Best Coen brothers film yet

2008-03-14 00:00

FOUR films open locally today — No Country for Old Men at Nu Metro; One Missed Call at Ster Kinekor and CineCentre; and Juno and Step Up 2 at CineCentre.

No Country for Old Men, directed by the Coen brothers, comes on a wave of Oscars and great reviews — some seeing it as the best film ever by Joel and Ethan Coen. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s bleak but stunning novel, it is the story of an ordinary man who stumbles on the scene of a drug deal gone wrong and makes off with the money, setting in train a triangular pursuit — himself, the bad guy and the law. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem.

Eric Valette directs One Missed Call, a remake of a Japanese chiller. A chain of people receive terrifying cellphone messages warning them that they will be the next victim of a crazy killer. Although the messages can be deleted, their number is up. Shannyn Sossamon stars as the student at the centre of the events. One for fans of the genre.

Juno, starring Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, is a teen comedy about a 16-year-old who has the bad luck to get pregnant when she loses her virginity. She decides to have the child, and find a perfect set of parents who will adopt it. Reviews have been good, citing a clever script and an excellent performance by Page. Jason Reitman directs.

Jon Chu directs Step Up 2: The Streets, the sequel to Step Up. It is again set in the Maryland School of the Arts, but apart from that, there is little to connect it to the earlier film. Brianna Evigan and Robert Hoffman star in a story about a couple of youngsters at the school who want to join in with Baltimore’s street dancing battle. Fine if you like dance, but the characterisation sounds more than a bit thin.

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