- Over-the-top garishness trumps weak love story
- 1920s decadence is infused with 2013 hip-hop sentiments
HOW did the nouveau riche show off their wealth in the Roaring Twenties in the US? They would have put on rip-roaring parties that would have been filled with decadence and a non-stop flow of liquor.
Australian director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge and Australia) seems like the right man to display this desire of the new rich to impress others. His style is at once garish and magnetic.
- Another incredulous case of an accident that goes unreported in a Metrowealth film
- Can you come back from the dead? This film says you can
THERE are just too many things going in religious romantic film 99 Kali Rindu, and they don’t add up to much. While the messages about love and God are well crafted, the romantic angle is seriously unbelievable.
Director Azhari Zain’s film also suffers from the same fate as Metrowealth’s last religious themed film, Dua Kalimah. There’s an accident and the victims don’t report it to the authorities or their family. Continue reading
- More screen time should have been given to Cumberbatch, who plays a villain with great elan
- It’s a moderately exciting film with a focus on Kirk and Spock’s ties
THE action is nothing to shout about, the dialogue is normal and the themes of friendship, immortality and sacrifice, while fascinating, are not new. But what makes director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness captivating to watch is also what made Skyfall a hit: a great film villain.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s piercing blue eyes, cold stare and deeply resonating voice will make a great impression on viewers. Cumberbatch is so enthralling to watch that it’s hard for viewers to take their eyes off him. He’s much more effective than Chris Pine, who reprises his role as Capt James T. Kirk.
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- Fast and Furious’ Paul Walker spends an entire film in a car, but this time he’s an angry man who’s stuck in a situation he can’t control
- White man saves blacks in this lame thriller that will drive viewers to despair
THE Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker, he of the piercing blue eyes and blond hair, decides to go with another car-centred thriller in director Mukunda Michael Dewil’s Vehicle 19, filmed in South Africa.
Walker plays Michael Woods, an American who has broken his parole conditions to come visit his ex-wife, Angelica, in Johannesburg. He spends the entire film in a car.
There may be a reason for this, but it makes the film dependent on Walker to keep us engrossed in it.
- An easygoing cops vs drug lords drama, until the film’s
out-of-character climatic violence
- Sun Honglei plays a police captain who’ll stop at nothing to catch the baddies, including sniffing drugs that nearly kill him
MANDARIN film Drug War is a pretty evenhanded film about a team of Chinese cops led by a charismatic captain.
Capt Zhang (Sun Honglei) is in practically every scene and it seems that his subordinates exist only to serve him. Viewers will be ensconced comfortably in their seats but the violence in the final 10 minutes will shake them up. It’s totally not in keeping with the character of the film.
- Rich city woman falls for sinewy country bumpkin. Yeah, right.
- Predictable romantic film, with no sight of Nora’s unclothed body
AFTER watching director Shirin Khuzaimi’s melodramatic romance, Mencari Cinta (Looking For Love), you will know why it needed the controversy arising from Nora Danish supposedly going nude for this film.
Controversy boosts interest in films and this sappy film about a rich city slicker falling in love with a herdsman needs all the help it can get.
This is the third Nora film that I’ve seen and while she acquits herself well, she isn’t one who inspires confidence in viewers. I compare her to another Metrowealth actress, Yana Samsudin.
- Melissa McCarthy will grab you by the collar and won’t let you go
- The Bridesmaids actress holds this light road film together
MELISSA McCarthy reminds me of Rebel Wilson, both of whom appeared in Bridesmaids (2011). They’re big, loud and full of raucous humour.
McCarthy is the star of this middling road trip film directed by Seth Gordon, who also directed Horrible Bosses. Gordon teams up again with Jason Bateman, whose working-stiff character is so bland that viewers are left wondering how he appeared in this comedy, until they realise that he’s also one of the film’s producers.