WEEKEND PIC - Oct 17 - 19, 2008
a) MAX PAYNE (crime thriller with Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Ludacris, Chris O'Donnell, Amaury Nolasco, and Olga Kurylenko) Rated * * 1/2 (out of 4): It's brooding, dark and wet; it is technically well done and has the requisite action and distractions - but this videogame-adaptation lacks heart and audience involvement. (Reviewed below)
STILL GOING STRONG:
1. FURY aka MANGKORN SAU (Thai action thriller with Som Amara and Jija Yanin) Rated * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): Like the 'Ong Bak' series, this one is another fast-paced, no-holds-barred fight flick that does not use stunt doubles. Just overlook the plot and enjoy the stunts.
2. EAGLE EYE (Action thriller with Shia LeBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Billy Bob Thornton and Michael Chiklis) Rated * * (2 stars): If you can tolerate lots of ridiculous high-tech suspense and a lousy pay-off at the end, then this is the flick for you. (Reviewed below)
3. THE HOUSE BUNNY (comedy with Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Rumer Willis, Katharine McPhee and Hugh Hefner) Rated * * (2 out of 4 stars): Faris, the star of 'Scary Movie' moves on to another dumb movie that graduates from juvenile to infantile as it goes along. (Reviewed below)
4. FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (comedy with David Chisum, Richard Tyson and Kevin J. 'O Connor) Rating * * (2 stars): This 'Zombies On A Plane' movie is actually a made-for-DVD flim, but some wise guys must have thought it would convert a few fans here in Malaysia.
5. KAMI THE MOVIE (local drama with Liyana Jasmay, Syarul Ezani and Ani Zayanah) Rated * * (2 stars): Another coming-of-age movie about a bunch of school chums hanging out in some dodgy places, quite unlike 'The Goodbye Boys', 'S'kali', and 'Gol & Gincu' characters.
6. DISASTER MOVIE (comedy with Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Gary Johnson, Nicole Parker, and Kim Kardashian) Rated * (1 star): The spoof series gets from bad to worse and this looks like the pits - although I am not gonna bet on it. Seems like there is no limit to the stupidity that they can dish out - and this is a complete Disaster of a Movie.