A British Special Boat Service commando tracks down an international terrorist cell.
Top Korean actor, Gang Dong-won will star in “Tsunami La,” a disaster action movie to be directed by Simon West (“Tomb Raider,” “Con Air”).
The film, featuring a massive tidal wave that hits Los Angeles, is to be produced on a budget of $55 million through Hannibal Classics and Foresight Unlimited. It is now in pre-production in the U.K. and will begin lensing in March, 2018. Release is set for 2019. Hannibal Classics and Foresight handle international sales.
Production is by Richard Rionda Del Castro (“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” “Rage”), Moshe Diamant (“The Black Dahlia”), Michael Tadross, Jr. (“Gangster Squad”) and Mark Damon (“Lone Survivor”).
Gang starred in two of Korea’s top-grossing films of 2016: “Violent Prosecutor” and “Master” as well as 2015 hit “The Priests.” His acting awards include the Star of Asia prize at New York Asian Film Festival for his role in “Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned.”
Action director Simon West (The Mechanic) has a new the MI6 thriller called Stratton hitting theatres and on demand platforms January 5, 2017.
Stratton was written by Duncan Falconer and Warren Davis and stars Domonic Cooper as a British Special Boat Service commando who tracks down an international terrorist cell.
Stratton, a Special Boat Service operative for MI6, and his American counterpart Marty, scope a laboratory complex in Iran in order to intercept deadly biochemical weapons.
James Bond shouldn’t be the only English spy out there worthy of an awesome action flick. There’s plenty of room for charming, icy-cool spies out there, and latest in the genre, Stratton, gives star Dominic Cooper time to shine as a MI6 agent who will stop at nothing to stop a thought-to-be-dead agent (Thomas Kretschmann) from unleashing hell with nuclear weapons.
“So what’s the deal with Stratton? What’s he like?” Momentum Pictures has debuted an official Us trailer for the British action movie titled Stratton, starring Dominic Cooper as a British Special Boat Service commando named Stratton who tracks down an international terrorist cell. From the director of Con Air and The Mechanic, this movie is also known as Stratton: First Into Action and opened in the UK back in September. The name “First Into Action” comes directly from the book that this is based on, a “Dramatic Personal Account of Life in the Sbs.” The film’s full cast includes Connie Nielsen, Tom Felton, Tyler Hoechlin, Gemma Chan, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, and Austin Stowell. It seems like Momentum is dumping this in January, and it doesn’t look like it’s really that good, mostly heavy on action.
Dominic Cooper picked up a trick or two from his time on Agent Carter, it seems. Now that his tenure on the Marvel spy series is complete, it is Cooper’s turn to play a secret agent in the upcoming action thriller, Stratton, and Et has the first trailer.
From this first look, it’s clear Stratton has everything you’d want out of a flick about MI6: the threat of a biological weapon with millions of lives at stake, an accented villain vowing to get his revenge and a spy who has no respect for authority or the chain of command. To which Cooper’s Stratton states, “I’m prepared to accept any penalties for violating protocol.”
Photo: Momentum Pictures
Stratton is based on novels of the same name and comes courtesy of The Expendables 2 and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider director Simon West.
Derek Jacobi’s performance is among the lowlights of this embarrassing Bond-on-a-boat affair
Less an action movie, more a direct breach of the Geneva conventions, Stratton is a wannabe Bond knock-off with water on the brain. Dominic Cooper stars as John Stratton, member of an elite band of commandos called the Special Boat Service. Their skills involve causing international incidents, exchanging casual banter while wearing wetsuits and holding their breath for a really long time.
The acting is chiselled and stubbly – most of the characters look as if they are more interested in launching their own range of personal grooming products than in the weapon of mass uninterest that is the plot. Two performances stand out: Derek Jacobi is utterly bizarre as a salty sea dog who lives on a Thames barge and quotes limericks and Connie Nielsen is staggeringly bad as Stratton’s boss.