Thursday, July 05, 2007
The Hunting Party
Not since Chris Elliot embodied the camera-schlub archetype in Groundhog Day, has such a smooth operator assumed the role of Photog. That's right - Terence Howard picks up the heavy glass in The Hunting Party - a new film about a far-flung news crew chasing down a dangerous exclusive. Will THIS be the film that nails the nuances of TV News? Not likely - the trailer plays more like 'Lethal Weapon In Bosnia'. Will the dude who oozed street cred in Hustle and Flow master the act of camera management as well? Maybe, but it won't stop a nation of b-rollers from picking apart his posture, rig and cursing ability. Will Disposable Photog Syndrome incur - in which the aforemention cameraman character vanishes quicker than an anonymous Ensign on a Star Trek landing party? Nope, judging from the trailer, Terence and his character get plenty of screentime. They may even be the narrator. But will this buddy-pic buck the trend of so many flickering efforts before it? Will it plunder the form of only cliches, or properly portray the strain of forcing life through a tube? Will it forever raise the lowly profile of the broadcast packmule - or pop up on Bravo in six weeks, where it will skewer the discipline and suck unabated?
Well, there is the matter of Richard Gere...