‘Unhinged’ Trailer: This Russell Crowe Thriller Wants to Be the First New Movie You See When Theaters Reopen

In a somewhat questionable attempt to both beat Tenet‘s potential July release and to lay claim to the title of the first new movie released in theaters in months, here comes Unhinged, a Russell Crowe thriller you probably never heard of until today. The selling point for this flick doesn’t seem to be the presence of Crowe, […] The post ‘Unhinged’ Trailer: This Russell Crowe Thriller Wants to Be the First New Movie You See When Theaters Reopen appeared first on /Film.

‘Unhinged’ Trailer: This Russell Crowe Thriller Wants to Be the First New Movie You See When Theaters Reopen

In a somewhat questionable attempt to both beat Tenet‘s potential July release and to lay claim to the title of the first new movie released in theaters in months, here comes Unhinged, a Russell Crowe thriller you probably never heard of until today. The selling point for this flick doesn’t seem to be the presence of Crowe, who is playing a crazy guy targeting a woman he encountered in a traffic jam, but rather that this will be the first new movie to hit theaters since March. Watch the Unhinged trailer below.

Unhinged Trailer

In Unhinged, “Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is running late getting to work when she crosses paths with a stranger (Russell Crowe) at a traffic light. Soon, Rachel finds herself and everyone she loves the target of a man who feels invisible and is looking to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse that proves you never know who you’re driving next to.”

This sounds like a cross between Falling Down and Changing Lanes, and honestly, it doesn’t look half-bad. But the push behind the film is a little…questionable. Speaking with Deadline, CEO Mark Gill of Solstice Studios, who are releasing the film, said that Solstice did their “own private poll of 1000 moviegoers on how many wanted to return to the theaters in July,” and the results were positive.

“We thought maybe 40% would say they were eager to return to the theaters, but we were surprised to see the number at 80%,” Gill said. “We became convinced that enough theaters will have been open for a couple of weeks, playing repertory and not new films. This is a relatively modest budget movie at a $33 million budget, and so if we earn $30 million at the box office, we will be fine.”

In an official press release for the film, Gill adds: “We made this decision after extensive consultation with the National Association of Theater Owners and leading theater chains. Those conversations have convinced us there is a way to meet pent up demand for the theatrical experience safely.” Here are some more details about the release strategy:

The U.S. release of “Unhinged” will follow or coincide with theater openings in nations around the globe, including Australia, China, The Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan—with a number of additional countries likely to announce openings in late June or July.

Theater plans to open safely across the United States will comply with all state public health department guidelines and are expected to include such measures as socially distant seating (capacities of 25-50%), staggered show times to reduce crowding, and more time between each show to allow for increased cleaning.

Look, I get it. People want to get back to the movies, and Solstice sees this as a big opportunity to push a film that would otherwise end up being obscure. But the whole thing still feels a bit icky, especially since we really have no idea if theaters will be safe to reopen in July. But if they are, you can catch Unhinged there on July 1.

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Here’s Why Robert Pattinson Said Yes to Playing Batman

There are a few guarantees in Hollywood: movie stars will rise and fall, everything will get a reboot or sequel, and there will always be a Batman — usually played by the latest handsome, brooding actor du jour. When the cape and cowl has been inhabited so many times, how can any actor hope to […] The post Here’s Why Robert Pattinson Said Yes to Playing Batman appeared first on /Film.

Here’s Why Robert Pattinson Said Yes to Playing Batman

There are a few guarantees in Hollywood: movie stars will rise and fall, everything will get a reboot or sequel, and there will always be a Batman — usually played by the latest handsome, brooding actor du jour. When the cape and cowl has been inhabited so many times, how can any actor hope to make an impression, especially when past iterations played by Michael Keaton and Christian Bale are so beloved? That’s something that Robert Pattinson had to wrestle with when boarding The Batman as the newest Caped Crusader.

Pattinson was a bit of an unexpected choice, considering the British actor seemed deathly allergic to fame and blockbusters in the aftermath of the young-adult vampire series that put him on the map, choosing instead to forge his post-Twilight career path with a series of increasingly weird arthouse flicks. But that particular challenge of putting his own spin on a character that’s been around for 80-plus years is exactly what drew Pattinson to the role, the actor revealed.

In a truly amazing profile with GQ (really, you have to check it out in its chaotic quarantine glory), Pattinson got serious for long enough to discuss the reason that he said yes to playing Batman. The character has been around for around 80 years, and has been depicted onscreen for nearly as long, with a range of beloved actors from Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Kevin Conroy, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck, donning the cape and cowl in some form — live-action or otherwise. Pattinson was highly aware of the legacy that the role of Batman carries with it, but rather than scaring him away, it made him more eager to take the job. Pattinson revealed:

“I think sometimes the downsides—which I’ve definitely thought about—the downsides kind of seem like upsides. I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character. I was watching the making of Batman & Robin the other day. And even then, George Clooney was saying that he was worried about the fact that it’s sort of been done, that a lot of the ground you should cover with the character has been already covered. And that’s in ’96, ’97? And then there’s Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck’s one. And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?

And also, do I have anything inside me which would work if I could do it? And then also, it’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened. You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energizes you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”

Pattinson is such an interesting, unpredictable actor — and an even more unpredictable person, as evidenced in the GQ profile when he blows up a microwave and attempts to make something he refers to a “fast food pasta” — that it’s exciting to think of what he could do as Batman. Based on his understanding of the character, and of past depictions, he could go completely off-the-rails and give us our wildest, weirdest Batman yet.

The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, aka Bruce Wayne, backed up by a cast that includes Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, John Turturro as mob boss Carmine Falcone, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and Peter Sarsgaard as a new character, District Attorney Gil Colson.

Production on The Batman has been indefinitely suspended for the time being, but Warner Bros. currently has the film slated to open on October 1, 2021.

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