Hansel & Gretel 3D closed after a 3 week run at Carib, and Warm Bodies took its place at Cinema 4. We also dropped Safe Haven and Haunted House from the roster. Which leaves us with Snitch, Parker, A Good Day to Die Hard (Die Hard 5), and Side Effects Now Playing.
So you’re looking for something worth watching this week? Well, here are your options. You could put your money on Snitch, Die Hard or Parker if you’re feeling for action, but be mindful that plot may go out the window.
Side Effects; This is a dramatic film with all your favourite male leads, namely Channing Tatum and Jude Law. There are a lot of pretty faces, and a lot of dirty secrets, so if you like suspense and courthouse drama then go for it, with a side of prescription drugs.
Warm Bodies; This movie is actually pretty funny, and is really a feel good, fun watch. So you don’t like zombies?
Well no one does, but even zombies need love too.
Die Hard; Action is the name of the game. The moment this movie starts it’s guns, action and face-paced scenes. Ultimately there are a lot of unanswered questions left by a rushed plot and mismanaged back story, but this too is a feel good rush.
Parker; First disclaimer,I am a hardcore Statham fan, but Jennifer Lopez is never allowed to co-star with him ever…did you hear me? Never again. She was collateral damage. It’s irritating the way she always plays the damsel in distress, waiting to be validated or rescued. Second disclaimer, some of the action is overdone and fake. If you love Statham regardless, then go for the plunge just don’t hold your breath.
Snitch; This film is more than you would expect. It deals with a lot of things at once, and I’m impressed at Dwayne Johnson’s delivery. He is also credited as one of the film’s producers, so I assume this film indicates a shift in Johnson’s film career towards more dramatic/mature roles. It really is a good film. It’s intense, but that is primarily due to the nature of the topics being handled. It centres around a drug deal gone bad, a broken justice system, the love of a father for his son, and the reality of the things that desperation can make you do.
Honestly though I’m surprised that so many people have endorsed a movie about an informant. Let me be fair, not everyone thinks “Informa fi dead.” It’s a cultural thing. Which has got me thinking about many of the films I’ve screened since I began working at Carib.
I started training at the beginning of January, and we screen 5-8 movies at a time. When I started at Carib Django was playing. It ran for 4-6 weeks. There was a lot of hype about Tarantino taking on slavery. Yet my greater concern was that it was dangerous fodder for shallow minds. In the same breath, after we screened Argo and Lincoln for 1 day (Academy Award Winners) I recognised that the Jamaican public does not:
1. Tackle film/movies/entertainment in the same way that Americans do.
2. When viewing racially charged media, there is a disconnect, and a comfortable distance.
3. We often take films/movies at face/entertainment value.
So there have been a few things I’ve noticed:
1. Violent, action-based movies have been doing very well at the box office, and have been running for long periods of time.
2. There is quite a bit of implicit violence against women. Sometimes it’s even the premise of the film, example being, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
3. Moral dilemmas, and the handling of certain issues are glamorised, example Safe Haven and the issue of adultery.
4. I am completely amazed at how viewers can endorse the occult, and ignore the ramifications of viewing such films. I really had trouble screening Mama and Haunted House. The former made my skin crawl and the latter just made me uncomfortable. It was mind-boggling the way the Waynans brothers trivialised mediums, psychics, necromancy and rape.
Many of the movies we screen have simply reminded me of how careful we need to be about what we endorse, and the entertainment we invest in.