Saturday, January 22, 2011

New In Theaters - January 28th, 2011

Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland & Christa Campbell
 Directed by Simon West for distribution by CBS Films

The Plot: A skilled hitman (Statham) seeks revenge on the men who killed his mentor (Sutherland), while reluctantly taking on the mentor's vengeance-seeking son (Foster) as an apprentice.

The Final Word: The star of “The Transporter” and “Crank” franchises, Jason Statham has yet to meet an action film that he doesn’t like. More importantly to the studios, he’s never a met an action franchise that moviegoers didn’t find appealing. While not all big budget successes, Statham is a steady action movie force and stability is something CBS Films could use right now. After releasing three box office bombs in a row, the freshman studio is desperately seeking a spark and they hope this is it. Coming to theatres close to a year after the company’s debut effort “Extraordinary Measures,” all involved are banking on more positive result this time around.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga,
Ciaran Hinds & Rutger Hauer
 Directed by Mikael Hafstrom for distribution by New Line (WB)

The Plot: A skeptical seminary student (O’Donoghue) reluctantly agrees to travel to the Vatican to part in an exorcism school, where he meets a priest (Hopkins) with his own mysterious agenda.

The Final Word: Lionsgate hit upon some luck last year when“The Last Exorcism” became a cult success, but it doesn’t seem as likely New Line will catch the same lightning in the bottle. Despite Hollywood legend Anthony Hopkins top-lining the movie, this looks a lot more like New Line burning off a dud in the dead of the winter, than giving it a vote of confidence. Horror films are always hit or miss at the box office, and this once could still surprise, but more than likely this time the devil may just be in the details.

Previewed next week: "The Roommate"  & "Sanctum"