The weekend warriors of September 13, 2013 includes Insidious: Chapter 2 and The Family. 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, Riddick kicked off the fall movie season with a respectable debut. With a second James Wan horror coming out this year, we should expect to see the Summer die down with many inducing chills.
Will Riddick lose its way into The Further or can Robert De Niro call a few friends up to have everyone sleeping with the fishes? Tiptoe through the tulips with me. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Insidious: Chapter 2 (Rated PG-13) 105 min – (Directed by James Wan) Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, and Steve Coulter
Synopsis: The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 39% • Audience – 75%
I hate to say it, but Insidious: Chapter 2 is a bit of a disappointment. Although highly ambitious, this horror sequel is jam-packed full of new twists and turns, but forgets to lay the foundation for everything to work. Everyone involved does a solid job jumping right back in where the first film left off, but James Wan introduces a few concepts that just don’t add up. The big bad in the movie works to some extent, if only there was enough to convince you of its motivations. It’s a fun enough movie to slouch around on a lazy Sunday, just don’t expect to be wowed like many were with The Conjuring. RENT IT!
The Family (2013) (Rated R) 110 min – (Directed by Luc Besson) Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, and John D’Leo
Synopsis: The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 31% • Audience – 66%
Robert De Niro had a good thing going in Silver Linings Playbook, but he throws it all away to bring his mob roots back onto the big screen. The Family is very bland with very little to say in the process. The actors do their best to try and pull everything together, but the story is terribly uninteresting. A lot of the jokes work very hard to stick the landing, while the inconsistent tone will have your eyes rolling out of your skull. It is interesting enough to watch on a rainy day if you truly have nothing else better to do. RENT IT!
After James Wan’s hit-success, The Conjuring, there is no reason not to believe that Insidious: Chapter 2 won’t hit it big at the box office this weekend. The first was a sleeper hit, and a strong last night’s midnight release tells of strong numbers. Robert De Niro is a dying breed of actor and hasn’t had any great clout in pulling butts into seats. If you’re looking for an compelling indie dramas check out Short Term 12, which released in limited release a few weeks ago, or Wadjda. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be: