The Words Bradley Cooper review, trailer

The Words Bradley Cooper review, trailer

The Words is a new movie that is being directed by two people, Lee Sternthal and Brian Klugman. It explores the idea of plagiarism and how stealing someone else’s work can be an incredibly powerful act that can tear people up inside. This is a captivating movie that has a great deal of guilt, remorse, and deception in it. All of this is brought wonderfully together by an exceptional cast, a wonderful script and a magical score.

The Words Bradley Cooper review, trailer.

The key character in the movie is Clay Hammond who is played by Dennis Quaid. He has recently published a new book which is entitled The Words, which is about Rory Jansen, who is played by Bradley Cooper. Rory is an aspiring writer and he has been working for five years and has not managed to publish his first novel. Instead of being an author he is working as a supervisor in a publishing company, which is far from what he wants to do.

After receiving a briefcase in Paris the young Rory finds a manuscript and decides that it is the best novel that he has ever read. There is no author on the manuscript and he decides that he is going to claim the book to be his own, which leads to a great deal of fortune and fame.

The Words Bradley Cooper review, trailer.,

For a long time, he lives in a wonderful world where he is a famous author and he simply puts to the back of his mind that he essentially stole the work. Everything seems to be going wonderfully for him until an old man shows up, played by Jeremy Irons who it becomes clear as the true author of the novel.

The cinematography in this movie is particularly impressive and along with the score and the acting, you really feel drawn in. The movie essentially tells three different stories and they are all shot in a very different style, despite this, it doesn’t feel unnatural in any way and you really feel equally drawn into each story.

The Words Bradley Cooper review, trailer.,,

The narration in the movie which is done by the characters of Quaid and Irons is really remarkable and it captivates you into their stories. It is an interesting touch to see that the character of Rory doesn’t have a narration in his story and this is largely because it sends the message that he is a plagiariser and doesn’t deserve one.

Bradley Cooper is incredibly cast and he is perfect for this role and he balances the character being pathetic and sleazy just right. He comes across as a character that is someone you should hate, but is so pathetic that you sort of feel sorry for him at the same time.

You do have a certain amount of pity for him as you can see how incredibly frustrated he has become that he could not be successful. What is great about this movie is that it doesn’t really feel it necessary to end everything with forgiveness, and all the characters seem to end just as troubled as they began.

Beneath The Darkness review trailer

Beneath The Darkness review trailer

Beneath The Darkness review trailer

A plot summary for ‘Beneath The Darkness’ would surely titillate a bloody murder fan or a scary thriller fan and maybe even a mystery fan, but it would be a shame to lead them on with just the summary.

That item, in a super-condensed version, goes something like a lot of others:  small Texas town, former football hero now a widower and mortician, ‘haunted’ mansion/mortuary where something very strange is happening, and a group of curious/foolish high school characters.

Now you have the gripper:  mortician dances with unidentified woman as kids peep in through curtains, then wait for weird dude to leave so they can break in and check things out. What they find is the dark secret, one of them is killed, and now the mortician must go to bizarre lengths to prevent the rest from spreading the news.

Beneath The Darkness review trailer

The film, directed by Martin Giugiu, seems to be aiming for Psycho-grade chills, but wavers between camp and gore that’s not so much horrifying as it is boring, after a while. Dennis Quaid as Ely the severely stressed-out mortician has top billing, and one wonders what possessed him to take on the role.  Though he does his capable best to make something of it he’s foiled at almost every turn by the lack of good material to work with in Bruce Wilkinson’s script.

In the opening scenes, we see Ely forcing another man to dig up a grave that contains an empty coffin, and burying the fellow alive in said coffin. Turns out the former inhabitant was Ely’s dead wife, whose corpse is the ‘woman’ he was seen dancing with by the peeping teenagers. However, after those first scenes, the action cuts forward two years, when we find the teenagers in English class, studying ‘Macbeth’ and Poe’s ‘The Telltale Heart’.

Beneath The Darkness review trailer

Beneath The Darkness review trailer

This is background, so we can understand how come these kids are so susceptible to the macabre nuances but not why they follow the scripted action that makes them sneak back to the house in a noble effort to uncover and report the goings on, in the face of disbelief from local authorities and the death of poor Danny.

The teens, Travis (Tony Oller), Abby (Aimee Teegarden), Brian (Stephen Lunsford) and Danny (Devon Werkheiser) take on the challenge of convincing small-town police that dire doings are in progress involving a highly respected member of the community (Quaid), and of course nobody believes them. Even when one of them is killed (after being precipitated down some stairs) the attitude is “Aw hell, this isTexas”, which might offend some Texans – but maybe not.

Beneath The Darkness review trailer

Beneath The Darkness review trailer

Basically, ‘Beneath The Darkness’ is one of the straight-to-DVD films that didn’t get there soon enough. Bruce Wilkinson’s death in 2011 may be the only reason his name is in the credits, since this screenplay is the only one he ever produced, and must have been re-hashed by various other writers with visions of we’re not sure what.