Predators on the prowl

2010-08-06 00:00

THREE new films open in Pietermaritzburg this weekend — the family-friendly film, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, the comedy Grown Ups and the horror thriller Predators.

Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a sequel to 2001’s Cats and Dogs and this time the two species have to join forces to combat a crazy cat bent on world domination.

Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organisation MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan not only to bring her canine enemies to heel, but to take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post.

The film blends live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation, and boasts the voice talents of Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, James Marsden, Bette Midler and Nick Nolte.

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade are the stars of the comedy, Grown Ups, which tells the story of five friends and former team-mates, who reunite years later to honour the passing of their childhood basketball coach.

With their wives (played by Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph) and kids in tow, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t mean growing up.

Last, but not least, is the latest chapter in the Predator universe, Predators, which stars Oscar-winner Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of warriors on an alien planet.

With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers — mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts and death-squad members. These human “predators” soon discover that they have become prey and are being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien predators. Also starring in the film are Laurence Fishburne and Alice Braga.

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