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Ovo je takodje zanimljivo posto je navodno ovaj covek o kome Renny vec godinama sprema filma bio bioloski tatko Kneza Pavla...

Renny Harlin to make his first film in Finland in 20 years
Jorn Rossing Jensen in Scandinavia
21 Feb 2007 16:40

Currently making Cleaner in the US with Samuel L Jackson and Ed Harris, Finnish Hollywood-director Renny Harlin will direct his first film in Finland for 20 years, a $15.8-18.8m (Euros 12m-14m) epic of Finnish historical legend CGE Mannerheim, a Swedish-speaking nobleman who served the Russian Tsar before returning in 1917 to become the father and later president of his country.

The Finnish-Russian co-production will be packaged by Finnish producer Markus Selin, of Solar Films, who co-wrote and produced Harlin's Born American, aka Arctic Heart, his 1986 Mike Norris starrer. Selin and scriptwriter Heikki Vihinen started the Mannerheim project nine years ago – "so hopefully we can start shooting on its 10th anniversary," said Selin.

With almost 50 titles to his credit, the producer, who has for the last four years delivered the number-one local blockbusters for the Finnish charts, expected another two countries to be involved in the film.

"Financing was less difficult than I had anticipated; Mannerheim is apparently as famous in Russia as he is in Finland," he observed.

Selin would not disclose further details of the production, which will be fully announced on Monday, June 4 during celebrations for Finland 's official army day in Helsinki.

Based in Los Angeles, where he runs his own production outfit, Midnight Sun Pictures, Renny Harlin has made 16 features in the US. Born American, which was banned in Finland - it was considered damaging to the country's relationship with its neighbour, the Soviet Union - became his ticket to direct such Hollywood films as Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight. His next will be a thriller, Brodie's Law.

E ovo je za Trippa i za mene, da nas šlog udari odmah...

No, evo i oficijelnog trejlera za novog Harlina

Allan Hunter in Toronto
17 Sep 2007 17:01


Dir: Renny Harlin US . 2007. 92 mins
Ten years have passed since the combination of Samuel L Jackson and director Renny Harlin was a guarantee of lively box-office action. Think The Long Kiss Good Night (1996) and Deep Blue Sea (1999). Harlin has steadily surrendered his A-list status and Jackson has shown an unhealthy appetite for guilty pleasure fare like The Man (2005) and Snakes On A Plane (2006). A reunion on the wearily familiar B-movie thriller Cleaner is not about to secure fresh acclaim for either of them. The combination of star names and brisk efficiency might be enough for Cleaner to pass muster as a home viewing choice but as a big screen attraction it has little to offer. A modest ripple on domestic release may even make a direct to dvd strategy more appropriate for some international territories.

Jackson is on typically commanding form as widower Tom Cutler, an ex-cop who now makes a living cleaning crime scenes and leaving homes spotless in the wake of a suicide, shooting or messy murder. There's an echo of television landmark Six Feet Under in his grisly occupation and early scenes of Cleaner have a certain snap and originality. On one job, Cutler is hired to clean away the blood and brains after a shooting. He returns the next day only to discover that owner Ann Norcut (Mendes) knows nothing of his visit and that her husband is missing. Given that the husband was a key witness in a wide-ranging trial involving police corruption the plot starts to thicken and obliges Cutler to call on his ex-partner Eddie (Harris) for assistance.

An uninspired mixture of old-fashioned private eye mystery and CSI-style whodunit, Cleaner never strays from a tried and tested formula. Thriller fans and general audiences are always likely to be one step ahead of what is happening and the script doesn't even have the decency to try and wrong-foot viewers or throw in a viable red herring or two.

This is straight down the line genre fare that is only elevated beyond the average by the sheer, indomitable professionalism of actors like Jackson and Ed Harris, who both work hard to convince us that we haven't been here a thousand times before. Their efforts are largely wasted on a formulaic screenplay devoid of suspense or surprises.

Jackson emerges with his dignity intact and if he ever felt the urge to make a television series Cutler's occupation could provide him with the perfect material. Cleaner could even stand as the feature-length pilot for such a venture.

