First festive film opens

2009-11-06 00:00

HOLLYWOOD is gearing up for the festive season and the first of the Christmas movies comes to Maritzburg’s ­CineCentre this weekend.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol is the latest film version of Charles Dickens’s classic novel of the same name. ­Written and directed by Robert ­Zemeckis, the film was produced ­using the process of performance capture, a technique Zemeckis used in The Polar Express (2004) and ­Beowulf (2007).

Jim Carrey plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge as a young, middle-aged and old man, as well as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come, who haunt the old miser and help to bring kindness to his ­otherwise cold heart. The ghosts ­remind him of the man he used to be, the hard truth of what the world is ­today, and what will happen if he does not strive to be a better man.

Carrey’s co-stars include Gary ­Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins and Robin Wright Penn.

The second new film opening at ­CineCentre today is Law Abiding ­Citizen, which tells the story of Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler), a brilliant ­inventor whose wife and daughter are killed when two robbers invade his Philadelphia home. The killers are later caught, but during the court case, the assistant District Attorney Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) is ordered to make a deal with one of the killers to testify against his partner — a decision which angers Clyde and ­ultimately sets him on a path of revenge.

Butler (The Ugly Truth, Gamers, 300) said the film’s unconventional starting point — that a man who has been betrayed by the system decides to teach the system a lesson from ­inside jail — convinced him that Law ­Abiding Citizen was not a standard psychological thriller.

“The story hit me in a way that most thrillers don’t. In a lot of ways, it’s completely unexpected. It is a very ­intense, scary story, yet at the same time you end up with empathy and emotion for both characters,” he ­added.

“I don’t recall ever working on a movie that has got me so excited. I feel like its themes are quite ­profound in some ways and should make us think about how lucky most of us are.”

 

STILL ON CIRCUIT:

• CineCentre: Michael Jackson’s This Is It; Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; Pandorum; Inglourious Basterds; Gamer.

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