Ashes

Ashes Movie

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:

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In 2004, Rescue Me premiered to an audience that just three years earlier has suffered one of the biggest tragedies of its lifetime. Since then, the show has gone on to be critically praised for its very real portrayal of life for those closest to (and sometimes far from) the tragedy of 9/11. From its dealings with PTSD in firefighters, the loss of relatives (both in blood and in spirit), and general themes about family, Rescue Me has never pulled any punches in the way it delivers its drama, and it all finally come to an end in the series finale.

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Without a synopsis beyond being called a contemporary noir movie, Ashes nonetheless earns some respect for the cast it just hired. Ray Winstone and Leslie Manville are veterans, and Jim Sturgess is a rising actor who has the talent to back up his growing fame. According the The Hollywood Reporter, those actors will be joined by Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block) and the consistently strong Luke Evans (Robin Hood, Clash of the Titans) for the project written by Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll team Mat Whitecross (who will direct) and Paul Viragh. Any noir news is good news, and this cast is something to look forward to. Oddly enough, the film is being financed partially by the band Coldplay which creates the interesting possibility of the pop band also scoring a dark drama. That’s speculation, but it would either be a fascinating success or an unmitigated disaster, and that’s the kind of scenario to get out of bed for in the morning. Production starts next week.

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