Yet another bland and predictable entry in the long list of revenge films to come out following the surprise success of the Taken franchise, Peppermint casts an aging performer previously known for their work in the action genre as someone who uses their “special set of skills” to get revenge after a violent act is committed towards a loved one.
Opening across Canada at a theatre near you: a teenage girl takes on the CIA in the modern action fairy tale, Hanna; Russell Brand plays a lovable man-child in Arthur; medieval times get a bit dopey in the comedy Your Highness; and a girl gets back on her surf board after a shark attack in Soul Surfer.
This week’s new releases on Blu-ray and DVD include: Clint Eastwood‘s drama, Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela; the star-studded romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day; and Extraordinary Measures, with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser.
Opening this week in theatres: Benicio Del Toro stars in the horror-action film, The Wolfman; director Garry Marshall brings together a massive cast for the romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day; and Logan Lerman stars in the adaptation of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
New this week on DVD and Blu-ray, Ricky Gervais stars in the comedy The Invention Of Lying, Jim Sturgess plays a double-agent in the drama 50 Dead Men Walking, plus a look at Gamer, starring Gerard Butler, and Whiteout with Kate Beckinsale.
Coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray, Matthew McConaughey plays a monumental jerk forced to change his ways in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Seth Rogen stars as a security guard looking for a future in Observe and Report. Plus, a look at the dramedy Lymelife, and Shaun of the Dead arrives on Blu-ray.
The cast of Juno attend a press conference at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.
Elektra is one of those films that demand to be taken at face value. And when reviewing such a film it is incumbent on the reviewer to look at the film for what it is and evaluate it on that basis, not what the reviewer hoped it would be, what the reviewer thought it would be, but what it is. And then there is the all-important question of – did this movie deliver on its promise. And in the case of Elektra, I say it did.
One thing that always undermines the seriousness of movie reviewing is the presumption that some critics assume when they pontificate about movies in a way that suggests that if they don’t like a film then it can’t really be all that good. Some movies, and such is the case with 13 Going On 30, should be looked at with a critical eye that takes into account the audience that the film was made for and whether or not that particular audience will find it enjoyable.