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Renny Harlin recently finished work on "Brodie's Law", a $35 million sci-fi actioneer with an interesting concept. Now, Movies Online has a synopsis for the graphic novel adaptation which involves corporate espionage, conspiracy and a shape-shifting hero capable of looking like anyone by absorbing their DNA. Here's the details:

"Jack Brodie, a prison-hardened thief with a short temper and a bad attitude, hopes that a corporate espionage gig will be his ticket to a better life with his estranged, drug addicted wife and their son. The heist goes awry, but Brodie escapes with a secret project: the chemical formula PM13.

Brodie discovers that the heist was a setup; his wife has been killed and his son kidnapped. Fueled by revenge, and with the help of an alluring researcher, Brodie unlocks the secret of formula PM13. He infects himself with the formula, gaining the ability to absorb human DNA and take on the physical form and mind of whoever he touches.

In his desperate search for answers, Brodie becomes the very man who killed his wife and then a sultry dominatrix who lusts after the local crime boss. Before losing his own identity to these transformations, Brodie must confront the man behind this elaborate plot, rescue his son and save his own sanity."

Renny je cak pisao uvodnu rec za jedan od stripova iz serijala i on je sam jurio da bude atachovan za rad na tom projektu.

No, koliko ja znam on je tek nedavno wrappovao CLEANER, tako da, hm, mozda je tek SPAKOVAO film, ne znam...

CANNES -- Darclight, the L.A.-based genre division of Arclight Films, has added the thriller "Brodie's Law" to its slate.
The announcement was made Friday by Darclight's Gary Hamilton.

Pic will be directed and produced by Renny Harlin from a script by Kirsten Elms and is based on the graphic novel by Daley Osiyemi and David Bircham. Producers are Steve Squillante, Ford Oleman and Mark Costas and is in pre-production. It involves a heist.

"This is a strong commercial film that exhibits material that a broad demographic can get excited about," Darclight's Gary Hamilton said.

Darclight Films was established in 2004 as the genre division of international sales, production and distribution company Arclight Films.

evo IMDb sranice o scenaristi

A evo i kritike njenog debija :D

 (Telepic -- Oxygen; Sat., June 24; 8 p.m.)
Taryn Manning plays a car thief who accidentally rips off a serial killer in Oxygen original telepic 'Banshee,' from helmer Kari Skogland.
Filmed on location in Montreal, Canada, by Wishmaker Film Production in association with Brainstorm Media. Executive producers, Meyer Shwarzstein, Caldecot Chubb; producer, Kimberly Berlin; director, Kari Skogland; writer, Kirsten Elms.
Sage Rion - Taryn Manning
Fitz Fitzgerald - Mike Lombardi
Eddie Rindall - Romano Orzari
Brenna - Genelle Williams
John Larch - Christian Campbell
Jack - Nicholas Wright
Tony Romano - Morgan Kelly
Mitch Murray - Tony Calabretta
Dallas - Mike Tsar
"Banshee," the first original action movie from Oxygen, the network owned and operated by women, is so off the mark it makes you want to beat your head against the glass ceiling. Rife with more references to oral sex than a Howard Stern show, the film is ridiculous, exploitative and downright creepy.
A confounding amalgam of car-chase action and serial-killer mystery with a little opposites-attract romance thrown in, "Banshee" purportedly delves into the mindset of a female car "tagger" with a heart of gold (think a grungier Angelina Jolie in "Gone in 60 Seconds").

Film stars "Hustle & Flow's" Taryn Manning as the streetwise Sage, a car thief who can throw a mean left hook and will only bedguys who cook dinner first. Her philosophy on life, particularly men, is that the world is an enormous barnyard. The minute you give it up for a guy, "you're a hog, wallowing and snorting in your own revolting slop." And that's the warm and fuzzy part of the movie.

After stealing a mint-condition '66 Dodge Charger, Sage drops her ID at the scene of the crime. Director Kari Skogland makes viewers eminently aware of this grievous error twice, perhaps on the assumption you've got to be pretty dim to be watching this film.

As it turns out, the Charger's owner really is a badass, just as it says on the license plate. Sage comes home to find her boyfriend's ear in an ashtray with a note demanding the car by midnight or else lover-boy turns to lunchmeat. But Mr. Badass (Christian Campbell) isn't your run-of-the-mill psycho. He's an uberpsycho and a hip DJ, who captures and tortures women, records their screams along with his accelerated heartbeat and then morphs them into techno rock tunes to play at local clubs.

The imaginative effort writer Kirsten Elms put into creating such a highly disturbing serial killer would have served the movie more had it been funneled into creating a realistic story with better dialogue. Never mind the gaping plot holes vis-a-vis law enforcement procedure. Elms' script is filled with axioms such as such as, "You had me at hand job," and "I'm going kick your ass if you don't kick my ass."

Not that explicit language is off limits for women (this is the network with "Talk Sex With Sue Johanson" after all), it just takes a certain panache that's missing here. The humor is off the mark, as are the perfs, so not much rings true.

Which makes the promise of thrilling car-chase scenes its last hope and biggest disappointment. Skogland's camerawork is erratic and confusing, with special effects used to little benefit far too late in the film. Similarly, the chameleon-like quality that makes Canada so attractive budget-wise robs the movie of any real atmosphere. The mean streets of Montreal don't elicit a gritty enough vibe here.

Mike Lombardi, who plays the rookie fireman on "Rescue Me," plays a rookie cop who's been tailing Sage on her recent crime spree. Despite her negative attitude and hostile behavior, he becomes enamored with her and forgoes all normal police procedure in doing so -- most egregiously in the final sequences.

Performing with the same scowl from scene to scene does not a tough chick make, although Manning does invoke what could easily be the evil twin of Susan Bradford from "Eight Is Enough." On the plus side, her makeup and scars are appropriately frightening.

Camera, David Franco; editor, Benjamin Duffield. Running time: 2 HOURS.


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