Film Friday 2nd May’14

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Its the beginning of the weekend today, and for those of us in the UK its the beginning of the bank holiday giving us an extra day off making a busy weekend for Cinema chains. So with that being said whats making it to the big screen this weekend for you to check out, and what’s worth the entry fee- well here’s my two cents on it. This week sees the release of Pompeii, Tarzan and Bad Neighbours amongst others but are they worth the cost.

Tarzan

tarzanTo me this is a movie that is purely being released this weekend to cash in on the fact that most children have monday off due to the bank holiday- as there’s nothing new about this movie or the way its presented. The tale is known by almost everyone, and has even been presented in an animated format before (Disney) so the look isn’t even all that different, although admittedly its more computer animated than the Disney version, and is in 3D.

Im sure for a family friendly movie this weekend this will hit the spot and will deliver on the action and we all the story is compelling and engaging for a children’s movie, so there isnt really anything wrong with this but at the same time there isn’t anything thoroughly exciting about seeing this film remade even with the 3D effects.

 

Brick Mansions

brickThis is one of the final few release of Paul Walkers career before its untimely end, and while not being a great fan of the work he did its a shame to see a life so needlessly ended. However that aside the film is billed as action and crime drama that focuses heavily on the undercover cop trying to take down a group terrorist plot with the help of a criminal, yet despite this obviously used plot the movie has been directed and produced by Luc Besson which means that some of the action scenes in this movie will be worth seeing and may make this a slightly better than average action movie. However the similarities to the amazing ‘The Raid’ cant be denied when watching the trailer as not only does the film borrow the fighting style, the building style and movement but it also steals the same type of shots- almost identically at times.

As mentioned the film has been directed by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, who are sharing the duties this time around while starring Paul WalkerRobert MailletRZADavid BelleKalinka Petrie and Carlo Rota. I’m not expecting anything great from this movie, but if you like your action fast, thick and huge then this may be the film for you over the weekend.

 

Pompeii

pompeiiThis is the big release of the week, as this film has seen huge amount of TV advertisement time and was running before some of the biggest releases of the year so far (Captain America2 and Amazing Spiderman2) and has a huge budget, so really needs to be achieving at the box office to try and claw back as much of this expense as possible.

The film is based around the last few weeks of Pompeii prior to its massive volcanic eruption and complete destruction that has become complete legend.Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

The film is directed Paul W.S Anderson who is famous for several Resident Evil movies and Pandorum, so I’d fully expect the scenery to be visually stunning and given the films main protagonist should be a volcano this is a good thing. Id also expect to see the regular Anderson quick shot cut scenes that should really help to keep the action moving and engaging. The film stars Kit HaringtonEmily BrowningKiefer SutherlandJared HarrisJoe PingueCurrie GrahamCarrie-Anne Moss and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje so the level of acting should be decent and there should be some real standout characters in there. As much as i exect this movie to do well, im holding out for the TV release to check out this movie mainly due to the fact that the ending of this movie has to be inevitable- everyone dies!

 

Bad Neighbours

This is the latest in the line of comedy movies produced by Seth Rogan, so by now everyone should know what to expect if they go and check out this movie- some highly funny moments mixed in with some immature moments but overall a decent story that is told through the medium of laughter and adolescent behaviour.

The movie stars Zac EfronDave FrancoRose ByrneSeth RogenJake JohnsonChristopher Mintz-PlasseLisa KudrowCarla Gallo and Craig Roberts. I fully expect Mintz-Plasse to deliver another quality comedic performance as he never seems to miss along with a good performance from Seth Rogan that should easily move this from an average comedy to a top comedic movie.

The official synopsis for this movie is as follows: Kelly and Mac are settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their newborn child, until the frat brothers move into the house next door. Teddy is the President, and Mac is his right hand man, and they’re quick to accept friendship when Kelly and Mac introduce themselves as the neighbors. Night after night, Mac asks Teddy to lower the fraternity’s noise, even accepting the invitation to the party one evening. When Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police quickly blame Mac for their presence, and the war begins. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous and the fraternity end ups on thin ice with their college. After receiving their final warning and being placed on probation, Mac and Kelly pull a prank so ingenious that Teddy and Mac are forced to respond. All hell breaks loose, from Robert DeNiro parties to Christopher Mintz-Plasse having sex in the bushes, this comedy shows how.

Yes that does mention Robert DeNiro above- so how could this not have some great moments of total comedy brilliance if your going to see anything this week id recommend this one for the sheer level of enjoyment it should bring to the cinema.

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