the presence of a producer of Paranormal
Activity and Insidious, the new
movie from writer-director Scott Stewart (Legion
and Priest) forgoes the spiritual
horrors for something more akin to the extraterrestrial.
Good old John McClane (Bruce Willis) is right back in the middle of all
bad things. This time, he’s traipsing off to Russia to bring his
supposedly wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney) back home, but it turns out
that Jack’s the apple that hasn’t fallen far from the family tree.
Niels Arcel, best known in the U.S. as one of the screenwriters on the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,
reteams with Rasmus Heisterberg, his partner on that film, to tackle
Bodil Steensen-Leth’s novel about madness in the dawning age of
enlightenment in Denmark.
Yet another retelling of a classic fairy tale with modern flourishes,
this time with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) as
sibling bounty hunters who travel the land dispatching witches with
style and flair until they discover that the biggest and baddest witch
(Famke Janssen) has been setting a trap for them.