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A web of intrigue and conspiracy lies beneath the euphoria as the U.S. is about to put a man on the moon for the first time in over 30 years.

Genre - Action

Director(s) - Yves Simoneau

Writer(s) - William Davies

Cast - Bill Pullman and Lena Olin

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier

Release Date - 2001

Synopsis - A federal judge (Lena Olin) finds herself in potential peril when she gets a case involving corruption in the military. Her ruling could decide the fate of the U.S.'s first manned moon mission in 30 years--and the powers that be want it to go on unimpeded. A marine helicopter pilot (Bill Pullman) is assigned to protect her after a mail bomb explodes in her office, but they both are drawn into a web of conspiracy, murder and treason. Meanwhile, a team of soldiers from Gulf War I are mysteriously dying and/or disappearing, and the one surviving member, the key to her case, is nowhere to be found.

Release Data:
Ignition was released in Spain, where it had 92,687 admissions in 2002. It also came out in Italy, Norway and Finland in 2002; it went to U.S. video/DVD and French theatres in 2003; it bowed in the United Arab Emirates in 2004; it appeared on UK and Hungarian TV in 2005 and it opened in Kuwaiti theatres in 2007. It was also seen in Canada, Slovakia (as "Êtart v Ohrození"), Brazil and Germany.

Viewers' Ratings:
At the Internet Movie Database, through Feb. 27, 2009, after it had been rated by 508 viewers, Ignition was most popular with girls 17 and younger, followed by women 18-29) and men 45 and older.

Critics' Kudos:
Richard Scheib, The SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review: "This British-Canadian co-production has the novel idea of a space launch being used as an assassination tool. There is a clear degree of polish that has gone into the film technically. There's a particularly cool prologue of a shoot-up at a gas station which is shot in black-and-white but where some objects within the frame have been tinted red and where everything turns to normal colour again at the end of the scene as things go up in an explosion.

"The film features a couple of quite decent actors in Bill Pullman and Lena Olin. Pullman in particular is cast in what would usually be considered as a Bruce Willis role - a cocky hip lone gun with an attitude problem towards his superiors who is recovering from a bad past. He has traditional action-movie-hero scenes shooting up a recalcitrant washing machine and towing the judge's car away when she defies his protection."

DVD Verdict: "It has all of the ingredients: things blow up, dramatic chase scenes, fights, everything a taut political thriller needs. Peter Kent is downright scary as Brunson, the muscle behind the General's plans.

"The DVD presentation is superior. There is no grain to distract you. In the eight-minute behind-the-scenes segment, the cast and director talk about their experience on the set."

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Director is Yves Simoneau (won a major French award for Napoleon and a DGA and an Emmy for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; he also earned six award nominations for works including Pouvoir Intime, Nuremberg and The 4400; he also helmed Mother's Boys, Free Money, Intensity, 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout and Dead Man's Walk).

Writer is William Davies (won Best Writing for an Animated Series Annie Award for Flushed Away; also penned Johnny English, Twins, Stop or My Mom Will Shoot, The Real McCoy, Alien Autopsy, Ghost in the Machine and Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde).

Stars Bill Pullman (won Bronze Wrangler Award for The Virginian and the 2008 Special Jury Prize at the CineVegas International Film Festival for Your Name Here; also appeared in Independence Day, Titan AE, Casper, Spaceballs, Sleepless in Seattle, Lost Highway, A League of Their Own, While You Were Sleeping, Wyatt Earp, Singles, Igby Goes Down, Nobel Son, The Last Seduction, the Orphan King, six episodes of Revelations, and 52 other films and TV projects) and Lena Olin (Oscar nominee for Enemies: A Love Story; two major awards and nine nominations for works including Chocolat, Alias, Romeo is Bleeding and The Unbearable Lightness of Being; also appeared in The Reader, Queen of the Damned, The Ninth Gate, Mystery Men, Hollywood Homicide, Fanny and Alexander, Casanova, The United States of Leland, Awake, Havana, 27 episodes of Alias and 26 other movies and TV projects).

