It’s upon us again (almost!): Friday. And you know what that means! Movie openings! It’s a big weekend at the box office, so let’s jump right in and see what’s in store for us.
Up first is I Am Number Four, starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, and Glee’s Dianna Agron. This Disney flick is about John (Pettyfer), an extraordinary teen who moves from town to town, masking histrue identity in order to keep ahead of a deadly enemy. When he falls for Sarah (Agron) and discovers his connection to the others who share his destiny, he looks to face those who want to destroy him. Previously vilified memoirist James Frey co-wrote the film’s source material, and D.J. Caruso directs this film.
Next up is Unknown, starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, and Mad Men’s January Jones. Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) awakes from a coma caused by a car accident, and realizes his wife (Jones) doesn’t recognize him. Another man has taken on his identity, and killers are suddenly in pursuit of him. Seemingly on his own in Berlin, he finds help in a reluctant source (Kruger) as he works to uncover the mystery of his circumstance. This film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Also out this weekend is a sequel I had no idea was being made: Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. Starring Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson, and directed by John Whitesell, this film is about FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Lawrence) and his stepson Trent (Jackson) who go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder.
Vanishing on 7th Street comes out tomorrow as well. Starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and John Leguizamo, this film is directed by Brad Answerson. When a massive power outage causes a city’s population to vanish, a handful of survivors band together inside a tavern in an effort to survive as darkness approaches. Um, maybe this is just me, but a power outage causes people to disappear? Really, Hollywood? I’m half surprised M. Knight Shyamalan isn’t directing this.
Out in limited release to Portland, Oregon, is the documentary I Am. It stars Tom Shadyac, Desmond Tutu, and writer Noam Chomsky. Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what’s wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.
The next two movies are being released in L.A. and New York City only at first. First, Immigration Tango, which stars Elika Portnoy, McCaleb Burnett, and Carlos Leon. This film is about a Miami-based couple who decide to switch partners with Elena, a Russian business student, and her Colombian boyfriend, Carlos, so the two lovers can remain in the country.
The other L.A./NYC Release is Even the Rain, directed by Iciar Bollain, and starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Tosar, and Karra Elejalde. As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamaba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Finally, Brotherhood will be released in Dallas, TX. A fraternity initiation ritual goes wrong for pledge Adam Buckley (Trevor Morgan) as his attempted convenience-store heist spins out of control.
Posted by Ivan
2/17/2011 9:44 AM