This week, our resident movie critic, Kevin McIndoe, shares his views on Collide, Life, Midnight Sun and the much awaited Fast an Furious 8.
It’s always a treat to see actors of the calibre of Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley revelling in rip-roaring turns as villains.
However, with this, you wonder if these two Oscar-winning knights of the British realm really should have read the script a bit better. They presumably didn’t need the money.
In this, backpacker Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) has to pay for emergency medical treatment for his girlfriend Juliette (Felicity Jones).
It’s a case of needs-must so he decides to go back to his old job of petty crime and gets roped into pulling off a drug heist for his former boss, Geran (Kingsley), a sinister crime lord.
Of course, it all goes pear-shaped (was there ever any doubt?) when Nicholas makes a mess of hijacking a truck belonging to an evil drug baron called Hagen (Hopkins). Pretty soon, he finds himself on the run in Europe in a race against time to save his girlfriend’s life from Hagen (the horrible?)
The ingredients are all there: action-packed sequences, well-meaning but flawed hero; damsel in distress; evil villain etc but the plot has more holes in it than a Dutch cheese.
The strange thing is, it’s all rather enjoyable. There’s a fair bit of tasty driving on Germany’s autobahns and enough adrenalin-filled action to keep you interested.
And while not as terrifying as Hannibal Lecter, Hopkins’ Hagen just exudes menace. But it’s Kingsley who ever-so- slightly steals it, with a performance as a slithery, sinister villain that is about as far from his Oscar-winning turn as Gandhi as you could possibly get.
Review by Kevin McIndoe
That eternal question of whether or not there is life on Mars is going to continue to pervade popular culture. In this, six astronauts study a sample taken from the red planet’s earth that suggests to them that there is, and believe it to be a large, single-celled organism. However, things are never what they seem and as their research continues, the mysterious life form turns out to be troublesome. Will it be as horrible as the one who ate its way out of John Hurt’s chest in Alien? Go and see this sci-fi thriller to find out. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.
Katie is a 17-year-old who spends all day indoors in a house that never lets in any daylight. But she is not a younger version of Charles Dickens’ Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. Katie (Bella Thorne) suffers from a rare condition that renders even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. But despite her misery, there is some light at the end of the tunnel when she meets Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), who aims to help her bring some purpose and pleasure into her life. Based on the Japanese film of the same name, this romance/drama is well worth a look and deserves praise for neither pandering to nor patronising the chick-flick audience.
Fast & Furious 8
Groan. Not another one. How many sequels does one franchise need? I understand there is a ninth or a tenth on the way and this is the first of that final trilogy (hurray!) Still, you can’t argue with its success. It seems the world clearly can’t get enough of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang. This time, a mysterious woman seduces Dom into a world of crime, causing his crew some considerable consternation in the process. While we expect Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to be getting stuck in, this also has Charlize Theron letting down her hair too. Enjoy. Meantime, I’ll be tiling the bathroom.
Release date: April 13