Raising the dead

2008-08-08 00:00

THREE films are opening locally today — The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor at CineCentre and Ster Kinekor; Big Nothing at Ster Kinekor and Money Hai Toh Honey Hai at Nu Metro, where Bank Job also joins the line-up.

Ganesh Acharya directs Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, which stars Govinda, Aftab Shivdasani, Esha Deol and Celina Jaitely. The film deals with six characters, who are all leading different lives. One day they each get an SMS informing them that they are the owners of a thousand-crore (a unit in the Indian numbering system) company. However, their lawyer reveals that there is a loan of 1 200 crore on the company and they must repay it. Until they do, they will be kept under house arrest.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is the third in the franchise, directed by Rob Cohen and starring Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello (who takes over the role of his wife this time round) and Jet Li. Set in 1946, this sees the intrepid mummy-raisers in China where they unearth the mummy of the evil Emperor of Qin and unwittingly lift the curse that should have kept him dead. Some reviews say it is the worst of the series, some the best. So, take your pick.

Big Nothing was released two years ago elsewhere, so it is not clear why South Africa is getting it now. Jean-Baptiste Andrea directs David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg and Alice Eve in this comedy crime thriller in which an unemployed teacher joins forces with a couple of other rogues in a blackmailing plan that goes horribly wrong as the bodies pile up.

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