Greenbelt 3, Cinema 1, October 25, 8:55pm
Not another political drama with an ensemble cast: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin. Not in the league of “Traffic” or “Syriana” but “Rendition” is more engaging and popcorn crowd-friendly. Almost OK except for the ending that is very illogical. The film, by the way, is megged by the same director who gave us Oscars 2005’s Best Foreign Language Film, “Tsotsi” (South Africa).
Friends who might appreciate it: those who are brave enough to watch in any Ayala Mall cinema.
Power Plant, Cinema 4, October 26, 10:30pm
Oscar Best Picture, period.
Friends who might appreciate it: every film buff, friends and foes alike.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Greenbelt 3, Cinema 2, November 3, 2:00pm
Well, if its only intention is to scare, the film is a success. It’s both gory and scary. As compared to its original form, a grapic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith (the latter just visited Manila), revisions are pretty obvious. The lead characters enjoyed the last sunset in the comic book while the film shows a marriage on the rocks. This is a plus point, I guess. The day counter in the film adds thrill though it requires an explanation why only on the last minute did the lead character choose to join the bandwagon. Also on the negative side (why do I sound like Nestor Torre, hahaha), the graphics in the novel is more “fresh”. The film didn’t capture much the remoteness that the comic book depicts.
Friends who might appreciate it: bloodsuckers!