Tag Archives: Michael Pena

How’s Gone is Netflix’s Extinction? A Movie Review

4 Aug


By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

One part thriller and two-parts apocalypse, Extinction is a film on Netflix trying to make Michael Peña an action star. He’s not Die Hard material (yet). He’s better known for his comedy and when in his element, he certainly shines. Put him in roles where he’s a second banana like Ant-Man, not so much. His diversity as the lead star just needs the right director to help bring out. Filmmaker Ben Young comes close in this futuristic work about a man just wanting a simple life.

In this film, he’s an engineer by day and troubled soul at night. His family is worried after hearing about his dreams. They seemingly foreshadow an alien invasion. Peter is confused more often than not, (which is perfect for Pēna to play up) but for saving his family in these prolonged “dream sequences,” he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Turbo Red Carpet in Barcelona

29 Jun

By James Robert Shaw

The premiere of Dreamwork’s new computer animated film Turbo hit Barcelona, Spain 2 days ago with actors treading the red carpet and bathing in the Spanish spotlight.

Director David Soren was in attendance with cast members Ryan Reynolds (Turbo), Samuel L. Jackson, (Whiplash) Snoop Dogg (Smoove Move) and Michael Pena (Tito). Audiences were treated to songs on and off the Turbo soundtrack by Snoop Dogg and Soraya Arnelas.

Turbo will be in North American theatres July 17, 2013.