ComingSoon’s Jeff Ames was able to speak with acclaimed director Martin Campbell about his new action-thriller, Memory. The film, which releases this week in theaters, stars Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci, and Ray Stevenson. “When Alex, an expert assassin, refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal...
“I’m the bad guy here,” Liam Neeson growls on a phone. As Alex Lewis, a hitman in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Neeson is adept at portraying the steely menace that made him an action star. In Memory, he ventures into new territory as an actor. Physically frail and forgetful, he’s no longer the most frightening guy in the room.
Martin Campbell is going to put us out of business, and that's okay. We sat down with the "Casino Royale," "The Mask of Zorro," and "Memory" director for an exclusive /Film interview to chat about all things action and he did not disappoint. As a legend in his own right, Campbell has crafted some of the film industry's most memorable action scenes to date, and he definitely has a lot of opinions when it comes to the new crop of action films that have tumbled into theaters recently. From Michael Bay's latest flick to the "Fast and Furious" franchise as a whole, Campbell, like his characters, did not pull any punches. It all begs the question, can he do all of the /Film reviews? Is /Film his personal Letterboxd?
Martin Campbell shoots straight as a filmmaker and a talker. He knows what he likes and what he doesn't like. For one, he's not a fan of this day and age of largely computer-generated action. The filmmaker is old-school and continues to rely on real stunts to tell his stories, including his latest film, "Memory." It's a nasty revenge movie that's more in line with his dark thrillers, such as "Criminal Law" and "The Foreigner," than his big blockbusters like "Casino Royale."
Let’s get real for a second. There was a turning point in actor Liam Neeson’s career when he solidified himself for the next 15 years as the same character with a particular set of skills — one who mostly drives fast and engages in firefights. Whenever he’s not whispering threats to the unfortunate on the phone, he’s giving us great meme content. While some audiences may be eating up every minute of this turn in Neeson’s filmography, others may be looking for the one that rises above the monotony.
Reims Polar Film Festival Unveils Prizes, Pays Tribute to Walter Hill, Martin Campbell, Vincent Lindon
Click here to read the full article. Reims Polar, a new international festival set in Northern France and dedicated to police thrillers, has awarded Wen Shipei’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” Adikhan Yerzhanov’s “Assault” and Lado Kvataniya’s “The Execution.” The selection of Reims Polar is curated by Bruno Barde, who is also the artistic director of the Deauville American Film Festival. “Assault,” a dead-pan thriller set fictional village in rural Kazakhstan and revolving around a school hostage situation, won the festival’s Grand Prize Award. Yerzhanov, a prolific Kazakh director, previously directed “The Gentle Indifference of the World” which played...
ST. LOUIS — "We all have to die. What's important is what you do before you go." That's Liam Neeson narrating the opening seconds of his upcoming movie, "Memory." Guess what? It's an action film. When it comes to Liam Neeson and these types of roles, consistency is key. Like it or not, the soon-to-be 70-year-old actor simply won't stop, can't stop making these movies, so it's about time we as movie consumers embrace the fact that some career survival tactics are endless amounts of hero roles.
We are deeply saddened to announce that Martin “Marty” Campbell passed away at his home on March 4, 2022. He was born in Washington, D.C., to Thomas and the late Beverly Campbell on April 20, 1962. He grew up in Frankfurt, Germany, and Berwyn Heights, Maryland, which contributed to his unique and caring world view.
When Martin Campbell re-enlisted into the James Bond franchise with Casino Royale, he came aboard at just the right time. Signing on as the film’s director in February 2005, Campbell would be part of the eventual apparatus that would cast Daniel Craig as the sixth actor to play James Bond in the official franchise. While the rumor mill was spinning out of control, with as many names as possible in contention, Martin Campbell only ever screen tested eight people for the position.