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Set against the backdrop of the 7th July 2005 bombings, London River tells the story of a friendship which develops between two seemingly unconnected people – Elizabeth (Brenda Bleythn) and Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate). Both of them have come to London to search for their children who are missing in the aftermath of the bombings.
Although they come from different religious backgrounds – Ousmane is an African Muslim living in France and Elizabeth is a white Christian living in Guernsey, they share the same hope of finding their children alive. Putting aside their cultural differences, they give each other the strength to continue the search and maintain their faith in humanity.
Simon Pegg (Hotfuzz, Run, Fat Boy, Run, Shaun of the Dead) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), will be nursing their ego’s after their audition tapes were rejected by Brit film makers Twist Films.
Auditioning for the star role of ‘Derecq Twist’, a West Country morris dancer, these two world famous celebs just don’t cut the mustard for [...]
Alice in Wonderland sees grown-up Alice once again down the rabbit hole after taking some time out from a ghastly marriage proposal enforced by some red-head prig with digestive problems (not sure what his name was). Jarring wonderfully with the rigours of real life she shrinks and grows her way through lush gardens meeting many of Lewis Carrol’s creations including Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle Dum (Matt Lucas), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat (voiced by Stephen Fry), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Stupid amounts of CG can be forgiven as it looks glorious and in places (mainly Depp-bits) rather touching. I heard mixed things before seeing it, but went on the strength of the ‘rents saying how much they’d enjoyed it. 3D helped, I reckon, but for my money it was better than Avatar (awaiting a lynch mob).
The Road is a postapocalyptic movie based on a book by Cormac McCarthy and directred by John Hillcoat (The Proposition, 2005).
Following an unexplained cataclysm leading to the death of most of the worlds population and all animal and plant life, “The Man” (not Samuel L Jackson, but the exceptional Viggo Mortensen) or “Father” and the “Boy” travel towards the sea looking for food to survive and some small hope for a future.
From the mod roundel/cross-hair adorned marketing campaign I almost expected Harry Brown to be some sort of ageing mod superhero and in a way, I suppose he is. The story revolves around bad kids on the estate where Harry lives and him losing a dear friend Leonard Attwell (David Bradley), who has had enough of their constant taunts and takes it on himself to fight back.