New movies offer top-notch casts

2008-01-11 00:00

Three films open locally today — National Treasure: Book of Secrets at all three cinema complexes, Evening at CineCentre and Welcome at Nu Metro. Jab We Met is still the Sunday Bollywood film at CineCentre.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a sequel to the 2004 National Treasure, directed by Jon Turteltaub and with a huge cast including Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris and Bruce Greenwood. Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage) looks to discover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, by uncovering the mystery within the 18 pages missing from assassin John Wilkes Booth’s diary. Not that the plot really matters — the New York Times reviewer described the film as “a bunch of crossword puzzle answers stitched together by explosions …”

Anees Bazmee directs the comedy Welcome, which stars Akshay Kuram, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Katrina Kaif and Feroz Khan. An ordinary guy, on the lookout for a bride, falls in love with the daughter of a gangster family. His problems get worse when his uncle manages to upset the gang bosses.

Evening is directed by Lajos Koltai and has a stellar cast in Claire Danes, Vanessa Redgrave, Toni Colette, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Eileen Atkins and Natasha Richardson. The film is based on Susan Minot’s novel of a dying woman remembering events that took place 50 years before. Reviews suggest that the performers are worth watching, but that the story is a bit slow, careful and sanitised.

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