Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Free Running & Spooky Kid

If you're looking for something to see at the cinema this weekend other than the new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, then might I suggest either of these two films which also open at cinemas on Friday...

"The year is 2010 and in the city of Paris government authorities have taken the extreme measure of building huge walls around any urban districts known for being criminally troublesome, withdrawing the police force and leaving the locals to fend for themselves. One such area is District 13, a ghetto notorious for its resident gangs, killers and drug-dealers…

As slick and stylish as you would expect a film produced by Luc Besson to be, DISTRICT 13 moves at a breakneck pace from start to finish. Paying homage to the early films of John Carpenter (most notably Escape From New York) and employing the "no visual tricks" action stylings of recent Thai films such as Ong-Bak, it is a jaw-dropping action extravaganza boasting brilliant stuntwork, spectacular martial arts face-offs and breathtaking roof-jumping Free Running sequences, the likes of which have never been seen before on the big screen."

I was lucky enough to see a preview screening of District 13 last November and it's great fun!

You can read my original movie haiku by clicking here.

"Driving home one night, pregnant "scream queen" actress Kyoko Harase (Noriko Sakai) and her fiancĂ© are involved in a terrifying encounter with the ghostly child, Toshio, causing their car to crash and leaving Kyoko's boyfriend in a coma. Returning to work, Kyoko is invited to be the celebrity guest on a horror-themed TV show, investigating the legends behind a supposedly haunted house. But on arrival at the location, members of the crew soon begin to disappear under mysterious circumstances· Is it possible that the legends are true and the infamous "curse" has been reawakened?

An intensely unsettling ghost story full of nail-biting suspense and terror, THE GRUDGE 2 is a worthy successor to Takashi Shimizu's original Japanese shocker."

I bought the Japanese DVD release of this two years ago and it's a decent sequel to Ju-On. It's interesting that this Japanese sequel (Ju-On 2) is actually being marketed as The Grudge 2 here in the UK... something that is bound to cause confusion when the Hollywood sequel to the remake opens later this year!

You can view a clip from the film by clicking here.

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