Written by Phil Cerroni
By Matt Mungle
Cloud Atlas hits theaters this weekend with a well-stocked cast, and imagery that screams artistic interpretation. Tom Hanks leads the force along with Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, and more.
This is not a film for your typical outing. It is nearly three hours long (172 min) with a back and forth convoluted story line full of numerous characters. Most actors play up to six individual characters. This alone is enough to make it a cerebral undertaking. The concept is beautiful, and you can tell from the trailer that the imagery is unmatched this year. The question becomes whether or not the payoff in the end is really worth the journey. Many will say they love it just to seem smart. Other will genuinely connect with it and praise its glory.
Synopsis: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use it is an adult story, and one only a mature audience can appreciate; or sit through.
Another adult film releasing this weekend is far grittier and certainly not as pretty to look at. When do you root for the bad guy in a film? When everyone else is worse. That is sort of what you deal with in the new R rated crime thriller, Pusher.
Frank (Richard Coyle) is a street smart drug dealer in London. He knows the business and transacts with his numerous clients with an approachable demeanor. Things fall apart when a drug deal goes bad, and Frank ends up owing the wrong people a lot of money. The movie follows one week in his life when everything spirals out of control and Frank has to pull out all stops just to stay alive. What he goes through from Monday to Sunday will keep your nerves on edge and your teeth clenched in anxious anticipation.
Pusher is rated R for pervasive drug content and language, some strong sexuality, nudity and violence. No question that it is an adult film and only for those who can take a visual punch to the face. It is heart pounding and intense. There were times when I found myself holding my breath. This is mainly due to the solid acting and expert filming. When a filmmaker can make you feel like you are in the room with the characters and in the same danger, that is a solid accomplishment. I give it 4 out of 5 Google calendars. Not a film for everyone. But a near perfect one for the genre.
Finally the only thing close to a family film is the PG-13 adventure Fun Size. Sort of this generations Adventures in Babysitting. Stars tween sensation Victoria Justice and is about a girl who loses her little brother while out trick-or-treating. While it looks kid friendly it is better suited for those 13 and up.
Want to watch in the comfort of your own home? These films hit blu-ray shelves earlier this week:
Madea's Witness Protection
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Disney’s Secret of the Wings.
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