The New World

  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Producers: Sarah Green, Terrence Malick
  • Writers: Terrence Malick
  • Genres: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Q Orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

The film begins with a young Native American woman offering a prayer to Mother Earth. While never referred to by name, she is understood to be Pocahontas. The woman and others from her tribe witness the arrival of three ships. It is Virginia, the year 1607, and the ships are part of the Jamestown Expedition, sent by English royal charter to found a colony in the “New World.” Aboard one of the ships we see a man, later identified as Captain John Smith, below decks, in chains. While initially sentenced to death by hanging for his mutinous remarks, once ashore, Smith is pardoned by Captain Christopher Newport, the leader of the expedition.

While the prospects for the settlement are initially bright, disease, poor discipline, supply shortages, and tensions with the local Native Americans (who Newport calls “the naturals” rather than “the savages” used by Radcliffe in the 1995 Disney film) place the expedition in jeopardy. Smith is given the opportunity to restore his reputation by taking a small group of men up river to seek trade while Newport returns to England for supplies. While on this mission, Smith is captured by a group of Native Americans and brought before their chief. After being questioned, the captain is nearly executed but is spared when one of the chief’s daughters (the same young woman from the beginning of the film) throws herself across his body, saving his life.

Embracing her husband, Pocahontas and Rolfe make arrangements to return to Virginia. However, on the outward passage, she falls ill and suddenly dies. The film ends with images of Pocahontas and her young son playing in the gardens of their English estate as Rolfe, in a voice over, reads a letter, addressed to their son about his deceased mother. In the film’s closing moments, Pocahontas says “Mother, now I know where you live”, having found peace through her strength to grow past her wounds, the film ends with images of nature.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Producers: Samuel Hadida, Amy Gilliam, William Vince, Terry Gilliam
  • Writers: Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Waits, with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law

The plot revolves around one thousand year old Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) and his travelling theatre troupe, his “Imaginarium”, which includes sleight-of-hand expert Anton (Andrew Garfield) and dwarf Percy (Verne Troyer), as well as Parnassus’ daughter Valentina (Lily Cole), who travel around England, offering spectators the chance to go through a mirror, into their imagination. The film begins with them putting on one such show, outside a London pub. Their spectators come from people who have just been thrown out of the bar, and one particularly rowdy man boards the stage. Valentina, in an attempt to keep the peace, lures the man into the mirror, then escapes, leaving the man inside. The man is first surrounded by empty bottles of alcohol, signifying his alcoholism. He is taken into the sky by a strange hand-like creature, and then dropped onto an enormous thumbtack. He is then faced with a choice: climb an extremely high mountain, which would take a lot of effort, but ultimately lead to happiness, or the Devil’s choice, go into a small dingy pub located near the mountain. He chooses the latter, whereupon the pub explodes. Outside the Imaginarium, Parnassus knows that the Devil has claimed his soul. Anton talks their way out of trouble with the police, and they set off to another location. On their way there, Anton stops the cart on a bridge, having seen someone (Heath Ledger) ‘dancing’ on the river. They soon deduce it is the shadow of a man hanging, so they get him up, and, while attempting to revive him, a metal pipe comes out of his throat, explaining why he is not dead. After they again set off, the Devil (Tom Waits), whom Parnassus calls Mr. Nick, informs him that the stranger’s name is Anthony Sheppard, and that he ran a children’s charity. Parnassus, believing that the Devil has sent Anthony, furiously demands for him to leave. The next morning, Percy sees that there are several red symbols on the head of Tony, who pretends to have lost his memory. He meets the rest of the troupe, hitting it off particularly with Valentina, while Anton distrusts him. He suggests he joins them, presumably because he is a missing person, a disgraced charity runner, presumed dead, and they agree. Parnassus tells Valentina the story of how he was first visited by the Devil, when he was a young man, amongst many monks constantly speaking the stories of the universe, in the belief that it would be destroyed if the story was stopped. The Devil silences everyone to prove that this is false, but Parnassus insists the story is being spoken somewhere in the world. Frustrated, the Devil makes a wager with him; if Parnassus gathers twelve followers before the Devil, he will grant him eternal life. In the end, the Devil let him win, knowing that there would come a time where people will not listen to his stories. The Devil comes to Parnassus with a change in the wager; instead of Valentina belonging to him once she turned sixteen, if Parnassus is the first to win five souls in the Imaginarium, he will be free of the bargain. However, they have only two days to do this. Tony suggests they liven up the show to attract more spectators, and, by doing this in a shopping centre, they attract a woman into entering the Imaginarium, who, aided by Tony, whose appearance is altered in the Imaginarium (now Johnny Depp), chooses the ‘right’ path. Three others are won, but Tony is chased in the Imaginarium (now Jude Law) by four Russian men. They arrive in a field of ‘ladders to success’, which Tony begins to climb, this being his temptation. The men eventually catch up to him, about to hang him, which Tony prepares for by sliding the metal pipe down his throat again, but notice his change in appearance. His is given away by the red symbols on his forehead, but the Russians are tempted by the Devil. He now has four souls, needing only one more to win the wager. He is led out of the Imaginarium by Anton, despite wanting desperately to go back to the ladders to success. Once they are back, Valentina flees after hearing about the terms of the original bargain. They now have only one hour to win the last soul. Tony volunteers to be the last soul, and he is followed by Valentina into the Imaginarium. After Valentina and Tony (now Colin Farrell) havesex on a boat, they come across a small child, who Tony sees as his temptation. He is then at a convention publicising himself as a successful charity runner, but, Anton, having gone into the Imaginarium as a small child, reveals to Valentina the corrupt nature of his fund, Suffer The Little Children, he beats him up on stage, causing the crowd to chase after him. Meanwhile, Anton falls off a cliff, dying in both the Imaginarium and the real world. Valentina, furious at her father, is faced with two choices, one of which she knows to be the Devil’s. She defiantly chooses the Devil, and he, as a result, wins the wager. The Devil tempts Parnassus again, saying that if he can kill Tony, he will give Valentina back to him. Tony reaches the top of a mountain, with the angry mob close behind him, seeing Dr. Parnassus and a gallows. He sees this as an oppurtunity to escape, and Parnassus offers him two metal pipes, a solid one, and one that breaks quite easily. The one he chooses, Parnassus swallows, and hangs himself. Tonty quickly cuts him down and gets the pipe out of him, putting it down his own throat. As he is being hung, he sees Parnassus spit out a broken pipe, and smiles, but he then spits out a solid pipe, and Tony realises that he will die, just before his is hung and his neck breaks. Parnassus now wanders down the mountain, coming to a signpost, which he sees as another sign of the Devil tempting him. He falls to the ground in despair, and looks up to find himself inadveredly begging in the street. He sees Valentina as she passes, and realises that she is indeed happy. Percy finds Parnassus, and the film ends with them selling miniature Imaginariums on the street, while the Devil tempts the customers, ever searching for a wager.

