Close Review - Fresh, Intense, Tangible Action, Solid

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Close, an original Netflix film, brings to the screen a contemporary race against time thriller as a complicated heiress and a reluctant bodyguard team up against a team of hired hit men who are determined to kill them.

Directed and co-written by Vicky Jewson, Close, stars Noomi Rapace, Indira Varma, Sophie Nelisee, Eoin Macken, and Charley Palmer Rothwell, Huw Parmenter.

Close begins in what appears to be Taliban country, Sam, played by Noomi Rapace is escorting two individuals supposedly press when they are overrun. In minutes she has changed the situation from fluid to stable, subduing the terrorists and taking their truck securing safe passage for the clients.

Back home, out of the line of fire and in a safe zone, a phone call cracks her usual solid façade and renders her unable to handle things she should be able to complete blindfolded. Hitting the treadmill, dismissing the brief emotional flare-up she returns to the tactical machine.


Celebrity Interview: Vicky Jewson, Director of Close talks on Making the Film; Casting and The Process


As she clocks the miles the background news is running the story of the death of Hassine Mining President. That night she receives an assignment offer, 10K for a week long protection gig. Accompanying an heiress from London to Morocco. After a brief hesitation she agree.

Rima Hassine, played by Indira Varma, the apparent heir to the company her family founded, is attending the funeral of her husband, who mysteriously died of a heart attack.

Her stepdaughter Zoe, played by Sophie Nelisse, is the last to arrive. After the service, the unfortunate business of death comes to the fullness when the bulk of the company shares, nearly three billion US dollars is given to his only daughter, Zoe.

The estate sets up further contention between the two women. With both expected to return to Morocco to complete a deal that was initiated by her late husband which was poised to make Hassine Mining the largest mining company in the world.

Once they arrive in Morocco, Sam who is expected to fly out the next morning her week completed, stays for the night. Taking a tour of the fortified house, which is as we are told, the top of the line, built in security features, retractable bullet proof window and door covers, automatic locks, smoke deterrent, and steel fortified doors.


Glass Review - Dynamic, Entertaining, Thrilling


As Sam is resting the exterior window shade begins to close, she is able to wedge furniture between the doors and the walls to stop from being locked inside the room with no exit and sees the front door accessed by terrorist. The limited security on site is unable to stop the house from being overrun.

Sam, while not still on the clock, feels a commitment to helping Zoe, who appears to be the target of the attack, escape.

This is where Close moves into the Second Act. The action sequences that follow are razor sharp, carried out with precision and not as choregraphed as most would think. Keeping it real, the writing team has created action sequences that follow the storyline naturally and are fresh.

Speaking with the Director, Vicky Jewson, she explained that while she has her talent go through some steps, the reality of real situations required controlled but unknown action and reaction. What follows as the two escape becomes a test of Sam’s wherewithal and her ability to tap into every skill set she has acquired to determine who is behind this attack.


Never Look Away Review - Breathtaking, Four Stars, Oscar Worthy


Sophie Nelisse, who plays Zoe, a twentysomething sheltered rich heiress with limited real world knowledge and certainly no people skills slowly begins the transformation and hits the arch until she becomes a sympathetic character.

The cast is brilliant led by Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nelisse and Indira Varma. The trio of strong, determined women, where each is working through life-altering emotional issues while dealing with unnatural. intense, critical and out-of-control external situations.


Replicas Review - Intriguing Storyline, Advanced Science Sells This Sleeper


Close, while on the surface seems like a bad ass chick film and in reality as we find out the new global Corporate world where eliminating or clearly squeezing the competition for leverage is common practice.

Tough, uncompromising, a solid story, palpable intrigue with shocking action scenes, Close begins its streaming run on Netflix today. See it, twice, or more.

Haute Tease

  • Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kate Spade, the iconic fashion designer behind one of the most recognized handbags collections and fashion lines, was found dead yesterday at her Park Avenue apartment in New York City of an apparent suicide. She was 55.

     
  • Theater Shooter Charged; Prosecutor Plans Two Fold Strategy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Accused theater shooter James Holmes was officially charged for the crimes committed during the midnight screening of the Warner Bros film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

     
  • Gallery 16 Presents Tucker Nichols and Dave Eggers All Ages Drawing Session and Artists In Conversation

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In conjunction with the solo exhibition of Bay Area artist Tucker Nichols, Gallery 16 is pleased to present an all ages drawing session and conversation with artist Tucker Nichols and writer Dave Eggers. The event is FREE and open to the public.

     
  • Beach Bag Essentials for Your Staycation or Tropical Destination from Whole Foods Market

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Finally, summer is upon us and it is time to brighten up your beach tote even if it’s just for a day at the pool. Here’s a short list of Haute-Lifestyle.com’s favorite new beach bag essentials to help prepare you for sizzling summer days!

     
  • Gifts Guaranteed to Please a Trend-Loving Teen

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Let’s be honest, today’s trend-focused teens can be hard to please. Sure, well-intended gifters can play it safe and go the gift card route but, in addition to these cards being decidedly boring to receive, they’re also easily lost and often forgotten.

     
  • Money News: Paris Terrorist Attack Sends Investor Confidence Plummeting; Dow, European Markets Close Down, Asian Up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attacks sent reverberations throughout the world as investors remained shaken and concerned. The December Jobs Report, released from The Bureau of Labor Statistics, heralding another success for the Obama Administration couldn't save the Dow Jones Industrial Market from sustaining heavy losses.

     
  • The Fundamentals of Caring Review – Surprising Dramatic Comedy Charms

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Fundamentals of Caring, a Netflix Original Film, presents the unfairness and difficulties of life with a child diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and how one person and possibility can create hope and dare to dream.

     
  • Marvel's The Avengers - Action Packed Thrills from Director Joss Whedon

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Avengers, a fast action, non-stop thrill ride, recently hosted its global press junket which featured the first full length and only pre-release screening of the highly anticipated summer event film!

     
  • ThermaSol Transforms the Techie Bath

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Turning the bath “haven” into “heaven” is easy with ThermaSol®. Their latest digital technologies ensure your every wish is their command. A touch of your fingertip brings warm, relaxing steam to life.  

  • BRAVE from DISNEY PIXAR Hits the Bull’s Eye with Fun, Humor and Scottish Hilarity!

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    BRAVE, DISNEY PIXAR's newest 3-D animated film, brings to the screen in this folklore tale adventure mystery, magic and mystique along with all the great Scottish fun one can handle!

     
  • Celebrity Interview: A Conversation with Belle Writer Misan Sagay

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Misan Sagay, recently participating in press interviews, brings an exceptionally engaging story of an interracial love affair, scandal, passion and courage to the screen as author of the screenplay for the box office beauty "Belle" from Fox Searchlight Films.

     
  • Christianne's Herbal Kitchen: Fresh Herb Recipes for Body and Soul

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Christianne's Herbal Kitchen: Fresh Herb Recipes for Body and Soul, from award winning journalist Christianne Klein, elevates, in this simple easy-to-read cookbook, the standard of gourmet cuisine.

 

Login Form