As ‘Game of Thrones’ continues to take over the world, the stars of the show, most of whom whose characters will likely at some stage be brutally slain, are beginning to depart the show and move on to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood, entertainments equivalent to Braavos. Kit Harrington aka Jon Snow recently stretched all of his acting muscles by playing a sword wielding warrior in ‘Pompeii’, now it is the time of Rose Leslie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to try and make an impact later in 2014. Thankfully neither are wearing animal skins or false hands.
Leslie appears in ‘Honeymoon’, which looks partly like ‘Evil Dead’ and for some reason the vibe of the trailer reminds me also of 2008’s ‘The Strangers’ and rather obviously ‘The Cabin in the Woods’. Paul and Bea (Leslie) are newlyweds who decide rather than Cancun or Bali to instead stay in a dingy cabin in the middle of nowhere. Paul wakes up during the night, sees that his wife is no longer bed with him and finds her out in the woodland looking rather distressed. Over time Bea behaves oddly and there be something out in those there woods. Paul meets another pale faced young woman who isn’t his wife in the woods and she warns him that it’s not safe. There are hints of surveillance cameras in the frantic final half of the trailer. The couple are being watched, but by whom we don’t know. Right at the end Bea says “something bad happened to me in the woods”. I’m curious to know what that is.
Coster-Waldau, a seasoned actor who has already got one foot in mainstream cinema after appearing in the spooky ‘Mama’ and alongside Hollywood’s greatest current action hero Tom Cruise in ‘Oblivion’, stars in Danish film ‘A Second Chance’. This film looks more of a hard hitting drama, as Coster-Waldau’s Police detective character retrieves a baby from a couple of drug addicts and gives it to his wife to look after. The missing baby places the wayward junkie parents as prime suspects in a potential murder. The originality of the story makes this an intriguing film and one that I’d certainly be interested in watching.
Although the Mother of Dragons might say “The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands!” I will defy her and give these trailers two thumbs up.