Cast also includes Colme Feore (won five major awards and six other nominations for works including Chicago, The Red Violin, Friday the 13th, Trudeau, and Storm of the Century; also appeared in Face/Off, The Insider, Pearl Harbor, City of Angels, The Point of Origin, The Sum of All Fears, The Chronicles of Riddick, Paycheck, Titus, 25 episodes of 24,13 episodes of The Listener, six episodes of Liberty: The American Revolution, five episodes of Slings and Arrows and 90 other movies and TV projects); John Kapelos (The Breakfast Club, Legally Blonde, Tootsie, The Craft, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Roxanne, The Craft, Auto Focus, Internal Affairs, The Babysitter, 49 episodes of Forever Knight, five episodes of Just Cause, four episodes of Desperate Housewives, four episodes of The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, four episodes of Queer as Folk and 120 other films and TV projects); Peter Kent (Re-Animator, The Last Action Hero, The 6th Day, 3000 Miles to Graceland, The Guilty, Raw Deal, Eye for an Eye, Mr. Nanny, Que la Lumière Soit, The Proposal, three episodes of Stargate SG-1 and 44 other movies and TV projects); Barbara Eve Harris (Gemini Award nomination for Side Effects; appeared in Critical Care, Guilty as Sin, Sex Traffic, The Midnight Meat Train, Dead Men Can't Dance, 29 episodes of Side Effects, 17 episodes of Prison Break, three episodes of ER, three episodes of Street Legal and 52 other movies and TV projects); Nicholas Lea (Canadian award nominations for Lunch With Charles and The Investigation; also appeared in Vertical Limit, Chaos, Bad Company, Butterfly on a Wheel, The Impossible Elephant, 24 episodes of The X Files, 23 episodes of Kyle XY, 22 episodes of Once a Thief, 13 episodes of Whistler, 10 episodes of Men in Trees, four episodes of CSI, four episodes of Andromeda and 40 other movies and TV projects); Hrothgar Mathews (won Canadian awards for Death's Dream and Milgaard; two more noms for Human Cargo; also appeared in The Core, Reindeer Games, D-Tox, Martian Child, Excess Baggage, Nuremberg, 12 Episodes of Da Vinci's Inquest, 13 episodes of Da Vinci's City Hall, five episodes of Tom Stone, four episodes of The X Files and 71 other movies and TV projects); Roger Dunn (Police Academy, The Dead Zone, Three to Tango, Canadian Bacon, Owning Mhowny, Harrison Bergeron, Trapped in a Purple Haze, Hiroshima, 20 episodes of Road to Avonlea, nine episodes of Beetlejuice, three episodes of Street Legal, three episodes of Soul Food, three episodes of Wind at my Back and 59 other movies and TV projects); Benjamin Ratner (won five awards and four other nominations for works including Last Wedding, the Collector, Mysterious Ways, Dirty and Looking for Leonard; also appeared in Agent Cody Banks, Numb, Gray Matters, Wrongfully Accused, Firestorm, Leaving Normal, 13 episodes of Da Vinci's City Hall, 10 episodes of Kingdom Hospital and 69 other movies and TV projects); Lori Ann Triolo (This Can't Be Love, Intensity, For a Few Lousy Dollars, 13 episodes of Alice I Think, six episodes of The 4400, five episodes of Cold Squad and 35 other movies and TV projects) and Michael Ironside (five award nominations for works including Scanners, The Ray Bradbury Theatre and Le Dernier Chapitre: La Suite; also appeared in Top Gun, Total Recall, Free Willy, Major Payne, Starship Troopers, The Perfect Storm, El Maquinista, The Next Karate Kid, The Omega Code, The Falcon and the Snowman, Surveillance, Chicago Cab, 13 episodes of SeaQuest DSV, 13 episodes of Young Blades, 10 episodes of V, seven episodes of ER, seven episodes of Superman, four episodes of Justice League, four episodes of Walker Texas Ranger, three episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men and 158 other films and TV projects).

Executive producers are Randy Manis (Murderball, In the Shadows, Dark Asylum, Pigs, Zoo, Farce of the Penguins); Harel Goldstein (Going Back, Kevin of the North, Back in the Day, Dogs and Bones, More Sticks Than Stones, Curse of the Starving Class, Global Heresy, P.U.N.K.S. and Sweating Bullets) and Gary Howsam (Chapter 27, Crime Spree, Delirious, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, Cord, Watching the Detectives, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, The Shadow Dancer, Going Back, High Explosive, My 5 Wives, Silver Wolf, 10 episodes of The Tudors and 55 other movies and TV projects).

Producers are Thomas Hedman (Last of the Dogmen, RPM, Kevin of the North, The Guilty) and Lisa Richardson (The Butterfly Effect, 10.5, The Guilty, Kevin of the North, 22 episodes of Masters of Horror, five episodes of Masters of Science Fiction).

Original Music by Richard Grégoire (won two Canadian awards and nine nominations for works including Léolo, Being at Home With Claude, Nuremberg, The Sleep Room and Bonanno: A Godfather's Story; also scored Napoleon, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Witchboard III: The Possession, Cruising Bar, Pouvoir Inteme and 24 other movies and TV projects) and François Lamoureux (debut).

Cinematography by Jonathan Freeman (six award nominations and an American Society of Cinematographers award for works including Homeland Security, Taken, Strange Worlds and Prince Street; also scored Hollywoodland, Resurrection, The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio, Possible Worlds, The Planet of Junior Brown, five episodes of Taken, three episodes of Rome and three episodes of Rescue Me).

Film Editing by Yves Langlois (three major awards and three nominations for works including Alegria, Nuremberg, Lance et Compte, La Guerre du Feu and Million Dollar Babies; also cut Highlander III: The Sorcerer, Screamers, Violette Nozière, The Assignment, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Napoléon, Free Money, Les Plouffe, Bethune: The Making of a Hero, Milena and 64 other movies and TV projects).

Production Design by Ian Thomas (Ernest Saves Christmas, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Cadence, Big Bully, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, L.A. Law: the Movie, 28 episodes of Dead Like Me, 20 episodes of The 4400, 10 episodes of Pasadena and 65 other movies and TV projects).

Art Direction by Michael Norman Wong (Art Directors Guild Award nomination for Taken; also art directed Slither, Replicant, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Invisible, Fido, Butterfly on a Wheel and Kingdom Hospital).

Costume Design by Greg Mah (Freddy vs. Jason, Final Destination 3, Willard, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Death Race, Black Christmas, Pasadena, Medusa's Child, seven episodes of Eureka, seven episodes of Profit, four episodes of Men in Trees, three episodes of Touching Evil and 23 other movies and TV projects).

Special Effects Coordinator is Gary Paller (Scary Movie, Mystery Alaska, Little Man, The Accused, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, White Chicks, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, The Final Cut, Needful Things, Ernest Rides Again, The Ex, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, six episodes of Special Unit 2 and 62 other movies and TV projects).

Visual Effects Coordinators are Sebastian Hellge (Kevin of the North) and Michael Endres (nominated for Visual Effects Society award for Crysis; also did effects for Kevin of the North).

DVD Extras:
DVD features are: director's commentary, cast interviews, director and cast filmographies, widescreen presentation and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.

Memorable Quote:
Washing machine repairman: "Shooting's not covered by the warranty, sir."

Internet Movie Database entry for Ignition

Ignition trailer (three formats)

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