Friday, 5 December 2014

#FILMFRIDAY 5/12 PREVIEWS: PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, BLACK SEA, GET SANTA, THE PYRAMID


Penguins of Madagascar

Is the hi-larious first character breakout instalment from the popular Madagascar franchise.

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private are four penguins of the global espionage persuasion. Circumstances dictate they join forces with the North Wind; a spy outfit of considerably greater finesse, led by the dashing Agent Classified, if they are to stop Dr Octavius Brine from salty world domination. This will leave you rolling in the aisles from start to finish, although some jokes surpass the kid friendly Universal rating. Featuring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich.



Black Sea

Jude Law fights to keep his head above water in this tense thriller about a disgruntled submarine captain out for all he believes that he is worth. Bandying together a nefarious bunch of dodgy seamen first, you question why one captain knows quite so many miscreants as needed to help steal nearly $200 million dollars in gold bar treasure, from an old Hitler battleship. Then you fail to raise an eyebrow as the obvious begins to happen - greed overtakes the initial willingness to share, and so begins the plank-walking competition. Even Law himself is not sexy enough to save this sea dud - particularly with that awful Irish accent...Personally, I'd p-p-pick up a penguin ticket.




The Pyramid

If you're craving Horror as this week's topping, then The Pyramid might just be to your taste. The discovery of a hidden pyramid beneath the Egyptian sands has a group of archaeologists salivating at their dry mouths, but as they explore and get lost in it's underground mazes, it becomes apparent that something has each of them on its menu. Guess who...or what's coming to dinner with Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, and Dennis O'Hare.





Get Santa

Not one for the annual seasonal madness, I can't say that Get Santa held any appeal for me, whatsoever; and this nauseatingly stiff tale of the white-bearded one getting himself nicked and, relying on a young believer and his polar opposite Dad to save December's 25th day, did not fail to disappoint. A really hard watch for the usually stellar Jim Broadbent; he is joined by a mildly cute (but mostly annoying) Kit Connor, and wholly irritating Rafe Spall for a cast that did nothing but make me count the time of my life that I would never get back. The things I do for you people...!




It goes without saying that the #1 win of the week goes to the sidesplitting penguins that give the Happy Feet cuties a waddle for their...fishes. I suggest that you see the Penguins of Madagascar TODAY, but if you're looking for something a little more on the adult side, then I've got a doozy for you in my #BoxOffice Review of the week later today! Read this space...

Until the next...Enjoy!
ES ;)