Tudyk crash lands into fun new role
You Should Have Left Sky Cinema Premiere
Kevin Bacon is better known these days for starring in mobile phone adverts, but the 62-year-old still turns his hand to the odd movie.
Unfortunately, mystery-thriller You Should Have Left is a long way off his CV heavy-hitters like A Few Good Men, Apollo 13 and Mystic River.
And that’s despite the thoughtprovoking story – loosely adapted from Daniel Kehlman’s novel by helmer-writer David Koepp – which sees Bacon’s Theo and his wife Susanna (Amanda Seyfried) and daughter Ella (Avery Tiiu Essex) enduring all sorts of strange goings-on during their vacation in the Welsh countryside.
This is the second time Koepp has directed Bacon after 1999’s Stir of Echoes but a patchy time behind the camera (Secret Window, Mortdecai) belies his vastly superior scriptwriting career (Jurassic Park, Panic Room).
The isolated modern house Theo and his family move into is more Grand
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Alan Tudyk has been a standout star in a wide variety of roles over the years, so he’s more than up to the challenge of turning his hand to an alien who crash lands on Earth.
There’s fun and games as he takes on the identity of a small-town doctor but Tudyk earns his pathos spurs as he also has to wrestle with moral dilemmas.
The story is based on a comic book and it shows with the playful visuals, which include impressive small screen practical effects.
Sci-fi fans will also get a kick out of seeing Terminator’s Linda Hamilton playing a calculating general on Tudyk’s tail.