Freida Pinto stars as a poor girl from the country who falls in love with a son of a hotel tycoon in Trishna, a movie that appears to be a romantic drama until things get much, much more messed up. Beautifully filmed and consistently engaging, Trishna is an intriguing movie that suffers from an overlong running time and a questionable final scene.
There are a lot of good movies to choose from right now. In theaters, several are competing for box office dollars and Oscar glory. On DVD, all the big summer hits have been released. Oh, what to choose?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, one of the biggest surprises of the summer, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. A box office and critical hit, the excellent primate film is shockingly alluring, even realistic, with a nearly speechless performance by Andy Serkis as Caesar the ape.
A year after Clash of the Titans proved to be a box office hit, it’s not surprising that a copycat emerged to try and share in its glory. Also not surprising: its copycat, Immortals, from director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall), is a superior movie in every way.
Scientists never learn, do they? They want to help humanity. They want to cure diseases. They want to better mankind. But what do they ever really do? They just create genetically altered, superiorly intelligent animals that will eventually revolt and turn humans into voiceless slaves. Silly scientists. We deserve to be enslaved for their hubris.
Proving that Americans aren’t expected to tell the difference between an Indian and an Arab, Miral stars beautiful Indian actress Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) as a Palestinian schoolgirl who is drawn into the middle of the conflict between militants and Israelis. Unfortunately, Miral is a lackluster follow-up by Julian Schnabel to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
The trailer for the stylish new swords-and-sandals epic Immortalsis now online, and it looks… interesting. From director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanide, the movie is a hyper-stylized R-rated action film with bold speeches, beautiful women, angry men, angrier Gods and a whole lot of violence.
The first time I watched the trailer, I wasn’t blown away, but having watched it a second time… I’m looking forward to this movie. The action looks pretty cool, and the money shot with the four arrows at the end of the trailer is pretty bad ass.
It also provides an opportunity to see the new Superman Henry Cavill in action. He stars alongside Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luka Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
Immortals looks like it falls between 300 and Clash of the Titans, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Both of those films were huge hits, but audiences will likely perceive it as a 300-wannabe. Furthermore, with the bad taste of Titans - which has much more brand recognition – it will also look like a movie attempting to capitalize on that film’s success.
Those perceptions are hard to shrug off. Relativity Media is going to have it’s hands full convincing audiences otherwise, but the trailer – with its slick visuals and powerful score – goes a long way. What do you think?
The romantic comedy-drama features an all-star cast that includes Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto and follows a pair of couples as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds.