The late Paul Walker of Fast and Furious fame plays a father who’s child is born prematurely following a difficult birth. He finds himself trapped in a New Orleans hospital when Hurricane Katrina strikes, leaving him alone in his endeavors to keep his fragile newborn alive in the face of lethal floods and looters. Walker is just fine in action movies but seems not to be so comfortable in a movie all by himself and in one that requires real emotional depth.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
A highflying trader (Colin Egglesfield) is sent on a vacation to Bangkok by his boss but while he’s away his hedge fund comes under investigation for money laundering. Meanwhile his holiday turns sour when his brother’s shady business ties with a ruthless Thai gangster puts his life in danger.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The death of its subject makes the release of this biopic of Nelson Mandela especially timely. Idris Elba is not an impersonator of the real man but brings the required gravitas and charisma to the role. The film follows Mandela’s life from rural upbringing to his gradual radicalisation as a young lawyer and then his imprisonment on Robben Island. With so much to pack in, Justin Chadwick’s film has to skate over a lot, including 27 years in jail, to take us up to Mandela’s election as president in 1994. Occasionally it feels like broad-brush history but it’s an important story that many will now discover through this film.