Category: Sony ScreenGems
Taglines: First he gets into your house. Then he gets into your head.
A lonely mother, invites a handsome car accident victim into her home. Desperate for a little attention, she doesn’t realize she’s entertaining a sociopathic, yet charming escape convict. In one terrorizing night her life completely changes as she fight for her own life and the life of her children.
No Good Deed is an American thriller film directed by Sam Miller and written by Aimée Lagos. The film stars Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Kate del Castillo, Mark Smith, Henry Simmons, Wilbur Fitzgerald and Frank Brennan. The film was released on September 12, 2014.
About the Story
Colin Evans (Idris Elba) is denied parole, five years into serving a prison term for manslaughter, having killed a man and five women. However, he escapes while being returned to prison, shooting a guard and driver in the process.
Terri Granger (Taraji P. Henson) is at home with her baby Sam and young daughter Ryan. Her best friend Meg (Leslie Bibb) suggests that Terri relax by sharing a girls night with her. Terri’s husband Jeffrey (Henry Simmons) arrives home just long enough to pack for a trip to visit his father, and is unhelpful and impatient with Terri despite his assurances that he loves her.
In Atlanta, Colin stalks a woman named Alexis (Kate del Castillo), who was his fiancee before he went to jail. He confronts her with evidence that she has been unfaithful; after she admits to sleeping with another man, he violently murders her. Later, Colin crashes his van in a storm and walks to Terri’s home, arriving at dinner time and asking for her help in getting a tow truck. She invites him inside and tends to a wound on his forehead, while he charms her and Ryan. He opens up about his fiancee having cheated on him.
Meg arrives with wine and is attracted to Colin. They share the wine and Colin uses the opportunity of a shared smoke break to manipulate Meg into doubting Terri’s honesty before murdering Meg with a shovel and hiding her body. Colin tells Terri that Meg left, but Terri sees Meg’s umbrella is still in the house. She also realizes that the phone lines are cut and the kitchen knives are missing.
After getting Colin away from Ryan, she attacks him with a fire extinguisher but is unable to escape with the children before he recovers. Holding Terri at gunpoint, Colin forces her to stand in the shower as he washes himself, then makes her undress and change her clothes. Terri expects him to rape her, but he does not. She again attacks him, managing to stab him, but fails to escape.
No Good Deed
Directed by: Sam Miller
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, Henry Simmons, Mirage Moonschein, Tatom Pender
Screenplay by: Aimee Lagos
Production Design by: Chris Cornwell
Cinematography by: Michael Barrett
Film Editing by: Randy Bricker, Jim Page
Costume Design by: Keith G. Lewis
Set Decoration by: Melinda Sanders
Music by: Paul Haslinger
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, menace, terror, and for language.
Studio: Sony ScreenGems
Release Date: September 12, 2014
Deliver Us from Evil is an American crime-horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Despite being officially based on a 2001 non-fiction book entitled Beware the Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool and a marketing campaign highlighting that it was “inspired by actual accounts”, the film actually does not showcase any of the cases recounted in the book and instead features a completely original plot imagined by Derrickson and co-writer Paul Harris Boardman.
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
Deliver Us from Evil is an American supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film is officially based on a 2001 non-fiction book entitled Beware the Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool, and its marketing campaign highlighted that it was “inspired by actual accounts”. The film stars Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Sean Harris, Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale in the main roles and was released on July 2, 2014.
About the Story
The movie opens in Iraq in 2010. A small group of soldiers are running through a war zone in the desert when they encounter a man-made underground cave. The group leader, Lt. Griggs, sends two soldiers (Jimmy Tratner and Mike Santino) to investigate. Jimmy is recording. Underground, the camera light starts to flicker and then eventually dies out completely. Jimmy and Santino are heard screaming, and then the night vision comes on to reveal hundreds of bats exiting the cave around the two men. Santino produces a light and walks over a river of human skulls to the back of the cave, despite Jimmy’s pleas to leave. He illuminates the back wall of the cave, which has a Latin inscription on it.
The movie then flashes forward to 2013, in New York. Detective Ralph Sarchie is seen trying to give mouth to mouth to a very small bundle, which is revealed to be a dead baby. The coroner asks him repeatedly to let go, but he has trouble doing so and is clearly affected by the experience. The next scene shows Sarchie and his partner, Butler, patrolling the streets of New York. They hear a call coming in about a domestic dispute case and Sarchie says they’ll take it. Butler, an adrenaline junkie, is excited because apparently Sarchie has a “radar” that causes him to take cases that take unusual, often violent turns.
