This week, our resident movie critic, Kevin McIndoe, shares his views on Mine, Noor, The Void, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
For those of you who aren’t of a mind to heed the advice of Y’s Shaquel al Balushi, then this is the film for you.
Our Shaquel knows all about surviving in the wild, especially when the SUV breaks down.
In this, US Marine sniper Mike (Armie Hammer) finds himself stranded in the North African desert after false intel leads to a botched mission.
After being forced to leg it across some rocky terrain, Mike is left miles from base camp, and then some rather taciturn radio support tells him a passing convoy can only be deployed in 52 hours.
Exposed to the very worst elements the desert can throw at him, Mike must survive its dangers, which happen to include 33 million landmines.
Now, every breath he takes, and every move he makes could be his last.
We follow Mike’s every painstaking step as he attempts to cope with blinding sunshine, dehydration, hallucinations, vicious night desert dogs and his own demons. And it’s during his ordeal that the mindset of the melancholy marine becomes clearer.
The first half of the film doesn’t stint on the suspense, with some taut camera work capturing both the harshness and beauty of its sweeping vistas.
However, the premise of the film is a little bit flawed. The US Army doesn’t just abandon soldiers, does it? Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been Saving Private Ryan, it would have been called Leaving Private Ryan To Fend For Himself.
Nonetheless, Armie Hammer’s committed performance is very watchable, and he grabs our sympathy as he copes with his despair and disorientation.
It’s a slick, well-shot (in the Canary Islands) production that’s worth a look.
Noor (Sonaksi Sinha) is a journalist who juggles work and life on a day-to-day basis, and feels that life is passing her by. What’s more, she is concerned her editor and colleagues aren’t taking her seriously.
When she gets a lead on an eye-popping story, she sees the chance to give her career a rocket boost in the process. Let’s hope she wraps her story up in an afternoon because, in the real world, she wouldn’t get much more time than that, these days! Still, Bollywood should be applauded for attempting to portray the life of a journalist, which has almost never been portrayed accurately on screen.
When police officer Carter discovers a blood-soaked man limping down the road, he immediately rushes him to the nearest hospital.
But when a strange load of white cloaked figures (looking a bit like the KKK) start surrounding the building, some of the nightshift medical staff and the patients begin to go insane.
When it’s clear that some demonic force is afoot and infecting those inside the hospital, Carter must marshal all his leadership skills to get the uninfected to safety, while taking out the ghouls for whom gall bladder trouble is just an occupational hazard. Oh well, they do say that statistically we’re more likely to die in hospital than anywhere else.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
For those of you unfamiliar with the Excalibur legend, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) has to prove his birthright by pulling the sword out of a stone. This, despite the fact that he is positively weedy compared to some of the men-mountains who have tried and failed. His dastardly uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) stole the crown after the suspicious murder of Arthur’s father, and he has made sure his nephew has had a wretched upbringing. Cue a showdown, and with Guy Ritchie directing this big-budget effort, it’s bound to be good. There’s also a cameo from David Beckham. Let’s hope he has little dialogue; I’m sure he’s no Eric Cantona (in the acting stakes).
Release Date: May 11