Battle Los Angeles

  • Directors: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Producers: Jeffrey Chernov, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Christopher Bertolini
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan

Battle: Los Angeles revolves around a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon’s battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles. The movie is presented as an intense real-time war movie from the perspective of the Marines. It has been described by some as “Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day”. It will be a live-action drama, showcasing the United States Marines attempting to defeat an alien invasion of planet Earth.

The Bounty Hunter

  • Directors: Andy Tennant
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Sarah Thorp
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler

Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continue to one-up each other until they find themselves on the run for their lives. If they thought their promise to love, honor and obey was tough, staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher.

The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift

  • Directors: Justin Lin
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Chris Morgan
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Lucas Black, Bow Wow, Sung Kang, Sonny Chiba, Brian Tee, Nathalie Kelley

Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), a young Texan with a talent for auto mechanics, has led a life of getting into trouble. His monoparental mother has had to relocate to different cities with him every time his problems at school or with the local authorities escalated enough. One day, he gets into a street race against the school quarterback. Both end up at the police station, injured. The incident almost lands Sean in jail, and his mother, deciding not to deal with moving again, sends him to Tokyo to live with his father, stationed in Japan as a U.S. Naval officer. At private school in Tokyo, Sean meets Twinkie (Bow Wow), a fellow American, who hustles pre-owned goods to their Japanese classmates. Twinkie introduces Sean to the world of drift racing.

Sean soon runs into Takashi (Brian Tee), also known as DK (short for Drift King), and his close friend Han (Sung Kang), who was born and raised in America. Sean is seen by Takashi talking to Neela (Nathalie Kelley), Takashi’s girlfriend, and when Takashi tells him to back down, Sean challenges him to a race using Han’s car. Takashi wins, and Han’s car is ruined, so Han tells Sean that he must work for him to repay the car. Sean soon learns that Han is involved in a business partnership with Takashi.

Later, Sean is the new Drift King and is hanging out in the underground parking lot from earlier in the film with his girlfriend Neela. Twinkie comes up to Sean, saying someone wants to challenge him, which Sean accepts only after finding out the challenger knew Han. The mystery car driver who pulls up is none other than Dominic Toretto (portrayed by Vin Diesel, from the first The Fast and the Furious movie). Toretto and Sean hold a brief conversation, with Toretto saying that Han once rode with him. Neela counts off the race, the cars take off, and the movie ends without disclosing the race results.

Cruel Intentions

  • Directors: Roger Kumble
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Choderlos de Laclos, Roger Kumble
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Sean Patrick Thomas, Christine Baranski

Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar), the image of social perfection, takes the sheltered and naive Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair) under her wing, promising to turn Cecile into a model student like herself. Kathryn’s real intention, however, is to take revenge on Court Reynolds, her ex-lover, who dumped her for the “innocent little twit” Cecile. She intends to corrupt Cecile by getting her to sleep with as many men as possible, thereby destroying her reputation and teaching Court a lesson.

She asks for the help of her womanizing step-brother, Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe). Though Kathryn and Sebastian have collaborated in schemes of manipulation before, he initially refuses. He is busy planning another “conquest”, the beautiful Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), a girl who has written a manifesto saying that she plans to keep her virginity intact until she is in love. By coincidence, she is temporarily staying at his aunt’s estate. Kathryn does not think Sebastian has a chance with Annette, so they make a wager. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian’s vintage Jaguar, a 1956 XK140 Roadster; if Sebastian wins, she offers him a night of passion with her, as Kathryn knows she is the only girl Sebastian cannot bed.

In the final shot, Annette drives away in Sebastian’s Jaguar, putting his sunglasses on, with his journal by her side.

