Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with horror powerhouse Blumhouse delivering their latest chiller into cinemas while home entertainment receives another phoned-in performance from Bruce Willis!
Thursday April 12th
TRUTH OR DARE
The latest offering from leading purveyors of horror Blumhouse Productions, TRUTH OR DARE seems set to deliver the usual mix of chilling jolts alongside a healthy dose of character drama (and, presumably, a growing pile of attractive-teenager corpses!) Hopefully it lives up to previous Blumhouse flick UNFRIENDED in balancing the narrative approach with some solid scares. A harmless game of ‘Truth or Dare’ among friends turns deadly when someone (or something) begins to punish those who tell a lie – or refuse the dare.
ISLE OF DOGS
The combination of Wes Anderson and Akira Kurosawa’s sensibilities should be enough to tempt any cinema-goer and that’s without even considering any of the stop-motion mutts that are voiced by celebrity favourites! When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
Based on the classic 80s video game, this sci-fi disaster movie offers an irresistible pairing in Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and a giant silverback gorilla – then tasks them with fighting off monsters. Fingers crossed the film doesn’t spoil these amazing ingredients! Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson) shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Wednesday April 11th
ACTS OF VIOLENCE
The always available yet rarely reliable Bruce Willis is on the line to phone-in another performance in this DTV actioner that comes complete with a 0% rating on the ole’ Rotten Tomatoes…so would we watch it? Of course but we might wait until it hits Netflix. Three Midwestern brothers, a crime lord, and an incorruptible cop are on a deadly collision course when the youngest brother’s fiancée is kidnapped by human traffickers. To save her, the MacGregor boys call on their military training – and the strength of family – to fight the most important battle of their lives.
What could have been HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS for adults, ultimately ends up being a limp dramedy, neither lacking the humour or real human drama of a typical Alexander Payne film. When scientists finds a way to shrink humans to five inches tall, Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to ditch their stressed out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community. Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger. Both 4K Ultra-HD & Blu-ray releases contain five featurettes on the production of the film, just a shame that neither contain a commentary track or deleted scenes.
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Widely predicted to be just another Hollywood cash-in, JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE surprised audiences and critics alike with its funny and inventive approach to following up its 1995 predecessor. Four teenagers in detention discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of. When they decide to play, they are immediately sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji in the bodies of their avatars (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan). They’ll have to complete the adventure of their lives filled with fun, thrills and danger or be stuck in the game forever! 4K Ultra-HD, Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D releases contain five featurettes, a gag reel and the trailer!