Sean Bean - Year in Review 2012
It was a very diverse & interesting results year for Sean! Some truly great performance moments by him, my faves are ticked by asterisks:
*Missing. 10 episode global TV series about 2 ex-CIA parents looking for their kidnapped son. Sean was the father, Paul Winstone. The show had action & a few crazy twists mixed with flashbacks of the Winstone family story, but overall I really enjoyed it and regret it wasn’t renewed. Also starred Ashley Judd, Nick Eversman, Cliff Curtis, Keith Carradine.
*Cleanskin. Indie feature film. Sean played Ewan Keane, a former British army now MI6 agent given the task of pursuing and eliminating a British-born suicide bomber and the terrorist cell. I thought this movie was awesome, packed in plenty of action & intrigue against an intelligent balanced plot. Definitely worth seeing! Also starred Charlotte Rampling, Abhin Galeya, Tom Burke.
Mirror, Mirror. Feature film. Another take on the Snow White fairy tale (evil queen, prince, princess, peasants). This was one of my “entertainment sacrifices,” I only saw this flick for Sean, who played Snow’s father, the King. However, it was better than I expected, I liked Snow (Lily Collins), the ending, and all the dwarfs. Also starred Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane.
*Accused. The acclaimed BBC TV series from Jimmy McGovern finally got Sean in its episode Tracie’s Story, as poetry teacher & transvestite Simon Gaskell / Tracie Tremarco. In the story Tracie meets Tony (Stephen Graham) after being harassed & falls in love with him; Tony is interested in Tracie, not Simon, and has another problem as well- he’s married. This performance was one of Sean’s most challenging & brilliant yet, I was absolutely thrilled with it! Great photography, too.
Soldiers of Fortune. Ltd release feature film. Sean played Roman St. John / Dimidov, a wealthy business owner who is offered, along with other wealthy men, the chance to be a part of an island revolution in return for his monetary investment. But the mission gets complicated as each man reveals his own agenda. I enjoyed this movie, lots of faves, the storyline was good & had plenty of action. Also starred Christian Slater, Ving Rhames, Dominic Monaghan, Colm Meaney.
Silent Hill: Revelation. 3D feature film. I really liked the 1st Silent Hill movie, looked forward to seeing this one, where Sean is now Harry Mason, changed name & on the run with his likewise renamed & now teenaged daughter Heather (Adelaide Clemens) who continues to have nightmarish flashes & dreams from her ordeal & possible future; events conspire & inevitably they get pulled back into the town’s terrifying alternate reality. The movie fell a bit short for me, concepts good but somewhat muddled delivery. Also starred Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss.
Always in demand, Sean has more new projects in the pipe for us to enjoy, I look forward to a great 2013! Happy New Year!