Posts Tagged ‘Sigourney Weaver’

This week’s releases include: a teen action movie; a female Western; an X-rated comedy; a preview to Entourage’s charm; a holiday picture; a supernatural WWII anime; a family is forced to face their past; an ‘80s buddy picture; a daughter follows in her family’s footsteps; a quest for morality; and an adrenaline-fuelled anime. (more…)

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This week’s releases include: two exploits of the “Man with no name”; a cop thriller about an impressionist killer; an environmental documentary; a cop thriller about an impressionist killer; a humorous, relatable documentary; an interpretation of a bloody civil war; the reimagining of history with marionettes; an interesting exercise in examining a relationship; a samurai film turned western; a religious murder mystery; an original sequel to a remake; the tale of two blue lovebirds; a crime drama; a real-life success story; and a vampire apocalypse film. (more…)

Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in a scene from PaulThe attraction so many feel towards this film has a simple motivation: its pair of geek celebrity stars, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The writing/acting duo first captured our attentions in the breakout zombie romantic comedy Shaun of the Dead, and then they maintained them with their followup, Hot Fuzz. The trailers for their third film, Paul, looked promising and it won’t disappoint. The guys take their fandom to a new level of dedication and hilarity – the stoner alien is simply a bonus. (more…)

All-star female cast of You AgainMost people dread their high school reunions. It usually means going back to a reviled institution to face people you didn’t necessarily like to begin with and, if things haven’t worked out as you’d hoped, smiling politely while your former classmates gloat about how great their lives have turned out and making an excuse to exit before the spotlight is turned on you. (Or at least that’s what other movies have led me to believe.) But what if your high school reunion came to you? To worsen the nightmare, your high school rival is becoming a part of your family.

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A parent’s worst nightmare is for their child to be stolen from them. When it happens, some parents never escape the nightmare.

Julia’s (Sigourney Weaver) life is torn apart after the mysterious disappearance of her three-year-old daughter. Sixteen years later, she’s still haunted by the loss when she meets Louise (Kate Bosworth), an eerily familiar, but unstable, young woman in need of help. Julia becomes a changed woman, but her disillusionment cannot last forever.

Sometimes the narrative appears overly contrived as Louise and Julia repeatedly cross each other’s paths or stumble upon reminders of the past; it’s difficult to view most of these events as simple coincidences. On the other hand, it is these so-called acts of fate that drive the story forward. The movie’s saving grace is its resistance of the “expected” ending.

Weaver’s personality switch from pre- to post-Louise is extreme but somehow genuine. She goes from zombie going through the motions to loving and living life. Bosworth is a manipulative pixie whose leaf turning is slightly less believable, which fits.

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DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?: Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox in a scene from Vantage Point (Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures)Vantage Point is a 90-minute puzzle and each person’s point of view represents a piece towards its solution. But like any good mystery, you have to see it to the end to know the whole story.

An international summit on terrorism, which includes Arab nations, is being held in Salamanca, Spain. However, upon his arrival, the president of the United States is shot. (Probably a good thing they have been using doubles since Reagan… but that also means there’s another Bush running around.)

The remainder of the film is told from different characters’ points of view before and after the assassination attempt. Perspectives include journalist Rex Brooks (Sigourney Weaver), returning secret service agent Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid), tourist Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker), President Ashton (William Hurt), the host mayor’s bodyguard (Eduardo Noriega), and the terrorist conspirators.

What makes this film so engaging is each point of view reveals just a little more information and each story breaks at a cliffhanger. The audience rendered groans as each restart of the narrative interrupted a climactic moment; nonetheless, the need to know what happens next keeps you on the edge of your seat.

There is a terrorist bombing within the square in which the imaginary historic event was taking place. The first three renditions of this explosion are very intense as the first is a shock and the latter two survey the carnage in the blast’s wake; conversely, the subsequent images are glanced over and emotionally unattached. It may be because newscasts are always shown after the fact but particularly the first images of the explosion are quite affecting.

There is an interesting point being put forth in this film about the state of the world and the role of war in its existence. This is underlined when a dying terrorist boasts, “You can’t stop us. You’ll never stop us. This war will never end.” It makes one wonder: is the world, or humanity, reliant on conflict and bloodshed?

Unfortunately, the end of the film takes a turn toward sentimental cheese as Barnes rescues Ashton, places his hand on his chest and whispers “Mr. President, I’ve got you.” With Quaid resembling Kevin Costner (but with hair), you half expect Hurt to break into appreciative song Bodyguard-style.

If the ending were not so unintentionally funny and ill-fitting, this would be an easily recommendable assassination thriller with a twist; instead, it is only recommendable with an asterisk.