Friday Films- 4th April’14

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The end of the working week has arrived and that means that the big ‘ol studios have unleashed a host of new movies for us to go and relax to over the weekend- but what has hit the silver screen this week and what is worth your time? Well that’s im here for, to give you my opinion on what you should be going to see this week. With big releases like Noah and Divergent, should you spend your cash on these or on other movies?

The Double

thedoubleThis is my pick of the week, mainly because it directed by Richard Ayoade, who bought us the wonderfully under rated ‘Submarine.’ The film is a clearly independent movie, but that just means that its likely to have less flash and more heart- which is something the fairly independent companies should always keep in mind.

The movie focuses on Simon who is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

This just sounds like the best kind of movie, and with Ayaode behind it should be well shot and mainly focused on character development. add into this the cast of Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Wallace Shawn, Sally Hawkins, Chris O’Dowd, Craig Roberts and Paddy Considine and it should be a real treat to watch.

If your planning on seeing anything this weekend- id make it this! So here’s the trailer to whet your appetite



divergentThis is one of the big movies of the week, and has seen a huge amount of publicity. This already has an established fan base ready to go and see this too, due to it being based upon the Novel of the same name, by Veronica Roth. At this point i have to admit that i have never read the novel nor had i heard too much about it prior to the announcement of the film adaptation, but i understand that it is focused at a young-adult audience and is similar in context to both the ‘Hunger Games’ and the ‘Maze Runner,’ focusing on the common theme of overcoming adult rule.

The film is directed by Neil Burger who bought us ‘Limitless’ the movie should have a decent hold on the action scenes and can potentially offer some more unique shots at certain times than most mainstream ‘teenage’ orientated movies. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd and Zoë Kravitz so should hold at least some decent performances in the whole movie.

The official synopsis for the movie is as follows: Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.



rio2This is the compulsory animated release for the week, and is once again a sequel. This is once again produced by 20th Century Fox, with support from Blue Sky studios and again has a huge amount of voice talent on hand including Jesse Eisenberg, Will i Am, Jamie Foxx, Jake T. Austin, Rodrigo Santoro, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Andy Garcia and John Leguizamo.

As far as animated movies go, Rio wasnt all that great so im not expecting much better from the sequel but if you have young children who wish to go to the cinemas this week and you’ve seen the Muppets then this may be the best choice available to you.

The official synopsis for this movie is as follows: It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law.



noahThis is the second big movie of the week, but has received real limited press compared to ‘Divergent.’ The film is clearly based upon the biblical tale of Noah and the ark, and how he takes his biblical vision of doom and prepares his family for survival. Now having no personal investment in religion this is a movie that i have no intent or interest in seeing- but the cast is impressive and the director is well known so i can see this doing well at the box office.

The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky, who has had a host of hit movies in the past (Black Swan/The Wrestler) and each of these films has had a really unique styling and looked amazing. If he can bring this visual appear to the film here then I expect the tale to look as epic, as the fictional tale is.

The cast consists of Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Nick Nolte and Frank Langella, so should contain some great appearances and some very well acted scenes of tension and despair. But im afraid even the all-star cast isn’t going to be enough for me to recommend that you go out and see this movie the weekend- the story itself is just of not enough interest for me suggest you spend nearly 2hrs and 30minutes watching it.



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