Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.
We saw Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra chasing bad guys John Abraham in 2004’s Dhoom and Hrithik Roshan in 2006’s Dhoom 2. And now, as the first trailer of the third instalment Dhoom: 3 reveals, they may just be up against the villain of a lifetime.
The gentleman in question, armed with a deadly superbike and a deadlier physique, is Aamir Khan. In the just-released heart-stopping trailer of the film, Aamir’s Dhoom ride promising more cutting-edge action sequences, in the vein of those seen in the previous movies. One glimpse of Aamir’s chiseled back later, he roars off on a bike chased by Abhishek Bachchan, hanging out of a chopper, and Uday Chopra, also on a bike.
Making a very brief appearance is Katrina Kaif, wearing a white tank and shorts and hanging off a rope. Katrina’s predecessors were Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who made a stunning appearance in the second movie, and Esha Deol who starred in the first film. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Yash Raj Films, Dhoom: 3 is slated to release on December 20, 2013.
Although One Direction: This Is Us topped the box office over the three-day weekend, the boy band couldn’t hold off Lee Daniels’ The Butler over the extended four-day frame. The Weinstein drama surged to $20 million during the Friday-to-Monday period (a 21 percent increase over last weekend), giving the Forest Whitaker showcase $79.3 million total against a $30 million budget. The Butler is now a lock to earn over $100 million domestically, though it won’t be able to achieve a fourth weekend in first place. Riddick will make sure of that.
One Direction: This Is Us finished in second place with $18 million. After an $8.9 million Friday, Sony was expecting This Is Us to earn about $24-25 million over the four-day weekend, but the film’s fangirl appeal made it even more frontloaded than the studio expected. Sony had to downgrade its three-day result from $17 million to $15.8 million this morning — but the film is hardly in trouble. Morgan Spurlock shot the 3-D doc for just $10 million, and it should do gangbusters business on DVD.
We’re the Millers and Planes stuck around in third and fourth place with $15.9 million and $10.7 million, respectively. After four weekends, Millers has earned $112.9 million, while Planes has taken in $73.8 million.
In fifth place, surprise hit Instructions Not Included continued its incredible run, scoring $10 million from 347 theaters over the holiday frame. The Spanish-language film starring Eugenio Derbez notched a sizzling $28,616 per theater average, and distributors Lionsgate and Pantelion plan on expanding the film substantially next weekend.
Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez’s critically reviled thriller Getaway crashed and burned on its opening weekend. After four days, the Warner Bros. release, which was produced by Dark Castle Entertainment for $18 million, has grossed an anemic $5.5 million, and word of mouth suggests that moviegoers will continue to “get away” from the picture next weekend.
Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is desperately ready to get back in limelight again. Although his action flick The Last Stand failed to mesmerize the audience yet he is looking forward to new releases like Escape Plan andThe Expendables 3.
In Escape Plan and The Expendables 3, he has teamed up with his old buddy Sylvester Stallone.
The former Mr. Olympia and politician has tweeted his day one picture on The Expendables 3 sets with Harrison Ford and director Patrick Hughes.
In the picture, he is seen puffing on Cohiba cigar while Ford is seen in pilot uniform. “It was a fantastic first day of filming on ‘Expendables 3’. Great to work with Harrison and our director, Patrick,” he tweeted.
Interestingly, Harrison Ford got the place in the action squad afterBruce Willis left the franchise over monetary issues. “WILLIS OUT… HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!” Stallone had earlier informed this through his tweet.
Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson are the other stars in the action franchise.
Escape Plan is set to be released on 18 October, 2013 while The Expendables 3 is scheduled to release in 2014.
At the utopian fun-house otherwise known as Camp Half-Blood, life for Percy Jackson (Lerman) and his ilk is groovy. But he gets a not-so-welcome surprise one day when introduced to his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith). To add to his shock (but not awe), Tyson is a cyclops! Soon enough, their idyll is shattered when they are attacked by what can be best described as a rampaging, mechanical bull. The bull manages to breach their shield. The shield was supported by a magical tree created by Zeus when his daughter Thalia Grace (Kwiatkowski), who met her maker after a bloody battle went wrong, was poisoned.
After the bull is turned to scrap metal, the perpetrator is found to be LukeCastellan (Abel), a rather angry young lad sporting a sulky expression like a kid does when denied his dinner. Luke, for no particular reason, wants to turn Mount Olympus into rubble. But the flaxen haired Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario) keeps having brainwaves throughout the film. When she isn’t having brainwaves, she seems to love to hug Percy, presumably to boost his confidence levels and harden his resolve, which often wanes.
She realizes that only the Golden Fleece can restore the tree to health and in doing so, save all of them too. But the camp’s boozy director, aptly named Dionysus (Tucci), sends the God of War’s daughter, the impossibly bitchy Clarisse La Rue (LevenRambin), to find it instead. Not to be outdone, Percy gathers his gang – Annabeth, Tyson and Grover Underwood (Jackson) – to locate the Golden Fleece on his own.
The best thing about this predictable film is undoubtedly the special effects. For want of anything better, Sea of Monsters is a mishmash of various similar films in this genre and a passable potpourri of Greek mythology retold with a contemporary veneer.
Robert Hansen may not have the kind of recall value as other serial killers do, but his handiwork is no less terrible. Currently serving 461 years in prison, Hansen would kidnap, repeatedly rape and then brutally shoot his victims (numbering 17 to 21) after releasing them in the wilds of Alaska in the early ’80s.
In this true story, a police officer responds to a distress call from a motel one night and finds an almost hysterical Cindy cowering in a bathroom, handcuffed and bleeding. She is questioned but DA Pat Clives ( Kurt Fuller) later trashes the theory that Hansen’s a suspect.
Her story then reaches State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Cage), whose gut instinct tells him Hansen intended Cindy to be his latest victim. Jack’s wife Allie (Mitchell) plays the stereotypical cop’s wife, who’s more bothered about whether her husband bought the groceries.
Following his instincts, Jack takes Cindy under his wing and along with Sgt. Lyle Haugsven (Norris) carefully connects the dots to get the killer. Jack has to protect Cindy no matter what but nabbing Hansen isn’t easy. He has the perfect alibi – the facade of an all-American life with a loving wife, kids and a flourishing bakery business.
Hudgens makes you empathize with her character; her performance is surprisingly remarkable. The location (Alaska) lends a lot to the film’s tone. The close-ups are stark, yet emotive. Walker eschews creative licence in favour of keeping the true story in taut focus. Lorne Balfi’s score enhances the visuals. The film does navigate through familiar serial killer-thriller checkpoints but the screenplay does pack in some clever tricks. Scott Walker does not sensationalize Cusack’s Hansen and Cage thankfully reins in his histrionics.
Note: You may not like this film if chilling portrayals of real-life serial killers don’t interest you.