- Directors: Anthony Minghella
- Producers: Albert Berger, William Horberg, Sydney Pollack, Ron Yerxa
- Writers: Anthony Minghella, Charles Frazier
- Genres: Drama, Romance, War
- Actors: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Hunnam, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, James Gammon, Jack White, Ethan Suplee
At the film’s inception Jude Law plays a young man named W. P. Inman at a provincial North Carolina town. He meets Ada (Nicole Kidman) and is at the fledgling stages of a relationship with her when he marches off to war as a Confederate soldier.
The film opens early in the morning of July 30, 1864. Confederate troops are entrenched outside Petersburg during its siege. The teenaged Oakley (Lucas Black) is handing out clothes from a wheelbarrow while Inman reads letters from Ada. The soldiers are tired and bored. Most are seasoned veterans who have been fighting for over three years. But meanwhile Union engineers are filling a mine under the Confederate trenches with gunpowder barrels while above, hundreds Union troops are waiting to attack. Suddenly back at the Confederate siege works, a rabbit hops into the trench. Just as one of the men is about to capture it the ground rises from under him and there is a huge explosion. The Union lit the barrels and most of the trench exploded. As Inman and Oakley get up dazed from the blast they see Union troops charging at them. As the Union charge they run right into the crater where the trench used to be and are trapped in a kill zone. The Confederates fire down at them but the fighting becomes hand to hand and Oakley is pulled down in by a Union soldier and Inman goes after him. Before Inman can reach him Oakley is bayoneted but survives. Inman shoots the Union soldier with a LeMat revolver he finds and pulls Oakley out of the chaos. The battle ends with a huge Union defeat. As the Confederates are cleaning up after the battle, Inman comforts Oakley as he is pulled to the hospital on a cart. Later that day Oakley dies in the hospital with Inman and Stobrod Thewes (Brendan Gleeson) beside him.
The film ends several years later with Ada, Ruby and their families celebrating Easter. Ruby has married Georgia, and the two have an infant child. Her father Stobrod is revealed to have survived, and it is revealed that Ada’s night with Inman had given her a child, Grace Inman.
- Directors: Miguel Sapochnik
- Producers: Scott Stuber
- Writers: Eric Garcia, Garrett Lerner
- Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Actors: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schrieber, Alice Braga, Carice van Houten, Chandler Canterbury, RZA
In an alternative future, humans can prolong their lives with artificial organs that can be purchased on credit from the mega-giant corporation known as The Union. The downside to these small, pricy miracles is that if you can’t make your payments, the vital organs are taken back by highly skilled repo men with no care for human comfort or survival. Remy (Jude Law), a top-notch repo man, who suffered a heart attack while on the job has been given the company’s state-of-the-art heart-substitute along with expensive installments. As he cannot keep up with the financial responisibilties, The Union sends out their heaviest authoritarian and Remy’s former partner Jake (Forest Whitaker) to find him. Remy meets Beth (Alice Braga) who instructs him on how to disappear from the system. Beginning is a chase that ensues across a land inhabited by ravingly strange friends and enemies with one, who will be a hero for the countless who seek a way out.
- Directors: Martin Scorsese
- Producers: Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, Charles Evans Jr
- Writers: John Logan, Michael Mann
- Genres: Biography, Drama
- Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, John C Reilly, Ian Holm, Kate Beckinsale, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Brent Spiner, Frances Conroy, Willem Defoe
The Aviator has no opening credits other than the title. The film begins in 1914 with nine-year-old Hughes being bathed by his mother, who warns him of disease: “You are not safe.”
