Hit VS. Bomb

By Filip Terlecki

Brian DePalma is the filmmaking force behind some of the most memorable films ever made.

He brought us a telekinetic teenage outcast in Carrie (1976) and then blew our minds with Al Pacino as cocaine kingpin Tony Montana in Scarface (1983).

Quentin Tarantino often cites him as one of his favourite directors.

Brian DePalma at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

One of my personal DePalma favorites is a lesser know film called Hi Mom! (it stars a young Robert DeNiro) if you can find it then definitely check it out.

During this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Brian DePalma graced us with Passion – a psychological thriller about a young businesswoman who plots a murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea.

After the film’s screening I asked the director about the one thing that can ruin a movie even if all the other essential elements are right.

According to DePalma, MISCASTING is the one thing that can make of break a movie. “Miscasting will kill your film no matter how good the story is” the filmmaker said.

And he’s right. Remember George Clooney as Batman? Okay, okay – not fair because that entire movie was shit. But did you know that Sylvester Stallone was supposed to play the lead role in Beverly Hills Cop? Can you imagine?

Here’s a trailer for Passion.

The film stars Canadian Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes, MidNight in Paris, The Notebook) and Swede Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) – did DePalma cast this rivalry right?

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