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Friday, November 22, 2013

Trailer Watch: Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie Star in the Psychological Thriller, REPENTANCE

Someone on Twitter commented the other day that this is the year of Forest Whitaker. Not only did he headline the critically acclaimed Lee Daniels' The Butler, but he also produced the equally praised Fruitvale Station and stars in the upcoming films Out of The Furnace and Black Nativity. And he's still going.

The Oscar-winning actor also stars in REPENTANCE, for which a trailer recently debuted. Based on the two and a half minute clip, I can already tell that the psychological thriller is my cup of tea. Whitaker. More below:

From Codeblack Films and the producers of FRUITVALE STATION. Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the “untimely” death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach.

What may be simple to grasp for some is the idea that single actions in the past comprise tidal waves of reactions in the present. Director Philippe Caland's REPENTANCE examines these issues against a backdrop of kidnapping and murder.

Misery comes to mind when I watch the clip. It's nice to see a Whitaker unhinged (he typically plays such astute characters). Anthony Mackie has also continued to surprise audiences by playing a wide variety of characters within the last 12 months. I can't wait to see what he brings to this role. Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan and Nicole Ari Parker round out the cast. Shintaro Shomosawa, whose known for his TV writing for shows like Smallville and The Following, penned the screenplay. 

Watch the trailer:




REPENTANCE will open on February 28, 2014, in limited release.

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