Movies reviewed this week: Finding Dory, Central Intelligence, Albert, Preview: Independence Day- Resurgence and Bollywatch: Dhanak.
Where have the past 13 years gone? I still remember the 10-year-old me rushing to the cinema to watch Finding Nemo, my favourite clownfish. I cringed when Nemo risked his life, trying to jam the tank’s filter, and I prayed he wouldn’t get hurt in the process. I still remember that exciting day!
And Finding Dory, it must be said, is no less exciting. The animated adventure is filled with moments that will have you reminiscing and recalling memories from your childhood.
There are changes though; the plotline is completely different. If you’ve seen Finding Nemo, you will remember the temporary blackout of Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). It turns out a huge portion of her memory is still under wraps.
While regaining faint memories from her childhood, Dory is determined to find her parents Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy). Her memories take her to Morro Bay in California, but she needs her faithful buddies Marlin and Nemo to help her.
Finding Dory sees the trio tackling a series of action and adventures, which includes catching waves with sea turtles and dealing with predators.
It took the producers 13 years to come up with a sequel to Finding Nemo. So, have they captured the essence of the original? Without a doubt!
Review by Alvin Thomas
Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock) was a bullied, overweight student. Now, he’s a chiselled muscular alpha male and a rogue CIA agent, who is on a mission to save a compromised US satellite system. At his high school reunion, he meets old-time pal Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) and gets him to use his accountancy skills to help him save the country. Valiant shootouts, an impressive array of espionage and a plethora of puns make this a must- watch for comedy/action thriller fans.
Albert is a mischievous and sloppy kid from the small town of Kellyville. He is notorious for getting into trouble frequently, and most noticeably for reducing the town statue to rubble. To make amends, and also to return as a captain of a hot-air balloon, the little boy goes on a journey with his best pal, Egon. However, they fall victim to a pickpocket, Rapallo, who is on a mission to snip a diamond from the gypsy-market in Javallabad. The two must realise the mistake they’re about to make, and also stop Rapallo. A sure-fire winner for young kids.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Twenty years after the events of its predecessor Independence Day, the world is on its way to recovery. The United Nations has now created a new global defence and response programme, which includes an early warning system called the Earth Space Defense (ESD). It uses technology salvaged from the remains of the alien forces, with military forces assembled on the Moon, Mars and Rhea. However, before a complete annihilation from the previous encounter, the aliens were able to send a distress signal. The aliens are coming back again, with a larger and more powerful battle fleet. Who will win this time?
Pari (Hetal Gadda) is a hardcore Shah Rukh Khan fan who has only one wish, to help her blind brother Chotu (Krrish Chhabria) restore his eyesight before he turns nine. However, when their abusive, evil aunt refuses to help pay for Chotu’s surgery, the duo embark on a journey to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, to track down Shah Rukh Khan (who is shooting there for a movie), in the hope of meeting him, and possibly receiving his support for Chotu’s eye surgery. While the movie’s storyline is by no means exceptional, Nagesh Kukunoor’s direction, backed by some resilient acting, gives the movie its edge. It’s an emotional drama so do carry tissues, just in case.