ACCELERATION (Michael Merino & Daniel Zirilli, 2019)

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Postby Dida on 07 Nov 2019, 17:08

If he dies....he dies....
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Re: ACCELERATION (Michael Merino /D. Zirilli, 2019) (complet

Postby Jox on 07 Nov 2019, 22:14

Interview with Natalie Burn:




Photos from Tuesday's premiere at AMC Loews Broadway in Santa Monica:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Acceleratio ... 4172815031

Below are Michael Merino, Natalie Burn and Daniel Zirilli:

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Hollywood Reporter review
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/revie ... on-1253222
Bottom line: You'll feel the Burn.

Natalie Burn plays a getaway driver desperately trying to fulfill a series of dangeous assignments in order to free her kidnapped son in this action thriller also featuring Sean Patrick Flanery and Dolph Lundgren.
You can usually tell when an actor is having a good time. Especially when they're playing villains, which tends to bring out the hamminess in even the most restrained performers. In Acceleration, the new action film directed by Michael Merino and Daniel Zirilli, Sean Patrick Flanery clearly seems to be having a good time, an even better time than when he was starring in George Lucas' The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles on television. Playing Kane, a flamboyant crime boss who lives up to his name by using a walking stick, Flanery chews the scenery with gusto, as if auditioning for the next Quentin Tarantino movie. He's the most enjoyable element in what otherwise proves a flimsy vehicle for its producer/star Natalie Burn.

Burn, who proved her action movie chops in The Expendables 3, plays the central role of getaway driver Rhona, who is first seen engaging in a frenzied shootout. The scene is merely a prelude of what's to come, as the timeline flashes back to eight hours earlier and Rhona delivers the sort of hard-boiled narration that lets us know exactly what we're in for. "In this business, there is no room for mistakes," she portentously informs us.

Set during the course of one very long night, the story involves Rhona's efforts to fulfill a series of dangerous and sometimes lethal assignments given to her by yet another crime boss, Vladik (Dolph Lundgren, going through the not-so-strenuous motions). Vladik, with whom Rhona clearly has a history, has provided ample motivation for his former employee: He's keeping her tween son hostage, refusing to even let her talk to him until she completes her tasks.

During the course of the night, Rhona encounters a variety of very shady characters, many of them quite physically imposing, especially the ones played by former UFC champion Chuck Liddell and mixed martial artist Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. But the most sheerly entertaining villain proves to be Kane, who at one point delivers a rhapsodic, metaphor-laden monologue about the glories of lemon meringue pie. He's the sort of bad guy who is mostly concerned about the mess when one of his hapless victims shoots himself in the head during a forced game of Russian roulette. "Is that blood on my pool table?" he angrily asks his minions.

Other episodes depict Rhona's charged encounters with a variety of unsavory characters. One involves a deceptively friendly criminal (played in uncharacteristically laid-back fashion by genre mainstay Danny Trejo). Another finds Rhona confronting a white slaver (Al Sapienza, oozing sleaze) who, after subduing her, makes sure to have her stripped to her underwear before tying her up. Because this is a film that knows its target audience.

Burn sells her character's lethal expertise in highly effective fashion, displaying a fierce, lithe physicality and an air of supreme confidence while shooting guns in two-handed fashion. The actress, who has a background in ballet, is particularly graceful in her movements, at one point executing a perfect somersault before shooting someone, just because she can. Fortunately, the skintight leather outfit she wears throughout doesn't seem to impede her movements.

It's all very predictable, formulaic stuff, and even the presence of the always eccentrically interesting Sally Kirkland in a minor role doesn't provide much diversion. The action is periodically interrupted by Rhona's frantic phone calls to Vladik inquiring about her son, which only makes you long for the days before cellphones when screen characters actually had to make an effort to place a call.

Acceleration is most effective in its superbly choreographed fight sequences, which Burn pulls off with aplomb — when you can see her, that is, since the action is bathed in the sort of metallic color scheme that mostly seems designed to test visual acuity. Entire scenes take place drenched in colors like blue, red and green, which seems less evocative of noirish visual atmosphere than a malfunction in the processing lab.
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Re: ACCELERATION (Michael Merino /D. Zirilli, 2019) (complet

Postby Mosquito on 10 Nov 2019, 01:38

Jox wrote:Interview with Natalie Burn:




I like it, she comes across as a very sympathetic and intelligent person.

I also watched the trailer. Unfortunately it's one of those movies where you can see in every frame that it's cheap. I can never tell what it is but the impression is quite obvious.
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Re: ACCELERATION (Michael Merino & Daniel Zirilli, 2019)

Postby Jox on 10 Nov 2019, 18:10

Well it is, literally, a low or very low budget film.

But like I also said if the distributor kept the intended cinemascope aspect ratio as it was framed (how can this still deliberately be decided by some folks in 2019 is beyond me), the lack of funds/production value and quickness of the shoot wouldn't be as striking...
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Re: ACCELERATION (Michael Merino & Daniel Zirilli, 2019)

Postby Jox on 20 Nov 2019, 04:19

Director Michael Merino on Dolph Lundgren and Danny Trejo in ACCELERATION (podcast interview)
https://www.blogtalkradio.com/inside-ac ... celeration
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Re: ACCELERATION (Michael Merino & Daniel Zirilli, 2019)

Postby savagesketch on 21 Nov 2019, 07:44

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Re: ACCELERATION (Michael Merino & Daniel Zirilli, 2019)

Postby Scifibuff5 on 08 Dec 2019, 02:54

Jox wrote:Well it is, literally, a low or very low budget film.

But like I also said if the distributor kept the intended cinemascope aspect ratio as it was framed (how can this still deliberately be decided by some folks in 2019 is beyond me), the lack of funds/production value and quickness of the shoot wouldn't be as striking...


That explains so much I guess. Cinetel has been releasing countless indie films for markets like HBO and SciFi Channel since the ‘90s so this felt like not only with their Fast & Furious/John Wick inspired styles and poster like a cheap cash grab but not even theatrical quality.

I was looking forward to it but Dolph and co. looked like they did everything in one take or weren’t having fun.

I like Burn but she kept changing her accent and as co-producer I fail to see what appealed to her.

The Chuck Liddell fight was so poorly lit to where you couldn’t see anything.

The Danny Trejo cameo was also uninteresting and didn’t merit putting him on the poster. This wasn’t even worth being DTV by even those standards and while Flannery looked like he had fun, he wasn’t on screen enough or developed enough to make a difference.
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Re: ACCELERATION (Michael Merino & Daniel Zirilli, 2019)

Postby Jox on 11 Dec 2019, 03:32

There still is a bench marquee near the Beverly Hills Center mall that I saw myself.
(I didn't take a picture because a poor homeless woman was sitting on it so I didn't want to be rude)
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