Chris Hemsworth captains ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

Chris Hemsworth powers through a different adventure as he stars as whaling ship Essex First Mate Owen Chase, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ In the Heart of the Sea.

Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex, which in the winter of 1820, was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s *Moby-Dick*.

Watch the “In the Heart of the Sea” featurette “The Myth of Moby-Dick” below.

“I loved the script from the start,” gushes Hemsworth. “‘In the Heart of the Sea’ is about heroism and people being tested beyond their limits in absolutely every way. I was also captivated by the psychological thriller aspect of the whale turning the tables on them. There is something incredibly mysterious about how this animal is portrayed—why the whale goes on the attack, which was unlike anything the Essex crew had ever encountered. The hunter becomes the hunted.”

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The Nantucket of the early 1800s was very prestigious due to the wealth of the whale oil industry. And, in turn, there was one group of men on the island who commanded the most respect: the whalers.

But within the whaling community, there was a distinct caste system, based more on blood than on water. Hemsworth’s character, Owen Chase, was a skilled whaler who had repeatedly delivered record amounts of oil to port. Nevertheless, not having been born to a whaling family, he is passed over to captain the Essex.

Hemsworth offers, “Chase is a working-class guy who has the skill set and qualifications to be captain but not the birthright. Because he is not from a privileged family and doesn’t have the right name or background, he is pushed aside for captain to be first mate to George Pollard, much to his frustration and anger.”

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“Chase is heroic, noble and charismatic,” director Ron Howard says, “but he’s also flawed. He is driven by a need to prove himself and is single-minded about it to a fault. Chris is such a courageous actor who conveys every facet of the character, sometimes without a word. Through his performance, we really come to know Chase at a profound level.”

In closing, Hemsworth notes that filming “In the Heart of the Sea” has affected him profoundly. “The before and after is what I find to be one of the most compelling aspects—how the men who survive respond to what they’ve been through,” he says. “All of them are far different at the end from who
they were starting out. Coming home, how do they look at themselves and at the world? How do they look at whaling? Are they going to go back out there and do it again…? Or perhaps they are going to think, ‘Maybe this is wrong. Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned here.’”

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in theaters and IMAX®, In the Heart of the Sea is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

GUIDE: Metro Manila Film Festival 2015

Now on its 41st year, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) offers 8 full-length feature films. As a rule, no foreign films are shown in Philippine cinemas and theaters in order to showcase locally produced films. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will still be shown in IMAX theaters during the film festival.

This annual event is organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The film festival runs from December 25, 2015 until first week of January 7, 2016.

The following are the official entries to MMFF 2015:

ALL YOU NEED IS PAG-IBIG

all you need is pag-ibig mmff posterRated PG, 116 mins.
Starring: Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Bimby Aquino Yap
Directed by Antoinette Jadaone
Studios: Star Cinema, K Productions

To remind everyone how inspiring it is to love and to feel loved, the powerhouse ensemble – Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Nova Villa, Ronaldo Valdez, Pokwang, James “Bimby” Yap, and Julia and Talia Concio – join forces for this 2015 Metro Manila Film Fest entry. A heartwarming romantic and family movie, “All You Need Is Pag-ibig” explores and celebrates the complexity of human relationships in all their forms. The movie features varied forms of love: family love, sibling love, puppy love, unrequited love, ruined love, prospering love, in denial love, jaded love, and true love, among others. After all, what the world needs now is love.

BEAUTY AND THE BESTIE

beauty and the bestie mmff posterRated PG, 116 mins.
Starring: Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Ellen Adarna, Marco Antonio Masa, Alonzo Muhlach, Isabel Oli, Karla Estrada
Directed by Wenn V. Deramas
Studios: Star Cinema, Viva Films

Estranged best friends Ericka and Emman, played by Vice Ganda and Coco Martin, respectively, will be “reunited” for the latter’s special mission as a spy agent. Emman must convince Ericka to pretend as the missing beauty pageant contestant Natalia Thalia who got abducted during her stay in the country. This is to keep the country safe from the wrath of Natalia Thalia’s father, who is capable of annihilating the entire Philippines. Of course, the hit tandem of James Reid and Nadine Lustre is also there to complete the fun and kilig.

