Check Out Reviews of G-Force, Humpday and Orphan in This Week's Film Round-Up
Published Jul 24, 2009Holy film flicks, Exclaimers! The week has come and gone already, and that means it's time for Exclaim! to tell you about this week's latest, greatest and not so greatest cinematic adventures. So head on over to Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed Motion section and check out what this weekend has in store for you.
First up, we have Disney's newest filmic entry in the anthropomorphic animal genre: G-Force. Featuring action-packed guinea pig sequences and a celebrity voice cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi and Nicolas Cage, G-Force struggles where some of its Disney contemporaries succeed: namely in plot and character development. This Jerry Bruckheimer-produced spectacle would make Michael Bay smile, as explosions abound. After all, sometimes we just need to get our fill of secret agent rodents.
Romantic comedy The Ugly Truth may attract an audience because of its A-list leads but it falls into the typical rom-com plot points and stereotypes that too many are guilty of, in turn making what might have been a fantastic flick into a movie of mediocre proportions.
In stark contrast, what do you get when you put two straight guys in a room and have a group of lesbians convince them to have sex with each other on film in the interest of erotic art? Obviously, you get Humpday, the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and director Lynn Shelton's first foray into commercial filmmaking.
Meanwhile, slow-burn thriller Orphan pays meticulous attention to minor details in plot to create a general feeling of dread and terror. A family adopts a young Russian girl after the stillbirth of their daughter and slowly learns the truth about their new child, though the completely unexpected twist ending may leave some viewers feeling unfulfilled.
Finally, Soul Power attempts to document "the Rumble in the Jungle" fight in post-colonial Zaire between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, and the three-day music fest that was supposed to complement the fight in September 1974. But what the film lacks in historical narrative it more than makes up for in musical prowess.
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