Open Grave

THE LAST DAYS discs

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Last Days Marc is living in the office building he used to call his place of employment, and he’s not alone. Humanity worldwide has fallen victim to a deadly form of agoraphobia. Walk outside, and you’re dead within seconds from fear. Three months into the epidemic Mark and another survivor manage to set out via the sewers in search of Marc’s pregnant girlfriend, but their journey reveals a species on the brink of extinction. This Spanish production tackles a familiar subject — the post apocalyptic world — and imbues it not only with a fresh premise but also with real heart and character. It looks good too as special effects and production design come together to create a believably devastated world, and all of it is enhanced with a script that manages to hit some familiar beats without feeling redundant. The film is solid throughout, but the final thirty minutes offer some touching and exciting turns. Fans of the underseen but fantastic Perfect Sense should most definitely give it a shot. [DVD extras: Trailer]

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Two Brits, a German, and a woman from Hong Kong walk into a bar, except the bar is a forest and they don’t so much walk in as the do wake up in the middle of it. The common thread among them is that none of them know who they are or how they got there. Enter a South African (Sharlto Copley) who’s just awoken in an exposed pit filled with dead people and who, like his new friends, also has no recollection as to what the hell is happening. Low on trust, high on anxiety, and fully loaded for bear thanks to a stocked armory, the group struggles to search for clues and remember who they are and what they could possibly be doing together in the middle of the woods. Memories slowly begin to bubble to the surface, but they’re not coming fast enough to adequately respond to the discovery of bodies tied to trees with barbed wire or left hanging from the branches above. And then the crazed, zombie-like mouth-breathers attack. Details aside, Open Grave‘s setup here is familiar enough that you’d be forgiven for immediately thinking the gang is trapped in purgatory and destined to eventually realize that they all died in a plane crash or maybe a spin class accident. Thankfully though the actual story is far more imaginative and interesting. If only its execution was as successful.

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Fresh off of battling Matt Damon over the future version of healthcare reform in the sci-fi epic Elysium comes South African acting sensation Sharlto Copley, who’s got another performance in a crazy looking genre picture in the bag and ready for our consumption. The new film, from Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18, but let’s try to give him another chance), is called Open Grave, and while its new trailer doesn’t do too much to explain to us the mysteries at its center, if definitely earns it that title. This thing is chock full of rotting corpses and shoddy burial techniques. Click through to watch the ad, but be warned that it contains screaming and shooting and bodies experiencing convulsions. Skin is torn, flesh rots, and secrets abound. Is this a zombie movie? A movie about some shadowy organization torturing test subjects? Something else entirely? You be the judge.

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Deadline Hawthorne reports that, after weeks of speculation, Spike Lee‘s Oldboy has finally signed an interesting pick to play the film’s central villain. Sharlto Copley was the latest name rumored for the role just last month, but after rounds and rounds of unsuccessful casting for all three major roles in the film, it seemed like the project was a bit doomed. But now that Copley is officially set for the part, and costars Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen remain locked in, the film is set to start filming in late September. Like Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film, Oldboy centers on Brolin’s character (in this incarnation, he is reportedly named “Joe Douchett”), a man who has been imprisoned against his will by an unknown man. Eventually freed, he’s set on a course to find the man who put him there (and to discover why) – Copley will play “Adrian Pryce,” “a mysterious billionaire trying to destroy the life of Joe Douchett.” But until Oldboy kicks off, Copley is busying himself with another high concept role, this time as a potential hero.

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