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Sam Worthington snags lead for indie action-thriller For The Dogs with director Phillip Noyce

01.31.2013

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Sam Worthington hasn't really done anything that has made me take notice. He was serviceable in AVATAR and TERMINATOR SALVATION but he doesn't really stand out in either film, or CLASH OF THE TITANS and its sequel. I don't completely buy him as an action guy and I think he should try to follow Channing Tatum's current route. Do a bit of comedy, let people see that you're more than a pretty face or have a ripped body. I know that's easier said than done if an actor has been typecast or not in the position to be that picky on what films they want to do, but if you want to succeed longterm in Hollywood, you have to branch out a bit.

At least he's not sitting around twiddling his thumbs and waiting for AVATAR 2 to start filming. Variety is reporting that Sam Worthington has signed on for the movie FOR THE DOGS. The film is going to be directed by Phillip Noyce (SALT, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER) based on the book of the same name by Kevin Wignall. The story "centers on a solitary assassin who agrees to help a bright college girl exact revenge on those who mercilessly murdered her parents and younger brother." So it's sort of like LEON if he had met her when she was in college? Worthington is also producing it through his Full Clip Prods. banner.

Sometimes a movie a can overcome a well-worn plot device (REVENGE!) in the manner in which the film is executed. HANNA probably would have probably been pretty generic if it wasn't filmed in a stylized manner. SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE wouldn't have been as amazing without it's moral complexities. So while the plot description may seem a little "been there, seen that" lets hope we get something more than another run of the mill tale of revenge. Although sometimes you just want to see Kevin Bacon loose his shit on some thugs.

It's still early in the process so stay tuned for more news as it comes in. More than likely the next bit of casting news will be who's playing the part of the college girl.

Extra Tidbit: Just recently I watched I SAW THE DEVIL...possibly the most brutal Achilles's tendon cutting scene ever. It tops PET CEMETERY in my opinion. What is your favorite revenge movie?
Source: Variety

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4:40PM on 01/31/2013
I like Sam and Ive had beers with him in the past but the guy needs to hit the gym. His arms in Terminator Salvation were almost laughably small for someone who was supposed to have an endoskeleton (a bulky one at that) inside of them.
I like Sam and Ive had beers with him in the past but the guy needs to hit the gym. His arms in Terminator Salvation were almost laughably small for someone who was supposed to have an endoskeleton (a bulky one at that) inside of them.
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1:11PM on 01/31/2013

Why...

...does this guy still get work?? No screen presence whatsoever.
...does this guy still get work?? No screen presence whatsoever.
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12:26PM on 01/31/2013

how about...

sam worthington plays the college girl?
sam worthington plays the college girl?
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11:52AM on 01/31/2013
Love a good revenge film and I can see Worthington doing a good job at this.

My favorite revenge films that I can think of are Man On Fire, Death Sentence, The Punisher (with Thomas Jane), and Leon: The Professional.
Love a good revenge film and I can see Worthington doing a good job at this.

My favorite revenge films that I can think of are Man On Fire, Death Sentence, The Punisher (with Thomas Jane), and Leon: The Professional.
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11:09AM on 01/31/2013
The green bar is actually for the article rather than the news. I have faith in Philip Noyce to at least be serviceable in his directing duties. Worthington, like you said, pretty unmemorable.

My favorite revenge movies are probably Oldboy and the Michael Caine Get Carter. Oldboy for the twisty nature of its revenge, and Get Carter because it never stops to ask if the audience is on board with Caine's mayhem. Real revenge is very personal, and while I can enjoy a revenge movie where the
The green bar is actually for the article rather than the news. I have faith in Philip Noyce to at least be serviceable in his directing duties. Worthington, like you said, pretty unmemorable.

My favorite revenge movies are probably Oldboy and the Michael Caine Get Carter. Oldboy for the twisty nature of its revenge, and Get Carter because it never stops to ask if the audience is on board with Caine's mayhem. Real revenge is very personal, and while I can enjoy a revenge movie where the protagonist doubles as somehow morally vindicated (like Taken), I prefer my revenge rough and unapologetic. Like I Saw the Devil, which has to be the grossest, most messed-up revenge movie I've ever seen.
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