The Blockbuster Report
While the wide release films continue to disappoint, limited release films continue to impress. That’s quickly becoming the theme of the summer. Aside from The Fault in Our Stars, Edge of Tomorrow, and maybe Godzilla and How to Train Your Dragon 2, we’ve had quite a bit of being underwhelmed. This weekend continues that trend, which shouldn’t surprise too many people, considering the big film of the weekend is Transformers: Age of Extinction. This is another Michael Bay helmed disaster. The addition of Mark Wahlberg, which is fantastic, can’t save this film from just being almost three hours of brain-numbing. This is a loud movie, in a bad way, and at this point the producers don’t even seem to care about a plot. Avoid.
If you want a real thriller, you’ll want to find a way to see Snowpiercer. Its rock star cast includes Chris Evans (The Avengers), Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia), Jamie Bell (Jane Eyre), and Octavia Spencer (The Help). In this film, after a disastrous global warming experiment gone wrong, the remaining people on Earth live on the Snowpiercer, a train that circles the Earth thanks to a perpetual motion device. Led by a sinister outside force, the passengers begin a revolt which could wipe out life on Earth forever. This is a great film.
In limited release, there’s also Begin Again, a foray into the talent-scouting dramas of wanna be artists (starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, They Came Together, a solid film despite the cast reading like a Who’s Who of popular TV, and finally, Archipelago, starring Tom Hiddleston. This last one is well worth tracking down. Full of subtle, deeper meanings, this is the tale of a family, soon to be torn apart, that begins unraveling aboard a foreign island. See it.
Must See: None
Worth Your Time: Snowpiercer, Archipelago
Average: Begin Again, They Came Together
Stay Away: Transformers: Age of Extinction
Where do They Come From?
- Transformers: Age of Extinction: Sequel