Evan Almighty

  • Directors: Tom Shadyac
  • Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Michael Bostick, Neal H Moritz, Tom Shadyac
  • Writers: Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Steve Oedekerk, Steve Koren, Mark O Keefe
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Actors: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, Wanda Sykes, Molly Shannon, Graham Phillips

Newly elected to Congress, former local television newsman Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) leaves Buffalo and shepherds his family to suburban northern Virginia, where his congressional campaign declares that he will change the world without explaining how he will do so. On his first job, he meets Marty (John Michael Higgins), Rita Daniels (Wanda Sykes), and top congressman Chuck Long (John Goodman). Soon after his arrival, strange things start to happen: animals follow Evan without any apparent reason; he grows a beard that is restored wholly every time he shaves; eight vacant lots in Evan’s neighborhood are purchased in his name; ancient tools and wood are sent to his house; and the number “614” appears everywhere he goes.

Evan soon learns that the number indicates a verse in the book of Genesis, in which God instructs Noah to build an ark. Later, God (Morgan Freeman) appears and commands Evan to build a replica of Noah’s Ark in preparation for a deluge. His family initially believes that he is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis; later, his sons suspect that something greater is occurring and assist him in the construction of the ark, although his wife Joan (Lauren Graham) does not. Reappearing, God tells Evan the flood will come at noon on September 22.

On September 22, Evan loads hundreds of animals onto the newly finished ark in front of live news crews and nearby citizens. Minutes pass wherein is no sign of rain, provoking the spectators’ scorn. When a rainstorm is briefly present, Evan takes this as a sign of the coming deluge, but is proved wrong. Joan tells Evan to leave the Ark; Evan, however, remembers Congressman Long’s dam, which he fears may burst. As he thinks on this, the dam does burst, flooding the streets. At this, all spectators and policeman board the ark, which sails down the streets of Washington D.C. on the floodwaters of the lake until it eventually lands touching the front of the Capitol. Evan then tells Long that the flood was caused by his poor design of the dam, which incites the other congressmen present to turn against Long. As investigations on Chuck Long are occurring, Evan and his family later go on a hiking trip, during which God reappears to Evan, telling him that the way to change the world is by doing one Act of Random Kindness (“ARK”) at a time.

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.

2 Fast 2 Furious

  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Producers: Lee Mayes, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, James Remar, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Devon Aoki, Amaury Nolasco

Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), the disgraced cop from the first film, is on the run because he let Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) escape. He goes to Miami to start a new life. Here he makes new friends Tej Parker (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) an ex-street racer and well-known car tuner Jimmy (Jin) as well as Suki (Devon Aoki) – also a street racer. O’Conner is now known by his street name “Bullet” (a Steve McQueen reference), and competes with fellow street racers in high stakes races to win money utilizing the skills he learned as a member of Toretto’s now disbanded team.

One night after winning a race, he is caught by US Customs agents after his car is disabled by the fictional harpoon-like ESD (Electronic Disruption Device) that is deployed by US Customs Agent Markham (James Remar). He is arrested and his former boss FBI Agent Bilkins makes a deal with him saying that if he accepts to take part in a mission, his criminal record will be wiped clean.

O’Conner and Bilkins then travel to Barstow, California where O’Conner proposes the deal to his childhood friend and ex-con Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). Together their mission involves working undercover as street racers for a South American (Argentine) drug lord – Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), with help from Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) an undercover U.S. Customs agent who becomes Carter’s love interest. They win a highly charged “audition” race and strike a deal with Verone, who stated, “Drive the package to the Keys and I’ll personally hand over 100Gs($100,000) at the finish line”. Roman Pearce requests that the prize be $100,000 for both himself and O’Conner.

