Erased is a new action thriller about a former CIA engineer who becomes part of a vast conspiracy that threatens his life and the life of his daughter.
Ben Logan (played by Aaron Eckhart) was in the CIA for several years, but he leaves to start a job as a lock engineer. Basically, he designs and helps break (to determine weaknesses) super advanced locks. One day, he brings his daughter to work (I guess they still have those days…) and his office is deserted. Not a soul to be found. Hmmm… He suspects something is up.
And the CIA thinks so too. There’s a secret here somewhere, and he has to unravel it to figure out how to keep himself and his daughter safe.
Basically the film looks like Taken, but starring Aaron Eckhart.
Erased comes from director Phillip Stölzl, who last made the uber-action oriented flick Young Goethe in Love. Okay, so he might not have much experience in terms of action films, but he’s made a few films over the years and is probably reasonably capable.
Arash Amel wrote Erased. This is his first film, but he’s apparently an up and comer, as studios have entrusted him with Grace of Monaco as well. I need to write that preview…
Erased Release Date
May 10, 2013.
Who’s In It?
Olga Kurylenko … Anna Brandt
Aaron Eckhart … Ben Logan
Liana Liberato … Amy
Neil Napier … Derek Kohler
Kate Linder … Principal Gibbins
Garrick Hagon … James Halgate III
David Bark-Jones … Marty Braemer
Eric Godon … Maitland
Debbie Wong … Mei Ling
Simone-Élise Girard … Halgate’s Receptionist
Jade Hassouné … Abdi
Nick Alachiotis … Walter Smet
Carlo Mestroni … Field Officer
Alexandra Lipskaia¹ … Kohler’s Personal Assistant
Yassine Fadel … Nabil
Gerardo Lo Dico … Belgian Gendarme
Sebastien Soudais … Hooded figure
Carl Crevier … Halgate’s P.A.
Andre Givogue … SSE: Doctor
Maxime Morin … The Realtor
What’s Good About It?
I like Aaron Eckhart a lot, and I don’t think it’s too difficult to make a film like Erased. There’s a mold, which Taken and the Bourne films have done pretty well, so you just need to follow the form. That said, they need to take advantage of Eckhart to make Erased stand apart.
What’s Bad About It?
Erased comes out May 10, which is just a week after Iron Man 3. It’s going to be swallowed by the other, bigger films during the beginning of the summer movie season. If it was really good the filmmakers would released it in September or late August.
Our Clever Prediction
I have little hope for Erased, which is too bad, because the film doesn’t look half bad. It might be a fun watch when it’s available on Netflix, but I doubt many people will see it in theaters.