*New Looper Trailer

Endgame Entertainment has released the trailer for the scifi action flick “Looper” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt.
In a futuristic gangland, a 25 year-old killer named Joseph Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) works for a Mafia company in Kansas City in the year 2042 as a “Looper”, where he kills and disposes of people who are sent by their employers known as “Gat Men” from their corporate headquarters in Shanghaifrom the year 2072. Loopers, like himself, are used as foot soldiers and are well paid on the terms that all hostages must never escape, including Loopers themselves. Gat Men are New York Accent-sounding men who are hired by a Southern Accented Godfather, who is portrayed by Jeff Daniels, who are being used as sentries, and each Gat Man has been given complete authority and responsibility in controlling their own group of Loopers. When one target arrives however he recognizes the 55 year-old victim (Willis) as himself and hesitates, allowing his older self to escape. The resulting failure of his job causes the Gat Men to come after him, forcing him to fight for his life as he hunts his older self.




-Brian Lansangan
follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

Debut Trailer and Poster for RZA’s "The Man with the Iron Fists"

Universal Pictures has unveiled the Debut Poster for RZA’s “The Man with the Iron Fists”, Presented by Quentin Tarantino and starring RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, and Jamie Chung,

Quentin Tarantino presents ‘The Man With the Iron Fists,’ an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.

Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.

Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.

RZA, one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time and de-facto leader of Wu-Tang Clan (the legendary group that was highly influenced by Asian culture and 70s martial arts flicks – hence the name), has released through his Twitter account this debut poster for ‘The Man with the Iron Fists.’ Starring RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu and Pam Grier, the story follows a blacksmith (RZA) in feudal China who makes weapons for a small village. He is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers. Look out for the trailer soon.

-Brian Lansangan
follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

Ryan Reynolds officially cast as the "HIGHLANDER"

After roughly a month of negotiations, Ryan Reynolds has officially been cast in the lead role for HIGHLANDER.


Reynolds will play Conner MacLeod, a Highlander who discovers he is one of a dwindling group of immortals who wander the earth and kill each other in combat for the final “Prize”…mortality.

The remake is set to be helmed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (director of 28 weeks later), who is also in negotiations to rewrite the script. Neal Moritz and Peter Davis will produce the film.

Reynolds started his film career in comedy, most notably playing the titular college slacker in “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” and a sarcastic waiter in the cult hit “Waiting”. His career accelerated after a small but memorable turn as Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” He has since starred as the superhero Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern” and played opposite Denzel Washington in CIA thriller “Safe House.” He is currently voicing lead characters in two DreamWorks Animation films to be released next year – “The Croods” and “Turbo”.

The role was originally played by Christopher Lambert and also costarred Sean Connery and Clancy Brown
“Original” Highlander Fanmade Trailer:


SOURCE: Tracking Board

-Brian Lansangan
-followme on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

Fan Film Corner: "Batman: The Last Laugh"

Welcome back to Fan Film Corner, This Week’s Fan Film is titled: “Batman: The Last Laugh” and is based on the DC Comic’s Batman and other characters.


The Lowdown: Batman: The Last Laugh is a high intensity, action packed fan film that was created in the partnership of ENSO Productions and Gotham City FX. See how The Joker and Batman go head to head in this fan film like no other.

Review: I liked the filmography and the lighting. I think the fight scenes are amazing. Batman’s suit looked really good. It looked alot like the one used in Dark Knight. The Joker’s make-up looks good too. This is one of the best Batman fan films I seen, despite the lack of dialogue. It ‘s a great effort

Overall: Great Film, Action was really entertaining, but the flips were “TOO” over the top. The twist in the end was kinda predictable but still good. Good acting especially on The Joker’s part. Great Effort, and worth watching if your a Batman fan. Loved it for the fact that it was shot locally near my area in Orlando, Florida and madd KUDOS to ENSO Productions.

†††  3 templar crosses out of 5

Pretty Good Action and Deserves a Watch


Film:

Credits: ENSOproductions.com and www.gothamcity-fx.com

-Brian Lansangan
follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

Tube News: Alex Trebek of Jeopardy suffers Heart Attack!!

Alex Trebek, long time host of the game show “Jeopardy!,” has been hospitalized and is under observation after suffering a mild heart attack this past Saturday.Alex Trebek, age 71, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is undergoing further testing and evaluation, according to a statement released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces the show.

Sony Pictures Entertainment stated Sunday that Trebek was in good spirits and is expected to fully recover and will be back at “Jeopardy!” when production begins taping in July for it’s 29th season.

