After last week’s drought we are finally getting on to the end of year blockbusters. This week, we have Katniss Everdeen kicking ass and taking names, Owen Wilson in a breathless action-fest of a thriller and Arnold Schwarzenegger… in a zombie movie!
Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two
At the end of the saga, Katniss Everdeen realises that the stakes are no longer just for survival—they are for the future.
The end is finally here. The Hunger Games has been one of the most successful “young-adult-novels-on-screen” franchises, setting the bar pretty damn high for the slew of YA-adaptations that followed in its footsteps. And Mockingjay – Part Two does not disappoint, with some heavy-weight acting, exciting action and impressively showy effects, tying the series up neatly with a satisfying conclusion. Kervyn rates the finale worthy of 3.5/5 stars.
An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city.
Despite its obvious drawbacks and the fact that the title sounds like a spoiler, No Escape is a surprisingly good thriller. Yes it’s lacking somewhat in the plot department and gets overly political at times, but the characters are very well acted and the action is absolutely relentless. No Escape kept Kervyn on the edge of his seat the entire way through, earning 3.5/5 stars for its efforts.
When a deadly zombie virus sweeps the nation, a father will stop at nothing to save his infected daughter in this post-apocalyptic thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin.
Maggie might not be a “classic” cut-’em-up-with-chainsaws zombie movie, but thankfully it breathes new life (ha ha) into the genre with a completely different take on the typical zombie apocalypse scenario. It’s smaller and more measured in its pace and scope, allowing both Schwarzenegger and Breslin to show off their acting chops and turn out a movie that turns out to be genuinely heartfelt and moving.
He Named Me Malala
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Much like Malala Yousafzai herself, He Names Me Malala is thoughtful, smart and brave. Offering rare, unscripted glances into her life and movement, it shines a spotlight on a worthy cause. If you don’t know Yousafzai’s life story, or are wondering how a 15 year old girl became the youngest ever Nobel Prise laureate, this is the documentary for you.
‘n Man Soos my Pa
The devastating news of a terminal illness brings one family together for the first time in many years. Dealing with imminent death, a father, mother and son must find the courage to forgive the terrible mistakes of the past. Set across three decades, the film tells a story of broken family relationships, the struggles of forgiveness and the emotional healing found in unconditional love.
Well, per usual when it comes to South African movies, there is scant information out about ‘n Man Soos my Pa. And, per usual when it comes to Afrikaans movies, I am totally lost in translation. The trailer looks super soppy though, I can tell that much.
Last Updated: November 20, 2015