The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
When a small time thief Darien Fawkes is facing a life in prison he makes a deal to undergo an experiment involving a "quicksilver" gland that allows him to turn invisible. But the use of the gland comes at a cost of side effects.
Vincent Ventresca and Paul Ben Victor star as a the unlikely team in this unusual take on buddy cop and secret agent genre.
Ventresca plays Darien Fawkes, former small time crook and a thief, who makes a deal with the government when facing a life in prison after his third strike. The deal involves an experiment with a synthetic "quicksilver" gland that allows Fawkes to turn invisible. The deal comes at a price however. The lead scientist working on the project, Darien's brother, is killed and the side effects of the gland use are starting to drive Darien mad. Darien is recruited to an agency to utilize his new-found talent, in exchange for regular shots a counter agent that helps him keep the quicksilver madness in check. Paul Ben Victor plays Robert Hobbes, Darien's partner and handler in the agency.