The call is about Jimmy Tratner. They pull up to his house and Jimmy answers the door. Sarchie needs to see his wife so Jimmy lets them inside. The wife, sitting on the sofa, lifts her head to show she has been badly beaten. Sarchie and Butler immediately try to arrest Jimmy, who fights back with a knife, slashing Sarchie’s arm, and then sprints away. They eventually catch him, with Sarchie beating him so badly that Butler has to pull him away, and arrest him. Sarchie notices Jimmy’s fingernails are bleeding.
After Sarchie gets stitches in his arm, the two get a call for the local zoo. Upon arriving, the police at the scene tell them a woman has thrown her 2-year-old boy into the lion’s pit. Luckily, the pit is being repainted, so the lions are not there, but the boy was badly injured. In the ensuing chaos, the woman escaped and the power went out. Sarchie and Butler split up and look for the woman. Sarchie notices the animals are going crazy and eventually finds the woman trying to dig into the ground with her bare fingernails. She is also constantly repeating the lyrics to a song by The Doors. While arresting her, they notice a man in a hood, presumably the painter, in the lion enclosure. Sarchie wants to talk to him but he just slowly walks away, farther into the lion’s pit. Sarchie follows him when suddenly the two lions are out in the enclosure. He barely escapes.
Upon taking the woman, named Jane, to the station, they are met by a priest named Mendoza. He wants to know more about Jane’s behaviour, saying he’s been close with her for years and that she isn’t insane. He says there are two types of evil: secondary evil, which man does, and primary evil, which is something else entirely. He believes Jane is possessed. Sarchie doesn’t believe the priest but takes his card anyway.
Deliver Us From Evil
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Olivia Horton, Antoinette LaVecchia, Valentina Rendón
Screenplay by: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
Production Design by: Bob Shaw
Cinematography: Scott Kevan
Film Editing by: Jason Hellmann
Costume Design by: Christopher Peterson
Set Decoration by: Ellen Christiansen
Music by: Christopher Young
MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language.
Studio: Sony ScreenGems, Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: July 2, 2014
Taglines: It’s about compromise. It’s about love. It’s about a good wingman.
A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.”
About Last Night is directed by Steve Pink and written by Leslye Headland. The film is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name; both are based on the 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet. The remake began in development in January 2011 when Will Gluck of Screen Gems was hired to produce the film and to hire a director and screenwriter. Headland was hired to write the adapted screenplay.
By June of 2012, no director was yet attached, and Kevin Hart was cast in the film. In the following month, Screen Gems entered negotiations with Michael Ealy and Regina Hall to join Hart. By August of 2012, Pink was hired to direct the remake. Later in the month, Joy Bryant was cast to round out the four key roles. The Toronto Sun reported that in addition to the all-black cast, the remake would be closer in tone to the source material.
The original film was set in Chicago, and for the remake, the setting was moved to Los Angeles. Filming locations included Dodger Stadium and Casey’s Irish Pub in downtown L.A. It also filmed around Sixth and Main Streets downtown.
About the Production
About Last Night is produced by Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, with the involvement of production companies Rainforest Films and Olive Bridge Entertainment. The film is directed by Steve Pink and written by Leslye Headland. The film is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name; both are based on the 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet. Development of the film began in January 2011 when Screen Gems tasked Will Gluck to produce the film and to hire a director and screenwriter.
By June 2012, Leslye Headland was hired to write the adapted screenplay, and in the following August, Steve Pink was hired as director. Pink said he liked Headland’s screenplay, and he wanted to direct a romantic comedy-drama. He said the story was not high-concept, “It’s very simple and grounded in that way. The trick there is to keep it moving. It’s in Mamet’s original play, and the writers of the first one knew that. So structurally the movie moves quickly because you’re moving through a pretty big emotional story in a short amount of time without a lot of high-concept devices.”
In contrast to the original film, the remake’s starring cast is mostly black. Actor Michael Ealy said the story could be read independently of race and that it did not mean the original film would be truly called “predominantly white”. Actor Kevin Hart said, “I feel that what we’re doing is making it a little bit more modern, by incorporating black people. I don’t think it’s just about us being black, it’s just a different take on the relationship feel.
Our rants are a little different than a white rant. Our way of arguing is different from a Caucasian couple’s fights. It’s a little more violent. It gets a little more vulgar. Things are said that you don’t expect to be said.” The Toronto Sun reported that in addition to the all-black cast, the remake would be closer in tone to the source material.
The remake is set in Los Angeles, California, where the original film was set in Chicago, Illinois. The production did not qualify for a California film tax credit, but executives intended to film in Los Angeles regardless. The crew filmed in downtown Los Angeles, not traditionally depicted in films as a people-friendly community. The downtown area had been revitalized in recent years, and the crew chose to film most of About Last Night in a 10-block radius around 6th and Main Streets. Most films are filmed in different locations not near each other, so the setup for About Last Night was unconventional but helped minimize transportation costs.