The film next shows him in 1927, as a 22-year old preparing to direct Hell’s Angels. Hiring Noah Dietrich (John C. Reilly) to run Hughes Tool Company, while he oversees the flight sequences for the film, Hughes becomes obsessed with shooting the film realistically, even re-shooting the dogfight himself. By 1929, with the silent film finally complete, Hughes realizes the premiere of the The Jazz Singer, which was the first part-talking film, means that sound films would soon become the industry standard. Hughes re-shoots Hell’s Angels with sound, costing another year and $1.7 million. Hell’s Angels released as a sound film in 1930 is a huge hit, and Hughes also produces Scarface (1932) and The Outlaw (1943). However, there is one goal he relentlessly pursues: aviation. During this time, he also pursues Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett). The two go to nightclubs, play golf and fly together, and as they grow closer, move in together as well. During this time Hepburn becomes a major supporter and confidant to Hughes, and helps alleviate the symptoms of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. As Hughes’ fame grows, he is seen with more starlets.
Hughes successfully test flies the flying boat himself. After the flight, he talks to Dietrich and his mechanic, Glenn Odekirk (Matt Ross), about a new jetliner for TWA (the Avro C102 Jetliner) and makes a date with Gardner at a celebration party on the Long Beach shoreline. Hughes seems free of his inner demons until he sees three attendants in business suits and white gloves edging towards him, which triggers an obsessive-compulsive fit as he begins repeating “The way of the future.” Dietrich and Odekirk take Hughes in a bathroom and hide him there, while Dietrich fetches a doctor and Odekirk stands outside guarding the door. Alone inside, Howard has a flashback to his boyhood, being washed by his mother and resolving he will fly the fastest aircraft ever built, make the biggest movies ever and become the richest man in the world. As the film ends he mutters “the way of the future… the way of the future” into a darkened mirror.
- Directors: Jean Jacques Annaud
- Producers: Jean Jacques Annaud, John D Schofield
- Writers: William Craig, Jean Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard
- Genres: Drama, History, Thriller, War
- Actors: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins, Gabriel Thompson
The story focuses on the exploits of Vassili Zaitsev (a character based on the real-life Vasily Zaytsev and played by Jude Law), a Ural peasant who was taught how to hunt and shoot by his grandfather, now fighting on the Eastern Front of World War II. A Red Army soldier, he is traveling in a train’s cattle truck along with other soldiers and civilians, where he notices a young woman (Rachel Weisz) before the train is converted into a military convoy headed for Stalingrad, a city that is now under attack by the German Army. Upon arriving on the city’s outskirts, the soldiers attempt to cross the Volga on unprotected river barges, bombarded by German Stuka dive bombers and artillery, resulting in many casualties. When the survivors disembark on the other side, only half of them are given Mosin-Nagant rifles; while the rest, among them Vassili, are given only a five round clip of ammunition. As their comrades are shot down, the men with the clips are to use the dead men’s rifles. In a hopeless charge against the well-armed Germans, the Red Army soldiers are massacred both by the enemy, and by several Soviet NKVD machine gunners who cut down anyone who attempts to retreat.
Two months later, it is revealed that Stalingrad is liberated and Zaitsev finds Tania in a field hospital, safely evacuated and recovering.
- Directors: Guy Ritchie
- Producers: Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey
- Writers: Guy Ritchie, Anthony Peckham, Michael Johnson
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
- Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
Set in 1891, the film revolves around Holmes and Watson stopping a conspiracy to destroy Britain. The film opens with Holmes apprehending the murderous cult leader Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who promises he will return from the dead and exact his revenge as he is being led to the gallows.
- Directors: Steven Spielberg
- Producers: Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Jan Harlan, Kathleen Kennedy, Walter F Parkes, Bonnie Curtis
- Writers: Brian Aldiss, Ian Watson, Steven Spielberg
- Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
- Actors: Haley Joel Osment, Frances O Connor, Jude Law, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas, William Hurt
The story is set in the mid-21st century. Global warming has led to ecological disasters all over the world, and a drastic reduction of the human population. Mankind’s efforts to maintain civilization lead to the creation of “mechas,” advanced humanoid robots capable of emulating human thoughts and emotions. Among these androids there is an advanced prototype model named David, a mecha created by the Cybertronics company to resemble a human child and to “feel” love for its human owners. They test their creation on one of their employees, Henry Swinton and his wife Monica. The Swintons have a son, Martin, who has been placed in suspended animation until a cure can be found for his rare disease. Although Monica is initially frightened of David, she eventually warms to him after activating his imprinting protocol, which irreversibly causes David to feel love for her as a child loves a parent. As he continues to live with the Swintons, David is befriended by Teddy, a mecha toy, who takes upon himself the responsibility of David’s well being.