Later on that night O’Conner and Pearce arrive at Verone’s nightclub so Verone can torture a police detective named Whitworth into keeping the local police away from O’Conner and Pearce so they may transport the money. The next morning they embark on the mission in their Mitsubishis with Verone’s money in the trunks and two of his henchmen riding along. During the transportation of Verone’s money the corrupt Detective Whitworth calls in the army of police units he has waiting nearby. During the chase they lead the police to a warehouse complex. The police surround the front of the garage area so O’Conner’s and Pearce’s street racer friends create a “scramble” diversion allowing O’Conner and Pearce to sneak away in the Camaro and Challenger to continue their mission and Brian allow Tej to drive his Evo VII and allow Suki to drive Roman’s Eclipse Spyder. First to be driven out from the garage were 4 Dodge Rams to ram the police cars, then hundreds of cars, including O’Conner and Pearce. As the drama unfolds, Verone tries to escape aboard his yacht after informing Monica that he knew she was an undercover U.S. Customs agent. While aboard the yacht he scolds her on her slip-up for informing U.S. Customs agents about Verone’s intention to flee the country via a secluded airfield. The finale occurs with O’Conner’s Camaro jumping off of a nearby ramp and landing on the top of the yacht to save Monica. At the end Verone is arrested and the duffel bags carrying his drug money are recovered by the FBI, save for an undisclosed amount secretly stolen by Pearce. As Monica walks away, she looks back to catch O’Conner’s eyes and gives him a meaningful smile. Brian surprisingly shows Pearce that he himself has stolen some of the money and then Pearce does the same, Pearce decides to stay in Miami with Brian and the latter suggests opening a garage with the stolen money.

xXx

  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Rich Wilkes
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L Jackson

Xander Cage, a.k.a. xXx (Vin Diesel), is a law-breaking extreme sports enthusiast, with a propensity for rebellious behavior. After crashing a senator’s Corvette for banning violent video games, Xander is given a choice by U.S. National Security Agency operative Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson): work for him or serve a lengthy prison term for his misdeeds. He grudgingly chooses government employment. Gibbons has a series of dangerous tasks for xXx, to see if “he is up to the job”, which include dropping xXx in a cocaine-producing area of rural Colombia.

After passing these tests, xXx is to go undercover in the Czech Republic in order to find out more about a rebellious Eastern European underground group known as “Anarchy 99” and in particular their leader Yorgi (Marton Csokas), a Russian ex-soldier who has a grudge against authority and society in general, and indeed all political ideologies, both left wing and right wing. Delving into the dark yet lavish and tempting underworld inhabited by the group, Xander finds himself drawn to Yorgi’s apparent girlfriend Yelena (Asia Argento), who turns out to be an abandoned agent of the Russian intelligence agency, the Federal Security Bureau, and he negotiates a political asylum deal with Gibbons to save, and secure her a new life in America. However, Anarchy 99 turns out to be a terrorist faction, planning a series of chemical weapons attacks on major world cities by utilizing a high speed automated sea-faring and river-faring drone named Ahab. The chemical weapon is referred to as “Silent Night”, and the formula has been missing since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Silent Night is comprised of every day chemicals yet in combination are lethal. After killing millions the chemicals are designed to harmlessly disperse in water. Yorgi’s ultimate aim is cause chaos and lawlessness across the entire world, bringing civilization to an anarchic end.

The movie ends with Xander on vacation with Yelena in Bora Bora as agent Gibbons jokingly informs him that because of his actions during the movie, he has passed “The Test”, the “Gibbons Test”. He also says that he needs him for another assignment, as “something else has come up”.

The Fast and the Furious

  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Ken Li, Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, David Ayer
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Brian O’Conner (Walker) is an undercover cop infiltrating Hollywood’s street racing scene. Going by the name Brian Earl Spilner, O’Conner manages to work his way up into the good graces of Dominic Toretto (Diesel) the head of arguably the best racing team in Hollywood.

Brian reports his findings to his superiors, but they soon notice he’s getting close with Toretto, growing wary of Brian. After another truck hijacking occurs, the police move in and arrest all the members of Tran’s gang, but find that the players were legally purchased and that they are not the ones doing the hijackings. Brian’s superior tells him about the truckers arming themselves and that it has to be Toretto doing it, giving him a sudden deadline. Brian casually asks Toretto that whatever he is doing, he wants in on it as well. Toretto agrees as long as Brian wins the upcoming Race Wars.

