This week brings with it a few potential August sleepers. Four films with four separate audiences, horror, teen drama, family comedy, and serious drama. None of them are predicted to be blockbusters; that time of the year has passed. Still, there is always a film worth checking out.
World Trade Center. (2006, 125 minutes, PG-13, drama, trailer) Oliver Stone’s latest opened on Wednesday to the tune of $4.4 million, placing second to Talladega Nights. The film is said to be a life-affirming positive look at the tragedy of 9/11 through the eyes of two of only 20 survivors. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maria Bello, and Maggie Gyllenhall.
Pulse. (2006, 90 minutes, PG-13, horror, trailer) The latest remake of a Japanese horror film is brought by director Jim Sonzero, his first feature effort. The movie tells the story of a force from beyond the grave that returns to haunt the living through electronic devices. People get messages through email and other modern communication forms. It stars Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) as a psychology student whose boyfriend is one of the first victims.
Step Up. (2006, 98 minutes, PG-13, drama, trailer) The latest teen-oriented drama to hit the big screens centers on a dancing school, where an outsider is attracts the attention of one of the school’s top ballerinas. It looks so dreadfully generic, the idea is cliché, and the leads don’t seem all that appealing. I am pretty sure I will skip this one.
Zoom. (2006, 83 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) Following in the footsteps of last year's enjoyable Sky High comes this Tim Allen vehicle. The movie looks to take advantage of the superhero genre by targeting a younger audience. Allen stars as a character looking to put together a team of next-generation heros. It looks entertainingly harmless, but a bit too similar to Sky High.