Treasure Island

Pirates of the Caribbean

As I tend to watch movies for a living, periodically I am faced with potential career choices that might be more lucrative for me. A stint aboard a space mining freighter for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation is a bit too futuristic for me, and I’ve missed the boat for enrolling in med school or law school. However, there seems to be one way to make money that doesn’t seem to take any formal schooling: treasure hunting. Of course, before I kiss my wife and kids good-bye and embark on a whirlwind global journey to get rich off of other people’s plundering, I had to look into this career choice a bit. I started by thinking: Where can I dig up a buried pirate’s treasure chest?

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Andrew Davis has had a pretty interesting career as a director. He started off being known primarily as a maker of action movies, particularly action movies starring ponytailed aikido expert Steven Seagal, like Above the Law and Under Siege. He then went on to earn quite a bit of acclaim for directing Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in a little thriller you might remember called The Fugitive. While that one wasn’t exactly an action film per se, it still contained quite a few action elements and plenty of adult themes, so it didn’t seem like much of a departure. Davis carried on with that strategy for a while, seeing limited success, until finally making a change in the last decade or so to making more family friendly films—like 2003’s Holes and 2006’s Guardian—which was a depressing turn of events to say the least. Now that his greatest success, The Fugitive, is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with a new home video release, how does Davis plan on honoring that success? Perhaps by going back to his roots and making another movie full of shootings and chase sequences? Not quite. It turns out he’s developed something of an aversion to action over the years, but he still doesn’t mind a good dose of adventure, so he’s planning on making a new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s old story “Treasure Island.”

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This Week in DVD

Welcome back to This Week In DVD! We take a look at fifteen new releases below, and a whopping eleven of them are good to great and worth your time! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Brake A man (Stephen Dorff) awakens in a plexiglass box that itself rests inside a car’s trunk. Confused at first, he soon learns his captors are after a very specific piece of information they need to complete a terrorist attack. Can he hold out against their threats and actions? This film bears thematic similarities to 2009’s Buried, but it’s a far superior experience (at least until the end anyway). Dorff does a fine job as the highly stressed lead, the story’s twists and turns are a solid mix of the expected, the smart and the unpredictable, and there are several genuinely exciting moments. Just be sure to turn it off about two minutes before the credits roll. [Extras: Commentary, featurette, music video]

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While we all wait with baited pipe smoke-tinged breath for another highly stylized Sherlock Holmes adventure from Guy Ritchie, Deadline Trenton reports that Warner Bros. has attached the director to helm a new take on Robert Louis Stevenson‘s classic novel “Treasure Island.” And, as if there was any question about whether or not Ritchie would be straying from the high-action, whiz-bang stuff that’s made his Robert Downey Jr.-starring Holmes such a smash, the film has been set up by producer Lionel Wigram (Ritchie’s producing partner and the one responsible for ushering in the new Holmes tales). Wigram reportedly set up the project before he and Ritchie even became producing partners, and the buzz is that it will be a “stylized version of the classic novel.” So, yeah, pretty much just like Holmes. Expect the doubloons to roll in.

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