Films: Joan Allen

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • USA / UK
  • 1h 33min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
  • Written by: Stephen P Lindsey
  • Cast: Chico, Layla, Forrest, Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer, Jason Alexander, Erick Avari

This maudlin pet-sploitation flick transports the 1920s Japanese story of a faithful dog who waited nearly ten years for his master's return, to an idyllic Rhode Island setting.

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 26min
  • E
  • Directed by: Roberta Grossman
  • Cast: Joan Allen, Meri Roth, Marcela Nohynkova

Subtitled, 'The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh', Grossman's biopic of Hungarian poet Hannah Senesh who was sentenced to death in WW1 for working with the British military.

Death Race

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul W S Anderson
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, Natalie Martinez

Rehashed elements from Roger Corman's 70s 'Death Race 2000' with Statham as Jensen Ames, who is forced by prison warden Hennessey (Allen) to take part in a three stage Death Race on pay-per-view television. The chase sequences are satisfying and Allen clearly enjoys some action-movie slumming, director Anderson's reboot…

The Bourne Ultimatum

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • US / Germany
  • 1h 51min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Édgar Ramírez, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, Joey Ansah, Colin Stinton

Greengrass' satisfying conclusion to the spy trilogy based on Robert Ludlum's books, in which Jason Bourne (Damon) gets his memory jogged about his previous identity, finds out exactly what the Treadstone organisation did to him, and finally gets some face-time with the elusive organ-grinder responsible and not the CIA…

The Bourne Supremacy

  • 2004
  • US / Germany
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban, Gabriel Mann, Joan Allen

Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation which has gone wrong. In order to protect himself, he resumes the life of a trained assasin.

The Notebook

  • 3 stars
  • 2004
  • US
  • 2h 3min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
  • Written by: Jeremy Leven, Jan Sardi
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Sam Shepard, James Marsden, Joan Allen

A Hollywood weepie that would have made Frank Capra proud. Garner's Noah tries to jolt Allie's (Rowlands) failing memory by recounting a tale of love from her youth. The story he recounts is set around WWII and is told in flashbacks with Gosling and McAdams both excellent in their roles as young lovers trying to break…

Yes

  • 5 stars
  • 2004
  • UK / US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sally Potter
  • Written by: Sally Potter
  • Cast: Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian

The relationship between an unhappily married scientist (Allen) and an exiled Lebanese surgeon who has been reduced to working in London kitchens as told in verse. Potter's new film is something quite wonderful - challenging, thought-provoking and very brave, 'Yes' will divide audiences but God knows it deserves…

The Contender

  • 3 stars
  • 2000
  • US
  • 2h 6min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rod Lurie
  • Written by: Rod Lurie
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, Sam Elliott, William L Petersen, Saul Rubinek, Philip Baker Hall, Mike Binder, Robin Thomas, Mariel Hemingway, Kathryn Morris

In writer-director Lurie's post-Clinton dream version of a Democratic presidency, Allen's high-minded senator becomes the subject of a sex scandal. She is targeted by Oldman's right-wing congressman when President Jackson Evans (Bridges) chooses her to succeed the recently deceased vice-president. Lurie, however, hasn't…

Pleasantville

  • 3 stars
  • 1998
  • US
  • 2h 4min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Gary Ross
  • Written by: Gary Ross
  • Cast: Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H Macy, J T Walsh

Thanks to a dodgy plot twist, 90s kids David and Jennifer are zapped into 'Pleasantville', an 'I Love Lucy'-style 50s sitcom, a monochrome world where sex, art and passion are unknown. If this was just a gimmick movie, it would be a brilliant one, but 'Pleasantville' is also a relentlessly inventive comedy.

Face/Off

  • 1997
  • 2h 18min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John Woo
  • Written by: Mike Werb, Michael Colleary
  • Cast: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.