For the past few weeks I have been talking about how the end of summer is fast approaching. The film releases over the past few weeks, up to and including this one, have helped punctuate that fact. Gone are the big budget, special effects extravaganzas. They have been replaced by films of more modest budgets and lowered expectations. These films have generally been greeted with opening weekend grosses to match. This weekend is no different with its pair of wide releases and one re-release.
The Last Exorcism. (2010, 88 minutes, PG-13, horror) I am looking forward to this one. I believe this is the first exorcism film since The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which was pretty solid. This new exorcism centers on the Reverend Cotton Marcus, a man who has performed a number of these rituals in the past but finds himself completely unprepared for what he finds at the Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer. In addition to this setup, we get our in by the fact of Marcus recording this exorcism to document his last one (hence the title). Produced by Eli Roth and directed by Daniel Stamm, I am looking forward to seeing if this can get me.
Takers. (2010, 107minutes, PG-13, action/thriller) I had almost forgotten about this movie as I remember seeing trailers for it a long time ago and then they just disappeared. In any case, the movie is here now and I cannot say I have much interest in seeing it any more than I did then. The story centers on a group of bank thieves whose exploits baffle police. Now they are set to take on their biggest and final job and this may be the one that finally gets them caught. It has a large cast that includes Idris Elba, Chris Brown, T.I. Harris, Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, and Michael Ealy. John Luessenhop directed the film.