Movie boffin: what’s on at the cinema

By admin
26 April 2013

No blockbusters this week, only a few small movies for specific audiences.

Trance is the latest film from Danny Boyle, the stylish, experimental director of such diverse films as Trainspotting, 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire. James McAvoy of X-Men: First Class fame plays a fine art auctioneer who teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting, but after being hit on the head during the heist he wakes up with no memory of where he hid the painting. Gang leader Franck (French actor Vincent Cassel) hires a hypnotherapist (Sin City’s Rosario Dawson) to probe his mind, but then the lines of truth and reality start to blur. Empire magazine gave the film four stars, writing that although the characters aren’t always likeable, the mystery and suspense should hold viewers’ attention.

Prolific South African director Darrell Roodt (Cry the Beloved Country, Yesterday) has made another deeply human drama. Little One tells the story of six-year-old Vuyelwa (Vuyelwa Msimang) who’s raped, beaten and left for dead near a township in Johannesburg. After a middle-aged woman, Pauline (Lindiwe Ndlovu), finds her and saves her life she tries to adopt her, but what happened to Vuyelwa’s parents? Local critic Leon van Nierop gave the film three stars, writing that although it suffers from a few script weaknesses, “as a statement about violence and a plea for humanity Little One deserves to be seen”.

The horror film this week is Silent Hill: Revelation, the sequel to Silent Hill (2006) and also based on the videogame. Heather (Adelaide Clemens) and her father, Christopher (Sean Bean of The Lord of the Rings fame), have been on the run for six years from dark, unseen forces. On her 18th birthday Christopher disappears and Heather sets out to find him while plagued by horrific nightmares. The film got terrible reviews, receiving an aggregate of only six per cent on reviews website Rotten Tomatoes, where the film was condemned for its “weak characters, incomprehensible plot and shortage of scares”.

Udhayam NH4 is a Tamil romantic thriller starring Siddharth set around National Highway 4, a principal Indian highway, and centres on a love triangle between a cop and two young lovers. The film received generally favourable reviews. The critic on Behindwoods.com gave it three stars, calling it a “well-packaged product that has many things going in its favour”.

-Sandra Visser

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