Every week, Y reviews the newest movies in town. This week it’s San Andreas, Spy, Unfriended, Tanu weds Manu Returns and Cut Bank.
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With the whole of San Francisco collapsing into piles of smoldering bricks and raging out-of-control fires, a lone helicopter emerges from the devastation flying through the black smoke to safety. At the controls is “The Rock” (who else?), who is intent on saving the city and America, and just about anyone else who needs saving in the world.
Variations of this scene with computer-generated mayhem are pretty much the basis of this whole movie, with the undoubted star of the disaster flick being the spectacular special effects.
When the San Andreas Fault triggers a magnitude 9 earthquake, California looks on shaky ground as seismologist Dr Lawrence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) predicts the worse. Cue Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who plays Ray, a helicopter pilot for the LA Fire Department, who has to navigate the destruction and rescue his estranged wife and daughter stuck in the rubble.
With muscles bulging in his too tight T-shirt, The Rock is – unlike California – indestructible.
It has none of the subtlety or sophistication of epics such as 2012 or Dante’s Peak, the dialogue is naff and the science doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny, but it’s all great, if a bit silly, fun.
Review by Kate Ginn
Working as a deskbound analyst for the CIA, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has always dreamed of entering the big league of international espionage. When one agent falls off the grid and another is compromised, Susan seizes her opportunity and volunteers to go deep undercover to bring down a deadly arms dealer. After shining in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids back in 2011, McCarthy has starred in some hit-and-miss affairs, but is back on fine form as she teams up with Feig once more in this uproarious action comedy.
High school student Laura Burns (Heather Sossaman) committed suicide after an embarrassing video of her goes viral, provoking a torrent of online abuse. One year later, a group of Laura’s friends find themselves plagued by an abusive account during a group video call and it slowly becomes apparent that each of the youngsters has several skeletons in their closest. Unfriended has created a new genre of horror and provided you’re willing to watch what is effectively an extended Skype video call, in all its glitchy glory, you’ll be rewarded with some genuinely disturbing supernatural goings on.
Bollywatch: Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Kangana Ranaut, Madhavan and Jimmy Shergill reprise their respective roles in the sequel to 2011’s Tanu Weds Manu. Four years after the marriage, the romance between Manu (Madhavan) and Tanu (Ranaut) is all but gone and Tanu decides to leave their London home and return to her hometown in India. Meanwhile, Manu finds himself falling for his ex-wife’s lookalike, which leads to complications when Tanu returns.
Preview: Cut Bank
Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth) longs to escape his small town existence in Cut Bank, Montana, and believes he may have found his ticket out when he accidentally records the murder of the local postman while filming a DIY tourism advert. As he attempts to profit from a bad situation, he finds that fate and karma can be powerful factors to contend with.