Want them or not, this weekend’s two big movies consist of a (sort of) remake and a 3D re-release – and this isn’t even the slow time of the year yet!
As a fan of Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, the last thing I want to see is an attempt to remake ‘The Evil Dead‘. When you think about it, ‘Evil Dead II‘ was already a remake of the first movie, so the new ‘Evil Dead‘ is actually a remake of a remake. Starring a cast five mostly no-name actors, this rendition of the demonic tale strays from the cult classic by landing in the torture porn sub-genre. While it’s full of references to the original films, don’t expect the campiness or tongue-in-cheek humor to return. The “I can’t believe it’s not NC-17” gore might make you giggle, but this ‘Evil Dead’ isn’t anywhere close to being as entertaining as Raimi’s movies.
While ‘Evil Dead’ storms 3,000 screens this weekend, ‘Jurassic Park 3D‘ follows hot on its tail with 2,600+ screens. I haven’t had much faith in the box office draw of 3D re-releases (most likely because I’m not racing out to see them), so the wide release might seem overkill. But I caught an IMAX press screening three weeks ago and can’t believe how many non-press folks turned out for it. From all age ranges, the general audience was genuinely pumped to see the movie on the big screen. Adults who saw it twenty years ago as teenagers brought their own teenage kids out to experience this classic film on the big screen for the first time. With a top-notch remaster (which appears cleaner than the previously-released 2D Blu-ray), a brilliant 7.1 audio mix, the grandeur of IMAX and near-perfect 3D conversion, dinosaurs just might rule the land again.
Fox Searchlight’s platform release of Danny Boyle’s new thriller ‘Trance‘ kicks off on four screens this weekend. I’ve seen the mind-effing trailer several times now and have no clue how to describe this film. Hypnosis, trickery, gangsters and discombobulation… Who knows where this is going? ‘Trance’ stars James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson, but Boyle’s name is all I need to be excited for it.
Who knew that Robert Redford had a new film coming out? Sony Pictures Classics is releasing ‘The Company You Keep‘ in select cities. Pitting a journalist against a criminal activist, Redford not only directs but stars in the film. The massive supporting cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Sam Elliott and Stephen Root. Here’s hoping that it’s better than ‘Lions for Lambs’.