Armie Hammer should really be a bigger movie star than he already is. I mean, the guy’s name is literally “Military instrument to hit you on the head with”. How cool is that?! While Hammer is a respected actor who always turns in a solid performance, both times he’s fronted a major blockbuster – in The Lone Ranger and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – the overall film hasn’t netted him the success he must have hoped for.
So what’s a talented young actor like Hammer to do? Simple. Pull off one of the ol’ high concept single-location/single actor, seat-of-your-pants thrillers – which, coincidentally, is referred to in the biz as a “Bottle Movie” – that have regularly been such successful showcases (See: Gravity, The Shallows, All Is Lost, Moon, 127 Hours, etc.). And Hammer’s bottle movie is Mine, which is surprisingly not a seagull-centric Finding Nemo spinoff, but rather the story of a US soldier who gets stuck and has to survive in a desert minefield for 52 hours.
Check it out below:
This action-packed military thriller stars Armie Hammer (Free Fire, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) as a U.S. soldier who, stranded in the desert for 52 hours after a mission falls apart, must fight for survival against his enemies, the hostile environment, and the creeping psychological toll of his treacherous situation.
Well, that could either go spectacularly wrong or be completely amazing. The movie, I mean, not Hammer’s character’s position. He’s pretty much screwed there. I have tonnes of faith in Hammer’s ability to carry this material, but it all just comes down to whether the script and directing is also up to the task, something which I can’t get too much of a feel for in just this trailer.
I’m actually also hoping that this movie takes a page out of The Martian’s book by having his character MacGyver up different ways of keeping himself alive and in one piece using just the tools he has at hand. Pull that off properly and this movie could really blow up. Hopefully not literally.
Mine is co-directed by Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, and also stars Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen, Juliet Aubrey, and Geoff Bell. It is scheduled to open on 7 April.