Take your pick of the mix

2010-05-07 00:00

TENSE thriller Edge of Darkness, the romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan and Paatshaala, a Bollywood tale about an inspirational teacher, are the three new films opening in Pietermaritzburg today.

Mel Gibson stars in Edge of ­Darkness, a film based on the Bafta award-winning BBC mini-series of the same name.

Directed by Martin Campbell ­(Casino Royale), this ­emotionally charged thriller tells the story of ­Thomas Craven (Gibson), a veteran homicide detective for the Boston ­Police Department and a ­single ­father.

When his only child, 24-year-old Emma (Bojana Novakovic), is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. But he soon suspects otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter’s secret life and her killing.

His investigation leads him into a dangerous looking-glass world of ­corporate cover-ups, government collusion and murder — and to CIA operative Darius Jedburgh (Ray ­Winstone) who has been sent in to clean up the evidence.

Jennifer Lopez draws on her own experience as a mother of twins in her new film, The Back-Up Plan, which tells the story of Zoe, a woman who, after years of dating, decides to go it alone as a mother.

That same day, just hours after ­visiting a sperm bank, Zoe meets Stan, a man with real possibilities. Trying to nurture a budding relationship and hide the early signs of ­pregnancy becomes a comedy of ­errors for Zoe and creates confusing signals for Stan.

Last, but not least, is the Bollywood film Paathshaala, starring Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Ali Haji and Nana Patekar.

Directed by Milind Ukey, the film tells the story of English teacher ­Rahul Prakash Udyavar (Kapoor), who has just joined Swaraswati Vidya Mandir school in Mumbai. He soon discovers that all is not well at the school, prompting him to unify the teachers against a school management, which is caught up in a web of commercialisation.

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