Grosse Point geek takes a loot at two recent release – the remake of the classic horror Poltergeist and the latest from The Rock in San Andreas.
Director: Gil Kenan
Actors: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt
After Eric Bowen (Rockwell) loses his job, he and his family are forced to move into a cheaper house. Everything seems normal until the lights unexpectedly start turning on and off and strange noises are heard in the dead of night.
Things go from bad to worse when their son almost gets eaten by a tree and the youngest daughter disappears into thin air. Suspecting that they are the victims of a haunting (you think??), the family turn to a team of paranormal investigators led by Harris’s ghost expert, who mount a desperate attempt to get the little girl back from the clutches of the poltergeist.
Uninspiring remake of the 1982 Spielberg/Tobe Hooper classic, that pretty much fails on every level to be even close to imitating that films excitement and sheer nerve shredding suspense. The normally reliable Sam Rockwell is woefully miscast and gives an almost phoned in performance, Harris fares no better and DeWitt cant hold a candle to the original film’s JoBeth Williams as the family matriarch. Coupled with this Kenan’s direction is formulaic, and totally lacking in flair and originality. On the positive side it definitely isn’t the most terrible thing I’ve ever seen and the SFX are pretty good, but i have to say that when Hollywood decides to produce remakes as flat as this, one wonders why they even bothered in the first place.
At Cinemas now
Director: Brad Peyton
Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Ioan Gruffudd, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti
When a massive earthquake threatens to wipe out the US Eastern Seaboard, crack Fire and Rescue pilot Dwayne Johnson and his soon to be ex wife (Gugino) brave the wrath of mother nature and mount a daring search for their daughter (Daddario) who has become stranded in the rapidly crumbling city of San Francisco. I have to be honest i wasn’t expecting much from this one, the reviews were average, and the trailer made it look like nothing more than a retread of just about every other disaster movie ever made – plus added cheese.
However i am pleased to report that, despite the fact that its pretty much all of the above, it was mercifully saved by some really impressive visual effects, a fantastic series of set pieces and another great turn from the always good value Johnson. It certainly wont ever win any Oscars but you could do a lot worse if you’re stuck for something to watch at the cinema this weekend
At Cinemas now.
Author: Will Strong