BUY NOW, DIE LATER

122515 Buy Now Die Later posterRated PG, 126 mins.
Starring: Alex Gonzaga, Vhong Navarro, TJ Trinidad, Rayver Cruz, John Lapus, Janine Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon, Jojit Lorenzo, Elora Españo, Paolo ‘O Hara, Kiki Baento
Directed by: Randolph Longjas
Studio: Quantum Films

The film is about a compendium of five interrelated stories brought together by the proprietor of a curio shop selling unusual items. Santi (portrayed by TJ Trinidad), who says the role is kind of demonic. Each of the character’s story is weaved around the five senses – sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.

HAUNTED MANSION

122515 Haunted MansionRated PG, 100 mins.
Starring: Marlo Mortel, Janella Salvador, Jerome Ponce, Sharlene San Pedro, Iza Calzado, LJ Reyes, Janice de Belen, Dominic Ochoa, Ingrid dela Paz, Joem Bascon, Allan Paule, Eliza Pineda, Phytos Ramirez, Archie Adamos, Devon Seron, Paulo Gumabao, Lilet, Sue Prado, Vangie Labalan
Directed by: Jun Lana
Studio: Regal Entertainment

A group of high school students spends the night in an old mansion. When they learn that the house is haunted, they set to look out for ghosts just for fun, but they find out soon enough that the urban legends are real.

HONOR THY FATHER

122515 Honor Thy Father posterRated R-13, 105 mins.
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Khalil Ramos, Tirso Cruz III, Yayo Aguila, Dan Fernandez, Krystal Brimner, Perla Bautista, Dalin Sarmiento, William Martinez, Lander Vera Perez, Boom Labrusca
Directed by: Erik Matti
Studio: Reality Entertainment

A family is caught in a financial ruin after being involved in a ponzi scheme.

MY BEBE LOVE: #KiligPaMore

my bebe love kiligpamore posterRated PG, 107 mins.
Starring: Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Valeen Montenegro, Paolo Ballesteros, Louise delos Reyes, Yassi Pressman, Lovi Poe, Ryzza Mae Dizon
Studios: GMA Films, OctoArts Films, M-ZET TV Production, APT Entertainment, MEDA Productions

Dondi (Alden Richards) is a nerd and an obedient nephew to his aunt Cora (Ai-Ai de las Alas) who makes decisions for him. Meanwhile, Anna (Maine Mendoza) is a stubborn and rebellious girl who seeks the attention of her father Vito (Vic Sotto). Dondi and Anna cross path and their different personalities collide. They eventually fall in love with each other and solve their own problems. Vito and Cora are bitter business competitors and because of their rivalry, they disapproved the romantic relationship between Dondi and Anna.

NILALANG

nilalang mmff posterRated R-16, 90 mins.
Starring: Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa, Meg Imperial, Yam Concepcion, Roxanne Barcelo, Troy Montero, Pocholo Barretto, Kiko Matos, Dido de la Paz, Aubrey Miles
Directed by: Pedring Lopez
Studio: Haunted Towers Pictures, Inc.

Nilalang tackles the underbelly of corrupt Philippine cops with the Japanese ‘Yakuza’ and its links to a centuries’ old curse that may be responsible for the spate of serial killings happening in Manila.

#WALANGFOREVER

122515 Walang Forever posterRated PG, 124 mins.
Starring: Jennylyn Mercado, Jericho Rosales, Lorna Tolentino, Matet de Leon, Jerald Napoles, Carlo Aquino
Directed by: Dan Villegas
Studio: Quantum Films

Mia, a celebrated writer of romantic-comedy films, is at a turning point in her life which makes it difficult for her to believe that love could last. Everything comes to a head when Ethan returns, only for her to find out that he has become a cynic of lasting love because she broke his heart.

‘Point Break’ brings all-terrain action to extremes across land, water, air

Traversing land, water and air, Point Break brings the action beyond limits following a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah played by Luke Bracey, a deep undercover who follows a group of elite athletes suspected of carrying out crimes in the most unusual ways, unconcerned of those who gets killed in the process.

