In Cinemas 17 August 2012
This week’s new releases include the latest Pixar animation Brave, explosion-filled action sequel The Expendables 2, franchise reboot The Bourne Legacy, indie tragic romance Take This Waltz, British comedy The Wedding Video and intense low-budget horror The Devil’s Business.
Any Pixar animation is a labour of love. Brave is possibly their most ambitious project to date, having taken a full seven years to reach completion. Now that it’s here, expect the usual beautifully-animated mixture of comedy and drama, told through a bonnie feast of Scottishness.
The Expendables 2
Stallone and co. return for more explosions, gun fights, shoot-outs and action, action, action in this sequel about a group of mercenaries attempting to stop a terrorist from acquiring a huge amount of enriched uranium. Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth and Jean-Claude Van Damme are new names amongst the star-studded cast.
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron cross in this reboot/spin-off of the ultra-successful Bourne franchise. Can you do Bourne without Matt Damon? Legacy will reveal all.
Take This Waltz
Michelle Williams plays a conflicted wife in this indie romance/drama from director Sarah Polley (Film3Sixty interviews Sarah Polley). Seth Rogen plays the unfortunate husband who finds his spouse’s affections torn between himself and Luke Kirby’s alluring artist who daylights as a Rickshaw-puller.
The Wedding Video
Robert Webb, Lucy Punch and Rufus Hound feature in this comedy from director Nigel Cole. Webb and Punch play a couple who are to be married – they ask Hound to film the ceremony for them, with hilarious consequences.
The Devil’s Business
Billy Clarke and Jack Gordon play the leads in this story of two hitmen who become embroiled in a satanic affair. Expect dark thrills and sofa-clenching scares.
Director Fernando Meirelles returns with this intertwined mesh of plot lines that look at varied subjects from marriage to prostitution. Considering the multitude of characters, the wealth of talent is notable: Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins all make appearances amongst a host of recognisable faces. Apparently Peter Morgan’s screenplay was inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde. (Read our interviews with star Rachel Weisz and director Fernando Meirelles).
This slice of Nordic noir pulp fiction is as hilarious as it is bloody, combining comedy and violence to raucous effect. After Oscar Svendsen (Kyrre Hellum) wakes up in a strip bar called Pink Heaven, surrounded by dead bodies after an apparent gun-fight, he has to explain the preceding bizarre and thoroughly unfortunate sequence of events to an unsympathetic police officer called Solør (Henrik Mestad).