slumdog millionaire 貧民百萬富翁
Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto
Vast and varied layers of Indian society are presented in wham-bam, high-intensity, fast-moving, super-colorful style with the comic and the cruel, the desperate and the destined, all thrown in like red hot spice. The stages of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' provide the framework on which the story of Jamal (Patel), his brother and sweetheart is hung. As each question is asked, we are diverted to a period in Jamal's life that explains in vivid and inventive ways how he came to know, or not know, the answer. Three sets of actors portray the coming of age of the characters and the pulsating slums of Mumbai were filmed at a feverish pace. Along with beggars, mobs, drugs, pimps, poverty and riots, we are shown the best of the human spirit in characters you can't help but cheer for.
Underworld: rise of the lycans 決戰異世界：鬼哭狼嚎
Michaell Sheen, Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy
Hairy, scary werewolf (Sheen) battles toothy vampire (Nighy) for vamp's daughter (Mitra). Lycans become enslaved and must fight for freedom. It's very dark and there are lots of shadows.
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen
A world away from his Oscar-nominated role as Schindler, Liam Neeson plays a gung-ho, guns-blazing, rapid-fire, butt-kicking action hero. Thanks to the fluidity of Pierre Morel's direction, and the seemingly unfashionable (but actually, desirable) brevity of the film, it works. When ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills' daughter is kidnapped in Europe, off he trots to do anything he can to save her from being sold into sex-slavery. He can beat any man, no matter their weapon, and it's all a little far fetched (his 17-year-old daughter is played by a 25-year-old 'Lost' actress who is on the continent following U2's tour), but all in all, good fun.
Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean
Staying loyal to Alan Moore's classic comics in fact becomes this movie's downfall as the political, psychological and messianic meanderings of the original are adapted so literally that the thrill of the ride is lost. However, the spectacle itself is something to behold, and if you are happy to 'wonder' it rather than enjoy' it it's worth the two hour forty minute haul.
friday the 13th 黑色星期五
Jared Padelecki, Danielle Panabaker, Aaron Woo
A watered-down sequel rather than a new take on the original, the movie offers little of its own and nothing that hasn't been done better before. Though the elements that made the 1980 version a classic of the horror genre are here, they are blended at the same predictable tempo that is the norm for modern 'scary movies.' So, some young, attractive people go to the woods to trace a 1980 victim of Jason, who was the brother of one of the new bunch. Bloodshed ensues. The film parades as a sequel, but is really nothing more than a remake, and a bad one at that.
slumdog millionaire 貧民百萬富翁