Shannon Kane of Brooklyn’s Finest wings in as Lori Barton, the token female of the SWAT gang who of course happens to be a very fine sharpshooter and can hang with the guys all night long. Micah Hauptman, yes he was in Iron Man, stars as Richard Mundy, the somewhat methodical and contemplative member of the team. And Matt Bushell, yes he was *sigh* in Twilight, lends strength as another member of the team, Danny Stockton. Gino Anthony Pesi, of The Vampire Diaries and the newly released Battle: Los Angeles stars as Wayne Wolport, yet another teammate. And Giancarlo Esposito, who’s been in the biz since the 70’s and in everything from Do The Right Thing to CSI: Miami, gives a very fine performance as Inspector Hollander, leader of the Detroit SWAT group under Cutler’s training.

If you like gritty reality police-style dramas, this heartfelt attempt at a sequel is for you. Just bear in mind, the attempted plot has several holes; enjoy the action and try not to expect toooo terribly much. S.W.A.T. Firefight gets a rating of 7 Obstacle Courses!

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Alien Trespass

Posted in Action, comedy, Fantasy, Movies, Sci-Fi with tags , , , , on July 20, 2009 by aliciamovie

Alien Trespass, Sci-Fi Retro Comedy,

Lands on DVD and Blu-ray August 11

“Will & Grace’s” Eric McCormack & “Terminator 2’s” Robert Patrick Star

Alien Trespass, a delightful homage to the great science-fiction movies of the 1950s, invades our planet’s digital world August 11 on Blu-ray and DVD.  Image Entertainment is releasing the Rangeland Production which stars Eric McCormack (Will and Grace, Trust Me), Jenni Baird, Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and Robert J. Patrick (The Unit, The Sopranos); Jody Thompson co-stars.  The scary-but- fun-for-the-whole-family film will be available for $27.98 SRP (DVD) and $35.98 SRP (Blu-ray). Orders are due July 14.

 

Directed and produced by three-time Golden Globe® winner and five-time Emmy Award®-nominee R.W. Goodwin (“The X-Files”), Alien Trespass finds its inspiration in the films of the post-World War II boom period when America was filled with hope and prosperity despite the threat of nuclear annihilation.  It recreates the genuine scares, the sometimes unintentional humor and the disarming innocence that have made these films such compelling and timeless entertainment.

 

In the bonus materials, ‘tongue-firmly-in-cheek’ news reports confirm the current Alien Trespass is a rare print of a long-lost classic unearthed earlier this year by workers at a Hollywood construction site.  It was more than a half-century ago that Louis Q. Goldstone, head of the studio that produced the film, cancelled its release after a dispute with star M. Eric McCormack, grandfather of actor Eric McCormack.  Also included are interviews with the “original” actors who appeared on Edwin R. Burroughs “Meet the Person” along with “original” theatrical trailers. A complete list of special features is below.  The news reports, along with other material, can be viewed at the www.alientrespass.com

 

About the Film

Set in 1957, Alien Trespass chronicles the tale of a fiery object from outer space that suddenly comes crashing into a mountain top in the California Mojave Desert, bringing the threat of disaster to Earth. Out of the flying saucer escapes a murderous extra-terrestrial creature – the Ghota, which is bent on destroying all life forms on the planet. Urp, a benevolent alien from the spaceship, is the only one who knows how to stop the monster, but to do so he must inhabit the human body of Dr. Ted Lewis (McCormack) – a noted local astronomer – and with the help of Tammy (Baird), a waitress from the local diner, begins a race against time to neutralize the Ghota before it consumes all the local inhabitants and uses the human fuel to multiply and conquer the world! 

Alien Trespass was directed and produced by Goodwin from a screenplay by Steven Fisher and a story by James Swift and Steven Fisher. The producers are James Swift and R.W.Goodwin. The line producer is Warren H. Carr. The associate producer is Crawford Hawkins. The director of photography is David Moxness, CSC. The production designer is Ian Thomas. The editors are Michael Jablow, A.C.E. and Vaune Kirby. The music is by Louis Febre. The costumes are designed by Jenni Gullett. The visual effects supervisor is Eric Chauvin. The U.S. casting is by Susan Edelman, CSA. The Canadian casting is by Lynne Carrow, CSA and Susan Brouse, CSA.

 

Complete List of Special Features

— “Watch the Skies” Alien Trespass Featurette

— “Meet the Person” with Edwin R. Burroughs

—  Breaking News “Report”

— Live News “Update”

— R.W. Goodwin Interview

— Eric McCormack Interview

— Theatrical Trailers

— Deleted Scenes

Alien Trespass Product Information

 

Street date: August 11, 2009

Order date: July 14, 2009

DVD Catalog: RKW6273DVD 
UPC Code: 014381627329

Pricing: $27.98 SRP

Blu-ray Catalog: RKW6276BD 

UPC Code: 014381627657

Pricing: $35.98 SRP

Rated PG

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Distributor: Image Entertainment

Language: English

Widescreen: Enhanced for 16×9 TVs


 

 

About Image Entertainment
Image Entertainment, Inc. is a leading independent licensee and distributor of entertainment programming in North America, with approximately 3,500 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 370 exclusive CD titles in domestic release and approximately 600 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, the Company has exclusive audio and broadcast rights and, through its subsidiary Egami Media, Inc., has digital download rights to approximately 2,000 video programs and over 300 audio programs containing more than 4,500 tracks. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California. For more information about Image Entertainment, Inc., please go to http://www.image-entertainment.com.

About Rangeland Productions

Rangeland Productions is a Bellingham, Washington, based film company specializing in high quality, low budget movies. In addition to developing creative and entertaining cinema, Rangeland’s intent is to encourage fresh talent and to produce movies that rely on the old-fashioned qualities of strong story, character development, quality acting and solid production values.

 

Publicity Contacts

Carl Samrock Public Relations, Marie Remelius, Karen Penhale, 818/260-0777

E-mail requests for materials to marie@cs-pr.com or karenpenhale@cs-pr.com.