It seems increasingly clear that Uwe Boll is reinventing himself. After rising to infamy as the director of a string of video game adaptations - House Of The Dead
, Alone In The Dark
, and In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
were produced between 2003 and 2007 - Boll became far and away the director that fans most loved to hate, a status he has baited ever since with the much-publicized critic-boxing matches tied to the release of 2007 effort Postal
serving as the crown on that particular phase of his career.
Though Boll is still turning out Bloodrayne
and In The Name Of The King
sequels - and likely will continue to do so as long as they keep paying the bills - it's very clear that he's been trying to reinvent himself ever since postal. His straight genre fare since that time - Tunnel Rats
- has become increasingly more serious, he's stayed away from the video game films that dominated his early work other than the sequels, and he has increasingly pushed his way into issue and historical films such as Darfur
, Max Schmeling
and the controversial Auschwitz
. And he looks to be continuing down his more serious path with his latest title, Bailout: The Age Of Greed
Millions of people have lost everything in the financial crisis. They've lost their jobs, their homes, their life savings. In addressing the crisis, the government bailout has not addressed the problem, but instead will have a horrific impact on state economies for generations to come.
The bailout has proven more costly than the world's collected history of wars and natural disasters. Countries are going bankrupt and our economic systems are collapsing.
This film is about a man who lost everything in the bailout and who strikes back at the system that took everything he had.
Dominic Purcell, Erin Karpluk, Edward Furlong, Michael Pare, Clint Howard and Eric Roberts star in what reads like Boll's spin on 1993 Michael Douglas starring effort Falling Down
. There is no trailer yet but with the film screening at the American Film Market next week it can't be very far away.
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