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Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and Sylvester Stallone getting roughed up by men in silly black costumes in 'Escape Plan'.
Check out these movies before hitting the cinemas this weekend.
THIS funny and very watchable throwback to the glory days of action flicks – when its stars were at their peak – is a great escape from the woes of the world for a couple of hours.
Sylvester Stallone is a prison security expert who gets set up and locked away in a maximum security facility where Arnold Schwarzenegger is the resident “go-to” inmate. Person Of Interest’s Jim Caviezel is the sadistic warden, Vinnie “Juggernaut” Jones an even more sadistic guard, and everyone seems to be having fun even at the most brutal moments.
Stallone gets more screen time, and his character’s reasons for doing what he does are credibly woven into the story. But Arnie gets the bigger laughs (his “crazed German” act is a hoot) and there’s one cheer-worthy moment – oh, you’ll know it – when the Terminator rises again.
The actual escape plan seems a bit random and the wrap-up is too rushed, but on the whole it’s better than both stars’ respective solo efforts from earlier this year. – Davin Arul
Insidious: Chapter 2
The first film ended with Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) returning from the other side with something else riding piggyback on him – an evil spirit wearing a black wedding dress. In this second chapter, the story continues from that point with Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) – the worst mother ever – still experiencing supernatural events in yet another house.
It also delves into Josh’s childhood, the spirit that haunted him as a child, and revisits some scenes from the first film (to explain a couple of things seen in that one).
Although not as strong a feature as the first film – there are some bits that don’t make any sense at all, with scenes present for the sole purpose of either shock or humour – Chapter 2 does prove that director James Wan is very good at making scary movies on a low budget, using good old-fashioned tricks (such as moving objects, sounds, camera angles and lighting).
It’s also set up nicely for a third film, if Wan decides to pursue it. – Mumtaj Begum (***)
Space is truly terrifying – it’s huge and featureless and inimical to human life. Watch this movie if you don’t believe me.
The story is simple: astronauts get caught out in space alone when satellite debris destroys their transport, and they need to find a way back home. Sandra Bullock, who plays the lead character – scientist and first-time astronaut Ryan Stone – displays her usual likeability and vulnerability to ably anchor this movie. And of course, George Clooney who plays veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski, is his usual charming self.
But the main star of the movie is the visuals. This is one film that is totally worth watching in IMAX 3D, to fully immerse yourself in the beautiful, scary, weightless environment of space. And don’t be surprised by the lack of audio during certain parts of the movie – after all, sound doesn’t carry in space.
A movie definitely worth catching for its visual aspects alone. – Tan Shiow Chin (****)
Mr And Mrs Player
This Hong Kong movie simply sells itself without much effort. The title says it all. Plus, it is a Wong Jing flick that is headlined by hot babe Chrissie Chau and funnyman Chapman To, a spin-off of sorts made after the commercial success of Mr And Mrs Gambler (with To and Fiona Sit). In this one, To is a feng shui master while Chau is a veterinarian; they bump into each other while running to-and-fro between their dinner dates. Somehow, something clicks between the two players and after that, the raunchy rom-com sees a merry-go-round of crazy courtship rituals involving fidelity vows and chastity belts. – Seto Kit Yan
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