Sunday, June 19, 2016

RIP Anton Yelchin

RIP Anton Yelchin
When I had just finished my junior year of high school, a movie came in my mailbox from Netflix. That movie was called "Alpha Dog." The movie that told the true story of Jesse James Hollywood, a low-level drug dealer who kidnapped the younger brother of one of his buyers because they owed lots of money in drug debt. A brother who was eventually killed in captivity. The actor who portrayed the boy who gets kidnapped was played by Anton Yelchin, an actor who I had not heard of at the time. Yelchin stuck out in a big way for me while watching the movie. Which was impressive, considering the movie starred Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Emile Hirsch, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Harry Dean Stanton, Ben Foster and Justin Timberlake.

That wasn't the first film Anton Yelchin starred in, but it was the movie that got him on my radar and ever since I've been blown away by his talent. No matter if he was in a major blockbuster or something made with a micro-budget, Yelchin brought something special to all of his roles.

"Terminator: Salvation" was a movie I didn't really care for when I saw it, and I haven't thought much of it since. But one thing, the only thing, that stuck out of that movie was the work done by Anton Yelchin. He brought a certain life to a young Kyle Reese, and he was absolutely amazing to watch. Being one of the best talents of his generation, he easily showed up Sam Worthington in all of his scenes.

But even in the "Star Trek" movies, and "Like Crazy," and "Charlie Bartlett," and "Odd Thomas," and "Fright Night," and even "The Beaver," Anton Yelchin brought something special to all of his roles. He was truly one of the best talents of his time and age. Completely underrated in terms of recent work done. It is sad that freak car accident took his life today. If you only know him from "Star Trek," I urge you to seek out all of his movies, and enjoy this guy for everything he did.

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