The film brings in new and the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. Edgar Ramirez who also stars in the movie guarantees that they have protected the legacy of the 1991 movie that starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. “Always, I cannot believe that I’m making the movie. It’s almost magic, the whole thing. I remember I would always joke among my friends about a remake of Point Break. I would say, “You know what? Whenever there’s a remake of Point Break, I’m going to do it.” But since it’s such a California movie, and especially the role of Bodhi was such a California rooted character, I thought I would not be the first choice for it. Then the fact that the movie was offered to me, because it’s taking on a world scale, and it’s precisely Bodhi, the character that I always wanted to play. I remember when I first met Katherine Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty—actually we met for another movie and that never got made, and then she called me and invited me to Zero Dark Thirty. I remember when we first met the first thing I said was, “You have no idea the magnitude of the influence that Point Break has had on me and my friends and my generation,” and I went on about how much I love it, and what I know, and all that. Then suddenly making that movie now, it’s pure magic,” says Ramirez from his recent interviews.

He excitedly shares that, “I’m very, very happy. I’m very happy, because we’re not going to copy the movie, it’s a different story, but it keeps the subversive aspect—the subversion, the anti-system, the breaking out, the breaking free spirit of the first one; that’s what we’re going to try to definitely be faithful to that spirit—that you can take charge, that you can be in control, that you can think out of the box and you can reject the system and try to live on the grid, but on your own terms. So that’s pretty much the spirit, but it’s definitely not going to be—it is a remake in the terms that you have Utah and you have Bodhi and you have that spirit, but it goes beyond surfing and it’s a story that happens in today’s time. So I’m the first huge fan of Point Break and of course I will make sure that I protect it’s legacy.”

“Point Break” is directed by Ericson Core, who served as director of photography on such films as “Invincible,” “The Fast and the Furious” and “Payback,” was also the director of photography on “Point Break.” The creative filmmaking team includes production designer Udo Kramer (“North Face,” “The Physician”); editors Thom Noble (“Thelma & Louise,” Oscar winner for “Witness”), Gerald B. Greenberg (Oscar winner, “The French Connection”), and John Duffy (National Geographic’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”); Oscar-nominated costume designer Lisy Christl (“Anonymous,” “White House Down”); composer Tom Holkenberg (“Mad Max: Fury Road”); and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Nelson (“Gladiator”).

Opening in Philippine cinemas three weeks ahead of its US release date, Point Break opens Thursday, December 3, 2015 in theatres nationwide as distributed by Pioneer Films.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM PIONEER FILMS

GUIDE: Danish Film Festival 2015

The first Danish Film Festival will run from December 9 to 13, 2015 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are distributed 30 minutes before each screening.

Come and see classic Danish films and other award-winning films that have boosted Denmark’s cultural impact to the world. This special event is made possible by the Embassy of Denmark in Manila.

Here is the screening schedule of Danish Film Festival 2015:

Danish Film Festival 2015 Screening Schedule

The following films from Denmark will be screened at the 1st Danish Film Festival at Shang:

A Family

A successful Danish family faces agonizing choices when its charismatic patriarch falls ill.

A Royal Affair

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Antichrist

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Babette’s Feast

In a remote 19th Danish century village two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one could have married a young army officer and the other, a French opera singer. Their father objected in each case and they spent their lives caring for him. Many years later – their father is now deceased – they take in French refugee, Babette Hersant, who agrees to work as their servant. After winning the lottery, Babette wants to repay the sisters for their kindness and offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth. It proves to be an eye-opening experience for everyone.

Europa

Just after WW2, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

In A Better World

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Submarino

Two brothers meet at their mother’s funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

Terribly Happy

A thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town after having a nervous breakdown.

The Experiment

The story of nurse Gert, who is appointed as headmistress of a special children’s home, owned by the Danish state in Greenland, 1951. The children’s home is intended to accommodate 16 carefully selected Greenlandic children, who have just come home after a year of civilization in Denmark. Now they are to be introduced into the Greenlandic community as role models. Gert, who lives alone and has no family, accepts the assignment with pride.