Pride and Glory

  • Directors: Gavin O Connor
  • Producers: Josh Fagin, Gregory O Connor
  • Writers: Gavin O Connor, Joe Carnahan
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich

Ray Tierney (Norton) is a New York City police officer who is part of a multi-generational police family. Tierney investigates a troublesome case that involves his older brother and brother-in-law, compelling the family to choose sides between their blood and the New York Police Department.[2]

Alexander

  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Moritz Borman, Jon Kilik, Iain Smith
  • Writers: Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle, Laeta Kalogridis
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, Anthony Hopkins

The film is based on the biography of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian King who conquered Asia Minor, Persia and Ancient India. Shown in the movie are some of the key moments of Alexander’s youth, his invasion of the mighty Persian Empire and his death. It also outlines his early life, including his difficult relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedonia (Val Kilmer), the unification of the Greek city-states under the League of Corinth[3] and the conquest of the Persian Empire in 331 BC. It also details his plans to reform his empire and the attempts he made to reach the end of the world.

The storyline begins in 356 BC with Ptolemy I Soter (Anthony Hopkins), who narrates throughout the film. With a lavish budget, the film depicts Alexander’s daily life and the strained relationship between his parents. Alexander grows up with his mother Olympias (Angelina Jolie) and his tutor Aristotle, where he finds interest in love, honour, music, exploration, poetry and military combat. His relationship with his father is destroyed when Philip marries Attalus’s niece, Eurydice.

After Philip is assassinated, Alexander becomes king of Macedonia and the rest of Greece. Having briefly mentioned his punitive razing of Thebes and burning of Persepolis, Ptolemy gives an overview of Alexander’s west-Persian campaign, including his declaration as the son of Zeus by the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis, his great battle against the Persian Emperor Darius III in the Battle of Gaugamela and his eight-year campaign at Hydaspes against Porus in India.

The film also focuses intensively on the close and warped relationship that Alexander shared with his mother Olympias, even though he never saw her after embarking on his long campaigns.

