Not much to choose from this week… but there is one standout movie…
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is brilliant! I’ve just come home from seeing it and I’m exhausted — it is a superb drama mystery sci-fi which I will review shortly — but it’s a must see. It’s about a woman who, after getting in a car accident, is held in a shelter by two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. Variety’s Justin Chang says, ‘The tension is rooted in psychology rather than gimmickry, and evinces a command of craft that feels old-fashioned in the most refreshing possible sense.’ Absolutely true. Get to the cinema to see this one if you like tense, taut, edge of your seat, psychological thriller/drama/sci-fi. Can’t wait to tell you about this one in a follow-up review shortly.
The rest of what’s on offer is pretty ho-hum although SPEAR could be worth seeing. It is a drama about Djali,a young Aboriginal man who journeys through his community to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. Don’t know much about this one but will fill you in when I have seen it.
Finally, there’s GRIMSBY starring Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect 2). A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother. Critics are averaging about 2 to 2.5 stars and general public slightly higher — 3 to 3.5 stars.
That’s it for this week. See you at the movies!
*NOTE* Movie summaries are adaptations of movie summary on IMDB. Opinions are mine unless credited. These updates are written from an Australian perspective so openings of the movies in cinemas may vary in other parts of the world.