Film Screening 21st November, 2009

Poster for G-Force


6:00 PM, 21st November, 2009

  • PG
  • 88 mins
  • Unknown
  • Hoyt Yeatman
  • Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Tim Firth
  • Nicolas Cage, Pen((eacute))lope Cruz, Bill Nighy, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell

The latest covert government agents are a highly trained group of guinea pigs that discover they have the fate of the world in their hands. Or, paws as it were. Armed with high-tech spy equipment the team is made up of: Darwin (Rockwell), who wants to succeed at all costs; the weapons expert Blaster (Morgan); and the sexy martial arts pro Juarez (Cruz). They are aided by a star-nosed mole, Speckles (Cage), the computer and information specialist.

This is a fun, rollercoaster of an adventure that's sure to delight all members of the family. For my money though Bill Nighy, as the billionaire industrialist trying to take over the world, is a movie stealer. Hopefully this will prove once and for all that when it comes to commando teams, size really doesn't matter.

Steven Cain

Poster for Surrogates


8:00 PM, 21st November, 2009

  • M
  • 88 mins
  • Unknown
  • Jonathan Mostow
  • Michael Ferris, John D. Brancato
  • Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames

Forget Facebook and MySpace. In the near future, a new social phenomenon will have taken over the world. We will all live in isolation and interact with each other only through good looking, flawless robotic versions of ourselves called surrogates, that allow us to experience life from the comfort and safety of our own homes.

When a surrogate is murdered, however, and its operator inexplicably killed at the same time, FBI agents Greer and Peters (Willis and Mitchell) are sent to investigate. As more murders occur at an increasingly alarming rate they soon find that solving a crime isn't easy in a world where everyone is hiding behind a mask.

As Greer's surrogate, Willis has naturally been given hair again although, somewhat questionably, he's a blonde. Who'd have known? Soon, however, the real Greer is forced to venture out into the real world for the first time in years and the conspiracy he uncovers is worse than he could have ever imagined.

Surrogates marks the re-teaming of the director and writers of Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, so it should come as no surprise that there are more than a few man-versus-indestructible-machine battles throughout the film. Thankfully, these action scenes are spectacularly well executed and gripping, with Willis demonstrating that, even at 54 years old, he's a more viable action hero than some actors half his age. Add this to engaging ideas that resemble the work of Philip K. Dick, the author behind such films as Blade Runner and Minority Report, and the end result is a slick, thrilling, and thought-provoking film.

Leave your other self at home - Surrogates is one film you need to see for yourself.

Adrian Ma