The Canadian-born Trebek has been the syndicated game show since 1984, and previously hosted game shows “High Rollers” and “Pitfall.”

We, here at Templar Digital wish Alex Trebek a full and fast recovery and hope to see him soon again on weeknights at 7pm. (What is Jeopardy!).
-Brian Lansangan
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Character Spotlight: Wolverine

A long-lived mutant with the rage of a beast and the soul of a samurai, James “Logan” Howlett’s past is filled with blood, war, and betrayal. Possessing an accelerated healing factor, enhanced senses, and bone claws that along with his skeleton are coated in adamantium, Wolverine is the ultimate weapon.

REAL NAME: James Howlett
OCCUPATION: Master samurai Warrior Headmaster, adventurer, instructor; formerly bartender, bouncer, spy, government operative, mercenary, criminal, soldier, sailor, miner
BIRTHPLACE: Alberta, Canada
BASE OF OPERATIONS: Westchester County, New York
MARITAL STATUS: Single
HEIGHT: 5’3
WEIGHT: 195 lbs. (Without Adamantium skeleton) , 300 lbs. (with Adamantium skeleton)
EYES: Blue
HAIR: Black
EDUCATION: Privately tutored as a child
KNOWN RELATIVES: Unidentified grandfather (deceased), John Howlett Sr. (father, deceased), Elizabeth Howlett (mother, deceased), John Howlett Jr. (brother, deceased), Viper (Madame Hydra, ex-wife), Amiko Kobayashi (foster daughter), Erista (son), Laura Kinney (X-23, clone), Daken (son), Itsu (wife, deceased)
FIRST APPEARANCE: Incredible Hulk #180 (1974)

ORIGIN:
Wolverine, aka Logan, was born in the late 19th century with the name James Howlett. His parents were respectable and well to do. During a break in by the ex-groundskeeper Thomas Logan and his son Dog, James saw the groundskeeper kill his father in an attempt to get his ex-love back, James’ mother. In turn, James’ mutant gene activated and his bone claws came out. He attacked and killed Thomas Logan and wounded Dog. His mother killed herself shortly afterwards.

James ran away with his longtime friend Rose, and the murders were placed falsely upon James. They escaped to British Columbia and lived there for some time, James taking the name, “Logan” to hide his identity. Unfortunately, Dog tracked them down and attacked Logan hoping to kill him. Logan defeated Dog, but in the process, accidentally killed his love, Rose. Logan ran into the wilderness and lived with the wolves for some time.

During the next hundred years, Logan wandered the countryside. He met Captain America during WW2 fighting with the Canadian army. He is thought to have been a samurai and a covert operative. Then, much later, he joined Weapon X, a project that worked to create a superhuman being. During this time, Wolverine had his bones grafted with Adamantium and had memories implanted, making much of his history unknown whether it is true or not.

He was sent to stop The Incredible Hulk, who was rampaging in the Canadian wilderness. It was then that he was approached by Proffessor Charles Xavier, head of the School for Gifted Youngsters and leader of The X-Men. Professor X was recruiting for a new team and Wolverine agreed to go with the Professor.

Wolverine has since become a major part of the X-Men team and has been a leader on more than one occasion. One of the main reasons for his staying was that he fell in love for Jean Grey, even though she married fellow X-Man Cyclops. Despite all of this, Wolverine continues to serve the X-Men as a leader and teacher to the younger generation.

POWERS/ABILITIES/SKILLS:

Wolverine has many animal like powers attributed to his mutant gene. His senses are extremely heightened, making him able to track by smell alone and detect nearby enemies. He also has bone claws that can pop out through the skin of his knuckles and are razor sharp weapons.
One of the things that allow Wolverine to do the things he does is his superhuman healing factor. Cuts, bullet wounds, broken bones and much more can be healed in a matter of minutes, if not seconds to heal him from most any injury. A side effect of this healing factor is that drugs have little affect on him (including alcohol) and that he has an unnaturally long lifespan.
When Wolverine joined the Weapon X program, an indestructible metal known as Adamantium was grafted to his skeletal structure, making his claws able to cut through just about anything and also making him even more resistant to damage.
Wolverine is also a master of many martial arts, including ninjitsu. When in times of great stress and anger, Wolverine can revert to a more animalistic stage and can go into a, “berserker rage,” not caring if he lives or dies, but unrelenting in his attacks.In contrast to his brutish nature, Wolverine is extremely knowledgeable. Due to his increased lifespan, he has traveled around the world and amassed extensive knowledge of foreign languages and cultures. He is fluent in English, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Cheyenne, Spanish, Arabic, and Lakota; he also has some knowledge of French, Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese, German, Italian,Portuguese, Korean, Hindi, and Persian.With these powers, Wolverine is one of the most dangerous mutants alive.

