From Rambo to romance

2008-04-11 00:00

THIS weekend sees four films coming on to the local circuit — The Nanny Diaries and John Rambo at CineCentre and I Could Never Be Your Woman and Race at Ster Kinekor. Nu Metro has the Spiderwick Chronicles and 10000 BC joining the line-up. Black and White continues in the Sunday Bollywood slot at CineCentre.

Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla and Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla direct Race, which stars Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Askhaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor. The film is set in South Africa — one review says “on a stud farm in Durban”, but certainly some scenes were shot at the Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg. The thriller plot concerns two stepbrothers who do not get on, and involves horses, booze and women.

I Could Never Be Your Woman is a romantic comedy directed by Amy Heckerling and stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd, but despite those advantages, it languished on the shelf and was released straight to DVD in the States. It seems to have been held up by legal disputes rather than because it is a flop, but it was not an auspicious start. Pfeiffer plays a 40-something single mother who works in TV on a show that is in trouble, until a talented young actor (Rudd) is hired. But they fall for each other, despite the difference in age.

John Rambo, or Rambo IV, is directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also stars — of course. Rambo is off collecting snakes in Thailand (tough on the snakes) when he gets the call to go off to Burma to “help” the rebels and a group of missionaries. And so action mayhem ensues. No shades of grey here — just good and bad guys, and the bad guys get thumped — or eviscerated. Expect a high body count.

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini direct Scarlet Johannsen, Laura Linney and Alicia Keys in The Nanny Diaries. Anthropologist Johannsen goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance and the spoiled brat in her charge. Reviews have been mixed, with Linney picking up most of the plaudits for her role as the uptight employer. — Arts Editor.

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