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Movie Roundup: 18/01/2010 January 18, 2010

Posted by Shujath in Articles, English, Movies, Reviews.
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1) The Last House on the Left (2009)
Director: Dennis Iliadis
Cast: Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Aaron Paul

I don’t think one has to see Wes Craven’s original to figure out how crappy this remake is. It’s just another of those mediocre alone-in-a-house-stalker thrillers. If it weren’t the remake of a famous film, nobody would have even been talking about it. Skip it unless you are game for anything with a horror label.

2) K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard

The “Based on a True Story” part of the film was quite disputed but nevertheless this one’s a pretty gripping cold war submarine thriller about a famed Russian sub called K-19 which ends up in troubled waters – faced with the choice of its crew asking for American assistance or pull off an impossible nuclear missile fix under the command of its eccentric captain (Harrison Ford). It’s mostly enjoyable but could have been shorter.

3) (500) Days of Summer (2009)
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel

Not quite the anti-romcom I expected – it’s more of a cleverly designed one where the narrative and quirkiness disguise its mundane premise. Despite my bias against the genre, I did enjoy it a lot thanks to the clever non-linear screenplay and winning performances from the lead pair. For chick-flick lovers, it can’t get better than this – for others this is one of the rare films you’d enjoy without embarrassment. Also check out Chloë Moretz (from the upcoming Kick-Ass) in a hilarious supporting role.

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