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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 07.09.13] Portugal scifi action drama



I'm loving that Rutger Hauer's career has been rebooted, if only because it brings me great joy to see his name in everything from TV (his appearance in the new season of "True Blood" has been a welcome sight, even if he is playing a fairy with crazy hair) to direct-to-DVD releases. But what's most fun is seeing him turn up in all sorts of random movies, including this new sci-fi offering from Portugal.

In RPG (AKA Real Playing Game), Hauer stars as Steve Batier, a rich, aging man who travels to a lab where he's given a second chance at youth. He's zapped into a young body and entered into some kind of game where only one player can be left standing. I'm not sure what the point of the game is but I'm going to venture a guess that maybe the survivor gets to keep the young body? I'm not sure.


Directed by David Rebordao (best known for the short film The Curve) who also co-wrote the script, this feels like it borrows from both Gamer and Transfer (review) in equal parts and it'll be interesting to see how the movie plays out (though if you're so inclined you can read the script here).

RPG is scheduled for Portuguese theatrical release on August 29.


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