En Kongelig Affære

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

Jeg fik endelig set En Kongelig Affære i går aftes sammen med en veninde. Jeg nåde desværre aldrig at se den i biografen. Men hold da op, den var virkelig ventetiden værd! Det er en af de bedste danske film jeg har set MEGET længe.

EKAalt-DKartworkDesuden læser jeg et fag på universitetet hvor vi lærer at forholde os kritisk det hvad vi ser i henhold til historie m.m. Jeg har fået en lille arbejdsskade af det, men det tænkte jeg slet ikke på da jeg så filmen, hvilket i sig selv er godt klaret! Herudover er mine studiekammerater også udpræget glade for den ligesom resten af befolkningen.

Jeg synes det er fortjent at den er vores bud på en Oscar kandidat! Den er fuldt på højde med de bedste internationale film jeg har set. Den er simpelthen så flot filmet, redigeret, landskabet er fortryllende –  og det samme er kostumerne! Kostumerne er faktisk bedre end dem BBC kan fremtrylle i deres historiske Tv-serier. Jeg synes simpelthen de er så smukke.

Jeg vil gå så langt at sige at filmen er fyldt med det man på TvTropes kalder Costume Porn  og Gorgeous Period Dress – bare se på plakaterne!

Hvad angår skuespils præstationerne er de helt i top! Ikke bare Mads Mikkelsen, som faktisk blegner i forhold til Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. Det er helt fortjent han vandt en Sølvbjørn i ved Berlinaden! Alicia Vikander er okay som den danske dronning. Reelt forsvinder hun dog lidt i selskabet af de to mænd. Jeg håber Mikkel Boe Følsgaard kan slå igennem i udlandet mens han stadig er ung i modsætning til Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau og Ulrich Thomsen.

Og nå ja så fortjener hunden der spillede Gourmand da også lige et par linjer. Aldrig har jeg set en så nuttet Grand Danois.
Det er en dvd jeg helt klart vil købe på et tidspunkt når den udkommer.

My Neighbour Totoro

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

A friend of mine introduced me to My Neighbour Totoro. I had never heard of the film before and I was intrigued. I like watching and learning new things; I’m always game for a challenge and here I definitely discovered something very beautiful and emotional.

51i0O8MNsfLThe next time I saw her I borrowed her DVD of the film – and watched the film when I got home.

Oh my I was in love – and the first thought, that came to me was how I had never seen anything this cute in my whole life. We agreed upon we both wanted a stuffed Totoro. He looks really soft and I just want to cuddle with him.

Hayao Miyazaki has made an almost complete film: his animation was breathtaking – on the very same level if not better than Pixar Studios in America and the story was just beautiful written. I’m sorry I’m repeating myself, but I think the word “beautiful” is the most fitting to describe the film.

It’s so different from the films I use to watch which is mostly from the Western World like Denmark, Great Britain, America, Germany, Spain, Canada – and occasionally from Sweden. I’m definitely going to watch some of his other animated films whenever I get the chance.

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, commonly known as the LxD, is a web series about two groups of rival dancers: The Alliance of the Dark who are the villains and The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, the heroes, who discover they have superpowers referred to as “the Ra” through their dance abilities. The entire story takes place over hundreds of years, beginning in the 1920s up to the year 3000. The series is written, directed, and produced by Jon Chu. The series is choreographed by Christopher Scott and Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang Jr. on Glee) with assistant choreography by Galen Hooks.

Members have a wide variety of specialties including hip-hop, krumping, contemporary, tricking, popping, b-boying, jazz, tap, and ballet.

All of the choreography and stunts are real; there are no special effects or wire work and the entire series is shot on location without the use of green screens.

lxdSeasons:
Season one (The Uprising Begins) focuses on the back story of the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, the “good guys”. Each episode introduces each of the characters and their specific dance ability.

Season two (Secrets of the Ra) tells the back story of the villains of The LXD which consist of Organization X—called The Ox—and The Umbras.

The Amazing Spider-Man

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

I just saw The Amazing Spider-Man last night. I went into the theater with Toby Maguire’s performance as Spider-Man fresh in my mind. That was the first superhero movie I ever saw and it left me with an very nice impression. The first movie was better than the two sequels.

The_Amazing_Spider-Man_theatrical_posterI have always liked Toby Maguire as an actor; so I was very cautious on my expectations to Andrew Garfield’s interpretation of the same character. However I still prefer TM to AG, but the latter still impressed me. I haven’t seen anything he has acted in before The Amazing Spider-Man.

I don’t know how I feel about Dr. Curt Connors, Gwen Stacy or Captain Stacy. I kind of missed Harry Osborne and his father; the head of Oscorp (for whom CC works for). It would have given a nice touch to see the CEO of this business instead of his lackey (the other Dr.). I prefer Rosemary Harris to Sally Field when it comes to the role of May Parker. I truly didn’t miss Kirsten Dunst at all in this movie. She was kind of the weakest link in the trilogy in my opinion. I’m hoping the characters Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborne and Norman Osborne are appearing in the sequel, which is coming if you have seen the seen after the end credits.

In the end I went out of the theater with a nice feeling and I liked they hadn’t really replicated the Sam Raimi movie from 2002. It was a nice to see a different plot; it was good and well developed. Now I just hope they don’t make the same mistake Sam Raimi did with his 3rd Spider-Man movie by introducing too many villains.

Anne of the Green Gables – Books vs. Movies (1985 and 1987)

I read the books about Anne Shirley years ago when I was a young girl and I remember the movies (Anne Of The Green Gables, Anne Of The Green Gables – The Sequel and the dreadful third movie I refuse to name) being aired during the Christmas Holidays where in Denmark (where I live). It was cut into “episodes” so the week between Christmas and New Year I spend an hour a day watching this. I’ve only seen the third movie once many years ago while I’ve seen the two first several times. I bought them in a box set some years go (which unfortunately included the third movie).

As I’ve grown older I have become more aware of the blatant omission of some things in the books which I find very unfortunate and regretful looking back. My favorite books are

Anne Of The Green Gables,Anne Of Avonleaand/or Anne Of The Island  is in no particular order. Though I’m extremely fond ofAnne Of The Island and I’m actually really disappointed that Anne’s time at Redmond College never made into the first or second movie.

The first movie is based fairly accurately on the first book while the second movie run fast and loose with the two following books. Below I’ve made at comparison of the book and the first movie.

Movie (1985)
– Anne is 12 years old.
– There is a ”trial period” for Marilla and Matthew to decide if they will keep Anne in the film.
– Anne meets Gilbert at a Picnic.
– Josie’s dare, Gilbert and the other boys are there and it is said to be at Moody’s house.
– Only the girls are there and it is at Diana’s house.Anne and Diana go through the Haunted Woods with Anne’s injured ankle.
– The Allan’s show up much earlier in the movie.The Allan’s show up much later in the book.
– Anne goes to a ball with Diana and Aunt Josephine.
– Diana goes with Anne for the latter Queens Exam.
– The Lily Maid scene comes up much later in the movie.
– They did not know the scores for the Queen Exam yet.Gilbert tells Anne they tied on the Queens Exam.
– Those scenes with Gilbert and Anne talking were made up after he tried
to apologize to Anne but she vowed never to speak to him again.
– Anne recites, “The Highwayman” at the concert in White Sands.
– The Movie ended with Gilbert leading Anne back to Green Gables after confirming he gave up the School in Avonlea.

Book (1908)
Anne is 11 years old.
There is no “trial period” for Marilla and Matthew to decide if they will keep Anne in the book.
– Anne meets Gilbert at school.Anne takes on.
– Anne takes on Josie’s dare.
– No injury.
– Only Anne braves the woods late in the evening to retrieve a pattern from Mrs. Barry.
– Anne goes to a concert with Diana and Aunt Josephine.
– The event with Diana going with Anne for her Queens Exam doesn’t happen in the books.
– The Lily Maid scene comes up much earlier in the book. Also, no “fishing for lake trout” comment in the book.
– Diana tells Anne tied with Gilbert on the Queen’s Exam.
– Anne and Gilbert were not on speaking terms until they meet together,
after Anne leaves Matthew’s grave and she heard news that Gilbert gave
up the Avonlea School for her benefit.
– Anne recites, “The Maidens Vow” at the concert in White Sands.
– In the book, it ends with Anne in her Bedroom contemplating her future

As you can see there aren’t many differences between the movie and book. This is the reason why I think this is the best movie of the lot. I know it’s impossible to adapt everything from a book when making a movie. And I’m absolutely fine fine with how the different directors of Harry Potter and Peter Jackson have made their movies.

I really want to make something similar for the second movie and the three books it covers, but I don’t have time to do it right now.

It will however be pointless to try to do something like this with the third movie because it’s an original story/screen play which throws out the later books of The Green Gables series (Anne’s House Of Dreams, Anne Of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley & Rilla Of Ingleside). I can understand why Kevin Sullivan wouldn’t want to adapt the last two books because they really don’t follow Anne (as she is now a grown woman) instead the point of view shifts to her six children and their adventures.

