For the U.S. release about seven minutes was cut from the film because it was deemed too anti-American because of the film's depiction of the oil company in Central America. "The Wages of Fear" perfectly demonstrates what it means to be on the edge of your seat. British director Ben Wheatley, one of the hottest filmmakers coming through right now, is in talks to write and direct a remake of the classic thriller The Wages Of Fear. Interested in hearing what the boys think about Mel Gibson playing an angry, violent Santa Claus. (as Chico Martinez). It is nothing but pure excitement made by the French director Henri-Georges Clouzot. All Critics (45) a decent and often gripping thriller, even though it isn't consistently thrilling. The Wages of Fear will keep you tipped forward on the edge of your seat, your palms sweaty and your heart thumping wildly. The suspense that these four characters are literally sitting on a bomb that could go off at any time drives the film for the last hour and a half. I’d be interested in finally checking out Violent Road as well. |, December 6, 2011 Having two trucks trying to stay a good distance apart for fear of explosion leads to some miscommunication when the other team needs to be warned for dangers ahead. Clouzot will be studied and remade forever; guys like Friedkin will be the ones to do it. Jo, who O'Brien thought was too old, connives his way into being the fourth driver. The Wages of Fear is one of my favorite films and having just watched Kill List I am completely on board for this. Anti-capitalist exciting existential adventure film. Montand was not known as a dramatic actor before this film but he does a terrific job and has good chemistry with Vanel. Bimba then proceeds to buy the tavern a round of drinks prompting antagonism from Jo almost esculating into murder. (1977). Are you interested in a Wages of Fear remake from Ben Wheatley? At one point, Jo even asks Mario, "There's Americans here?" From what it sounds, the production was a grueling nightmare fraught with setbacks and resulted in a financial bust ($21b production budget, $9b box office take). Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. to which Mario responds, "Wherever there's oil." Wheatley’s partner and frequent collaborator Amy Jump will co-write the script while David Lancaster (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) will produce. This picture reminded me a lot of "There Will Be Blood" strangely enough, basically in how it depicts greed and pride and how those can be the driving force behind one's motives. Fall TV First Look: Find Out What’s Coming, The Best Peacock Original Shows and Movies, All Upcoming Disney Movies: New Disney Live-Action, Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and More. The Wages Of Fear and William Friedkin’s 1977 version, Sorcerer, were, of course, stories about desperate men. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? There is nothing like having your nerves frayed to shreds by a brilliant director who knows how to create something so unbearably suspenseful (the mise-en-scène and editing are phenomenal) using the frame of biting political satire to tell an amazing story of friendship and fear. Coming Soon. Forgot your password? The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation. Otherwise rename it Fast and Explosive 9. Jo's doubt and skittishness causes Mario to treat him horribly as the two get to know each other better along their 300 mile trek. One bump, one unplanned tap of the brakes, will blow them to kingdom come. All rights reserved. Wheatley’s wife Amy Jump would co-write The Wages of Fear should the deal make, with whom he’s written his previous four features. When it comes to powerful portraits of shattered masculinity barely surviving in the shadow of capitalism and existential dread, cinema pretty much peaked in 1953. | Fresh (45). Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. As the audience, you want nothing more than to see these guys succeed. |, May 20, 2003 More than anything this was a fascinating watch, coupled with reading the IMDb trivia afterward as well as the letter from William Friedkin that came with the Warner Blu-Ray package.Definitely a bit of a time capsule action/suspense movie, much more drawn out and methodical than anything you'd see today. Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic, nail-biting suspense thriller follows four desperate men as they transport a volatile cargo of nitro-glycerine to a massive oil well fire. Once taking the wheel he seems unsure and scared and perhaps Mario is thinking he is too old, too careful driving to the point it may kill them both. What to Watch if You Miss the "Game of Thrones" Cast, Bobby Del Rios It remains to be seen what liberties he’ll take with his approach, as Friedkin did particularly with the introductions to our main group of characters, but we can safely say this is one of the few (only?) | Rating: 5/5 A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers on the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can result in death. The premise of The Wages of Fear remains ingenious and terrifying today. On the surface, this film's subject matter seems to simply deal with a quartet of European men on a grimy adventure to douse an oil fire and pick up money to help them overcome their respective woes, and when you get deeper into this narrative, even as an idea, it's hard to ignore themes regarding comradery and self-preservation in the midst of a dangerous journey which keep up an immediate degree of intrigue, no matter how much limp storytelling limits it. !. The cast's material kicks in slowly, but surely, but once it gets here, after every performer has gotten you invested through individual charisma and collective chemistry, dramatic heights that were arguably above the acting standards for thrillers of this time and nature anchor what resonance there is in this drama. The townspeople are furious that their lives are taken for granted and they are paid so little. In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The news of the remake comes to us via Deadline, who report that producer David Lancaster (whose credits include modern gems like Nightcrawler, Whiplash, and Drive) is spearheading the production alongside TF1 and eOne. | Rating: 4/5 Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive. According to Deadline, Ben Wheatley is in talks to write and direct a remake of the white-knuckle thriller The Wages Of Fear. Hitch's bomb-under-the-table suspense formula burnished to an expert sheen. In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. You can tell Clouzot has fun putting the viewer in a false sense of security. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. Simon Kinberg Says the ‘Legion’ TV Series Will Be the “’Breaking Bad’…, Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some’ to Premiere at SXSW 2016. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy Superbly adapted from the Georges Arnaud novel "Le salaire de la peur" by Clouzot and Jerome Geronimi, the characters come to life with fully realized ambitions, fears, anxieties and dreams. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer. All names, trademarks and images are copyright their respective owners. Set in a small Mexican village surrounded by desert with its only link to the outside world being a small airport whose airfare is much too expensive for the out of work foreigners who pass the time idly at the local tavern. In an age where needless remakes crowd the marketplace (ahem), if one is going to go ahead and re-do The Wages of Fear again, Wheatley is just about the perfect match for the material. Per Deadline, the Kill List and Sightseers director is in negotiations to helm a remake of the 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear for producer David Lancaster, Rumble Films, and eOne. |. I think I may be the most pretentious for comparing existential, European-style thrillers in the first place, and for actually saying the series of words, "Georges Arnaud's 'Le salaire de la peur'", although, in all fairness, "Sorcerer" doesn't set the highest standard for artsy fartsy. The village is dominated by an American oil company called Southern Oil Company (SOC) who controls many oil fields in the area. A young couple with a newborn baby don't realize that the nanny they hired is a magical nymph who sacrifices infants to an evil tree. The cuts led to a confused movie with unclear motives and maybe to some this is "anti-American" but it seems more against foreign businesses exploiting local workers for cheap wages and horrible working conditions. When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

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