Mindscape Becomes Anna

Anna, Mindscape, movie, poster, Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga, Brian Cox

Remember when I told you about a little film called Mindscape that we were eagerly awaiting because it starred one of our favorites, “serial mischief maker”* Mark Strong? Sure you do. It’s the one about a man with the ability to enter peoples’ minds and memories, directed by Jorge Dorado and produced by the director of  the über-creepy Orphan, as well as the still-playing Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, Jaume Collet-Serra.

Why do I ask, you wonder? Because it would appear that the film is finally going to see the inside of a theater here in the US and to celebrate, it’s gotten a brand new title.  Mindscape will now be known to American audiences as Anna, which also happens to be the name of the character played by Taissa Farmiga. She’s a brilliant, yet troubled sixteen-year-old girl. But is she a victim…or a sociopath?

Leading man Mark Strong plays John Washington, a detective with the unique ability to enter people’s minds and memories (presumably to help people recall event details pertinent to solving cases). Washington takes on the case of a troubled teenage girl named Anna (Farmiga) who is accused of an attempted triple homicide. To uncover the mystery surrounding Anna and her story, Washington will enter her mind and try to find out the truth: is Anna capable of killing, or is there something hidden in her memories that shows otherwise?

Here’s another look at the trailer:

Personally, I’ll be needing “Close your eyes. Let’s begin…” on a continuous loop.

Written by first-time scribe Guy Holmes (which sounds like a nom de plume if you ask me), score by Lucas Vidal (The Raven, Cold Light of Day, Fast & Furious 6), cinematography by Óscar Faura (The Impossible) and also starring Brian Cox (with whom Strong just appeared in Nick Murphy’s Blood),  Indira Varma (“Rome”, “Luther”), Noah Taylor and Saskia Reeves,  Warner Brothers will unleash Anna on theaters and VOD June 6.

Thanks to Bloody Disgusting who got the poster first.

*Creativity Online

“Sweet Is My Revenge”

…picking up jaw from the floor…

It’s no secret how long and how impatiently I’ve been craving a trailer for Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus. This was worth the wait…

One of the things I noticed and liked very much about it is that it showcases most of the major players. We see Ralph as the title despot certainly, but we also get a glimpse of Gerard Butler’s fervor as Tullus Aufidius, Jessica Chastain’s sweet Virgilia, Brian Cox’s scheming politico Menenius, James Nesbitt’s hot-headed Sicinius and of course, Vanessa Redgrave’s powerful and power hungry Volumnia. I hope Ralph is as generous a director as whoever cut the trailer is an editor.

But mainly, I have to say I felt this. If the passion and the intensity evident in the trailer are maintained throughout, I’m not sure I’ll survive one viewing, let alone multiples…but I can’t wait to try. December 2nd!!

"Sweet Is My Revenge" indeed…