All of the movies taking the big screen this weekend are on the border of mediocrity. None of them is fatally terrible nor particularly great, but every audience has something to mild to see.
The widest opener this weekend is ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island‘. With only one mostly-unknown returning cast member from the first movie, there seems to be some confusion as to what ‘Journey 2’ is a sequel to. Yes, it’s a sequel to Brendan Frasier’s ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’. This time around, Frasier has been replaced by The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson). As you might expect, The Rock and Josh Hutcherson head off on a journey to a mysterious island.
The second widest opener is the R-rated Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds spy thriller ‘Safe House‘. Reynolds is a CIA agent commissioned with keeping captured rogue agent Washington safe, but when a mole leaks their location, they must work together to stay alive. ‘Safe House’ is an above-par mindless action movie for adults.
Next is the romantic melodrama ‘The Vow‘. Starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, it’s nothing more than a wannabe Nicholas Sparks movie. They play a married couple who foolishly park their car in the middle of a snowy street to get it on when a truck slams into their car and throws McAdams through the windshield. You’d think the movie would be all about Tatum making his amnesiac wife fall in love with him again, but it’s really a drama about her sick family.
Finally, hitting more than 2,600 screens is the 3D re-release of ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace‘. Apparently, George Lucas hasn’t finished draining your wallet yet. You may have spent 80 bucks on the six-movie Blu-ray set last year, but he expects you to pay again just to see them all in 3D on the big screen. You can expect him to re-release the whole set on Blu-ray again in 3D. Please folks, stop feeding the monster.