Vera Farmiga given the role of Mrs. Bates, heck she wouldn’t even hurt a fly

Vera Farmiga

 Vera Farmiga; the star of such films as The DepartedUp in the Air, OrphanSource Code and Safe House; will be joining the cast of A&E’s 2013 TV Series ‘Bates Motel’, as the notorious Mrs. Bates.

 The show is is a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film, Psycho.

 The show will depict the events that occurred before Psycho, and how Norman’s mental state came to be.

 The character description for Mrs. Bates (a.k.a. Norma Louise) is as follows: abusive, passionate, complicated, often unpredictable, compelling smart and multidimensional.

 Norman Bates hasn’t been cast yet, so I’m pretty excited to see who will get that awesome role.

Safe House (2012)

Safe House

Release Date: February 10, 2012

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

Runtime: 115 min

Tagline: No one is safe.

Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a young CIA agent whose mission is to go to this safe house and look after a fugitive, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington). Frost used to be a great CIA agent, until he turned rogue. It turns out others want Frost dead, too. After the safe house is attacked, Weston must protect Frost at all costs.

The action sequences are pretty great at the time, but they aren’t very memorable at all. There’s also quite a few boring scenes.  The plot also isn’t all that memorable either, and it can get a little complicated at times – when you’d think a film with such a seemingly simple plot wouldn’t involve any thinking power at all.

The performances are decent, Washington is the best in his role, though. This movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Nora Arnezeder, Robert Patrick and Joel Kinnaman.

What you get is an action film I could live without, but I enjoyed quite a few aspects of it. Nothing I regret seeing but it just left a feeling of “that could have been so much better,” by the end of the running time. It isn’t a total waste of time as some of it’s interesting, see it if the opportunity comes along; as some of it has some good action and isn’t a complete fail of a film.

I was generally disappointed by this really decent action flick that could have been greater, considering it has seemingly such a simple plot and a great cast, but ended up being unfortunately between average and pretty good.

63/100