Daredevil

  • Directors: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Gary Foster, Arnon Milchan
  • Writers: Screenplay, Mark Steven Johnson, Comic Book, Stan Lee, Bill Everett
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell

The film begins in medias res with Daredevil clutching a cross at the top of a church, wounded. Daredevil clambers into the church and collapses as a priest who knows his identity approaches him in concern. The events that led to this scene are shown.

As a child, Matt lived in Hell’s Kitchen with his washed-up boxer father, Jack Murdock. Matt’s father constantly reminds Matt to get an education and make something of himself, and not wind up like him. One fateful day, when young Matt takes a shortcut home, he stumbles across his father beating up a man at the behest of local mob boss Fallon. Horrified, Matt runs blindly away from the scene, and runs afoul of a forklift which swerves to avoid him and accidentally pierces a barrel of toxic fluid, drenching Matt’s face in the substance.

An unspecified amount of time later, Matt awakens to find that he is blind. However, despite his loss of sight, his other four senses functioned with super-human accuracy, hearing and touch in particular. While Matt uses his radar-like hearing to train his body, his redeemed father decides to fight again in the ring. One night, Fallon approaches his father and orders him to throw the fight; when he does not, he is brutally murdered by a shadowy figure later revealed to be the Kingpin. Matt is heartbroken by his father’s death.

A final post-credits scene features Bullseye in full body traction on a hospital bed killing a pesky fly despite being largely immobilized.

S W A T

  • Directors: Clark Johnson
  • Producers: Dan Halsted, Chris Lee, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Characters, Robert Hamner, Story, Ron Mita, Jim McClain, Screenplay, David Ayer, David McKenna, Uncredited, George Huang, Lem Dobbs, Chris Morgan, Craig Fernandez
  • Genres: Action, Crime
  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Samuel L Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Olivier Martinez

The film begins with a hostage situation in Los Angeles (loosely based on the 1997 North Hollywood shootout). Officer Jim Street (Farrell), a hot-shot cop from the Los Angeles Police Department and his SWAT team are sent to stop a gang of robbers who have taken over a bank. His high-tempered partner and close friend Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) disobeys an order, and accidentally wounds a hostage. Gamble and Street are demoted by Captain Fuller (Larry Poindexter), the SWAT commander, who is portrayed as a fussy martinet. Gamble quits following an argument with Fuller. Street is taken off the SWAT team and sent to work in the “gun cage,” where he looks after gear and weapons.

The Chief of Police calls on Sergeant Dan “Hondo” Harrelson (Jackson) to help re-organize the SWAT division. Hondo is transferred in, and soon puts together a diverse team, including himself, Street, Chris Sánchez (Rodriguez), Deacon Kaye (LL Cool J), T.J. McCabe (Josh Charles), and Michael Boxer (Brian Van Holt). The team trains together and develops bonds of friendship.

Meanwhile, a drug lord by the name of Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) kills his father and uncle for control of the family’s crime empire. The L.A.P.D. stop Montel for a broken taillight, detain him, and learn through Interpol he is an international fugitive. As they are transferring him, his associates, dressed as LAPD officers, assault the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bus Montel is on in an attempt to free him. Hondo’s SWAT team foils the assault. As Montel is being brought into the police station in front of a group of reporters, he yells to them, “I will give one hundred million dollars to whoever gets me out of here.”

The L.A.P.D. makes plans to transfer Montel into federal custody. They plan to fly him away, but a mysterious attacker (later revealed to be Gamble) shoots down the helicopter. The police next send out a large convoy, which is attacked by gang members. It turns out to be a decoy, and Hondo’s team has spirited Montel away in two S.U.V.s. However, T.J. has been plotting with Gamble, and the two succeed in taking Montel from the other officers. Hondo and the rest give chase, and there is a final fierce battle, Gamble’s group against the SWAT officers. Hondo’s team is victorious. T.J. kills himself rather than be captured, and there is a vicious hand to hand fight between Street and Gamble. Street emerges the eventual victor when he kicks Gamble under the wheels of a passing train. The SWAT team delivers Montel to a federal prison to await trial.