During Race Wars, Toretto’s friend Jesse races his Volkswagen Jetta against Johnny Tran’s Honda S2000 for pink slips and loses. In a state of panic, Jesse drives away from the race. Shortly after beating Jesse in a race, Tran then confronts Dominic Toretto and accuses him of calling the feds on him and having him being disrespected in front of his father and family, which leads to Dominic punching him out and they having a scuffle on the ground (not realizing the person responsible for the SWAT invasion, Brian O’Conner, was right in front of him). During the night, Toretto and the rest of the clan drive out. Brian confesses to Mia that he’s a cop and tells her that the truckers are now armed. He convinces her to come with him to save her brother and his friends.

After the credits end, there is a scene that shows Toretto driving around Baja, Mexico.

I Am Legend

  • Directors: Francis Lawrence
  • Producers: Akiva Goldsman, David Heyman, James Lassiter, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Screenplay, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Protosevich, Novel, Richard Matheson
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Charlie Tahan, Abbey and Kona

The film opens in 2009 with a televised news broadcast with Dr. Krippen (Emma Thompson) who has created a cure for cancer (100% cure rate) by altering the measles virus.

In a post-apocalyptic 2012, U.S. Army virologist, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville (Will Smith) is left as the last healthy human in New York City and possibly the entire world. A series of flashbacks and recorded news programs reveal that the genetically re-engineered measles virus mutated into a lethal airborne strain that spread worldwide and killed 5.4 billion people, 90% of humanity. Only 12 million possessed a natural immunity. The remaining 588 million degenerated into primal, aggressive beings referred to as “Darkseekers” (the DVD subtitles refer to them as hemocytes) who have a painful intolerance to UV radiation, forcing them to hide in buildings and other dark places during the day. The “Darkseekers” exhibit superhuman speed, agility, and strength. They also retain some problem-solving intelligence and the capacity to organize. The immune regular humans were hunted, killed by other humans, killed by the infected, or committed suicide.

Neville’s daily routine includes experimentation to find a cure for the virus and trips through a Manhattan devoid of humanity to hunt for food and supplies. He also waits each day for a response to his continuous recorded radio broadcasts, which instruct any uninfected survivors to meet him at midday at the South Street Seaport. Flashbacks reveal that his wife (Salli Richardson) and daughter Marley apparently died in a helicopter accident during the chaotic evacuation of Manhattan, prior to the military-enforced quarantine of the island in 2009. Neville’s isolation is broken only by the companionship of his dog Samantha (“Sam”), interaction with mannequins he has set up as patrons of a video store, and recordings of old news and entertainment broadcasts.

The tone of the film’s ending was altered before the film’s release, especially the stand-off between Neville and the infected in his laboratory. Visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs recounts the original ending starting with the stand-off: “At that point, Neville’s—and the audience’s—assumptions about the nature of these creatures are shown to be incorrect. We see that they have actually retained some of their humanity. There is a very important moment between the Alpha Male and Neville. The Alpha Male slapped his hand on the glass and smeared it revealing a butterfly shaped imprint.” Neville realizes that the Alpha Male is identifying the infected woman he was experimenting on by a butterfly tattoo, and that the Alpha Male wants her back. Demonstrating that he will cease fighting and return her, Neville is allowed to approach them, with the Alpha Male ordering the infected not to touch him. Neville brings the Alpha Female back to consciousness, still infected due to him having removed the cure, and the Alpha Male embraces her; David Schaub stated, “Then, when Neville finally turns the Alpha Female over to the Alpha Male, there is this little love moment between the two of them.” Neville and the Alpha Male then exchange stares; Neville apologizes to them, which the Alpha Male acknowledges before the infected leave. He then looks at the photos of the infected he has experimented on and killed and realizes that he is the monster of their legends; the infected think of him as someone who hunts down and kills their people. The original final shot follows Neville, Anna, and Ethan as they cross the remnants of the George Washington Bridge in hopes of finding other survivors, accompanied by a recording from Anna telling possible survivors that there is hope, and Neville knows the compounds of the cure, meaning he can recreate it and help humanity survive and rebuild, thus establishing his legend.[5]