Anne Of The Green Gables Series:
1. Anne Of Green Gables (1908) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
2. Anne Of Avonlea (1909) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
3. Anne Of The Island (1915) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
4. Anne Of Windy Poplars (1936) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
5. Anne’s House of Dreams (1917) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
6. Anne Of Ingleside (1939) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
7. Rainbow Valley (1919) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
8. Rilla Of Ingleside (1921) by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The original was better

Red Dawn (2012)

I bought Red Dawn, the 2010 remake of the 1984 film with Patrick Swayze, Leah Thompson and Jennifer Grey on sale without looking at the back cover. I probably should have done so because this remake is the worst remake I’ve ever seen. I’m starting to wondering if this film should have stayed on the shelves at the MGM instead of being released in 2012 – two years after it was shot. MGM went bankrupts and put a hold on all releases. However this was not initially bad for the film since Chris Hemsworth went on to play Thor in the Avengers films and Josh Hutcherson went on to play Peeta in the Hunger Games. Both franchises was released after 2010.

Taken from

IMDB

: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

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And to elaborate a little: The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth) and his civilian brother, Matt (Josh Peck) escape with a group of friends – including Robert (Josh Hutcherson), Daryl (Connor Cruise) and Toni (Adrianne Palicki) – to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group–the Wolverines–to drive the invaders from their home.

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Standing (l-r): Jed, Toni, Matt, Erica, Greg, Julie & Danny.

Sitting (l-r): Robert & Daryl

My biggest problem with this film was Josh Peck. Never ever have I seen such a miscast – he doesn’t have the acting chops to carry the second lead role – and besides that his character Matt is insufferable, selfish, disrespectful and generally just a whiny little brat. Josh Peck only have one facial expression and that’s just not good enough. And he is so wooden and stiff that it almost hurt.

What makes Matt such an unlikable character is:

1) He is selfish. He didn’t care about the others when he saw his girlfriend Erica and thus cost Greg his life because the latter was trying to help.

2) I don’t like how he just went off sulking when they made it back to camp instead of owning up to his part in Greg’s death.

3) Blaming Jed for leaving for six years after their mothers death as an excuse for not owning up to above and trying to make Jed feel bad. All Jed is doing is pointing out this is a war not a game where breaking ranks is okay.

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I actually feel for Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson along with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Brett Cullen and Michael Beach to have this film on their CV. They are doing their best with the material they have and don’t fall through as much as some of the other actors.

I actually rather see the original Red Dawn than continue watching this hot mess of a film.

Stars: Chris Hemsworth (Jed Eckert), Josh Peck (Matt Eckert),
Josh Hutcherson (Robert Kitner), Adrianne Palicki (Toni Walsh), Isabel
Lucas (Erica Martin), Connor Cruise (Daryl Jenkins), Edwin Hodge (Danny
Jackson), Alyssa Diaz (Julie Goodyear), Julian Alcaraz (Greg Goodyear),
Will Yun Lee (Captain Cho), Fernando Chien (Lt. Pak), Kenneth Choi (Cpl.
Smith), Michael A. Knight (Colonel Ivanov), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Sgt.
Major Andrew Tanner), Matt Gerald (Sgt. Hodges), Brett Cullen (Tom
Eckert), Michael Beach (Mayor Jenkins) & Steve Lenz (Pete)

Director: Dan Bradley
Screenplay: Carl Ellsworth & Jeremy Passmore

Magic Mike

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I just saw Magic Mike last night with a friend of mine. She had been pestering me about seeing it and a couple of weeks ago I found it on sale. Yeah, I could probably have found it on Netflix, streamed it or downloaded it, but I love the feeling of having the disc in my hands. In that area I’m kind of a traditional girl. Anyway I saw it and I didn’t particularly like it.

The first thing on my mind when seeing the cover was, is this an American version of the British movie “The Full Monty”? Which I simply love to death, but unfortunately I was thoroughly disappointed. It was nothing like that because Magic Mike simply was boring as hell.

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None of the actors playing the male strippers were that hot or cute – actually they were the opposite in my opinion. I remember watching Roswell where Adam Rodriguez had a major role – I found him so hot back then, now he looked like a shell of his old self. Joe Manganiello was pretty cute as Brooke’s boyfriend in One Tree Hill – now he just looks sleezy with too much gel in his hair. I’ve never found Matt Bomer attractive – not in White Collar nor in his brief stint in Glee playing Blaine Anderson’s older brother. Alex Pettyfer was super cute in I Am Number Four (why do I even admit to have seen the movie? It was a pretty bad movie!) Anyway in Magic Mike he just looked like he hadn’t washed his hair and his beard was seriously gross. And don’t even get me started on that dude with the long hair – eww! For many girls Matthew McConaughey is the epitome of hotness, but I’m not one of those girls. I’ve always found him funny looking and I’m not fond of sweaty curly and slightly long hair. Which leads me to Channing Tatum. He is the only one I don’t find it hard to look at in this movie.

