They're all on a mission

2009-08-14 00:00

CAMERON Diaz and Abigail Breslin star as a mother and daughter at war in the film adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s provocative novel, My Sister’s Keeper, which opens at the Midlands Mall CineCentre today.

The film tells the story of Sara and Brian Fitzgerald whose joy at the birth of their daughter, Kate, turns to fear and potential tragedy when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. To try save their daughter’s life, the Fitzgeralds conceive a second child, Anna, to provide a genetic match for Kate.

Eleven years later, Anna — who is again being asked to save her sister’s life by giving up a kidney — refuses and decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body.

“Anna knows that her parents are going to be mad at her, that everyone is going to think she’s selfish and mean,” says Breslin, who plays the 11-year-old. “But there is more to her decision; she has her reasons.”

Diaz, meanwhile was intrigued by the part of the single-minded mother of a sick child. “I wanted to understand her, who she was, how she became that way and why she makes the decisions she does. That exploration was very compelling to me and I thought it would be challenging to try to tell her story.”

Also opening in Pietermaritzburg this weekend is the new action film, G.I Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, which can be seen at both CineCentre and SterKinekor Scottsville.

Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy and The Mummy Returns), the film, which stars Channing Tatum, Christopher Eccleston, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid, is described as a hybrid of X-Men and James B ond.

It tells the story of the elite Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity (GIJOE) team, which uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight villains, like the corrupt Scottish arms dealer, Destro, who is threatening world stability with his dangerous games; and the mysterious Cobra organisation, which wants to plunge the world into total chaos.

The final new film opening this weekend is The Haunting in Connecticut, which is based on the true story of the Reed family, who discovered their new home was previously a funeral home dating back to the 1920s.

Almost immediately the family began to experience paranormal activity — strange sounds, changes in temperature, and the appearance of mysterious figures, which were so intense and frequent it nearly destroyed them.

Playing the role of Carmen Reed is Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen, who earned cult status among horror fans for her performance in Bernard Rose’s Candyman.

She had been looking for a script in the horror genre for about three years, but the 25 or more screenplays she had read mostly resorted to cheap scare tactics involving torture and excessive gore. “Then I got this script with a great story and a complex female character in Sara Campbell…and it scared me to death,” she says.

The Haunting in Connecticut can be seen at SterKinekor Scottsville.

STILL ON CIRCUIT:

CineCentre: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Fired Up, G-Force, Fighting, The Proposal, The Hangover.

SterKinekor: Brüno, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Obsessed, Drag Me To Hell, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

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