The Hunt (Jagten)

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

The Substitute

6th Grade gets a new substitute teacher. She wants to train the class for an international competition in Paris. But something isn’t right. How is she able read kids’ minds? Why is she so mean? And how does she manage to convince everyone’s parents she is so great when the whole class knows she is really an alien?

Waltzing Regitze

Karl Åge and Regitze host a summer garden party for close friends, their son, and his family. Karl Åge is quiet, detached; Regitze is spirited, lively. He thinks back: love at first sight during the war, living together unmarried, her mother’s hunger strike when they won’t baptize their son. Regitze is passionate and forthright; she speaks her mind. He remembers her inviting a derelict for Christmas dinner, and the man shows up with five bashful friends. He recalls her taking on their son’s teacher when the man slaps the lad. He remembers her love of dancing and his fear that his social clumsiness might end their relationship. Now, in twilight, he has other things to face.

What No One Knows

In this political thriller, a young woman is found drowned on a winter night by the sea. The dead woman’s brother, Thomas, discovers that her death is connected to their father, now deceased, and his work in military intelligence. As Thomas digs deeper into the case his family is brought into sudden danger.

Worlds Apart

The daughter of a Jehovah’s Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.

‘Krampus’ featurette sheds light on Christmas demon

As the opening of its new horror thriller Krampus nears, Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released a new featurette which clues viewers in on the many variations of Krampus throughout the years and how writer/director Michael Dougherty plans to bring his vision to life in the new film.

Learn about the legend and lore of Krampus with the new featurette below.

Legendary Pictures’ “Krampus,” a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

The horror-comedy also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.

Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty.

Opening across the Philippines on December 2, 2015, Krampus is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES

‘True Blood’ star Ryan Kwanten faces danger in ‘Blunt Force Trauma’

Television’s “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten stars in his latest action movie Blunt Force Trauma with Freida Pinto and the iconic Mickey Rourke in a story following John (Kwanten), an underground gunslinger looking for his ultimate duel with legendary Zorringer (Rourke) along with Colt (Pinto) who is seeking revenge for the death of her brother.

Directed by Ken Sanzel, also a known scriptwriter for his work in the action-packed “The Replacement Killers starring Chow Yun Fat, “Blunt Force Trauma” brings the characters underground in a deadly game of gunfight where the participants are continuously shot wearing bulletproof vests and that the only one and last one standing is declared winner.

From his recent interviews about “Blunt Force Trauma,” Kwanten further explains the nature of the film. “For me, it’s a modern day representation of one those existentialist road trip movies and it was such a nice departure to play a very iconic 70s style man. It really appealed because I feel like the modern day man has sort of been sugar coated a little too much. He’s lost a little of his robustness, I guess we could say. Getting back to the story of it all, my character John is a gun slinger on a journey to track down the greatest gun slinger of all time – Zorringer (Mickey Rourke) – and on the way to this meeting, he runs into Freida Pinto’s character, Colt, and they forge this bond.

It was the relationship between John and Colt that really sold me on the project. They’re characters that you just don’t see anymore whether it’s in mainstream or indie films. I was really impressed by the writing – and the directing.”

Director Sanzel, whose previous occupation is a cop before turning into a filmmaker, takes his knowledge and experience as centric in the movie’s theme, where “Blunt Force Trauma” treads on a fictional sport in which bullets can kill without even penetrating the skin. The game is played by two gunfighters who enter an arena with their bulletproof vests and shoots each other at the torso and continues to be a game of survival, whoever can no longer stand in their place loses.

Opening this December 9, 2015 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas, Blunt Force Trauma is distributed by OctoArts Films International.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM OCTOARTS FILMS INTERNATIONAL

WINNERS: SalaMindanaw International Film Festival 2015

SalaMindanaw International Film Festival has announced the winners of its third edition.