Filming locations in the area included Pacific Electric Building, Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet, Santa Fe Lofts, Casey’s Irish Pub, and Broadway Bar. The crew’s location manager approached the owner of the local businesses to depict their properties as-is and benefit from publicity in exchange for lower rental fees for use of the space. Dodger Stadium was the sole filming location outside of the radius. Filming lasted for seven weeks in late 2012, and production was completed with a budget of $13 million.
About Last Night
Directed by: Steve Pink
Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, Paula Patton, Christopher McDonald, Catherine Shu
Screenplay by: Leslye Headland
Production Design by: Jon Gary Steele
Cinematography by: Michael Barrett
Film Editing by: Tracey Wadmore-Smith, Shelly Westerman
Costume Design by: Ann Foley
Set Decoration by: Dena Roth
Music by: Marcus Miller
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and brief drug use.
Studio: Sony ScreenGems
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Taglines: Crime has a new enemy.
The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
RoboCop is an American cyberpunk action film directed by José Padilha. It is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name and reboot of the RoboCop franchise. The film stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role, with Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley in supporting roles.
In March 2008 RoboCop was mentioned in an MGM press release regarding franchises it would be developing in the future. An MGM poster displayed at the Licensing International Expo of June 2008 read, “RoboCop coming 2010.” The studio met with Darren Aronofsky to discuss the possibility of him directing the film. At the San Diego Comic-Con International 2008, Aronofsky was confirmed to direct the “2010 RoboCop” film, with David Self writing the script. The release date was postponed to 2011.
About the Story
In 2028, multinational conglomerate OmniCorp revolutionizes warfare with the introduction of robotic peacekeepers capable of maintaining law and order in hot spots such as Iran. Led by CEO Raymond Sellars, the company moves to market its tech to domestic law enforcement, but the passage of the Dreyfus Act, forbidding deployment of drones on U.S. soil, prevents this.
Aware that most Americans oppose the use of military systems in their communities, Sellars asks Dr. Dennett Norton and his research team to create an alternative. The result is a proposal for a cyborg police officer. However, Norton informs Sellars that only someone who is stable enough to handle being a cyborg can be turned into one, and some candidates are rejected.
A Detroit police detective, Alex Murphy, is chosen after he is critically injured in a car bomb explosion arranged by crime boss Antoine Vallon in revenge for Murphy’s investigation into his activities. Norton persuades Murphy’s wife Clara to sign off on the procedure. Upon waking up and realizing the extent of his transformation, Murphy flies into a rage and escapes the lab, but Norton is able to convince him to return.
As Norton reveals to Murphy that the only remnants of his human body are most of his head (excluding parts of the brain), his respiratory organs and a hand, Murphy is disgusted, and asks for euthanasia. Norton reminds Murphy about his wife’s and son’s patience, and convinces him to live on. During combat training with trainer Rick Mattox, Murphy proves unable to compete with the standard OmniCorp drones in efficiency. Norton alters his programming to make him more efficient, but also less empathetic.
Shortly before he is to be publicly unveiled, Murphy has an emotional breakdown, forcing Norton to remove his emotions. During the ceremony, RoboCop identifies and apprehends a criminal in the crowd. He goes on to reduce crime in Detroit dramatically, wrecking public support for the Dreyfus Act. Aware that Clara has begun to ask questions, Sellars orders Norton to keep her away from her husband.
Clara nevertheless manages to confront RoboCop, telling him of their son David’s nightmares. The experience leads Murphy to override his programming and access the previously sealed files on his attempted murder. From them, he learns his son witnessed the explosion and was left traumatized. Murphy pursues Vallon’s gang for revenge. He takes heavy damage from their armor-piercing weapons, but manages to kill the boss and his men. Murphy returns to the station and joins with his old partner, Jack Lewis, to confront the two corrupt cops who betrayed him to Vallon, shooting one and tazing the other. Learning that the Chief of Police was also involved, Murphy moves to arrest her, but is remotely shut down by Mattox.
Directed by: José Padilha
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel
Screenplay by: Nick Schenk, Joshua Zetumer, James Vanderbilt
Production Design by: Martin Whist
Cinematography by: Lula Carvalho
Film Editing by: Peter McNulty, Daniel Rezende
Costume Design by: April Ferry
Set Decoration by: Carolyn ‘Cal’ Loucks
Music by: Pedro Bromfman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material.
Studio: Sony ScreenGems, Columbia Pictures, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer
Release Date: February 7, 2014