Everly starring Salma Hayek, is set entirely in the space of one room. In celebration, we looked at some of the best ‘bottle’ movies to date.
12 Angry Men
Henry Fonda stars in this courtroom drama. Ntable for its almost exclusive use of one set; a New York city jury room maintains its simplicity as no names are used during the film, with the jury members being identified by number. Rather than focusing on the crime, it is the question of whether to send a young man to die or not. The 1957 classic relies on the tension within the film stemming from personality conflict and dialogue rather than action, making it very different from this century’s obsession with action-packed thrillers. A definite must see.
The Breakfast Club
Quickly becoming a cult-classic, this coming-of-age comedy-drama highlights the age-old struggle between teenager and adult and the constant need to ‘fit in’. High school was bad enough, but imagine spending an entire Saturday there, in detention, with people you don’t really know or want to know. If you haven’t seen this film, then you’re sorely missing out, a definite one to tick off the bucket list.
James Franco portrays Aron Ralston who first appears as pig-headed and conceited but also intelligent and likeable. Danny Boyle brings this biographical survival drama to life, based on the true story of Aron Ralston who became trapped in Blue John Canyon in the Utah desert and was forced to amputate his own right arm with a dull multi-tool in order to free himself from a boulder. Despite only being set in the crevice of a cliff, both Boyle and Franco bring excellence and suspense in captivating Ralston’s magnificent survival.
Based on the Tony Award winning play God Of Carnage by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the screen version stars an Academy award winning cast: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Set in a typical American apartment in Brooklyn, New York, two very different couples are forced to spend time together to sort out the troubles between their sons. Roman Polanski directs this satirical comedy-drama, showing how a play can successfully be adapted to screen.
Another stage adaptation, this thriller film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, manages to combine comedy and mystery. Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Leading Role for both Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, these leading actors lend their talents and successfully bounce off each other. Despite mainly taking place in one set, you won’t get bored of the incredible multitude of things to look at within the gaudy mansion.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, we witness his character facing almost everyone’s worst nightmare; being buried alive. He and we stay in a wooden coffin for the entire film! Only given a mobile phone to contact anyone for help by his captors, Reynolds’ character plays a game of life and death. If you weren’t claustrophobic before, you will be now. If you can stand the sheer suspense and terror, then this film is for you.
We all know Tom Hardy as the hard-hitting, action-packed actor who never delves away from challenges. In this feature film however, we’re up close and personal with Hardy as almost the entire film takes place within BMW X5, driving down the M6 from Birmingham to London. Hardy plays Ivan Locke who is the only character to be physically seen in the film, other than those who talk to him on the phone. Beginning as a very simple story, things quickly take an unexpected turn when he reveals he is driving to London to meet his unborn child with another woman. Hardy finally gets the opportunity to show off his acting talents and it doesn’t disappoint.
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 feature film is considered to be one of his best – if not one of the greatest movies ever made. Described as not so much watching a movie, but like spying on your neighbours, we can’t help but become as engrossed as L.B. Jeffries is with his neighbours lives. James Stewart portrays the character confined to his wheelchair, who soon becomes part of a crime, as he pieces together clues of a suspected murder. Well, it wouldn’t be an Alfred Hitchcock film if it didn’t involve a little horror, now would it?
EVERLY will be released on Blu-ray and DVD August 10th.