The weekend warriors for October 26, 2012 include Cloud Atlas, Chasing Mavericks, Fun Size, and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of the upcoming movie releases for the weekend. In the film industry, each weekend, movie studios enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars, but not everybody can afford to see every film that is released. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.
Last weekend, Paranormal Activity 4 cleaned up the box office while Argo followed closely behind. For the weekend of October 26, 2012 the creators of The Matrix will try to return to relevancy, an attempt to modernize Adventures in Babysitting will be made, Gerard Butler makes another terrible movie, and a video game movie fails to champion the genre.
Cloud Atlas (Directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski) Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, Keith David, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess, and Hugo Weaving
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.
This will be the most polarizng film of the year. Critics are torn. Cloud Atlas will be the The Tree of Life of this year. You’re going to either love it or hate it. Maybe there will be a few that feel indifferent. But either way, I don’t think this is a film you should miss in theaters. This film has so much ambition that it would be hard not to evoke some sort of emotion from it. SEE IT!
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (Directed by Michael J. Bassett) Starring Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Adelaide Clemens
Synopsis: When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.
The first entry of this video game adaptation still sits with me due to the haunting imagery this franchise has to offer. Based on the first theatrical trailer, I don’t think this film will disappoint in that aspect. From what I’ve read about this series, my concern is that Silent Hill has so much depth that it could force a very convoluted story within this film.
It does feature Game of Thrones star Sean Bean – so it has that going for it. Again, this is another video game adapted film that has a very niche audience. I don’t think it’s quite for everyone, but it could be an interesting popcorn flick. I have also seen a lot of negative tweets toward the film that identifies it as yet another video game adaptation flop. RENT IT!
Fun Size (Directed Josh Schwartz) Starring Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler, Josh Pence, Jane Levy, Thomas Mannand, Ana Gasteyer
Synopsis: Wren’s Halloween plans go awry when she’s made to babysit her brother, who disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friend and two nerds at her side, she needs to find her brother before her mom finds out he’s missing.
When I first saw the trailer for Fun Size, I thought it looked good. I felt it was holding back on some adult comedy like in Pitch Perfect or Kick-Ass. But according to Rotten Tomatoes, this film sits pretty in the high thirty percentile.
It might have a good laugh or two, and for some reason I am still anticipating it. But much like The Sitter, I’m sure it will just be another rehash of Adventures In Babysitting. If you have nothing else better to do, are young, and have a group of friends you want to see a Halloween movie with, maybe go see it? RENT IT!
Chasing Mavericks (Directed by Michael Apted and Curtis Hanson) Starring Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, and Abigail Spencer
Synopsis: When young Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.
The trailer for Chasing Mavericks has predictability written all over it. Yes, it’s all about the journey that leads up to the big wave brah, but it’s such a cookie-cutter by the numbers film that just sets a red flag for me to think stay away – The Blind Side anyone? What happened to Gerard Butler, did his 15 minutes go out the door once 300 became irrelevant? SKIP IT!
There is one limited release this weekend that I have had on my much watch list of the year, The Loneliest Planet.I have no idea if it’ll be good, but it may be worth you’re time to look up and check it out if you are an indie movie connoisseur. Other wise, go see Argo this weekend!
Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com
Box Office Battlefield is an ongoing column suggesting whether you should see, rent, or pass movies that are about to release. All of my opinions are based on what I have or have not seen from previews, various marketing materials, or have heard via word of mouth.