Director Danis Tanovic earned an Oscar and raves for his darkly comic look at war, "No Man's Land," but there appears to be little humor in his English-language feature debut, "Triage" — and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Colin Farrell stars as Mark Walsh, a war journalist who captures shocking photos of atrocities in Kurdistan, but who seems most bothered by the disappearance of his friend (Jamie Sives). The trailer and clips from the film make "Triage" look incredibly intense, but Farrell should be able to carry its weight on his shoulders.
After audiences overdosed on the Irish actor in the early aughts, Farrell made a comeback in recent years with the excellent "In Bruges" and some cleaner living. Recently, he's worked with such talented directors as genre-jumping Neil Jordan in "Ondine" and the oft-overreaching Terry Gilliam in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Tanovic is no slouch himself, beating out "Amelie" for his 2002 Academy Award and making a strong showing with "L'enfer" and his segment in "September 11."
The gorgeous Paz Vega gets second billing, and we've got our fingers crossed that she'll return to some of her "Sex and Lucia" glory that was tarnished by "Spanglish," "10 Items or Less," and "The Spirit." We're also glad to see the sadly underused Kelly Reilly ("Mrs. Henderson Presents") and solid character actress Juliet Stevenson ("And When Did You Last See Your Father?") in the trailer. The iconic Christopher Lee gets some much deserved non-genre work here as well, not that we don't love seeing him interact with Orcs and droids.
At the moment, "Triage" doesn't have a U.S. distributor or release date (which explains the Spanish-language poster, to your left), but that may change with its upcoming appearance at the American Film Market. Here's a few more new images as well.