Director Brad Anderson directed one of my favourite horror films of the last twenty years, Session 9. He followed that film with the equally brilliant The Machinist, the film where Christian Bale literally became a skeleton for his role. With such an impressive performance (as always) from Bale, it was clear both director and star worked together well. The news that the pair will be working together again excites me, and just wait til you read the plot to their new film, Concrete Island!
Los Angeles, 2020. Robert Maitland is a highly successful architect. One day, he speeds down the freeway losing control of his car and crashing into the middle of a manmade ‘island’ underneath a freeway intersection. After days of suffering agonising physical pain and the mental turmoil, he begins to suspect that he may not be the only person on the ‘island’. When his fellow inhabitants finally reveal themselves, it soon becomes clear to Maitland that on this ‘concrete island’, only the strong survive.
The story is based on a novel written by JG Ballard, and I must say this highly original idea sounds very very interesting indeed. While Bale has gone from strength to strength in his career since The Machinist, things haven’t gone quite so well for Anderson. After The Machinist he directed the quite brilliant Transsiberian, then moved on to a lot of TV shows including Fringe and the last film he directed was Vanishing on 7th Street, a high concept horror that fell seriously flat. 7th Street was a minor blip, and I reckon Concrete Island will be Anderson’s big welcome back to great movies!
The film has not even begun being made yet, but Filmax have already put together a poster as a way of gathering some interest. Clearly they are expecting great things from this.
By Matt Wavish