Capturing the imagination

2008-07-04 00:00

OPENING today in the city are Hancock (Ster Kinekor and CineCentre), College Road Trip and Get Smart (CineCentre) and Bustin’ Down the Door (Nu Metro). What Happens in Vegas returns at both Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro, and Wall-E has Sunday previews at both Ster Kinekor and CineCentre.

Bustin’ Down the Door is a surfing documentary, directed by Jeremy Gosch, narrated by Edward Norton and with Wayne Bartholomew and Shaun Tomson. During the winter of 1975 in Hawaii, surfing was shaken to its core. A group of young surfers from Australia and South Africa moved in and created a culture and an industry that is today worth billions of dollars and has captured the imagination of the world. With a radical new approach and a brash colonial attitude, these surfers crashed headlong into something that was not ready for revolution. The film tells the story from their point of view.

Peter Berg directs Hancock, a film about a superhero with a difference. For a start, he’s an alcoholic. Then he saves someone’s life and the guy he has rescued wants to rehabilitate him. Starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman.

College Road Trip, directed by Roger Kumble and starring Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symone, has had bad reviews. When an overachieving high school student decides to travel around the country to choose the perfect college, her overprotective cop father decides to accompany her in order to keep her on the straight and narrow.

Get Smart is directed by Peter Segal and is based on the television series of the same name — a Bond spoof. Steve Carrell plays Maxwell Smart, a secret agent who, in true Cold War fashion, is up against the evil Russians. Also in the cast are Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin, with Bill Murray doing his bit as the president.

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