The weekend warriors of March 28, 2014 includes Noah, Sabotage, Cesar Chavez, and The Raid 2: Berandal .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, Divergent made waves for young adult movies, breaking the curse of poor ROI of late with such lovely titles as Vampire Academy and The Host. But can the dystopian future defeat the true believers out there? Oh my, it’s a mirage I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage! This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Noah (Rated PG-13) 138 min – (Directed by Darren Aronofsky) Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson
Synopsis: A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 76% • Audience – 65%
With his filmography including the likes of Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, and The Wrestler I am intrigued to see what director Darren Aronofsky can do with a big budget, PG-13 movie. I have not yet seen it myself, but here is what other critics have to say:
“W.H. Auden cautioned against those who ‘read the Bible for its prose,’ but after Noah, perhaps the better warning is to look out for those people who read the Bible for its potentially profitable widescreen IMAX action scenes” – James Rocchi of Film.com
“Viewers who give Aronofsky a chance will find that, despite differences of opinion and belief, there’s plenty of universal value in this gripping tale of good overcoming evil.” – Benjamin Kendrick of ScreenRant
” To see such a profound meditation on man’s relationship to God come from a movie full of prehistoric hoodies, pregnancy tests performed by magic leaf, and CGI rock people is gloriously insane.” – Vince Mancini of FilmDrunk
I’d say if Mancini thinks its worth the watch then it might as well be worth the MATINEE price.
Sabotage (Rated R) 109 min – (Directed David Ayer) Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, and Olivia Williams
Synopsis: Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 21% • Audience – 54%
It looks like your standard neo-Schwawrzenegger flick. Not really holding much of value or substance, but passable in the action department. Here are what other critics have to say:
“It does have a weird, boldly ugly edge that makes for unexpectedly compelling viewing.” – Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News
“Sabotage starts off as a fun, nasty, occasionally surprising little piece of genre filmmaking. But it gradually loses the thread.” – Bilge Ebiri of Vulture
Sounds like more of a NETFLIX watch to me.
Cesar Chavez (Rated PG-13) 101 min – (Directed by Diego Luna) Starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich
Synopsis: A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 39% • Audience – 64%
It takes a lot of convincing for me to see a biopic. They are generally a bore, but well produced. I generally go to movies to take me away from events that have happened in the past, but here are what others have to say about this movie:
“The biopic Cesar Chavez is like a mural of a Wikipedia page” – A.A. Dowd from the A.V. Club
“As a filmmaker, Luna is still finding his voice. For all he effectively puts on screen in ‘Cesar Chavez,’ Luna never gets past his respect for the accomplishments to give us a true measure of the man.” – Betsy Sharkey from the LA Times
Sounds like a pretty easy pass on this one. A history lesson best served to be watched on NETFLIX on a really rainy day.
The Raid 2: Berandal [Limited NY/LA] (Rated R) 150 min – (Directed by Gareth Evans) Starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara
Synopsis: Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 75% • Audience – 94%
Unfortunately this highly anticipated release will only hit New York and Los Angeles this weekend and won’t be out in more theaters until April 11. But here is what the critics who have seen it have to say:
“Wow!” – Scott Weinberg of FEARnet.com
“There are tradeoffs with the switch to a more epic, ambitious canvas, but Gareth Evans’ action sequel in most ways that count is an even more masterful jolt of high-energy genre filmmaking.” – David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter
If this is playing in your area, you must SEE THIS MOVIE.
Although Divergent won last weekend, more than likely fans of the books have gotten their fill. The sour reviews definitely did not propel the movie to become the next Hunger Games or Twilight like Summit and Lionsgate had hoped. There has been a surprising amount of moviegoers coming out to theaters to see the faith-based movies, and with the name like Aronofsky, there will be two types of crowds converging into the theaters this weekend. The PG-13 rating also helps, along with Emma Watson and Russell Crowe as the leads. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
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