Starring: Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla, Lennie James, Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis
Directed by Olivier Megaton for distribution by TriStar (Sony)
The Plot: Following the murder of her parents, Cataleya (Saldana) trains alongside her uncle to become an assassin with the ultimate goal of taking down the mobster responsible for the killings.
The Final Word: Zoe Saldana has been poised for this type of movie ever since “Avatar” hit it big. Now after “The Losers” failed to light a box office fire, the actress is ready to strike out on her own and show audiences what she can do when put in the title role. With action direction Luc Besson’s protégé Megaton at the helm, Saldana should be in give hands, but are audiences still up for one more action romp after a long (and loud) summer? Granted Sony can’t be expected a high return here, which should set the bar at a manageable level.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
Starring: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison and Jack Thompson
Directed by Troy Nixey for distribution by FilmDistrict
The Plot: A young girl (Madison) moves into a newly restored house with her father (Pearce) and his girlfriend (Holmes) only to learn the house is literally out to get her.
The Final Word: While fantasy/horror film maven Guillermo del Toro left the directing duties to Nixey, his fingerprints are all over this movie and that could lead to some serious thrills. Coming off this year’s “Insidious,” FilmDistrict is slowly making a name for itself in this genre and “Dark” should help solidify it even more
OUR IDIOT BROTHER
Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer,
Rashida Jones, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn,
Shirley Knight, Janet Montgomery & Steve Coogan
Directed by Jeese Peretz for distribution by The Weinstein Company
The Plot: Three sisters (Banks, Deschanel, Mortimer) take turns housing their well-meaning but overly trusting brother (Rudd) after he loses his girlfriend and his home.
The Final Word: While the cast is strong, I just don’t see audiences getting very excited about this picture. You also can’t imagine the Weinstein Company is too psyched about it either since they planted it firmly in the dog days of summer.
Previewed next week: The Debt, Apollo 18, Shark Night 3D