Jai Courtney & Lily James in Trailer for WWII Romance 'The Exception'

April 24, 2017
Source: USA Today

The Exception Trailer

"Can an officer have a loyalty to anything greater than his country?" A24 has unveiled a trailer for a WWII romantic thriller titled The Exception, based on a novel by Alan Judd titled "The Kaiser's Last Kiss". The film stars Jai Courtney as a German soldier investigating the Dutch resistance in Holland, looking for a spy in the home of Kaiser Wilhelm. He meets a young Jewish Dutch woman played by Lily James and falls in love with her, hence the title (she's "the exception"). The full cast includes Christopher Plummer, Ben Daniels, Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan, Mark Dexter, and Martin Swabey. This honestly doesn't look half bad, but I'm not sure it seems that good either. Lily James is great, but Jai Courtney not so much.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for David Leveaux's The Exception, originally from USA Today:

The Exception Poster

A German soldier (Jai Courtney) tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman (Lily James) during his investigation. The Exception is directed by English filmmaker David Leveaux, a veteran stage director making his feature film debut with this. Leveaux has been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award five times. The screenplay is written by Simon Burke; based on the novel "The Kaiser's Last Kiss" by Alan Judd. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and is also playing at Tribeca this year. A24 will release The Exception in theaters starting on June 2nd this summer. Thoughts?

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  • Jai Courtney...Pass.
    • Bo
      Yea, but I'm not quite as severe in that stance as you, tarek. He seems like a decent enough actor, but I'm not sure he has the 'whatever' that makes a leading man movie star. I kind of liked this trailer because of the other cast members and the story and situation, but Courtney just didn't pull off his part of the story...him and his acting seemed a bit lacking. Too bad, as he works a lot and I'm sure wants to be a leading man and movie star...just not sure that's in store for him. I've had no trouble with him in his secondary roles, but I'm sure that wouldn't make him luck to him though. I guess you just don't care for him in the least?
      • You're damn right. I can't care less about him and his career. ;D His many missteps didn't help to put him in best light: Terminator gene(suck)sys, Die hard 5, suicide squad, He's bland, and his face is so "punchable". Sorry for him.
        • Bo
 it and I get it...same role over and over...the Reacher movie...same bad guy...still, I feel for the bloke because I know Hollywood is a rough gig. He's doing okay and got a lead role here, but his days are numbered as someone else will come along to play the bad guy(s) he's been playing. Rough gig, but he's made a name for himself. Better that most that come to town dreamin' their lives away...
          • grimjob
            He was in Reacher? Well, there you go...
          • Lewis
            Yeah but he gets killed so its all good.
          • Bo
   he better go out and watch it now, grim....that's not a recommendation as Tom Cruise will never be the 6'5" bruiser Reacher is in the books which I really have liked so far...but yea..go Jai as the bad guy tormenting gator...
  • grimjob
    I never understood why Jai Courtney and Sam Worthington ever got work. Not bad necessarily, just completely forgettable and generic.
    • LeoForPrez
      Sam Worthington is a very good actor and was probably the only good thing about Terminator salvation...he was also great in Avatar in normal and CG form
      • Agreed. I liked him in Avatar.
      • grimjob
        You know, you're right about Terminator. I wouldn't say he was "great" in Avatar, but he was certainly decent. I mean, they could have done worse and given the role to, I don't know, Jai Courtney.
    • Bo
      I think you nailed it, grim...both are forgettable and very, very generic. Good assessment, the generic bit.
      • LeoForPrez
        But they aren't both forgettable. Worthington was praised for his role in several movies. Maybe some of the movies he was in were generic and forgettable...but as an actor he's solid. Jai...not so much
        • Bo
          I reckon I can accept that view. It's all just a matter of personal/subjective opinion though. It might be said that both are solid actors as people keep hiring them and they keep working, so there's that.
      • grimjob
        I always forget Worthington's last name, Sam something. I had to hit IMDB before posting.
  • TheOct8pus
    Hahaaa!!! I was going to say something along the lines of, "Why does Jai Courtney get cast in movies?" and then I saw the other man. No love for Jai....
    Hard to watch man's career spiral down the toilet of Hollywood.
    • LeoForPrez
      Jai never had one
  • shiboleth
    The only thing I like about this trailer is Cinderella getting slutty in this ...
  • Captain Boomerang is a...NAZI?!? There's several things working against this, and first and foremost it's that title. The Exception?THAT'S the best they could come up with?!? Also, the poster is awful. And the most seasoned actor in the cast is Christopher Plummer...who in turn seems to be the only interesting thing about this movie. I therefore sentence the Exception to Redbox or cable!
  • Ricardo_PT
    As far as I'm concerned there are 3 big mysteries humankind has yet to figure out: The deep ocean, Infinite Space and why Jai Courtney keeps getting roles... Seriously, give this man's agent an oscar and a nobel prize while you're at it
  • Sam Guthrie
    Lily James is so fine.




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