Three new movies on the big screen this week

2009-12-04 00:00

THE director of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow is back with another blockbuster action film — 2012, which is an epic adventure about a global disaster that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of those who survive.

Roland Emmerich’s latest release, which stars Woody Harrelson, John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chitwetel Ejiofor and Danny Glover, is one of three new films opening in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

This sci-fi thriller is based on an ancient Mayan prophecy that says that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012.

The story begins with the Earth being bombarded by solar flares which heat up the core and eventually result in  the eruption  of  the  Yellowstone National Park caldera, massive earthquakes and megatsunamis along every coastline on the planet. Those who manage to escape head to Noah’s Ark-style ships in the Himalayas that have been built in an effort to preserve humankind.

Also opening this weekend is the animated film Astro Boy, which tells the story of a young robot with incredible powers, including super strength, X-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly.

The film, which is loosely based on a long-running Japanese series of the same name, follows Astro Boy as he embarks on a journey of acceptance.

Freddie Highmore provides the voice of Astro Boy alongside a voice cast which includes Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland and Nicolas Cage.

The final new film in the city is Bandslam, which features High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens and Lisa Kudrow, who is best known for her role as Phoebe in Friends.

The film tells the story of gifted singer-songwriter Charlotte Banks (Aly Michalka) who asks the new kid in town, Will Burton (Gaelan Connell), to manage her fledgling rock band as she plans to go head-to-head against her egotistical musician ex-boyfriend, Ben (Scott Porter), at the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands. Against all odds, their band develops a sound all its own with a real shot at success in the contest.

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