Box Office Battlefield: ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ and ‘Dead Man Down’

Box Office Battlefield Oz The Great and Powerful

The weekend warriors for March 8, 2013 includes Oz The Great and Powerful and Dead Man Down. 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.

Last weekend, Jack the Giant Slayer topped the box office, but is looking to be one of the biggest flop, financially, since John Carter. A new contender this week looks to bring home the gold and should re-energize the movie going audience.

Collin Farrell, this just isn’t your weekend buddy. Lions and tigers and bears, this is the Box Office Battlefield:

Oz the Great and Powerful Title

Oz The Great and Powerful (Rated PG) – Director: Sam Raimi Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis

Synopsis: A small-time magician arrives in an enchanted land and is forced to decide if he will be a good man or a great one.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 60% • Audience – 82%

Oz is very enjoyable, but lacks depth. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of fun to be had, especially in 3D – the opening sequence alone is worth the extra cost. Everyone performs admirably, and Raimi does a great job at recreating the world of Oz. China Girl and Finley are fantastic creations, but the film is a bit too reliant on CGI. Go in taking the story as a stand alone movie and try not to think too hard about how it relates back to The Wizard of Oz. SEE IT!

Dead Man Down Title

Dead Man Down (Rated R) – (Directed by Niels Arden Oplev) Starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, and Terrence Howard

Synopsis: In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a woman seeking retribution.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 38% • Audience – 52%

A real convoluted story. Eventually most of the pieces fall into place by the end, but by the time the film catches up with its parts you’re already disinterested. Everyone seemed to be sleepwalking through this film just to get it done. It feels cold and heartless. We’re suppose to feel sorry for these people and root for the antagonist, but the film is so bland that nothing works. SKIP IT!

A few limited releases are out, including The ABCs of Death and Emperor. I’ve heard decent things about ABCs, but nothing too special. I like horror anthologies, but 26 of them in a two hour time frame seems a bit over the top. I don’t know how they could put 26 coherent stories together in that amount of time. Emperor stars Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox about the end of WWII in Japan. It seems passable and something you could check out on Netflix.

Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

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