In Ashes from director Mat Whitecross, Ray Winstone plays a curiously blond-headed man with Alzheimers who used to be rough but now finds himself walled in by a nursing home. Jim Sturgess‘ character hunts him down after months of searching and takes him on a dangerous road trip fueled by a failing mind and some unclear intentions.
The film noir certainly had a lot going for it. From financial backing from Coldplay to a stellar cast, the potential was there, and what few reviews are out there aren’t unkind, but the film itself has been relegated to direct-to-dvd status. At least it won’t end up in a bin at HMV, right?
Check out the trailer for yourself:
My morbid curiosity is piqued. There are some real gems that somehow manage to miss theaters, and this almost seems worth the rental for another Winstone performance where he chews gravel and attacks people. Plus, while the trailer’s not all that engaging, it doesn’t seem half bad. Average, to be sure, but gleaming with potential. [The Playlist]