There will be a lot on offer for the restless among you this week, with a movie to suit almost every kind of taste. Using an intricate algorithm developed by NASA, I predict that Disney’s John Carter will be the highest earning film of the week out of them all. Opening simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic, John Carter will be 2012’s first big blockbuster movie and its massive marketing budget already has the fanboys and action freaks salivating in anticipation. It’s a huge VFX extravaganza with an already present mythology all of its own and a budget reported to be around $250mil! It’s big, very big.
With no big name stars or directors on board it may not reach the heights of Avatar but even at a quarter of a bil, and on the back of positive pre-release buzz and reviews, this should make a tidy return for the home of Mickey Mouse.
For a completely different night out you might like to try Robert Pattinson’s new period drama, Bel Ami – an adaptation of a novel by Guy de Maupassant that tells the sordid tale of handsome George Duroy (Pattinson, obviously) as he swindles and deceives his way to the top of Paris high society via a series of powerful, wealthy and equally corrupt married women. It’s rated 15, boasts a pretty strong cast (including Uma Thurman, Chirstina Ricci and Kristin Scott-Thomas) and is quite hot and heavy in places so this really isn’t one for Rpat’s tweeny Twilight crowd. It will be interesting to see how this one does.
Somehow John Cusack should be a bigger star than he is. He’s starred in some great films – Being John Malkovich, Grosse Point Blank, Identity – some big films – 2012, Con Air – and then there are films best forgotten like Must Love Dogs and America’s Sweethearts. One thing you can say about him is: he keeps you guessing. And so it continues with his new noir thriller, The Raven. Here he plays the author Edgar Allen Poe in a fictionalized account of the last days of his life as he pursues an apparently demented serial killer who finishes off his (or her) victims in styles mirroring Poe’s stories. It’s one of those releases that makes you go ‘hmmmm’, but we’re hoping for good things.
Cleanskin is a really decent looking Sean Bean actioner that’s (unfortunately) flying under the radar at the moment but it’s my TIP FOR THE WEEK. Bean stars as a secret service agent who is cut loose in order to track down and eliminate a terrorist cell operating in London. But soon his methods begin to call into question who the terrorist is. Interesting premise, good action, English….? Could be a sleeper.
OTHER LIMITED RELEASES THIS WEEK:
Hard Boiled Sweets (15) – Ultra low budget Brit gangster flick on limited release.
Trishna (15) – English language tale set in India and based on Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Starring Freida Pinto in the title role. Limited release.
Payback Season (15) – We can only hope that Adam ‘Anuvahood’ Deacon’s latest flick has something a little more insightful or unusual to tell us about life in ‘urban London’ as his high-flying playboy footballer confronts the council estate hood rats from his past that he left behind. The trailer gives a few pointers as to what to expect: