This week's selections hit a few different targets, but will any be on the mark? We do not get any Oscar hopefuls this time around. The focus seems squarely on pure entertainment. There is a sequel to a hit horror film, an overblown action romp, and a comedy that targets the fans of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I'd be lying to say I was not interested in them, but I do well in keeping my expectations in check.
The Grudge 2. (2006, 95 minutes, PG-13, horror, trailer) Two years ago, director Takashi Shimizu translated his J-horror hit, Ju-on, for the American shore as The Grudge. As far as horror films go, it was a big hit, netting more than $110 million. Will this one be as big? Time will tell. I liked the first one. It was a fun roller coaster of jump scares. This sequel brings Shimizu back to his franchise, this time with Amber Tamblyn starring. To be completely honest, I do not expect much, all I hope for is a jumpy flick that entertains.
Man of the Year. (2006, 115 minutes, PG-13, comedy, trailer) The trailer asks what if a comedian ran for president? The film looks to answer the question. It has been said that people put more trust in the "fake" news of shows like The Daily Show than in real news. This movie puts Robin Williams in a role not dissimilar to Jon Stewart. I am looking forward to this one. It really does look pretty funny. Actually, I just hope it is better than RV. Hopefully, that won't be hard to do.
The Marine. (2006, 93 minutes, PG-13, action, trailer) The second entry (following See No Evil) from newcomer WWE Films stars current WWE Champion John Cena. Will it be good? I tend to doubt it, but it does look like it could be a fun, if generic, action romp. Lending a little credibility to the project is Robert Patrick as the villain. The story follows Patrick and his thugs who take Cena's girlfriend hostage. Cena gets all Schwarzenegger (in Commando) and sets off on a one man mission to get her back. Could be fun, but my expectations are low.