The weekend warriors for January 4, 2013 includes Texas Chainsaw 3D along with the wide releases of Zero Dark Thirty and Promised Land. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.
Christmas week, Anne Hathaways sung her heart out but could not defeat the ruthless bounty hunter known as Django. The Hobbit remained strong and took the top spot for the third week in a row, with Django Unchained and Les Misérables claiming second and third respectively.
With Jessica Chastain on the hunt and Matt Damon vying to win the people’s hearts, can Leatherface survive the weekend? Vroom vroom, this is the Box Office Battlefield:
Texas Chainsaw 3D (Rated R) – Directed by John Luessenhop. Starring Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, and Gunnar Hansen
Synopsis: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.
As much as I love the franchise, Texas Chainsaw 3D feels like it is trying too hard to push on to audiences. The concept seems a bit farfetched based on how much time has passed as an “official sequel” of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. That would easily put Leatherface at least over 50 years old right? If we learned anything from The Cabin in the Woods, the trailer for Texas Chainsaw 3D hits all of the horror movie clichés, which I hope isn’t the case. Even if you’re down with seeing 3D movies and like to dish out the extra dough, based on the word-of-mouth, I would SKIP IT!
Aside from Texas Chainsaw 3D, Zero Dark Thirty has earned wide release status. It is a pretty gripping, yet it is a very slow burn. There are many tense moments on the screen that director Kathryn Bigelow perfected in The Hurt Locker. Those expecting a hard hitting action thriller stay at home, Zero Dark Thirty asks some big questions and delivers a decent drama. SEE IT!
Matt Damon and Promised Land has been given a wide release and will be storming the trenches to try earn your hard earned cash. Promised Land looks pretty cookie cutter to me, but seems like a solid time if you have nothing else better to do. RENT IT!
Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com
Box Office Battlefield is an ongoing column providing analysis of whether you should see, rent, or pass on 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.