Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving,
Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy,
Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon & Hugh Grant
Directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski for distribution
by Warner Brothers
The Plot: Six inter-related group stories portray an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future.
The Final Word: Opening day reviews show the critics are very evenly split with some believing this is a new classic that should be an automatic Oscar contender, while others believe it’s a self-important train wreck. However everyone seems to respect what the Wachowskis and co-director Tom Tykwer attempted to pull off as this was a book that many deemed “un-filmable.” It just seems like in order to get everything on screen they had to take a few creative avenues that didn’t necessarily work.
Starring: Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann, Jane Levy,
Thomas McDonell, Thomas Middleditch & Chelsea Handler
Directed by Josh Schwartz for distribution by Paramount
The Plot: A high school senior loses her little brother while trick-or-treating and enlists her friends to help track him down.
The Final Word: Did anyone over the age of 18 even know this was coming out? This is a teen comedy aimed at a the younger side of the spectrum with the hope the appeal of Nickelodeon’s Victoria Justice and “Suburgatory’s” Jane Levy; still entirely sure that will translate to box office success.
SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D
Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Sean Bean, Kit Harington, Radha Mitchell,
Deborah Kara Unger, Carrie-Ann Moss, Malcolm McDowell,
Martin Donovan & Heather Marks
Directed by Michael J. Bassett for distribution by Open Road Films
The Plot: On the eve of her 18th birthday a teenager learns a shocking secret about her past that may hold the key to her father’s recent disappearance.
The Final Word: The original “Silent Hill” wasn’t exactly a massive success but it did have a very solid $20 million opening weekend back in 2006. For any film to pull off that type of haul means that a sequel is always in the cards; this one just took a little longer than expected. Incidentally the original did that big business in April so imagine what it may be able to pull off Halloween weekend.