The Oscar Project
As we head into the Labor Day weekend and kids get ready to head back to school next week (if they haven't already) we're staring down the barrel of slim offerings at the box office. Kin is the only wide release this weekend but we do have a decent list of limited releases including several with actors including Jeremy Irons, Bruce Willis, and Orlando Bloom.
Any Oscar potential will definitely come from the limited releases this week, if at all.
Happy Labor Day and happy back-to-school!
There is an interesting premise for this film which will hopefully be explained by the opening of the film itself. The young boy (Myles Truitt) in the film comes into possession of a powerful alien weapon after apparently witnessing a battle in an abandoned warehouse. He uses the weapon to save his older brother (Jack Reynor) who, fresh out of prison, falls back in with his same friends who are up to no good.
What is not clear from the trailers is the backstory about why the weapon is so powerful, where it came from and who might be looking for it. These are questions that I hope will be answered throughout the film. No doubt there is some twist about the weapon in question that will involve time travel or some other plot device .
The cast list here includes stars like Dennis Quaid (The Parent Trap, The Day After Tomorrow), James Franco (Spider Man, Milk), and Zoë Kravitz (Divergent, Mad Max: Fury Road), but don't expect any of these performances to earn Oscar nods. This is also the feature directorial debut for directors Jonathan and Josh Baker.
Lastly, if you're interested in a little insight into the feature film, check out the short film that the Bakers made with this same premise four years ago, called "Bag Man." It is available in full on the website www.bagmanshortfilm.com. At only 14 minutes long, it might help you decide if you want to see the feature film this weekend.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?