This week, Y’s movie critic Kevin McIndoe shares his opinion on the latest releases, Seven Sisters; Security; and Paris Can Wait.
If you hate the new breed of Hollywood actresses who like to act tough, but everyone knows they’re not (Jennifer Lawrence, take note), then it’s great to have a film led by two charismatic stars who really can handle themselves.
Noomi Rapace has cemented her status as the flawed, indomitable female par excellence in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, and Glenn Close raised the role of the fiendish female to new heights of delicious demonry in Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons and er… 101 Dalmations.
In this, the two are pitted against one another. Rapace plays seven sisters in a dystopian society that dictates a one-child parenting policy. Any extra offspring are detained by the sinister Child Allocation Bureau headed up by mad scientist Nicolette Cayman (Close).
As one of seven sisters (named after days of the week) raised in isolation, Rapace has been brought up to play the same person, Karen, to a ‘T’, as has each of her siblings.
However, each sister has a personality and a mind of her own. Their seclusion has taken a bit of a toll on them, and it stretches to more than just arguments over makeup and curlers.
When Monday goes missing, a horde of Cayman’s henchmen hone in on the sisters forcing them to fight for their freedom, and survival.
It’s all wonderful fun, if a little bit cheesy at times.
Still, Rapace takes on seven different, disparate characters and delivers on that highly taxing premise in spades. Meanwhile, Close gives it some welly as the scientist with a screw loose, without overdoing it.
The result is a highly watchable sci-fi thriller that is a bit of fun, too. Enjoy.
Review by Kevin McIndoe
When Eduardo (Antonio Banderas) winds up with no money, he takes a job as a security guard at a mall between two towns with high crime rates. Before opening time, he is being shown the job by his colleague Vance (Liam McIntyre) when Ruby (Gabriella Wright) arrives at the mall’s entrance pleading to be let in. The inexperienced Eduardo does so. When Charlie (Ben Kingsley) follows her and also asks to be let in claiming he is her father, our Ed smells a rat and refuses. And so one heck of a gun-toting siege ensues with Kingsley on form as the scene-stealing villain we all love to hate.
Paris Can Wait
When Anne (Diane Lane), the wife of movie producer Michael (Alec Baldwin) takes a road trip from Cannes to Paris with one of his associates, it takes her on a journey of self-discovery. In the French countryside, she recovers her appetite for life amid resplendent fields, abundant sunshine, fine food and genial company. This is a road movie-comedy-drama that is a true delight. It is neither mawkish nor full of the vacuous dialogue that can so often taint a film like this. Only a real woman of the world could have directed it and Eleanor Coppola, at the ripe old age of 80; has delivered.
The Glass Castle
As a distraction to grinding poverty, Rex (Woody Harrelson) regales his children with recycled pearls of wisdom from his limited experience. His wife Jeannette is a (not very talented) artist who can’t put down the brush long enough to make her kids’ meals. This saga surrounding a family of nomadic dropouts does not sound like an easy one to watch. Whether or not the daughter Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) can make it to adulthood relatively unscathed is obviously its main focus. It all sounds like a demanding display of dysfunction that, while worthy, is not going to be a typical date movie. Still, it’s no less welcome for all that.
Oman Release Date: August 31