Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Three Crime Thrillers Open in Theaters This Friday, April 27th

It's going to be a busy weekend at the theaters, with two crime thrillers opening wide across the US and a third in a limited release.

The Raven. Opens in theaters April 27, 2012.

The Raven (2012)

When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper — part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack). But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.

Directed by James McTeigue from a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare.

Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R for bloody violence and grisly images.

Watch a trailer for the film below:

Safe. Opens in theaters April 27, 2012.

Safe (2012)

A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change … until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed. But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action … and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war.

Written and directed by Boaz Yakin.

Running time: 94 minutes. Rated R for strong violence throughout, and for language.

Watch a trailer for the film below:

Headhunters. Limited opening in theaters April 27, 2012.

Headhunters (2012)

Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a successful, high-powered headhunter living way beyond his means, lavishing gifts on his stunning blonde trophy wife. He supplements his income by stealing rare artworks from his clients. Handsome Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his original Rubens seem like an irresistible target but Clas lives the life of a Bond villain and the two men are soon embroiled in a deadly feud.

Directed by Morten Tyldum from a screenplay by Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg, and Jo Nesbø, the author of the crime thriller from which this film was adapted.

Running time: 98 minutes. Rated R for bloody violence including some grisly images, strong sexual content and nudity.

Watch a trailer for the film below:


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