This Week’s Movie Releases

This Week’s Movie Releases

FILM: Wrath Of The Titans (3-D)

Adecade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) — the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson)—is attempting to live quietly as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son, Helius.

But unbeknownst to Perseus, a struggle for supremacy has been raging between the gods that will come to threaten his idyllic life. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing hold of their immortality, as well as control over the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous Underworld.Now, Perseus cannot ignore his true calling as Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), switches loyalties and makes a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titan’s strength grows as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned…and hell is unleashed on earth.

Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the Underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.“It’s an amazing adventure that takes Perseus to places no mortal has been before and pits him against enemies the likes of which no man has ever faced,” states director Jonathan Liebesman, who embraced the opportunity to work in one of his favorite genres while telling a story about facing your destiny.

That is something, he says, “We all have to do eventually, if not quite as heroically, as Perseus. The reason Greek mythology is so timeless is because it’s full of classic archetypes, as well as tragedy, comedy, betrayal, revenge. It’s got it all and it is part of our collective culture. Everyone knows Zeus and Hades; everyone knows what the Underworld is.”

CAST: SAM WORTHINGTON, RALPH FIENNES, LIAM NEESON, DANNY HUSTON, EDGAR RAMIREZ, BILL NIGHY, TOBY KEBBELL, ROSAMUND PIKE, JOHN BELL

DIRECTOR: JONATHAN LIEBESMAN

 

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FILM: MARGARET

Anna Paquin in ‘Margaret’

Anna Paquin in ‘Margaret’

‘Margaret’ tells the story of 17-year-old Manhattan high school student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) who finds herself at a moral and ethical crossroads. Feeling responsible for playing a part in a fatal traffic accident, she tries to reconcile the situation and her guilt, but becomes increasingly outraged at society’s inability to meet her moralistic ideals.

The idea for ‘Margaret’ was one that had been percolating inside director Kenneth Lonergan’s mind for years. “I had heard about an incident like this when I was in high school, and thought it was both very interesting and very horrible.” says Lonergan.

“When hit with this crisis, Lisa asks many adults in her life what to do, and they all have advice for her, but none of it is what she wants to hear. And that’s one of the things the story is about: the simultaneous idealism and naiveté of teenagers, and how savagely hard they are on adults for having compromised ideals.”

It is a story Lonergan, writer-director of the acclaimed ‘You Can Count On Me, wanted to tell for a long time. “It’s meant to be a kind of a teen epic — a documentary urban opera built on the everyday details, frustrations and obstacles that make real life so challenging, so funny and so painful. It’s a very close look at somebody who learns the hard way that you can’t get the world to do what you want because there are millions of others right next to you trying to do the exact same thing, and that once you’ve run through your idealism, all you’ve got is your character and your capacity for love.”

Lead actress Anna Paquin was instantly drawn to the character of Lisa. “I mean, it’s an entire film about a seventeen-year-old girl who actually gets to do more things than just be somebody’s girlfriend,” says the actress. “Lisa is so intelligent, and has such a strong moral compass. She has a sense of what the right thing is to do, and though she stumbles along the way, she has a persistent instinct for the greater good. When we first see her, she’s bright, but not extraordinarily mature for her age. She’s pretty much your average seventeen-year-old who’s coming into her own in terms of sexuality and her own womanhood. Then a trauma occurs for which she is partly responsible. She doesn’t do the right thing at first, and it takes her a while to realize that she actually can’t live with that. I think ultimately that’s sort of what makes her real and human as even good people don’t necessarily always do the right thing. But she is basically a deeply good person, and she just can’t sit and let that go by.”

Paquin starred in the London production of Lonergan’s hit play ‘This Is Our Youth’, and has been a long-time admirer of his work. “If he’d asked me to be a plant standing in the corner on this movie I would have done it,” she laughs.

* Showing at Cinema Nouveau theatres.

CAST: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Jeannie Berlin, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick, Kieran Culkin, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon

DIRECTOR: Kenneth Lonergan