Opening This Week (Oct 25 – 31, 2010)

25 Oct

This week is another week that features almost no new wide releases, save one, but there are several limited releases that might be worth tracking down.

Saw 3D  #1 Film to Avoid This Weekend

Rated: R

Starring: Tobin Bell, Carey Elwes, Costas Mandylor

Director: Kevin Greutert

Synopsis from IMDB: As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.

Chris’ Take: I lost interest in this series after the third installment. The first one was an interesting concept and was done well, but then it just seemed to decline with each yearly installment and my curiosity for torture films was satiated. There was almost no enjoyment left in it, just sheer shock value and uncomfortability. The trailer for Saw 3D was probably one of the worst trailers for a film that I have seen in a while. I mean, all it did was make it look cheesy by including an audience getting 3D saws thrown at it and trapped by Jigsaw created machines. What about the film? I thought Saw was supposed to be a little bit darker and try to avoid those kinds of shenanigans. The series has lost all credibility and the only good thing I have to say about this one is, “Thank God it’s the last one.” For those of you that haven’t seen the trailer, here it is in all its comedic grandeur:

 

Limited Releases

Wild Target

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, Emily Blunt

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Synopsis from IMDB: A hitman tries to retire but a beautiful thief may change his plans.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: From the trailer this looks like a hilarious black comedy, with seemingly hilariously dry performances by Bill Nighy and Rupert Everett. Also, it boasts newly Bilbo Baggins appointed Martin Freeman. But, from early reviews, this film apparently is very uneven and this remake of a French comedy would probably be better saved for DVD.

 

Monsters

Rated: R

Starring: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able

Director: Gareth Edwards

Synopsis from IMDB: Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: This looks like an attempt to mimic the success of last year’s District 9 and apparently doubles as a parable about illegal immigration. The early reviews have been fairly positive, although not glowing. Apparently Gareth Edwards did his own CGI for this as well. This will probably be a good bet to see for a Halloween horror/monster film rather than Saw 3D.

 

Welcome to the Rileys

Rated: R

Starring: James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, Kristen Stewart

Director: Jake Scott

Synopsis from IMDB: On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: This will be a film for those looking for something a little bit more serious this weekend. It looks like a very touching film about a family recovering from the loss of their daughter. Kristen Stewart looks like she will act the same like she does in every film, very understated and emo, but hopefully there will be less screaming or crying in lovelorn agony like she does in the Twilight films. Gandolfini looks like he gives a strong performance as well. While this film will no doubt probably be decent, it is not necessarily theater fare.

 

Inspector Bellamy #1 Recommendation for this Weekend

Rated: Unrated

Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Marie Bunel, Jacques Gamblin

Director: Claude Chabrol

Synopsis from IMDB: A well known Parisian inspector becomes involved in an investigation while on holiday.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: This is the 50th and final film of France’s Alfred Hitchcock, Claude Chabrol, and it looks like it will be intriguing, but not for everyone. This looks like it will be along the vein of this year’s The American, it will be very slow, but very beautiful and thoughtful. Plus, since it is Chabrol’s swan song, this gets my weekly recommendation. Unfortunately, it is a limited release, so my recommendation only goes so far, but I couldn’t in good conscience recommend Saw 3D to anyone.

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