The following are the winners of SalaMindanaw 2015:

  • Golden Durian Prize for best Asian feature: Under Construction (Rubaiyat Hossain, Bangladesh)
    for reinvigorating the ‘woman question’ implanted in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s globalized contemporary imaginary
  • Jury Prize: Jalanan (Daniel Ziv, Indonesia)
    for its ambitious scope and critical and self-reflexive depiction of the musical lives of Jakarta’s street dwellers
  • Golden Durian Prize for best Asian short: Elegy (Yousef Kargar, Iran)
    for its poignant portrait of a man’s agonizing journey to find truths and answers
  • Golden Durian Prize for best Mindanao short: Sangil (Christian Alan Toring, Iligan)
    for its clever use of storytelling craft that arouses curiosity and introspection
  • Philippine Next Cinema Filmmaker of the Future Prize :
    Ruelo Lozendo

SalaMindanaw runs from November 18 to December 2, 2015 in the cities of General Santos and Cotabato, Philippines. Fore more information, visit the Facebook page of SalaMindanaw International Film Festival.

‘Intruders’ offers new home invasion horror treat

The home invasion sub-genre has been manifesting itself as a horror fan’s wet dream over the last decade with features like Inside (2007), Strangers (2008) and You’re Next (2013).

Adam Schindler’s feature debut, Intruders (originally titled Shut In), is set to join that list and may be the final straw in compelling us to spend our life savings on a state-of-the-art home security system.

Intruders is about a woman named Anna who suffers from agoraphobia (the extreme or irrational fear of open or public places) so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only issue.

Adding the agoraphobia element to the plot makes confinement to the house a little more plausible and a hell of a lot scarier in a genre of movies that has us yelling at the screen for everyone to jump out a window.

Opening in theaters on January 27, 2016, Intruders is released and distributed by Captive Cinema.

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— PRESS STATEMENT FROM CAPTIVE CINEMA

 

Julia Roberts, torn between revenge and justice in ‘Secret in Their Eyes’

An impeccable cast of winning actors converge in Secret In Their Eyes – Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman with Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejoifor in a complex tale of love, friendship, betrayal and obsession that has the critics rooting for its lead, Julia Roberts, an award for her stirring performance as a devoted mom and an outstanding investigator whose only daughter was murdered by a young male asset (against terrorism) that the government tries so hard to protect.

Nicole Kidman in THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES
Nicole Kidman in SECRET IN THEIR EYES

Directed by Billy Ray, “Secret In Their Eyes” is inspired by “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” the Argentinian film that brought home the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film (2010). Producer Matt Jackson, President of Production at IM Global, says that it’s rare that “you get a script where the story jumps out at you from every page, but also has a very intricate plot involving two different time periods. Billy’s idea to turn the film into a story that had an element of counter terrorism was genius. All of the hysteria and paranoia that was rampant after 9/11 provided a perfect device for setting the killer loose to create such a personal story of obsession and loss.” “When I was writing it I didn’t want to keep 2002 and 2015 apart,” says Billy. “I felt that 2015 had to be an echo of what happened in 2002.”

Julia Roberts who has successfully launched top-grossing worldwide romantic comedy/drama movies such as “Pretty Woman,” “Notting Hill,” “Dying Young,” “Mystic Pizza” and “Steel Magnolias” gives the audience a whole new perspective on her thespian capabilities in “Secret In Their Eyes” as she takes on the role of Jesse Cobb, a grieving mother trapped in her responsibility as a cop to carry out her own kind of justice towards the killer of her daughter.

Director Ray notes, “There are two Jesses in this movie. When we first meet her she is full of life and wildly in love. Something happens to Jess and she becomes another person. These are the two extremes that Julia Roberts plays extremely well. And like the best characters, Jess has secrets. Jess is barely functioning. She froze thirteen years ago and her life just stopped. Her heart kept beating so she kept going to work every day but she was dead. In particular Ray (Ejiofor) is trying to liberate Jess because she’s had this horrible blow and never recovered. To ask an actress to come play that is sort of the ultimate trap because you can just play sadness and never get out of it and then you have a one-note performance.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dean Norris in SECRET IN THEIR YES
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dean Norris in SECRET IN THEIR EYES

For Julia Roberts the essence of the story is about the evolution of people who were taken off track by destiny. “I was very taken with Billy’s script. I don’t read a lot of scripts that I like and I don’t work very often. But I read this and thought it was truly interesting. “Billy has been remarkable for me as an actor. He’s so available and he’s like Encyclopedia Brown. He knows everything, he’s calm and he’s super-loving. He’s always taking care of all of us in these very fragile scenarios that he’s created. I think he probably feels bad for putting us through all this,” she laughs.

