Director John Singleton returns this weekend with Abduction, but this is Taylor Lautner’s film. For those unaware, he’s the other good looking one from the Twiglight films. The trailer looks fairly action packed and heavily influenced by Paul Greengrass’ Bourne films, but what contemporary action films aren’t? It has a strong supporting cast with Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver and a brief cameo from Jason Isaacs. It will probably be a perfectly fine, if instantly forgettable action film.
Agent provocateur Lars von Trier returns to cinemas with Melancholia. The film is set on Justine’s (Kirsten Dunst) wedding day, but when new planet Melancholia appears in the sky, Justine is struck by a depression and seeks solitude, certain the new planet will destroy earth. This won’t be to everybody’s taste, but for those with a keen interest in cinema or Trier’s oeuvre this will be fairly entertaining and it’s nice to see Kiefer Sutherland doing something different to one-man-army, Jack Bauer.
Kevin Smith’s Red State sees three teenage boys lured into a trap by the promise of sex, but instead of being greeted by teenage girls they’re met by sinister preacher Abin Cooper (Michael Parks), who has a lust for executing ‘sexual deviants’. When the local sheriff suspects something is amiss, he calls in ATF agent, Joe Keenan (John Goodman) to sort things out. Kevin Smith’s films in recent years have been fairly awful (see Jersey Girl, Zack and Miri Make A Porno and Cop Out), but with Smith securing private financing and distributing this film himself, Red State was clearly a project the director was passionate about. If this is Smith’s last film, as mooted, it’s a shame because it just might be his most interesting film since Clerks.