Foot-tapping fun

2008-08-29 00:00

Four new movies open in the city today — Mamma Mia! (SterKinekor and CineCentre), Doomsday (SterKinekor), Mirrors (Cinecentre) and God Tussi Great Ho at Nu Metro, where Wanted also joins the line-up.

These days it seems everyone loves the seventies supergroup Abba and the high priestess of American film, Meryl Streep, has put on her dancing shoes to step out in this big-screen version of the hit stage musical that provides a showcase for their songs.

The plot revolves around young Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried), daughter of Donna Sheridan (Streep), who is preparing to marry at her mother’s hotel on a Greek island. Sophie has it all, barring a father to give her away. This thanks to her mother who has never revealed the identity of the dad — there is a choice of three played by Stellan Skarsgård, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. And so commences a comedy of errors (and Abba songs) as Donna confronts her past and the daughter, her future. By all accounts Streep is magnificent and this is guaranteed foot-tapping fun.

Mirrors from director Alexandre (The Hills Have Eyes) Aja finds a troubled ex-cop turned security guard and his family under threat from a malevolent force using mirrors as a gateway into their world. Kiefer Sutherland plays the security guard who turns up for his first day at work at a mall that has been gutted by fire, leaving only the main structure standing plus a few mannequins and some well-polished mirrors. It’s not long before he finds out there’s something nasty on the other side of the glass. The film also stars Paula Patton, Jason Flemyng and Julian Glover.

Aja is a member of the unofficial “Splat Pack”, a term applied by film writer Alan Jones to the current crop of directors turning out violent horror films, as is Neil Marshall, writer and director of the futuristic Doomsday. After a deadly virus hits Scotland, a quarantine is brutally enforced but eventually the virus pops up in London. When an elite undercover team is sent into Scotland in a bid to find a cure there, they find themselves caught between two warring factions. Stars Rhona Mitra, Alexander Siddig, Bob Hoskins and Malcolm MacDowell. Much of the film was shot in Cape Town, which explains the presence of the likes of Susan Danford and Jeremy Crutchley.

God Tussi Great Ho is a comedy written and directed by Rumi Jaffery and starring Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Sohail Khan, along with Amitabh Bachchan in a special appearance as God. It’s a Bollywood remake of the 2003 American film Bruce Almighty and here Khan stars in the role taken by Jim Carrey (God was Morgan Freeman) as a TV anchor who battles for success in both work and love. He blames God for this predicament and God agrees to let him run the universe for 10 days to see if he can do a better job.

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