There’s another bunch of high profile films out this week featuring Matt Damon with silly hair, Mark Wahlberg being a badass and Channing Tatum in actually-quite-funny shocker. So, without further ado, have a look below and see what takes your fancy for the coming week.
We Bought a Zoo
Based on a true story and the memoir by Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo tells the tale of Mee (Matt Damon) who, following the passing of his wife to cancer, buys and attempts to renovate a run-down zoo. However, it’d be a pretty boring film if it all went to plan and, funnily enough, it doesn’t. As Mee gets closer to head keeper Kelly (Scarlett Johansson) the zoo falls into financial difficulty that threatens to derail the whole operation.
In balls to the wall action flick Contraband, Mark Wahlberg stars as a smuggler turned security guard turned general dealer of whoop-ass as he finds himself on the wrong side of the law when he runs into financial difficulty. Contraband is a remake of Icelandic hit Reykjavic-Rotterdam, with director Baltasar Kormakur having played Wahlberg’s role in the original. Kate Beckinsale is also along for the ride, and the film looks set to perfectly quench people’s thirst for action until the big summer blockbusters arrive.
21 Jump Street
Chances are, most British audiences won’t have the faintest idea that 21 Jump Street is actually based on an 80s US cop show that starred a little known actor called Johnny Depp. And why should they? This version, featuring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the lead roles, stays true to the theme of the original, in that blatantly older cops go undercover as high schol students to solve crime, this time to expose a drug ring. Hilarity ensues as the two protagonists do their best to fit back in to high school, years after they left.
The Devil Inside
If The Exorcist hasn’t scarred you for life and you feel you need more exrocism-based horror, then The Devil Inside might be what you’re looking for. After her mother is committed to an asylum for killing two priests trying to exorcise her, Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) goes to see her and takes a documentary crew along with her. You know, as you do.
Also out this week
If none of the above grabs you, then there’s plenty else to go and see. There’s In Darkness, in which a man strives to free enslaved Jews in Nazi-controlled Poland, and Once Upon a Time In Anatolia, where two prisoners lead authorities on a merry little dance as they tease them with the whereabouts of a person they murdered. There are also a couple of documentaries worth a look in How To Re-Establish a Vodka Empire, which is pretty self explanatory, and Bill Cunningham New York, a profile of fashion photographer Bill Cunningham.