ALLIES:
Wolverine has made many enemies over the years, but has made alot of allies. Among those allies, he remains close more then anyone include: Nightclawer, Colossus, Captain America, Luke Cage, Fantomex, Spiderman and Deadpool. Wolverine is frequently depicted as a gruff loner, often taking leave from the X-Men to deal with personal issues or problems. He is often irreverent and rebellious towards authority figures, though he is a reliable ally and capable leader. He has been a mentor and father figure to several younger women, especially Jubilee, Rogue, Kitty Pryde and X-23, and has had romantic relationships with numerous women (most notably Mariko Yashida, as well as a mutual, but unfulfilled attraction to Jean Grey, leading to jealous run-ins with her boyfriend (and later husband), Scott Summers. He also married Viper as part of a debt, and then later divorced her.When Squirrel Girl is hired as a nanny for the daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, Wolverine reveals that he and Squirrel Girl had a relationship at some point in the past, and she uses his given name, James, indicating she knew him at some point when he was aware of his birth name. According to Wolverine, the relationship ended with the two agreeing never to see each other again, but Squirrel Girl stated she hopes they “can be professional” during her tenure as nanny. He is most often depicted as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, or later the Avengers.

ENEMIES: 

Wolverine has been around for many years and has pissed off alot of people either by himself or with the X-men or Avengers and have built up quite a long list of enemies


Magneto- Once friends when Magneto was at Xavier’s Institute, after Wolverine tried to kill him, Magneto lost all sympathy for him. But, Magneto, with his mutant power to manipulate magnetic forces, proves to be a very deadly foe, as evident when he forcefully removed the adamantium that was bonded to Wolverine’s skeleton through his pores.

Daken- who is also Wolverine’s son and blames Wolverine for his mother’s death, Sabretooth- Both were experiments in the Weapon X program and it is hinted that Sabretooth knows much of Wolverine’s past in the program.

Omega Red- Wolverine first encountered Omega Red while working for the CIA. Omega Red is a Russian mutant supersoldier with carbonadium tendrils that emerge from his wrist and he also secretes a pheromone that drains the life out of his victims. He uses his tendrils as a conduit for the pheromone.

Cyber- Part man, part mutant, part machine, Cyber was one of the very rare enemies whom Wolverine feared. Cyber has even snapped off one set of Wolverine’s bone claws. But Cyber was tested by the Dark Riders (actually, they were testing his adamantium skin). Genesis released mutant Death Watch Beetles upon Cyber, and they ate away Cyber’s flesh, leaving behind his adamantium skin which Genesis tries to bond into Wolverine’s bones.

Lady Deathstrike- Daughter of the man who created the adamantium bonding process which culminated in Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton. Led to believe Wolverine was involved in stealing the process, Yuriko, in her thirst for revenge, had her body altered into a cyborg, thus giving her the ability to fight Wolverine at an equal playing field. At a confrontation she discovered that he no longer had the adamantium, and she stopped the fight, seeing that there was no honor in killing someone that was not equipped to fight her (in another words, Wolverine was adamantium-less).

Silver Samurai- Silver Samurai is a very skilled Japanese warrior who has clashed several times against Wolverine in his never-ending quest to restore his family’s honor. He accomplished this in a trade off with Wolverine: in exchange for the Honor sword in Wolverine’s possession, he agreed to provide for the welfare of Wolverine’s adopted daughter, Amiko.

TEMPLAR NOTE: Wolverine was my clear and present reason on why I loved and read Marvel Comics and the X-Men. Even after I dropped Marvel mostly now for DC Comics, I still catch myself buying and reading comics that involve Wolverine such as X-Force, and Deadpool (future character spotlight) comics. I also loved Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the battle ridden and struggled life of Wolverine in all 3 X-Men movies and X-men Origins: Wolverine…even though the movie was not that great. Below is a collection of the Best of Wolverines from the 90’s cartoon…its awesome.







-Brian Lansangan
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Fan Film Corner: Operation: Red Retrieval

On our return to Fan Film Corner, we bear witness to “Operation: Red Retrieval”
Every fan loves a fan film: a labor of love that presents a unique point of view, pushing the boundaries of what movies are allowed to do.

