Archive for June, 2008
Walt Disney and Pixar Studios are at it again with the futuristic tale of Wall-E. Fred Willard and Sigourney Weaver and a host of others lend their voices to this animated film. The year is 2700 and a robot left on earth is given the task of cleaning up the planet for the human race. All goes well until Wall-E discovers the key to the planet’s future. Perfect for the whole family. And, before the feature audiences can expect to catch the Pixar short titled ‘Presto” Wall-E is rated G.
Russian director Timur Bekmambetov offers the summers’ latest graphic novel become film, Wanted. The film features Hollywood heavyweights Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and James McAvoy. A lowly office employee Wesley Gibson(McAvoy) learns of his fate and place in a fraternity of assassins through Fox (Jolie), a member of the fraternity. As Wesley is trained to kill, secrets of the fraternity are revealed to him that turn his world upside down. Slightly confusing to start, but well shot action sequences, and decent plot make for a high impact popcorn popper for the summer. Although, the dialogue could have been stronger, probably best enjoyed on the big screen. Wanted is rated R.
The Incredible Hulk
Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt take to the silver screen this weekend as the Incredible Hulk smashes into theatres. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Norton) is a fugitive on the run from the government attempting to find a way to control his hulk persona, chaos ensues. A decent script for a graphic novel turned movie and cinematography that attempts just about every trick in the book makes for a good foundation for this film. Well done graphics also lend to a pretty sharp experience. Probably best enjoyed on the big screen. The Incredible Hulk is rated PG-13.
Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo star in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest offering. An unknown force is causing mass suicide in the North East and school teacher Elliot Moore (Wahlberg) and his wife (Deschanel) try to escape what seems to be an impossible foe. Conceptually interesting but poorly scripted dialogue and weak performances all round leave the viewer starved for the quality one has come to expect from Shyamalan. Maybe worth a rental at a later date. The Happening is rated R.