Harmony Korine was eager to share details of his new film, Miami-set gang thriller “The Trap,” in an illuminating interview with Marc Maron. The daffy cult director also went to Florida for his last film, 2012’s “Spring Breakers.”
That film starred James Franco in the career-defying (and perhaps defining) role of a drug and arms dealer with custom grillz. In “The Trap,” Korine appears to be breaking down yet another American icon, Robert Pattinson (who is British, but cut his teeth in American roles), as the member of a crew of vengeful ex-cons led by Benicio del Toro. They’re targeting a gangster rapper, played by Idris Elba.
In the chat, Korine promises “a complete sensory bombardment” and a “super propulsive, pretty highly violent revenge movie.” Right now “The Trap” is dated for 2017 release. It reunites Korine with cinematographer Benoît Debie, who gave arty party thriller “Spring Breakers” its kinetic cool. (Debie and director Gaspar Noe are also close co-conspirators.)
Earlier this Summer, Korine celebrated the 20th anniversary of vérité groundbreaker “Kids,” which he scripted for director Larry Clark in 1995. From there Korine directed films such as “Gummo,” “Julien Donkey-Boy,” “Mister Lonely” and, my personal favorite, the gloriously indecorous and confrontational “Trash Humpers.”