Minority Report

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Gerald R Molen, Bonnie Curtis, Walter F Parkes, Jan de Bont
  • Writers: Screenplay, Scott Frank, Jon Cohen, Short Story, Philip K Dick, Uncredited, John August
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, Steve Harris, Neal McDonough

In 2054, John Anderton is a member of an experimental Washington, D.C. police force known as Precrime, which uses future visions generated by three “precogs”, mutated humans with precognition abilities, to stop murders. Though a respected member of the force, Anderton has been addicted to an illegal psychoactive drug since the disappearance of his son Sean, which also caused his wife Lara to leave him. With the Precrime concept poised to go nationwide, the system is audited by Danny Witwer, a member of the Department of Justice. During the audit, the precogs predict that Anderton will murder a man named Leo Crow in 36 hours; believing the incident to be a setup by Witwer, who is aware of Anderton’s addiction, and given his own ignorance of Leo Crow’s existence prior to this point, Anderton attempts to hide the case and quickly departs the area before Witwer begins a manhunt for him. Anderton seeks the advice of Dr. Iris Hineman, the lead researcher of the Precrime technology. She explains to Anderton that the three precogs—the children of drug addicts using experimental drugs years ago—may see different visions of the future. When this happens, the system only provides data on the two reports which agree; a “minority report”, showing the futures where the perpetrators may not have actually committed a murder, is discarded. According to Dr. Hineman, the female precog Agatha is likely the one who witnessed the minority report.

At a banquet to celebrate the success of the Precrime unit and Burgess, Anderton plays Agatha’s vision of the Lively murder for the gathered crowd, clearly showing Burgess as the murderer. As Burgess sneaks off to confront Anderton, a new precrime report is created: Anderton is the victim and Burgess is the murderer. When Burgess finds Anderton, Anderton explains the impossible situation: if Burgess kills Anderton, he proves the system works but at the cost of a life sentence, while if he does not, the system will not have worked and the Precrime division will be shut down. Burgess resolves the paradox by killing himself. The Precrime program is shut down, all those jailed as a result of Precrime are pardoned and released, and the precogs are given the chance to lead a full life. Anderton and Lara remarry and start a new family.

In Bruges

  • Directors: Martin McDonagh
  • Producers: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin
  • Writers: Martin McDonagh
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes

Two hitmen hide out in the Belgian city of Bruges, and amidst the city’s storybook background they come to terms with issues of guilt, morality, and redemption.

During his first job, fledgling hitman Ray (Colin Farrell) accidentally kills a young boy. He and his senior colleague Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are sent to Bruges by their high-strung employer Harry (Ralph Fiennes), and told to await further instructions. While Ken takes in the sights and historic medieval buildings, Ray is morose and withdrawn, wracked with guilt over being responsible for the death of a child. One night, while observing a film shoot with the dwarf actor Jimmy (Jordan Prentice), Ray strikes up a romance with ChloГ« (ClГ©mence PoГ©sy), a local drug dealer and thief moonlighting as a production assistant. On a date, Ray gets involved in a fistfight with a couple from Canada, mistaking them for Americans. Later that night, ChloГ«’s former boyfriend Eirik (JГ©rГ©mie Renier) threatens Ray with a handgun loaded with blanks, but Ray disarms him and shoots Eirik partially blinding him.

Despite his budding romance with ChloГ«, Ray’s guilt at his accidental killing of the boy continues to haunt him. Ken finally receives a call from Harry, who orders him to kill Ray on the principle that the killing of a child – even accidentally – is unforgivable. Ken retrieves a handgun from Harry’s local Belgian contact and tracks Ray to a park. As Ken sneaks up behind Ray to kill him, he sees Ray is about to shoot himself. His concern for his young charge overrides his sense of duty to their employer, and Ken prevents Ray’s suicide. Ken then confesses to Ray that he had been ordered by Harry to kill Ray, although Ken denies that he intended to go through with the execution. While the two discuss the situation, Ken disarms Ray and convinces him to leave the city and the business. Following Ray’s departure, Ken calls Harry, reveals his insubordination and location, and abruptly hangs up. An enraged Harry immediately heads to Bruges, where he gets a gun from his contact.

Ray flees back to the hotel for his gun. Harry arrives soon after, but the pregnant owner of the hotel refuses to allow him up the stairs. Shouting through the stairwell, both men agree that Ray will try to flee from the back of the hotel, and Harry will run after him and shoot him if he can. Ray jumps on a boat passing by, and Harry shoots him from a distance. Harry pursues the now-wounded Ray through the streets before stumbling onto the film set, where Jimmy is in costume as a schoolboy. Harry shoots Ray another three times and in the process inadvertently blows Jimmy’s head off. Mistaking Jimmy’s headless body for that of a child, Harry commits suicide on principle. The gravely-wounded Ray is lifted onto an ambulance while pondering his life and the afterlife, surrounded by the townspeople he has encountered. As he sees ChloГ« he realizes that he hopes he survives. At that point he loses consciousness, leaving his fate unclear.