Movies reviewed this week: The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Dhay Fe Abu Dhabi, Precious Cargo, Cabin Fever, Kali
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
When you’ve got a cast that includes Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Emily Blunt, you should be on to a winner.
Sadly, not even these big names can magic up a hit. Going up against The Jungle Book, which is proving to be the king of the box office, has not helped.
As a sequel to the 2012 fairy tale fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman, it should have done well. The first film grossed US$396 million (RO152m) but without the presence of Kristen Stewart this time round, the gloss seems to have dulled.
Theron is back, however, and thoroughly enjoying playing the evil queen, Ravenna, who betrays her sister, Freya, the ice queen (Blunt) after she very kindly brought her back to life.
Freya retreats to lick her wounds and raise an army of huntsmen, as you do. As she is gifted with the ability to freeze her enemies in ice, this may not have been strictly necessary but it’s just as well she did, as Ravenna is soon up to her old wicked ways and intent on taking over or destroying the world, whichever happens first.
Hemsworth (in full brooding mood) is the one who can stop her, along with his love (Jessica Chastain) and the other huntsmen, with the ice queen along for the ride.
It’s visually arresting and fun in places but outweighed by silliness.
One critic has decried it as an angrier version of Frozen but after this, perhaps it would be best to Let It Go and forget a third helping.
Review by Kate Ginn
Bruce Willis always seems to be trying to recapture the magic of his early days but always falls short. This is no exception. This time, he plays the baddie as Eddie, a murderous crime boss, who is out for revenge after a multi-million dollar heist goes wrong. The thief responsible for the failure, Karen (Claire Forlani) recruits an ex-lover (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) to steal some rare and valuable gems to get back into her boss’s good books. Lots of shooting and car chases follow. One for the DVD collection.
An almost exact remake of a 2002 film of the same name (the same script is used), the title tells you that this is going to be one of those creepy, horror movies about a group of friends (five this time) who are terrorised in their rented cabin in the woods. The pals fall foul of some homicidal locals after accidentally killing a man contaminated with a flesh-eating bug, which then spreads via the water supply to one of the members of the group. When will college graduates ever learn not to rent isolated cabins in woods near unfriendly locals?
Dhay Fe Abu Dhabi
This charming comedy indie film is winning rave reviews across the border in the UAE. It tells the story of a young Emirati who moves from Fujairah after graduating from college to try his luck in the big city of Abu Dhabi, where he hopes to find a job and a wife. Family troubles and a road trip, during which he meets a friend who offers to help, provide the laughs. In Arabic.
In this Indian Malayalam-language romantic thriller, we follow Siddharth (Dulquer Salmaan) and Anjali (Sai Pallavi) as they meet and fall in love during their college days, and then get married (against the wishes of their parents). Siddharth’s anger management issues (the film’s name is vernacular for a person who has “anger at the tip of their nose”) boil over when he loses his cool despite his best efforts to behave. What happens next seriously tests the couple’s relationship.