Martin is suddenly cured and brought home; a sibling rivalry ensues between Martin and David. Martin’s scheming behavior backfires when he and his friends activate David’s self-protection programming at a pool party. Martin is saved from drowning but David’s actions prove too much for Henry. It is decided for David to be destroyed at the factory where he was built, but Monica rather leaves him (alongside Teddy) in a forest to live as unregistered mechas. David is captured for an anti-mecha Flesh Fair, an event where useless mechas are destroyed before cheering crowds. David is nearly killed, but the crowd is swayed by his realistic nature and he escapes, along with Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), a male prostitute mecha on the run after being framed for murder.
David and Teddy take a submersible to the fairy, which turns out to be a statue from a submerged attraction at Coney Island. Teddy and David become trapped when the park’s ferris wheel falls on their vehicle. Believing the Blue Fairy to be real, he asks to be turned into a real boy, repeating his wish without end, until the ocean freezes. 2000 years later, Manhattan is buried under several hundred feet of glacial ice, and humans are extinct. Mechas have evolved into an alien-looking humanoid form. They find David and Teddy: functional mechas who knew living humans. David wakes up and realizes the fairy was fake. Using David’s memories, the mechas reconstruct the Swinton home, and explain to him via a mecha of the Blue Fairy that he cannot become human. However, they recreate Monica from a lock of her hair which has been faithfully saved by Teddy, but she will live for only a single day and the process cannot be repeated. David spends the happiest day of his life playing with Monica and Teddy. Monica tells David that she loves him and has always loved him as she drifts to sleep for her final time. This was the “everlasting moment” he had been looking for, he closes his eyes, falls asleep for his first time, and goes “to that place where dreams are born”.
- Directors: Sam Mendes
- Producers: Sam Mendes, Dean Zanuck, Richard D Zanuck
- Writers: Screenplay, David Self, Graphic Novel, Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner
- Genres: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
- Actors: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig
Michael Sullivan, Sr. is an enforcer for John Rooney, an Irish American organized crime boss in Illinois during the Great Depression and the Al Capone mob-rule era. Sullivan, an orphan raised by Rooney, has worked for the crime boss most of his life.
He and Rooney’s son Connor are sent by Rooney to talk to Finn McGovern, a disgruntled employee. Twelve-year-old Michael Sullivan, Jr., hides in his father’s car and witnesses Connor’s impulsive killing of McGovern. Sullivan swears his son to secrecy, but Connor decides to hush him up forever with an attempt to kill the entire family. He ruthlessly murders Sullivan’s wife Annie and the couple’s younger son Peter, but Sullivan and Michael escape and flee to Chicago.
Sullivan requests a job with Capone’s mob and asks permission of crime kingpin Frank Nitti to seek revenge on Connor, who has been sent into hiding among them. The offer is rejected; when Rooney learns of the meeting, he allows Nitti to dispatch psychopathic photographer/assassin Harlen Maguire to kill both Sullivan and Michael. Maguire tracks them to a roadside diner but barely misses a chance against Sullivan. With Michael’s help, Sullivan now begins robbing the banks that are holding the Capone syndicate’s laundered money, hoping to trade it for Connor.
After mourning his father’s death, Michael finds his way back to the elderly couple that looked after him and Sullivan. He realizes that Sullivan’s greatest fear was that Michael would grow up to be just like him someday, and he understands why Sullivan was relieved at Michael’s inability to shoot Maguire.