‘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.


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.