Recalling history

2008-10-02 08:05

FOUR new films open on the local circuit today. CineCentre has Catch a Fire and Epic Movie. Silent Hill opens at Ster Kinekor and Gridiron Gang at Nu Metro, where Flushed Away also comes back. The Bollywood film on Sunday at CineCentre is Baabul.

Catch A Fire is the Philip Noyce directed and Shawn Slovo scripted film of the life of Patrick Chamusso, the former Robben Island inmate who was convicted for a bomb blast at Secunda, having been recruited for Umkhonto weSizwe by the Special Branch which wrongly accused him after a previous explosion. Americans Derek Luke and Tim Robbins head the cast as Chamusso and a Special Branch colonel respectively, but there are plenty of familiar South African faces as well, most notably Bonnie Henna as Chamusso's wife.

Phil Joanou directs Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Gridiron Gang, a genre movie of the losers turn winners type. The plot concerns teenagers in a juvenile detention centre who regain their self-respect by playing American football. The Rock plays the coach and the film is apparently based on a true story. While reviews suggest that the plot is entirely predictable, it seems to be an adequate film of its type.

Silent Hill is based on the video game of the same name, is directed by Christophe Gans and stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Alice Krige and Laurie Holden. A woman takes her daughter to an abandoned mining town now peopled by monsters in an attempt to cure her nightmares. Reviews have been uniformly abysmal. One for the fans of the game only.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's Epic Movie is a spoof/parody of a mishmash of recent movies, including Chronicles of Narnia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Da Vinci Code, Snakes on a Plane and Pirates of the Caribbean. The story centres on four not-so-young orphans: one raised by a curator at the Louvre - and so on. They get into an enchanted wardrobe via a chocolate factory and head off to defeat the White Bitch. It's an inventive idea, but reviewers suggest it lacks the vital ingredient - wit. Starring Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge.

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