This week’s movie highlights include the Power Rangers
A new feature film based on the show, ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’, re-envisions the Power Rangers as five ordinary high-school teens who discover they have acquired unique super powers and must join forces to save the world.
FILM: POWER RANGERS
CAST: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks
DIRECTOR: DEAN ISRAELITE
In 1984, while on business in Japan, producer Haim Saban found himself mesmerized by a popular live-action television show called ‘Super Sentai’. “I was watching these five kids in Spandex fighting rubber monsters and I fell in love with it,” he recalls. Saban tracked down the show’s owners and secured the rights worldwide outside of Asia. When the show premiered in 1993, it became the most-watched children’s television program in the U.S. More than that, it became a cultural phenomenon around the globe.
“It was one of the first multi-ethnic superhero shows and also one of the first to feature superhero girls,” says Saban. “It really struck a chord and ever since, it has been on air in more than 150 countries.”
The film’s director, Dean Israelite, grew up watching ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ in South Africa. “It became a phenomenon there, just as it did all around the world,” he says. “What I remember most is how empowered the show made you feel. When it emerged that this project was going to re-imagine the show, I was very excited. I knew if I could tap into the feeling of the original it would be an incredible adventure.”
Remaining true to the spirit of the television series has been fundamental to every decision made by the production team, says Israelite. “We are here because of the fans who have sustained the series for over 23 years. It’s imperative that they come out of this movie feeling like we have taken what they love — and we love — about the series and brought it to life in a contemporary way while respecting the mythology.”
To play the iconic Power Ranger roles, the filmmakers assembled a diverse ensemble of emerging young stars who share many characteristics with their characters, and their predecessors in the roles, says the director.
“The cast embodies the spirit of the original Rangers and who they were,” he observes.
CAST: DAX SHEPARD , MICHAEL PEÑA , ROSA SALAZAR , ADAM BRODY , VINCENT D’ONOFRIO
DIRECTOR: DAX SHEPARD
Dax Shepard (‘Hit & Run’, TV’s ‘Parenthood’) and Michael Peña (‘Ant-Man’) star in the action comedy ‘CHiPs’, directed by Shepard from his own script.
Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up former pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job – inside the CHP.
The inexperienced rookie and the hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kick-starting a real partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s unique bike skills and Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy first.