ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPT HISTORY, THE BETA PLAN WAS TO MAKE A SEQUEL TO SE7EN, ONE OF THE RETRO TOP 40 MOVIES OF ‘995. FOR REASONS UNKNOWN, THEY DISPOSED OF THE SCRIPT AND WROTE A STORY ABOUT A PSYCHICALLY SUPERPOWERED DOCTOR AND AN FBI SPECIAL AGENT TEAMING UP IN THE MANHUNT FOR A PSYCHIC SERIAL KILLER. THE BAD NEWS FOR DR. JOHN CLANCY IS THAT SERIAL MURDER SUSPECT CHARLES AMBROSE HAD THE ADVANTAGE IN PLANNING HIS FLIGHT FROM JUSTICE. ANTHONY HOPKINS, THE GUY WHO STARRED AS HANNIBAL LECTOR, ONE OF TWO RIVAL VILLAINS IN “THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS” (RETRO TOP 40 MOVIES OF ‘991, #1), HAS SPENT 2 YEARS IN ISOLATION (ALBEIT FOLLOWING HIS DAUGHTER’S UNTIMELY DEATH, A WHOLLY DIFFERENT REASON THAN HANNIBAL THE CANNIBAL), WHEN AN FBI AGENT KNOWN ONLY AS “JOE”, RUNS DESPERATELY OUT OF LEADS AND RECRUITS CLANCY’S PSYCHIC POWERS IN ONE LAST DITCH ATTEMPT TO STOP AMBROSE’S KILLING RAMPAGE.
THE ABOVE IS A DESCRIPTION OF “SOLACE”, A LIMITED RELEASE COMING OUT THIS WEEKEND THAT GOT SOMEWHAT NEGATIVE REVIEWS FROM CRITICS AND HAS ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSED FOR THE RAZZIES A LITTLE, WEEKS SINCE IN FACT. THE ONLY AFONSO POYART-DIRECTED FILM IN ENGLISH RATHER THAN BRAZILIAN/PORTUGESE, IT FEATURES THREE OTHER BIG NAMES: COLIN FARRELL (ALEXANDER, BOTTOM 40 FILMS OF ‘004), JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN (RED DAWN REMAKE, BOTTOM 40 FILMS OF ‘012), AND ABBIE CORNISH (MADONNA’S W./E., ALSO BOTTOM 40 FILMS OF ‘012), WHOSE RESUMES WILL SUFFER BECAUSE OF IT. ALREADY INFAMOUS FOR ITS TROUBLED PRODUCTION HISTORY, ITS MAIN COMPETITION FOR THE LIMITED RELEASE TITLE TO REPRESENT OUR RAZZIE FINALISTS IS THE INFAMOUS “TUSK” SEQUEL, “YOGA HOSERS” FROM BACK ON SEPTEMBER 2. WITH BADLY STYLIZED CINEMATOGRAPHY, FINNICKY DIRECTING, OUT-THERE PREMISE AND PLOT GIMMICKS, CLICHED PREDICTABILITY, A CONFUSING AND FLAT, SMOLDERY CONCLUSION, BAD EFFORT TO EXPLORE THE PHILOSOPHY OF DELIBERATE KILLING, UNBELIEVABLE BOREDOM, A BOTCHED RETIREMENT-TO-REDEMPTION TALE, A GLUT OF SUBPLOTS, ALLEGED EXECUTIVE MEDDLING, EVERY NEGATIVE PRO CRITIC REVIEW HAS A DIFFERENT COMPLAINT, WITH SUGGESTS THAT EVERYTHING ABOUT “SOLACE” LICKS *WORD CENSORED WITH SIZZLING SOUND EFFECT*. BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU? TAKE SOLACE IN CONSIDERING “SOLACE” FOR THE RAZZIES BELOW!
I would not be surprised if it does make the ballots, and I would not be surprised if the opposite was true. Anthony Hopkins has made the ballots before, but like you said, it's release is kind of limited.
Worst Actor - Matt Damon (nom) (Been called uninteresting and is also accused of promoting a white savior movie. Also since his buddy Ben Affleck has been nominated multiple times, why not him?), Johnny Depp (Just imagine the cruel irony of winning for the role that original got him his first Oscar nom.), Jamie Dornan (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Tom Hanks (nom) (He managed to avoid a nom for decades, BurnHollywoodBurn from years back even described him as "Un-Razz-able", but considering how much of a let down The Circle was and how he didn't bring much to it, maybe his time is now. Plus, he'd be interesting to nominate, and it's be weird to have Watson and not him too.), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (nom)(Not only did his movie pretty much flop, but he ends up complaining about the criticism on Twitter! Plus, he's been nominated before and Jumanji doesn't look so hot either.), and Mark Wahlberg (nom) (If this is his last "hurrah" in the Transformers movies, maybe he should get a nom as extra motivation to stay away. Marky Mark doesn't want to become a repeat offender, does he?)
Worst Actress - Katherine Heigl (SHE MUST WIN!), Scarlett Johansson (nom) (Starred in two box-office bombs, one of them with the stigma of whitewashing. Plus it'd be interesting to have her.), Dakota Johnson (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Milla Jovovich (nom) (Considering that the last outing got her a nom, maybe she'll receive another one.), Amy Schumer (nom) (Not only has her humor been described as getting scale and one-note, but she's been labeling any criticisms of that as "evil conservatives" to try and dismiss them, and now this led up a movie that is not so well received for many reasons, not the least of which being that she did not bring the funny, and did pretty poorly at the box-office.), and Emma Watson (nom) (While starring in, at this point, the highest grossing movies of the year, she also stars in one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Could be something to pounce on.)
Worst Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem (nom) (He does not lend much to the movie he stars in, and the special effects on him make his performance look worse!), Anthony Hopkins (If he is nominated, he'll break a Razzie record. If he wins, he'll break TWO records!), Eric Johnson (nom) (Basically used to make Christian Grey look less bad by comparison!), Ben Kingsley (nom) (Not only a Razzie repeat offender, but his character in Collide keeps watching the Razzie nominated movie Perfect and keeps talking almost creepily about Razzie perennial Burt Reynolds!), Rob Lowe (nom) (Previously won a Razzie in this category, why not nominate him again if he's going to appear in films like Monster Trucks.), and John Turturro (nom) (He has made the ballots for the Transformers movies before, but always gets shut out. Maybe this will be his chance at a nom.)
Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (Basically in this movie because 9 1/2 Weeks, her first Razzie nomination.), Faye Dunaway (nom) (Razzie perennial Dunaway is attempting to make a big comeback, but starting off with The Bye Bye Man, not to mention being a part of the Best Picture flub at the Oscars, things do not look good for her.), Laura Haddock (nom) (She seems to be a good actress, but when put into a Bay movie where she has to look pretty while being a scientist, Star-Lord's mom cannot pull it off.), Marcia Gay Harden (nom) (Jane Seymour got a nomination for the parody version of the role, so why not the real thing?), Goldie Hawn (nom) (Making her big-screen comeback in Snatched... a movie which stunk and she stunk in it, a surefire way to receive a second nom in this category.), and Isabela Moner (nom) (Comes off as a preachy character, more than likely going to annoy some.)
Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom) (Going to go down in history as the most Razzie nominated director thanks to these Transformers movies. I would not be surprised if he wins.), James Foley (Previous Razzie nominee has returned after about three decades to director the sequel to the Razzie winning Fifty Shades of Grey. I'd say he has this in the bag.), Alex Kurtzman (nom) (Speaking of Transformers, one of the Razzie winning writers of the first and second one tried to start a cinematic universe, and boy howdy, did it get off to a rocky start!), Guy Ritchie (nom) (Speaking of cinematic universes, previous Razzie winner and husband of Madonna tried to start one too, and man did it turn out messy!), Chris Wedge (nom) (Going from animation to live-action and came out with a write-off... yeah...), and Zhang Yimou (nom) (Even with his stylized directing, he could not make the characters interesting, or those lizard creatures look convincing.)
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I already saw this months ago. You'll all have to forgive me for "sinning" as a Razzie voter, but I can't write a F.Y.C. This movie was so forgettable that I don't remember which actors or technical aspects stood out.
R.T. (25%): "It boasts a talented cast and a somewhat intriguing premise, but they're outweighed by a plodding story that teeters between tired clichés and ludicrous twists."
Magdalena Andrade (2/5): "Good actors don't always manage to save weak stories, and that's the case of Sir Hopkins, who's able to give a certain charm to his role as a man who can see the future and read the clues that the killer leaves behind, but he can't do much alongside a convoluted and gimmicky script, textbook co-protagonists (the FBI agents played by Abbie Cornish and Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and an antagonist (Colin Farrell) that's doomed to become one of the least appealing psychos in the history of cinema."
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