DISCLAIMER: We don’t own any of the rights to any of the movies shown or the titles/ideas that they are based on. We simply are just showing our support and spreading the word of these great movies made by the people behind it.



Lowdown:  A small special missions team of Joes has been assembled for a priority one assignment: Find Scarlett. With the help of mole agent, the team infiltrates an underground Cobra bunker. That’s when the plan becomes compromised. Someone or something has a different plan…and Operation: Red Retrieval is in jeopardy.


Review: not what I was expecting, some of the scene blew me out of the water but unfortunately there were also cheesy scenes and hilarious acting. Loved the intensity this movie brought to the table and definitely had what it takes to be better the the original G.I. Joe movie starring Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans. Sadly, we have to wait for the sequel starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis that was delayed till next year by Paramount Pictures.

Overall: loved the crossover between alot of shows and video games, entertaining at some points with a little of sub par acting but watchable

†††3.5 templar crosses out of 5
Deserves a Peek if your fan of GI Joe and anything 80’s cartoons


Film:




Credits:


Mark Cheng – director/producer/writer 
me@markcheng.com
Mack Kuhr – actor (Zartan)
mack.kuhr09@gmail.com 
Matt Hayek – actor (Flint)
www.matthayekacting.com
Alex Jones – actor (Road Block)
mrajones@hotmail.com
Joe Barbagallo – actor (Beach Head)
Joe.Barbagallo.nyc@gmail.com
Jae Greene – stunts
jae.greene@gmail.com
www.fearlesshyenasstunts.com 
Joey Min – fight choreographer
thatguyjoeymin@gmail.com
Jon Truei – fight choreographer & action supervisor
Jontruei@gmail.com
http://vimeo.com/jontruei
David Campbell – composer
davidthecomposer@gmail.com
Tim Bennett – sound design
timobennett@gmail.com



-Brian Lansangan
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Character Spotlight: The Joker

The Joker is a supervillian and the archenemy of Batman and is a master criminal with a clown-like appearance. Initially portrayed as a violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement and having been directly responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman’s life, including the paralysis of Barbara Gordon and the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin.

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Prometheus Review

Prometheus is Director Ridley Scott‘s return to form. The story takes place before 1979’s revered sci-fi classic ALIEN. Set in 2093, 30 year’s before the Nostromo. It’s written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) and Damon Lindelof (LOST, Cowboys & Aliens). Prometheus manages to stand on it’s own maintaing a unique look and feel while building worlds on top of the existing Alien mythology with out feeling out of place in terms of technical or creature design. It perfectly balances a strange but familiar atmosphere…

Being a fan of the Alien franchise, I had certain expectations going into this film. I’m happy to say that Ridley Scott took those expectations flipped them on their head and shattered them.

Right from the opening of the film, what I’ve come to call the “Genesis” scene, Ridley Scott makes his intentions clear… what you are about to watch is complex, beautiful, terrifying and facinating.

Prometheus isn’t just a return to form for Ridley Scott but for the sci-fi genre itself. Today, science fiction is more known for it’s lite hearted, brain disengaging story lines and eye popping special effects. Growing up in the late 80’s early 90’s, science fiction was better known for introducing strange new “ideas” and the serious “exploration” of possibilites. Prometheus refreshingly engages this concept.

The movie, besides it’s entertaining value, brilliantly asks the heavy questions. Where do we come from? Are we alone in the universe? Do we have a creator? What happens after we die? The movie explores those questions through the impeccably casted crew of the Prometheus and is the underlying motivation for the principle characters, who’s points of view range from Christianity, Creationism, Darwinism, to Atheistic. Needless to say, the movie doesn’t pretend to know all the answers instead leads our curiosity down a perpetual path of questions.

For example there was a small but interesting scene after the crew discovers the existence of the “Engineers” where Elizabeth Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace) is sharing an intimate moment with Charlie Holloway (played by Logan Marshall-Green).

(More or less the way I remembered it)

Charlie (to Elizabeth): “You can take off your fathers cross now.” 

 Implying that they now have the answer to who created the human race, proving Shaw’s religious beliefs false.

Elizabeth: “Why?” 

Charlie: “Because we found our creators.”

Elizabeth (unwaveringly): “and who made them?”

Prometheus starts with an overwhelming sense of discovery and wonder but promptly hits a slippery slope of terrifying events that progressively increase in shock and intensity. The “Caesarian” scene comes to mind. Which reminds me, this morning the news reported that in Australia a 13 year old boy suffered a seizure during that scene. So you can add Prometheus to the infamous list of movies that killed/almost killed an audience member (Pulp-Ficiton, Jaws).

The Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger returns to create the new creature designs for the film and as you would expect they’re completely faithful to the Alien-verse. Fresh and new but indicative of what the species will inevitably evolve to.

Supporting that sense of exploration and foreshadowing terror is the films soundtrack composed by German composer Marc Streitenfeld which features two supplemental pieces by English composer Harry Gregson-Williams. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for a week now (I’ve been avoiding the song titles until I saw the film lol) and my 3 favorite tracks are “Life”, “Going In” and “Space Jockey”. Symphonically those 3 tracks sum up the movie for me.

The movie has a running time of 124 minutes and I’ve heard complaints about the films pacing, but in all honesty I didn’t find it to be problematic. To the contrary. Once the story takes a turn for the worst the films pacing induces a feeling of falling down a horrifying rabbit hole. Every climatic moment in the story immediately leads you to the next, twisting your expectations along the way. From the Xenomorphic microbes, the phallic shaped creature, to the “Space Jocky’s” exo-suit. It got to the point for me that I just had to stop trying to outthink the movie and let it resolve itself.

The main characters in the film felt hefty and believable. David the synthetic (played by Michael Fassbender) was creepy, cold, but fascinating to watch. Meredith Vickers (played by Charlize Theron) was rigid, authoritarian but alluded to something more. Elizabeth Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace) was surprisingly good and well fleshed-out, worthy of being Ripley’s predecessor.  Charlie Holloway (played by Logan Marshall-Green) wasn’t the most intriguing of characters but I don’t think he was meant to be. He’s was pretty straight forward in his pursuits throughout the film. Janek (played by Idris Elba) is the Captain of the Prometheus and delivers a calm and cool-headed performance. The rest of the supporting cast  do a good job adding to the ambience of the film with some memorable moments sprinkled throughout.

As I was leaving the theater my mind started to run wild with all the numerous questions the film leaves you with and I bantered back and forth with my brother and sister-in-law.

Shortly after I came to the conclusion that Prometheus has to be the best summer movie so far. Few movies manage to get me excited with anticipation and leave me with a renewed sense of excitement afterwards. I’m well aware that The Dark Knight Rises is just around the corner. But I honestly don’t see The Dark Knight Rises being better than Prometheus, not that TDKR will suck, God no. But Nolan has to wrestle with the bar he set with The Dark Knight… so theres a giant Texas-sized hurdle he has to over come.

Ridley Scott proves that he still has his movie making mojo. Prometheus is nothing short of spectacular. It more than succeeds in intriguing, entertaining and scaring you. I’m sure the Bluray/DVD of Prometheus will be one of those discs you watch over and over again, dissecting each scene and discussing minut details with your fellow movie-going friends.

As an Alien fan I give it a perfect 5 Crosses out of 5, it gives you more than what you want and leaves you wanting more. As an average movie-goer I give it 4 out of 5 because it leaves you holding a few loose ends.

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Sets the bar for the 2012 summer season! IMAX/3D is highly recommended!

-Eric Chacón

Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman who is ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed ends up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Lowdown: In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her.

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman is a pretty well done fantasy film with great characters, very talented cast including Bob Hoskins, Ian Mcshane, Ray Winstone, and Nick Frost as some of the dwarves with not over the top acting, and stunning visual effects. Yes I know, they have made an adaptation of Snow White that not only lives up to the story, but twists it into a completely new version that has made it fun to watch. Even though 2 adaptations were made one being this movie and the second being “Mirror Mirror.” Charlize Theron was fantastic maybe even Oscar nominee worthy, Cast/acting was superb with the exception of Kristen Stewart. She was a little stiff and lacked any range of emotion but fortunately the rest of the cast save the movie. Chris Helmsworth plays his role as the Huntsman as a no powered “Thor” who traded his “Mjolnir” for an axe but still plays a strong role. And Rupert Sanders does a very good job for his first directorial debut with the characters and visual effects.

Overall: In the end, I thought this was actually a really good film, Kristen Stewart’s acting was actually a slight better then her “twilight” counterpart making it still watchable. All of the main characters have depth. And the story was dark, entertaining with good visual effects and action with foreboding but definitely worth watching.


 3.5 templar crosses out of 5
Entertaining, Watchable and a good Matinee flick

Trailer:


Credits:
Starring:Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman and Charlize Theron as The Queen and Directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Martin Solibakke and Hossein Amini.