The one star element in Cleaner is the snappy, staccato editing by Brian Berdan that manages to inject some pace and urgency into the proceedings. His work almost single-handedly manages to convince us that Cleaner is a better film than it turns out to be.

Renny Harlin

Production Company/Sales
Nu Image (US)

US Distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment (US)

Avi Lerner
Samuel L Jackson
Steve Golin
Alix Madigan-Yorkin
Michael P Flannigan
Lati Grobman

Executive producers
Eli Selden
Paul Green
Julie Yorn
Danny Dimbort
Trevor short
Joe Gatta

Matthew Aldrich

Scott Kevan

Production design
Richard Berg

Brian Berdan

Richard Gibbs

Main cast
Samuel L Jackson
Ed Harris
Eva Mendes
Luis Guzman
Keke Palmer
Robert Forster

Samuel L. Jackson stars as a cleanup specialist in the Renny Harlin pic.
A Sony Pictures Entertainment release (in U.S.) of a Nu Image, Anonymous Content production. (International sales: Nu Image, Los Angeles.) Produced by Avi Lerner, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Golin, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Michael P. Flannigan, Lati Grobman. Executive producers, Eli Selden, Paul Green, Julie Yorn, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Joe Gatta. Directed by Renny Harlin. Screenplay, Matthew Aldrich.
With: Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, Luis Guzman, Keke Palmer, Robert Forster.
Scrub away a needlessly fussy visual style, trendy narrative tweaks and a climax both morally repugnant and logically absurd, and there's a tough little noir about buried transgressions coming out of the past in Renny Harlin's lackluster thriller "Cleaner." Too mainstream to attract genre interest, and too tangled in its character motivations to sit well with the multiplex crowd, this is a minor stain that should fade quickly and leave only faint traces in ancillary.
Former Trenton cop Tom Cutler (Samuel L. Jackson) now runs his own tidy little business, Steri-Clean, which specializes in "biomedical and biohazard abatement services." That is, whenever someone dies, Tom's hired to clean up the mess after the body's been taken away. When he's not mopping up bodily fluids, Tom's got his hands full raising young teenage daughter Rose (Keke Palmer) in the wake of his wife's murder.

Called to a crime scene in an upscale neighborhood, Tom does a typically efficient job of eradicating all traces of what looks to be a messy shooting. When he forgets to leave the key and returns to drop it off, he's startled to learn the lady of the house, Ann Norcut (Eva Mendes), has no idea what he's talking about. But her husband's gone missing ...

Thus begins a fitfully absorbing mystery that grows to involve Tom's ex-partner Eddie Lorenzo (Ed Harris), hostile force detective Jim Vargas (Luis Guzman) and shadowy figures within the city government who remember a time when Tom wasn't as honest or diligent as he is now.

Pic's father-daughter dynamic feels inflated, as does a brief religious thread. Ill-conceived climax swiftly undoes whatever genre traction had been gained to that point. Nevertheless, writer Matthew Aldrich displays a clear affinity for vintage Hollywood pictures, as evidenced by the noirish linkages of past sins and the screwball comedies Rose likes to watch on latenight TV.

Vet action helmer Harlin has made some terrifically brawny action pictures, including "Die Hard 2: Die Harder," "Cliffhanger" and "Deep Blue Sea." He's also been watching too much television, as "Cleaner" suffers from a distracting case of visual jitters and takes a "CSI" approach to fetishizing the messy nature of the human body.

Jackson's in a lower gear than usual, Harris brings his usual intensity to a role both complex and obvious, and Guzman gives the furtive turf wars in the cop sequences a welcome verisimilitude. Mendes makes a fine femme fatale, while Robert Forster is underutilized as a genial coroner.

Production values are high, led by Scott Kevan's clean widescreen lensing. As there's precious little sense of place throughout, Shreveport, La., fills in adequately for New Jersey.

Camera (color, widescreen), Scott Kevan; editor, Brian Berdan; music, Richard Gibbs; production designer, Richard Berg; costume designer, Susanna Puisto; sound (Dolby Digital), Jonathan Miller. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Gala Presentations), Sept. 10, 2007. (Also in San Sebastian Film Festival.) Running time: 92 MIN.


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