Channing Tatum has taken some big steps into leading man status over the last few years, including a star turn in the blockbuster action film G.I. Joe – but could anyone have foreseen the actor taking top billing over a Hollywood legend like Al Pacino?
Not me, but that’s exactly what happened in the new police thriller The Son of No One. And you know what? Tatum doesn’t look half-bad.
The movie, which is written and directed by Dito Montiel, follows Jonathan White (Tatum), a young coup who is assigned to work in the same working class neighborhood where he grew up. As White goes about his daily duties trying to police the violent neighborhood, he and his family are harassed by an anonymous individual over an unsolved murder case from 1986 that senior police officials seem to want to sweep under the rug.
Check out the trailer below.
This is Tatum’s third film with Montiel, following starring roles in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and Fighting, and it’s clear that the pair are most comfortable doing gritty, urban-inspired crime films.
Still, the trailer for the film gives a pretty by-the-books thriller vibe, so what’s elevating this movie past direct-to-DVD status? For one thing, the cast is solid. In addition to Pacino and Tatum, The Son of No One also features Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, and Tracy Morgan in a rare non-comedic role. Obviously, those actors may not be burning up anybody’s Oscar predictions list, but they can turn in decent performances in supporting roles.
More important is Tatum’s performance. I don’t know if it’s the cop mustache, but there’s something about Tatum in the trailer that seems more grown-up than his previous film work. Then again, a good Al Pacino narration can make just about everyone seem more serious. (Except for maybe Adam Sandler in Jack & Jill. I still can’t wrap my head around why Pacino is doing that movie.)
What do you think of The Son of No One? Is this something you’d check out. Also, what do you think of Channing Tatum’s rise to A-List status?