“For me it’s a great opportunity to play almost two different characters over thirteen years. Jess is not the person she was meant to be, the person she was born to be and lived her life to be. She’s not that person anymore. She’s become kind of a shell. I don’t think it’s a void. It’s very sad, but it’s fascinating. It’s a complicated Rubik’s cube to be solved. It’s pretty obvious from the title that everybody is hiding something, but it’s doled out so carefully that everyone is going to be surprised at the end,” says Julia.

Secret In Their Eyes opens December 2, 2015 in theaters as distributed by Axinite Digicinema.

Iconic athletes perform mind-boggling death stunts in ‘Point Break’

Brace yourselves for this year’s most ambitious groundbreaking action movie Point Break starring Luke Bracey (“Best of Me”) with Edgar Ramírez along with real-world action sports heroes whom director Eric Core cast instead of the traditional stunt team that gives the film the first-of-its-kind extreme ante in the action genre.

“Point Break” brings the audience in a whole new level, highly dangerous, high stakes world of extreme sports when Johnny Utah (Bracey) goes deep undercover to forge strong allies with a group of extreme athletes whom he believes are the perpetrators of international crimes across the globe headed by their charismatic leader Bodhi (Ramírez). Proving that he’s solidly with the group, Johnny gains the trust of their leaders and eventually steals stash after stash from their group and takes on a Robin Hood-esque task of giving to the poor eventually bringing them to justice.

Filmed with a staggering US$120 million in budget, “Point Break” is filled with spectacular stunts devoid of camera tricks and visual effects, done by the actors and the athletes themselves poised to surpass all other phenomenal blockbuster action movies in recent years such as “James Bond,” “Mission Impossible” and the “Fast and The Furious” movies.

Directed by Ericson Core, the film includes sports icons such as renowned extreme athletes that include surfer legend Laird Hamilton, Sebastian Zietz, Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Brian Keaulana, Ahanu Tson-dru, Ian Walsh, Laurie Towner, Dylan Longbottom, Albee Layer, Bruce Irons, Tikanui Smith and Tuhiti Humani; snowboarders Xavier De Le Rue, Louis Vito, Christian Haller, Lucas DeBari and Ralph Backstrom; skateboarders Bob Burnquist and Eric Koston; motorcyclists Riley Harper and Oakley Lehman; wingsuit stunt pilots Jon Devore, Julian Boulle, Noah Bahnson, Jhonathan Florez and Mike Swanson, and consultant Jeb Corliss; and free climber Chris Sharma, among others. Making cameos are DJs Steve Aoki, Seth Troxler and The Art Department, as well as sports commentator and TV host Sal Masekela.

Point Break

Taking the audience for a never-been-there thrilling ride at the movies, “Point Break” breaks all barriers seen in traditional action films with daring, death-defying stunts and a no-limits attitude from the actors and the whole production crew. Early trade screenings of “Point Break” introduced the audience to nail-biting scenes employing the world of surfing, motocross, sky-diving and wingsuit-flying across eleven countries.

Actor Ramirez in related news humorously admitted that he’s relieved he didn’t die during the production of “Point Break.” This generation’s action movie for the thrill seeking travellers and sports oriented fanatics, “Point Break’s” surfing technical advisor, Laird Hamilton, who was also part of the original “Point Break” crew that starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, introduces a new behind-the-scenes look at how the cast, crew, and professional surfers came together to film in some of the world’s biggest surf spots. “Everything about this film is just the next level up,” Hamilton says as he explains the film is seeking to capture the same philosophy as the original film but in a more modern context.

Opening in Philippine cinemas three weeks ahead of its US release date, Point Break opens Thursday, December 3, 2015 in theatres nationwide as distributed by Pioneer Films.

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— PRESS STATEMENT FROM PIONEER FILMS