Movies reviewed this week: Passengers, Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice, Singam 3 and Long View: Patriots Day.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora and Chris Pratt as Jim, Passengers starts out well enough but loses its direction towards the end.
That said, it has a great storyline that combines some impressive sci-fi action and a moral dilemma. As the spaceship Horizon transports 5,000 people to a new life on Homestead II, a colony planet; Jim mysteriously awakens 30 years into the 120-year journey.
Over the next 12 months, he wanders the luxurious spaceship alone but is constantly drawn to Aurora’s hibernation pod – and herein lies the moral dilemma. With 90 years’ travelling time remaining, should he wake her up from her suspended sleep or should he spend his remaining years alone, dying before the spaceship reaches its destination?
Of course, he wakes Aurora up, and the two set off trying to solve the mystery as to why the pods malfunctioned, while being helped later by Gus (Lawrence Fishburne), the spaceship’s chief deck officer who also woke up too early.
There are some great special effects – keep an eye out for Aurora’s pool scene – but the ending is rushed as though director Morten Tyldum was trying to pack in as much as possible before running out of production time.
Lawrence is fantastic as Aurora, and she and Pratt have some good on-screen chemistry while Michael Sheen shines as Robert, the robot bartender.
Review by Felicity Glover
The third outing for the Snow Queen franchise, which is based on the fairytale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, sees Gerda return to find her long-lost parents. This time, however, Gerda and her brother Kai have grown up and have entered a new stage of their lives. Their adventures take them on a journey in which they discover an ancient magical artefact – the Stone of Fire and Ice – but nothing goes according to plan and it’s a race against time as they battle magical elements in an effort to get her family back. The Russian 3D animated movie is fun for younger children but lacks the slickness and pizzazz of some of its contemporaries, such as the recently released Sing and Trolls.
It’s been a long time coming, but Suriya finally reprises his role as hero police officer Durai Singam in Singam 3, also known as S3. Directed by Hari, the Tamil-language film is an action-packed thriller with plenty of exciting car chase scenes, fighting and, of course, ensuring the bad guys are put away. This is the sequel to 2010’s Singam 2 and also stars Shurti Haasan and Anushka Shetty. Die-hard Singam fans won’t be disappointed but will also see a softer side to Singam as his family life is integrated into the film. Definitely a must-watch. With Arabic sub-titles.
Based on the true story of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, in which three people were killed and 264 others were injured, actor Mark Wahlberg returns to the streets of his real-life hometown to star as police sergeant Tommy Saunders. This is a fast-paced action drama that stays true to its story as the four-day hunt for the bombers leaves the city on edge. The solid cast that includes John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan means this is a powerful story of real-life heroes that takes us behind the scenes as the search for the two Chechen brothers responsible for the carnage reaches its peak.
Oman release date: January 12, 2017