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Movie Roundup: 11/01/2010 January 11, 2010

Posted by Shujath in Articles, English, Movies, Reviews.
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1) Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cast: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt

An ex-IRA member is scheduled to come face-to-face with the vengeful brother of one of his victims after 33 years….for some “reconciliation” TV documentary. It’s quite interesting and has some funny moments (especially the retakes during the filming) but loses steam midway. The guilt-redemption theme doesn’t work that well as expected – watchable on the whole.

2) Serenity (2005)
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

I remember reading a lot of good things about this during its release, but that never translated to box office gold. Nevertheless, Serenity is one of the most entertaining sci-fi flicks I’ve ever seen. Loads of action and humor with some very impressive SFX given its medium budget. This little gem is a must watch if sci-fi is your genre.

3) Point Break (1991)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Keanu Reeves in his first major action role stars as an FBI rookie out to nab a group of serial bank robbers. His quest leads him to befriend a bunch of surfers which ensures you get a heady dose of alternating action and surfing sequences. Viewed today, the film clearly seems to mark the transition between the eighties and nineties action flick incorporating elements from both. I didn’t dig the surfing part much but the rest of the action makes it a great watch.

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