Cons and spies at the movies

2009-07-31 00:00

GUINEA pigs and conmen are the stars of the two new films opening in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz star alongside Mark Ruffalo in The Brothers Bloom, which tells the story of two con artists, Stephen and Bloom, who have been conning people since they were children.

Now in his mid-30s, Bloom wants to quit the business as he feels he is losing his own identity to that of the characters he plays, but his ever­persuasive brother manages to talk him into one last con.

The mark is the eccentric, lonely and beautiful New Jersey heiress, Penelope Stamp, whose primary ­pastime is to “borrow hobbies” — when she sees something she likes, she learns how to do it solely through reading books.

Unfortunately for the brothers, this final con doesn’t go quite according to plan as they have to deal with a former mentor bent on revenge, a very unpredictable mark and an ­unexpected romance.

The film can be seen at SterKinekor Scottsville.

Opening at CineCentre today, is ­Jerry Bruckheimer’s first 3-D film, ­G-Force, a comedy adventure about a covert government programme to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest hi-tech spy equipment, a team of highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws.

Bruckheimer reckons it’s been fun to take films based on familiar, and even classic themes, give them a twist and see what evolves.

“Movies about secret agents have been on screen long before James Bond, and movies in which animals speak and have personalities have ­also been with us for quite some time,” he added. “What we’ve never seen, however, is a movie about secret agents who also happen to be ­animals, in a combination of live ­action, animation and digital 3D.”

Clearly it’s a recipe for success ­because the film, which features the voice talents of Penelope Cruz and Nicolas Cage, managed to knock ­Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince off the top spot at the U.S. box office.

 

STILL ON CIRCUIT

 

SterKinekor: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; ­Obsessed; Drag Me To Hell; Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; 17 Again.

CineCentre: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; The Hangover; The Proposal; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; Fighting.

NuMetro: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Bruno; Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Kambakkht Ishq; Knowing.

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