Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Rumor: 'Man Of Steel 2' Is On "Permanent Hold" Rumor: 'Man Of Steel 2' Is On "Permanent Hold" New Image From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Plus J.J. Abrams Talks About First Seeing 'Star Wars' New Image From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Plus J.J. Abrams Talks About First Seeing 'Star Wars' Is There Still Life In The Franchise? 'Terminator: Genisys' Sets Record For 4th Biggest Debut Ever For A U.S. Movie In China Is There Still Life In The Franchise? 'Terminator: Genisys' Sets Record For 4th Biggest Debut Ever For A U.S. Movie In China Max Landis Wonders If The Flop Of 'American Ultra' Means That Original Movies Are Dead Max Landis Wonders If The Flop Of 'American Ultra' Means That Original Movies Are Dead Quentin Tarantino Talks David O. Russell, ‘True Detective,’ ‘It Follows’ And Much More Quentin Tarantino Talks David O. Russell, ‘True Detective,’ ‘It Follows’ And Much More Colin Trevorrow Expands His Twitter Comments Regarding Gender Imbalance Among Directors In Hollywood Colin Trevorrow Expands His Twitter Comments Regarding Gender Imbalance Among Directors In Hollywood Tom Hardy Rules London Twice Over In New Trailer, Posters & Images For Gangster Tale 'Legend' Tom Hardy Rules London Twice Over In New Trailer, Posters & Images For Gangster Tale 'Legend' Secret New Documentary Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson, More Added To New York Film Festival Line Up Secret New Documentary Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson, More Added To New York Film Festival Line Up ‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Says He’s Still In Director’s Jail ‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Says He’s Still In Director’s Jail The Lost, Orphaned And Long-Delayed Projects Of Harvey Weinstein The Lost, Orphaned And Long-Delayed Projects Of Harvey Weinstein Watch: 5 Baffling And Unnecessary Uses Of CGI In Movies Watch: 5 Baffling And Unnecessary Uses Of CGI In Movies Warner Bros. Exec Says 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Pushed To 2016 "To Make The Movie Better" Warner Bros. Exec Says 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Pushed To 2016 "To Make The Movie Better" Jason Bateman Admits Nobody Actually Wanted A Sequel To 'Horrible Bosses' Jason Bateman Admits Nobody Actually Wanted A Sequel To 'Horrible Bosses' 'Batman v Superman' And Why Early Screening Reports Need To Be Taken With A Grain Of Kryptonite 'Batman v Superman' And Why Early Screening Reports Need To Be Taken With A Grain Of Kryptonite The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far

Watch: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks & Bryan Cranston In Trailer For Tony Kaye's Teaching Drama 'Detachment'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist January 16, 2012 at 11:40AM

Tony Kaye could have had the world as his oyster. An award-winning commercials and music video director, he landed one of the hottest scripts around, with a fast-rising star, for his directorial debut, "American History X," with Edward Norton.
3

Detachment
Tony Kaye could have had the world as his oyster. An award-winning commercial and music video director, he landed one of the hottest scripts around, with a fast-rising star, for his directorial debut, "American History X," with Edward Norton. But after falling out with his star in post-production when Norton recut the film, and unsuccessfully trying to have his name taken off and replaced with the credit 'Humpty Dumpty,' Kaye landed in director's jail, and any hope of a comeback has been squashed; he helmed the tremendous documentary "Lake of Fire," but the tough source material stopped it from reaching a wider audience, and his sophomore film, the thriller "Black Water Transit," languishes in post-production hell three years after filming. 

But at long last, another feature film from the director arrived, with school-set drama "Detachment" arriving at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring. Starring Adrien Brody as a troubled subsitute teacher who enters a struggling inner-city school, with Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden, Tim Blake Nelson, Bryan Cranston, Lucy Liu, James Caan and William Petersen among the supporting cast, the project's finally set for release thanks to Tribeca Films in March, with an iTunes release leading the way next month, and a film's trailer up on Apple right now.

And it certainly looks intriguing, we have to say. While we're a little put off by the less-than-attractive digital lensing, and by the precious, sub-Spike Lee conceit of calling the film "A Tony Kaye Talkie," it looks rich and moving, and Brody seems to be in his best form for a while. If our Tribeca review is anything to go by, the film is flawed, but fascinating, and this could well make an interesting antidote to other more polished product in the next few months. It hits iTunes on February 24th, before rolling out in limited theaters on March 16th; watch the trailer below, or in HD over at Apple.

This article is related to: Tony Kaye, Detachment, Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Marcia Gay Harden


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates