Work has been crazy these last few days. My mind also tends to wander quite a bit. Hence this blog post going up later than normal.
There are three new films in the marketplace this week. Let’s get started. First up is…
A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. *
The Good – I’m always down for a good, old fashion post-apocalyptic story. The Mad Max Trilogy, Wall-E, 12 Monkeys, & Barbed Wire (OK…maybe not that last one) have all been fantastic takes on the genre. With Will and Jaden Smith on board, it does look interesting.
The Bad – Director M. Night Shyamalan’s track record has been hideous of late. The Happening was laughably bad while The Last Airbender was nothing but a cavalcade of terrible decisions. He white washed Asian characters, bored the key audience members, and destroyed any hope for a potential franchise. It is considered one of the worst summer movies in recent years. After Earth represents a mild departure for him. It is the first movie he’s directed that he has not written himself. Maybe this will help jump start his floundering career.
The Ugly – Shyamalan is known for including a twist ending (even when it’s uncalled for). If this film turns out to be nothing but a Will Smith hallucination or some elaborate birthday party ruse, I’m going to be very upset.
After Earth is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images.
NOW YOU SEE ME
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. *
Brief Thoughts – This movie is not one I’d be expecting to make its premiere during the early summer months. Not that it’s a bad thing. Quite the opposite in fact. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the slam bang action extravaganzas that frequent the release calendar. The trailer had me intrigued. I do love a good magic film like this and The Prestige, a film built around the question, how did they do it?
Now You See Me is rated PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content.
While on vacation with friends in Hyderabad, India, Caden Welles - a privileged young man with the world at his disposal - takes an unexpected turn in life after initially refusing to help a starving man and his daughter. *
Brief Thoughts – Human trafficking is a horrible practice that is too deep of a subject for a simple movie blog to tackle. After watching this trailer, I think it’s also too deep for the filmmakers. This is another movie where only the handsome American can show the errors of a foreign society. It’s a tired cliché story that does a great disservice to the subject matter. I’m going to pass on this film.
Not Today is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material.
That will do for this week. Tune in next time when we try for a job at Google with some crashers. Until then, filmmakers, stop blowing up our planet. It’s the only one we’ve got.
*all movie summaries taken from IMDB.com