Brendan Fraser, who stars in Steven Soderbergh's new movie No Sudden Move, has said the film will keep audiences guessing right until the final credits.
The affable Canadian-US actor plays against type as a malevolent and shady fixer in 1950s Detroit who recruits a mismatched gang, played by Benicio Del Toro, Kieran Culkin, Ray Liotta, and Don Cheadle, to carry out what seems like a straightforward job, but which soon goes horribly wrong.
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Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, Fraser said, "It keeps you guessing, doesn’t it? Just when you think you know what everyone wants, it changes really quickly for them and everybody gets what they deserve, which is in the grand tradition of film noir and we find we’re all rooting for anti-heroes, which is fantastic.
"But you feel for them because they have dreams and aspirations," he added. "Don Cheadle’s character just wants to go home and Benicio Del Toro’s character, he just wants to have a life that’s normal."
However, the motivations of Fraser’s character are far less pure.
"He just wants to grow with power and he’s bad at it," he says. "He’s angry about it and he’s rotten from the inside. Things didn’t go well for him during the Second World War and now crime is not panning out for him and he gets his. See the movie! You’ll know what I’m talking about!"
Speaking about how the film is in a grand film noir tradition with echoes of Kubrick’s The Killing, veteran actor Bill Duke, who stars as a Detroit crime boss in No Sudden Move, said, "The pace of the film, the layers of the film, and the way the story stays ahead of the audience, those simple craftsmanship elements is rare these days and I think that script follows that tradition."
Alan Corr @CorrAlan2
No Sudden Move is available to view on NOWTV and Sky Cinema.