Updated Nov 22. 2013
This is your chance to go for a spin in outer space...An amazing trip starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The only two actors in the film. They are two astronauts who lose sight of their space ship while doing repairs outside and get snarled ina deadly run-in with space debris. I was fortunate in screening in the area's newest showace in Chestnut Hill...large screen 3 D resting on a comfortable leather recliner. I felt i was with them all the way. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron,The eye-popping photo-realistic outer space visuals are dazzling. An amazing piece of film creativity.
Tom Hanks stars in this nail-biting hi -Jack drama based on real life. Hanks is captain of a freighter bound for Kenya travelling through pirate -infested waters off the Somali Coast. Hanks is an ordinary guy who has to get through this ordeal as best he can. Boarded by pirates, who are seeking a hostage rewardi, Hanks has to psychologically cajole them and think of the saftey of his 20 man crew. Director Paul Greengrass has created tension and drama with his camera movement and editing, and as you race toward the culmination of the drama your pulse is racing as well. An excellent motion picture, and definitely worth your time.
All is Lost
Another piece of film making where one character has to deal with the art of survival. This time, 77 year old Robert Redford in this odyssey of a man all alone aboard his sinking sailboat in the Indian Ocean. No back stoty, we don't even know his name, his profession, why he's there in the first place,and on top of that,the film has very little dialogue. Just man against the forces of nature. All alone with just his innate sense of how to deal with all the misfortune standing in his way. Redford has to transmit the stark emotions he faces with just his facial expressions and body, and as unrealistic as it seems he manages to do just that. A heroic image of a seasoned sailor in the midst of chaos.. Redford has never won an acting Oscar, but this could be his ticket finally.
I'm sure the producers thought they had a older guy's version of "The Hangover", but even though there were a few funny lines(very few) why such accomplished actors as Robert Deniro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman would spend the time making this erzatz bachelor party in Vegas( boggles the mind. The slim plot finds Michael Douglas more seriously set to marry a woman half his age and these longtime friends picked Vegas to celebrate). The Vegas ad tagline "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas) should have been considered for this film.