Alan Dee’s movie preview: Arnie’s back in another creaky geriaction effort
We’ve heard a lot about pensioners forced by these tough times to work on long beyond their normal retirement age just to make ends meet.
Surely that can’t be the case with golden oldie Arnold Schwarzenegger – but he keeps on cranking out geriaction adventures, with Sabotage out this week, a third instalment of the Expendables bus pass blockbuster franchise due later this year and even a new Conan film on the blocks. Just so you know, the Austrian oak will be 67 in July.
What’s it all about? Arnie heads up a team of crack agents charged with taking down America’s deadliest drug cartels.
But when a big chunk of cash from a raid goes missing and someone starts bumping off members of the team, the blood starts to flow.
It claims to be tough, gritty and realistic but Arnie sadly looks his age. Slippers for Mr Schwarzenegger, please.
Bad Neighbours is one of those comedies that looks like it was fun to make, though it’s far from a riot for the audience.
Zac Efron and Seth Rogan are at loggerheads here – Zac’s the leader of a gang of rowdy students who move in next to family man Seth’s home.
Slapstick feuding ensues, but Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller has come up with an infinitely forgettable grossout comedy.
An oddity worth seeking out is Frank, cult director Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘inspired by a very odd but true life’ film based on oddball performer Chris Sievey (Michael Fassbender) who fronted a forgotten band with his features concealed by a giant papier mache head. Really.