Thursday, May 20, 2010

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

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Directed by: Mike Newell
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina, others.
Release date: May 20, 2010 (UAE)

There is a reason why summer blockbusters are considered fodder for Hollywood. People adopt a more lenient disposition during this period, allowing the holiday season to become an excuse for them to revel in what is now popularly referred to as “popcorn cinema”. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, (yes, that is the complete official title, more than hinting at the establishment of a future franchise), sits snugly in this category. The movie leaves little for audiences to figure out, instead relying on a deluge of entertaining sequences to engulf them.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Losers (2010)

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Directed by: Sylvan White
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Jason Patric, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, others.
Release date: May 6, 2010 (UAE)

The Losers is an archetypal, modern action film. The title, promos and premise make abundantly clear what to expect from it and the movie delivers on its promises. Even though it is adapted from a graphic novel, it does not make the mistake of being overly stylish at the expense of being a good movie merely to be faithful to its source.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Iron Man 2 (2010)

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Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johannson, others.
Release date: April 29, 2010 (UAE)

In 2008, Iron Man smashed the box-office by defining the concept of a fun modern superhero movie. Unfortunately, Iron Man 2 falls into the same formulaic trap that many big sequels fall into: more being mistaken for better. It does boast of two wonderful action sequences, but Iron Man 2 undoes the strong characters that held together the action sequences of the first movie, reducing them to caricatures here, and in turn disconnecting the audience from a world that was so well defined in the first film.