The 4th Kind

  • Directors: Olatunde Osunsanmi
  • Producers: Paul Brooks, Joe Carnahan
  • Writers: Olatunde Osunsanmi
  • Genres: Thriller
  • Actors: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

The film is supposedly based on actual events, and is set in Nome, Alaska, a town which (according to the movie) has a disproportionate number of reported missing people and alleged alien abductions over the last forty years. Milla Jovovich plays psychotherapist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who is allegedly based on a real psychologist who videotapes interviews with the abductees. The abductees all claim they see a strange looking owl at their window, before suffering strange psychological attacks. Recordings from videotapes reveal a distorted voice speaking in Sumerian, the oldest recorded language in Human history, and Tyler begins to suspect a government cover up.[2]

Remember the Titans

  • Directors: Boaz Yakin
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman
  • Writers: Gregory Allen Howard
  • Genres: Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Hayden Panettiere, Donald Faison, Ethan Suplee

The film, takes place in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971, at the brand-new desegregated T.C. Williams High School. Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), also derogatorily known as Coach “Coon” by racist elements during the time period, due to his African-American background, is hired as head coach for the school’s football team, taking the place promised to former head coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton). Yoast at first refuses Boone’s offer as the assistant head coach, but then changes his mind. The black and white members of the football team clash in racially-motivated conflicts on a few occasions throughout their time at football camp, but after forceful coaxing and team building efforts by Coach Boone, the team manages to achieve some form of unity, as well as success. Boone makes the camp quite rigorous; when the bus is leaving for the camp at the beginning all members are instructed to wear a shirt and tie; anyone not doing so will watch the season and not compete. At the camp, anybody who displays any sort of misconduct at practice is instructed to run a mile. One time during camp, Coach Boone wakes up the players at 3:00 am to take a run through the woods to end up at a Civil War battleground where he delivers a stirring speech on ‘why that war was fought’ (‘…the same fight we are still having today’).

All-American player Gerry Bertier is paralyzed in an automobile accident while celebrating one of the team’s victories. Although Bertier is no longer able to play, the team goes on to win the championship, setting an example for the town in the process. The football team wins the AAA State championship game in Roanoke, and is first runner up in the national championship. Bertier later goes on to win a gold medal in the shotput event at the Paralympic Games. Ten years later, the team reunites at the end of the film to attend Bertier’s funeral.

Armageddon

  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Gale Anne Hurd
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jonathan Hensleigh, J J Abrams, Story, Robert Roy Pool, Jonathan Hensleigh, Adaptation, Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno
  • Genres: Action, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith David, Owen Wilson, William Fichtner, Jessica Steen, Jason Isaacs, Ken Campbell, Grayson McCouch, Clark Brolly, Marshall R Teague, Chris Ellis, Eddie Griffin, John Mahon, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan

After several meteoroids destroy the Space Shuttle Atlantis and bombard New York City, NASA discovers that an asteroid the size of Texas is on a direct collision course with Earth and will likely wipe out all life on the Earth and destroy it. It is not publicly revealed that it will hit the Earth within 18 days. The scientists at NASA devise a plan to activate a nuclear bomb at a precise point under the asteroid’s surface which will split it in two and cause it to miss the Earth. NASA locates the best oil driller on the planet, Harry Stamper, to get advice. Harry and Grace, his daughter, are taken to NASA and Dan Truman, the head of NASA, informs him of the situation. Harry immediately recognizes that he and his crew must accompany the astronauts on the mission to ensure the job is done properly. After Harry’s crew is collected from across the country and NASA acquiesces to their demands, they are put through a training program and outfit a drilling rig with the proper equipment for the job.

When a meteorite strikes Shanghai, China, destroying the city and causing a tsunami, around 50,000 people die. At this point, the pending mission is revealed to the world. Two specially designed military shuttles, Freedom and Independence are launched simultaneously and shortly dock at a Russian space station (crewed by Lev Andropov) to refuel. AJ encounters a problem stopping the pumps after the ships tanks are full and the station explodes. The crews and Lev Andropov escape. The two shuttles perform a high G-force slingshot procedure around the Moon to land on the backside of the asteroid. However, as they enter the trailing debris of the asteroid, the Independence is struck and crash lands on the asteroid. The Freedom manages to land on the surface but misses the target landing zone. They land on an area of hard iron which will be difficult to drill through. The Freedom team try to drill but suffer several setbacks and losses due to the unexpected conditions. It is revealed that if the deadline is missed, Colonel Sharpe would activate the nuclear device on the surface. However, a surface explosion would not be sufficient to divert the asteroid from hitting the Earth. Harry is able to convince Colonel Sharpe to help them attempt to finish the job. During this time, another meteorite wipes out much of Paris, France.

All seems lost when their drilling machine is blasted off the asteroid by a gas vent, but the Freedom crew learns that the other team managed to survive the crash thanks to Lev Andropov and have driven the second drilling machine to the drilling site. Harry puts AJ in charge of finishing the drilling and they successfully drill to the necessary depth. The team lowers the bomb into the hole, but find that they can not detonate remotely after a rock storm damages the bomb’s trigger, as well as killing one of the crew members. Truman tells the team that someone is going to have to stay behind to activate the bomb to destroy the asteroid. AJ is picked to detonate the bomb remotely after drawing straws, but Harry disables his air supply and takes his place. As the shuttle prepares to depart, Harry sends a final message to his daughter and gives his full support for her to marry AJ. Harry manages to activate the bomb moments before the critical deadline, and the asteroid halves successfully miss the Earth. The remaining crew of the Freedom return to Earth as heroes, AJ reuniting tearfully with Grace while the others are met by their loved ones. Grace and AJ soon marry, while Harry and their lost crew members are memorialized.

Gone in Sixty Seconds

  • Directors: Dominic Sena
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: 1974 motion picture, H B Halicki, Screenplay, Scott Rosenberg
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Will Patton

The film concerns “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage), a former master car thief forced to return to his former trade and steal fifty specified cars for crime boss Raymond Vincent Calitri (Christopher Eccleston), who is threatening to kill Memphis’ brother, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), because Kip had taken a contract but failed to fulfill it (a stolen Porsche Carrera was chased to Kip’s warehouse and the collected cars were impounded).

Memphis now has to fulfill the contract and so reassembles his old crew, also joined by Kip’s crew.

With Detective Castlebeck (Delroy Lindo) and his partner, Det. Drycoff (Timothy Olyphant) breathing down their necks, they decide to steal all the cars in one night, to reduce the chances of being caught.

But, the police already know about the boost and, after cracking an employee at the Mercedes dealership, who had earlier supplied Kip’s crew with the special laser cut keys for a Mercedes, set a trap to catch them in action. It thus turns out to be a high action drama of a very long night.

Also featured are Angelina Jolie as “Sway”, Robert Duvall as “Otto”, and former professional soccer player Vinnie Jones as “Sphinx”.