WEEKEND PIC: Dec 14 - 16 2007
Your Guide To The Weekend Viewing:
1. THE WARLORDS (Actioner in Mandarin with Andy Lau, Jet Li and Takeshi Kaneshiro) Rating * * * (out of 4): This is an engaging tale of brotherly betrayal, revenge and murder set in China's Taiping rebellion (1851-64). The story has been told before, in Chang Cheh's "The Blood Brothers" (1973) but not in such an epic scale as this.
3. I AM LEGEND (psychological thriller with Will Smith) Rated * * * (3 stars): Smith plays a military scientist left alone in a devastated NY City to battle the zombie population. The images of a deserted Manhattan are eerie enough and the story passable as the best adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 sci-fi novel. (Reviewed below)
5. ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS (live comedy with Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson and Justin Long) Rated * * (2 stars): While it may be a novelty to see the Chipmunks in live action, this comedy is only intermittently funny. The action can be ridiculous and some gross-out scenes are painful to watch.
7. ENCHANTED (Fantasy romance with Amy Adams, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon) Rated * * * (3 stars): This is an account of what happens when animated fairytale clashes with reality in New York City. A fun outing for the family during the school holidays. (Reviewed below)