U.S. thriller set in Jordan

2008-11-07 00:00

THIS week’s new films on the local circuit are Body of Lies at CineCentre, Disaster Movie at CineCentre and Ster Kinekor, and Roadside Romeo and Heroes at Nu Metro. Righteous Kill comes back to Ster Kinekor, while Beverley Hills Chihuahua makes another appearance at Nu Metro.

Ridley Scott directs Body of Lies with Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe and Carice van Houten. This film is based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius’s 2007 novel about a CIA operative who uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. When Ferris devises a plan to infiltrate his network, he must first win the backing of cunning CIA veteran Ed Hoffman and the collegial, but perhaps suspect, head of Jordanian intelligence. Scott can produce solid, intelligent films, so this looks promising.

Roadside Romeo is directed by Jugal Hansraj and uses the voices of Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Javed Jaffrey in the animated tale of a rich, cool, spoiled brat of a dog who is abandoned on the wicked streets of Mumbai. He faces new situations and dangerous, loony characters, the likes of which he has never met before. The film is a Bollywood/Disney collaboration.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are the directors of Disaster Movie which stars Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo and Carmen Electra. The film is a spoof comedy, with a nod to 10 000 BC, Kung Fu Panda and others as it spoofs (you guessed it) disaster movies. A group of 20-somethings try to make their way to safety while every known natural disaster and catastrophic event hits the city and their path as they try to solve a series of mysteries. Overseas reviews have been very bad.

Heroes is directed by Samir Karnik and Aseem Arora and stars Salman Khan, Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in a drama about two film-making students who are making a documentary about why not to join the military. But they also have to deliver letters of condolence to people who have lost their loved ones in the forces — and they begin to change their minds.

— Arts Editor.

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