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Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011



Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011


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46 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 15, 2011 www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 5 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K VERDICT: PUTS UP A FAIR FRIGHT Plot politely puts the frighteners on Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in a scene from the new James Wan film Insidious INSIDIOUS 103 minutes (M) Director: James Wan (Saw) Starring: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Barbara Hershey Reviewer: Leigh Paatsch My verdict: Cheap, not so nasty . . . and no Saw points HH THIS cut-price jumble sale of domestic scares think Paranormal Activity with a conventional script and better cameras is being flogged by those two Australian blokes who gave the world the Saw franchise. After Insidious, the world may now be inclined to forgive director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell for some of their tortureporn sins. The story follows the pulse-raising plight of schoolteacher Josh (Patrick Wilson), his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) and their young children. On first impressions, the family appears to be the victim of a straightforward case of haunted house syndrome. But after changing addresses and with eldest son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) in a coma that defies all known medical logic the joint is still jumping with unexplained self-opening doors, selfcreaking floorboards and selfplaying entertainment systems. Joshs mum (Barbara Hershey) has an old friend in the ghostbusting business, Elise (Lin Shaye), who swings by with geeky assistants (played by Whannell and Angus Sampson) and freaky gear (from Dinky Toys viewfinders to World War I gasmasks) to snuff out the supernatural kerfuffle. It must be said that, the odd scripting clanger aside, Insidious puts up a fair fright for most of its running time. Keen students of horror movie history, Wan and Whannell know there is a fine line between homage and wholesale lifting of others ideas, and generally stay on the right side of that line. Star Wars fans may take exception to glimpses of a demon who pays a marked resemblance to the infamous Darth Maul, but that just may be a red (and black) herring thrown in by the filmmakers. The movie ambles politely after a small collection of set-play chills, most of them depicted in a manner slyly suggestive rather than archly literal (the gore quota extends only to a blood-stained handprint on a white sheet). In short, Insidious is happy enough with elevating your breathing pattern every now and then, as opposed to choking you outright with one shock after another. insidious-movie.com DVDREVIEWS THEHUMANPLANET(G) BBC Natural History Unit sets incredibly high standards for documentary fare and its latest work doesnt let the side down. This epic eight-part series (recently on the ABC) examines the everchanging relationship between mankind and nature. Each episode breaks down a selected habitat in fascinating detail. It is priced at $60, but if you shop around less than $50 is do-able. THEBIG CComplete first season (MA15+) AHALF-hour comedy-drama of exceptionally high quality. Do not be put off by the confronting premise yes, the title does refer to cancer because this is certainly no downer. Laura Linney stars as a conservativewomanwho deals with her cancer diagnosis by going after a way of life she never would normally have contemplated. Costars Oliver Platt. SOMEWHERE97minutes (M) STEPHENDorff stars as Johnny Marco, a major movie star of no fixed abode, save for a regular suite at LAs fabled Chateau Marmont hotel. On first impressions, Johnny seems too detached a dudewithwhom to spend an entire film. Until his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) happens along, and Mr Cool begins to thaw. Not the most urgent film youll ever see, but beautifully framed and shrewdly scripted. GULLIVERS TRAVELS85minutes (PG) ASPIRING travel writer Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. Do not get this mixed upwith the timeless novel by Jonathan Swift, because similarities endwith the big-guy-little-world stuff. This goofy family comedy pegs its chances on blasting Jack Black with heaps of special-effects-driven slapstick. Harmless enough escapism, though lacking wowness. Co-stars Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet. SARAHS KEY111minutes (M) ADAPTED from the best-selling novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, this Holocaust drama captures what the Holocaust has come tomean today. Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) plays an American journalist investigating how French authorities handed over thousands of Parisian Jews to the Nazis during WWII. In many cases, detainees were held inside boarded-up sports stadiums until transport to an even darker destinationwas arranged. Pick of the flicks at theDeckchair thisweek are the Ginsberg biopic Howl, resource docoGasland and Sergio Leoneswestern classic OnceUpon a Time in theWest VERDICT: STINKER Have to be brain dead to watch it BURKE AND HARE 91 minutes (M) Director: Jon Landis (An American Werewolf in London) Starring: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Isla Fisher Reviewer: Leigh Paatsch My verdict: Cut and run H Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in a scene from Burke and Hare HOLD your nose and take a hike elsewhere, because this unfunny farce stinks to high heaven. Based on the unhilarious true story of a pair of 19th-century serial killers from Scotland how the heck did this make it past the pitching stage? Burke and Hare is the saddest comedy to fluke a release since Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis play the title characters, shifty grifters who chance on a macabre business opportunity in Edinburgh. There is a shortage of corpses to be used as specimens in the citys medical schools. Unscrupulous faculty heads (such as those played by Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry) are prepared to pay the grottiest grave-robber a pretty penny to bring a body through the back door. Burke and Hare dont have the stomach for digging up rotting, maggot-infested flesh. They prefer fresh produce. And so begins a string of semiaccidental murders, which sends the fortunes of the two bumbling hitmen sky-rocketing. This is one of those movies where, on more than 10 occasions, someone will stumble on a grotesque sight, roll their eyes and faint right there on the spot. Sometimes to the sound of one of those wacky whistles movie people have fainted to since the end of the silent era. OZBOXOFFICE TOP 10 1 Fast & Furious 5 $1.8m $21.6m 2 Thor $1.7m $15.0m 3 Source Code $1.5m $1.5m 4 Something Borrows $1.4m $1.7m 5 Arthur $0.5m $4.4m 6 Hoodwinked Too $0.5m $0.5m 7 Paul $0.3m $6.3m 8 Rio $0.3m $15.7m 9 Hop $0.1m $11.4m 10 Scream4 $0.1m $4.1m USBOXOFFICE TOP 10 1 Thor $66.0m $66.0m 2 Fast & Furious 5 $32.5m $140m 3 Jumping the Broom $13.7m $13.7m 4 Something Borrowed $13.1m $13.1m 5 Rio $8.2m $115m 6 Water for Elephants $5.6m $41.6m 7 Madeas Big Happy Family $3.9m $46.8m 8 Prom $2.4m $7.8m 9 Soul Surfer $2.1m $36.7m 10 Hoodwinked Too $1.8m $6.7m Chris Hemsworth in a scene from Thor