Clive Owen is an actor who has impressed me in the past with both his inherent charisma (in movies like Closer) and the level of his dramatic chops (in things like Children of Men). I like seeing him in roles where he really gets to show off and make some bold choices with his performance. So it’s been disappointing to me that recently he’s been playing stone faced soldiers, secret agents, and hit men in things like Killer Elite and The International. All of these tough guy action roles just kind of blend together in my mind and unfortunately Variety is reporting that Owen has just signed onto another one that you can throw onto the pile.
The film is called Recall, and it’s about an NSA agent who has to piece together the details of a botched hostage rescue operation, the process of which reveals some things that make him call into question his own sanity. I’m not quite sure, but I think I might have already seen that movie a thousand times. Originality isn’t going to be its strong suit, so it’s going to come down to crafting to decide whether or not Recall is worth watching. On that front the news is mixed. The screenplay was written by Paul Schrader, who once upon a time was responsible for very highly regarded films like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. There’s always a chance a guy like that could come up with something great. But Harold Becker is set to direct, and he’s mostly responsible for making completely forgettable thrillers like Mercury Rising and Domestic Disturbance. Will this one manage to become greater than the sum of its parts and stand out as a memorable trip to the movies? We shall see. But would I be writing about it if anything else remotely interesting was going on today? Probably not. You’re on notice Clive Owen, I want you to be in something weird ASAP.