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One redeeming thing is all the costumes they wear. What girl doesn’t like men in uniforms? I certainly do – and I’m not afraid to admit in cyberspace, but I probably wouldn’t if my someone asked me in real life.

Anyway looks isn’t everything, but I have to say the acting was pretty bad as well – not that Adam, Joe, Matt nor the dude with long hair had much to do which is a shame because I actually find Matt and Joe descent actors and both are a joy to see in their various roles. What bothered me the most was the actress portraying Alex Pettyfer’s sister in the movie – she can’t act even if her life depended on it. It’s a liability because she plays a huge part. Oh, she and Channing Tatum had no chemistry at all. I think he would have more chemistry with a cardboard box.

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The main problem with the movie isn’t the acting, but the directing. I love Steven Soderbergh’s movies, Erin Brockovich and the Ocean’s Elven trilogy. The whole movie is yellow! And I’m not that fond of yellow. It was the same feeling I had with the first Twilight movie where the whole thing was blue.

I don’t think it’s a movie I’m going to rewatch.

All in all I’d recommend watching The Full Monty instead of Magic Mike. It’s a classic and much more enjoyable to watch.

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The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug

I went to see the Hobbit last Thursday with a friend. Over all I was very much in love with the film however in the end I just kept glancing at my watch to see when it was finish. I believe it was a little too long – and at times it draggedimage on. I’ve read many people think the CGI was bad – I don’t know if I think it was bad, but it definitely lacked the Lord of the Rings Trilogy grace and at times it was awfully painful to watch. Legolas looked like he was created solely in the CGI room and not a living person. Although I must say Orlando Bloom is looking fit as ever. Elves are supposed not to age, but I do think he could have pulled it off without using CGI to obtain that eternal look and grace elves are known for.

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Another thing I could have done without was the Kili-Tauriel-Legolas thing. It gives absolutely nothing to the overall plot and I found myself wishing I could fast forward the scenes entirely – especially the scene between Kili and Tauriel in Lake Town where she heals his wound. If I wanted to watch a sappy romantic story I could pop one of the other hundreds movies that’s already made. I really hope Peter Jackson sticks to the book and kill Kili and Fili off in the next film as they die in the book.

The funniest scene was probably the one between Gloin and Legolas where the latter look at the formers picture of his wife and son, Gimli. Gimle would go on to be a protagonist in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and become heterosexual life partners with a certain elf.

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The scenes with Smaug and the Necromancer were formidable thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch! He is just special – and I really liked how Bilbo and Smaug interacted with each other. I wasn’t disappointed by the fact his skin wasn’t full of jewels like it is the book..

I really need to read the book again to figure out how Gandalf will escape from Dol Goldur.I wonder if Radagast will somehow contact Galadriel or something. Radagast wasn’t in the book if I remember correctly, but was mentioned in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy where he was cut from the movie. I guess it’s only fair to incorporate him in the Hobbit. Sylvester McCoy does an excellent job with the material he is given – and he’s a funny looking dude as Radagast. That birds nest in his hair is just nasty.

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Howard Shore once again outdo himself in the music department. The score to the Hobbit Part II is on par with his previously accomplishments in the original trilogy and the Hobbit Part I. He is almost in a league of his own. I love it. No doubt I’ll buy the soundtrack as well as the movie when it gets released.

I’m really looking forward to The Hobbit: There And Back Again. In the meantime I’ll reread the book, listen to the soundtracks, rewatch the original trilogy and the two first Hobbits movies.

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Oh Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman) and Orlando Bloom looks like they’re twins or at least related to one another. They resemble each other so mush it’s almost ridiculous. Just look here at these two pictures! And make up your mind. I see a strong resemblance between them. I hope people weren’t confused when watching the movie.

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Pitch Perfect

I saw a great film is called Pitch Perfect. I found by pure luck!

Pitch Perfect is basically Glee in college – and without all the scheming Glee has.

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Beca Mitchelle (Anna Kendrick)

Anna Kendrick (Twilight’s Jessica Stanley) plays the main character Beca who is starting at Barden University. The university have four choirs to choose from however Beca initially only wants to play her own music – and she’s only going to college because of her father. At the beginning she is content with her own company, but her father is worried. They strike up a deal – she must make some friends and give college a try – if she does that he is willing to let her drop out after a year and go to L.A. to pursue a career in music. She joins the Barden Bellas where she meets co-captains Chloe (Brittany Snow) and Aubrey (Anna Camp) and six other girls. Naturally Jesse (Skylar Astin), a freshman at BA like Beca, falls in love with her – and joins an all boys choir. They watch the film “the Breakfast Club” together – and it has a great influence on the Barden Bellas final performance at the Nationals as Beca and Jesse had a fall out some time before.

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Chloe (Brittany Snow)

Well, since the film is about show choir set in a school it’s easy to make the connection to Glee. I find the film supiror to Glee for a number of reasons. The first one is the fact all the actors (who sing, that is) can carry a tune without the help of autotune as far as I could hear. No, their singing wasn’t flawless, but it was good. Maybe it helps having cast actors who have proved they can sing in other projects. I remember having seen Brittany Snow in “Hairspray” (the remake), Anna Camp on Glee and finally I’ve read Skylar Astin was a star of “Spring Awakening” on Broadway alongside Lea Michele (from Glee). Anna Kendrick isn’t a newcomer in regards to singing either.

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Aubrey (Anna Camp)

The characters of this film are great. I didn’t find I disliked any of them – not even Bumper (lead singer of the Treblemakers) which is a new thing for me. I can’t really say anything bad about them. The actors nailed it in my opinion. Oh before I forget it! It’s worthwhile mentioning Freddie Stroma (of Harry Potter fame) plays a radio station manager/DJ who gives Beca a job. Once again a connection between Harry Potter and Twilight have been made outside Robert Pattinson.

Directed by: Jason Moore
Written by: Kay Cannon
Based on a book by: Mickey Rapkin

The Barden Bellas:
Anna Kendrick: Beca
 Brittany Snow: Chloe
Anna Camp: Aubrey
Rebel Wilson: Fat Amy
Alexis Knapp: Stacie
Ester Dean: Cynthia Rose
Hana Mae Lee: Lilly
Kelley Jakle: Jessica
Wanetah Walmsley: Denise
Shelley Regner: Ashley
The Treblemakers:
Skylar Astin: Jesse
Ben Platt: Benji
Adam DeVine: Bumper
Utkarsh Ambudkar: Donald
Michael Viruet: Unicycle
David Del Rio: Kolio
Others:
Elizabeth Banks: Gail
John Michael Higgins: John
John Benjamin Hickey:  Dr. Mitchell
Freddie Stroma: Luke

Jinhee Joung: Kimmy Jin

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Red Tails

So I just saw this movie about the Tuskegee Airmen. I can’t remember how I found it, but it might have something to do with Cuba Gooding Jr.

I can’t really nitpick the movie about since I don’t know the history the movie is based upon. But I can say that I, I’m lining up behind those who say the characters were flat, the script could’ve been written by a 12 year old and the CGI was just bad.

And I actually think it’s a great idea having an almost all black cast. It’s refreshing to see. I don’t really get people who only wants to see movies with white people in lead roles. Black, yellow, green or red – it’s the acting ability that has to shine – not their skin colour.

One of the reasons why I saw this movie was Cuba Gooding Jr. – I’ve liked him ever since I saw him as in Jerry McGuire – albeit his last movies has been pure crap. He’s one fine actor – and I’m sure he could do so much better than movies like Norbit and Daddy Daycare! For goodness sake he won an Acadamy Award for his role in Jerry McGuire.

Oh well, enough of my ranting of his pure choices of movies. What I really meant to say was that he was excellent in this one – and he was hands down the best along side Terrence Howard. They both nailed it despite being given shitty (pardon my language) material. The younger cast didn’t fare so well in my opinion. Not one of them made their characters believable, which is actually unfortunate since I think they could have done better with other material. I never believed in the love story between Joe “Lightning” Little and that Italian woman. They had no chemistry – at all! And I actually didn’t feel any sympathy for him when he died which is weird and I guess the film makers had aimed to make the audience feel  sympathy for him…

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Starring: Terrence Howard: Colonel A.J. BullardCuba Gooding Jr.:
Major Emanuelle StanceNate Parker:  Marty ‘Easy’ JulianDavid Oyelowo:
Joe ‘Lightning’ LittleTristan Wilds: Ray ‘Junior’ GannonNe-Yo: Andrew
‘Smokey’ SalemElijah Kelley: Samuel ‘Joker’ GeorgeMarcus T. Paulk: David
‘Deke’ WatkinsDaniela Ruah: SofiaLars van Riesen: Pretty BoyBryan
Cranston: Colonel William MortamusLee Tergesen: Colonel Jack
TomlinsonGerald McRaney: Lieutenant General Luntz

Directed by: Anthony Hemingway
Written by: John Ridley (story) and Aaron McCruder (screenplay)

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