The last week of 2007 was hectic. With all the packing/moving/cleaning and unpacking movies were the perfect diversion.Mr.G, KC and I caught up with four new movies at the mall multiplex!! (and still haven't lost our minds)
Movie 1: Charlie Wilson’s War.
This is based on the true story (Book by George Crile).Charlie Wilson, an alcoholic womanizer and Texas congressman, persuaded the CIA to train and arm resistance fighters in Afghanistan to fend off the Soviet Union and also made sure the Budget went up a lot higher to fend the war!
Unfortunately, this has backfired and USA is paying a heavy price.
Final Say: Must Watch.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Om Puri
Movie 2: National Treasures (Book of Secrets)
Since I had missed the Part 1, I wanted to watch this movie on the big screen. Typically Bollywood kind of movie!!
In this follow-up to the box-office hit "National Treasure". Treasure hunter Ben Gates once again sets out to unearth hidden history and treasures.
When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben's great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his ancestor's innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America.
It was nice to see that there are indeed two statues of Liberty’s (one in NY and one in Paris).
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Justin Bartha, Helen Mirren,
Final Say: You can wait to watch it on the Home Theater System!
Movie 3: I Am Legend
Initially I was all against watching this movie after reading this report on Wiki. It definitely seemed weary.
Anyway, since we wanted to pass time (from 5pm) until midnight on new year’s eve, decided to catch up with this new release.
Will Smith is really amazing this is movie!!
Story: Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist immune to incurable virus which destroyed humankind.
Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City...and maybe the world.
But he is not alone. He is surrounded by "the Infected"--victims of the plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings who can only exist in the dark and who will devour or infect anyone or anything in their path.
For three years, Neville has spent his days scavenging for food and supplies and faithfully sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there.
All the while, the Infected lurk in the shadows, watching Neville's every move, waiting for him to make a fatal mistake.
Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood.
Cast: Will Smith
Final Say: Watch it if you like Sci-Fic (and/or) Will Smith!
Movie 4: The Kite Runner
Since I missed the book, caught with the movie (I know that’s not fair). Loved the cinematography. The Amir and Hassan characters just steel the show in the first part of the movie.
Observation: The average age of people in the theater was 50.
Story: The initial part of story is set inn Kabul, before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Well-to-do teenage boy Amir and his very loyal Hazara servant Hassan (the son of his father's servant Ali) are best friends. Amir and Hassan like kite fighting; a popular sport in Kabul. Hassan is "kite runner" for Amir, he runs to fetch landed kites they have won; Hassan is sexual assaulted one day by bullies in the town; from Amir’s and Hassan’s friendship goes downhill.
A short while later, the Russians invade Afghanistan; since Baba is well-known as anti-communist, Amir and Baba flee to the US.
Years roll by and Amir has published a book; suddenly one day he receives a phone call from Rahim Khan to Pakistan.
The second part of the movie shows new-found courageous Amir (Flying to Pak, crossing border over from Pak to Afgan, dealing with Taliban and bringing over his newphew back to US).
Cast: Shaun Toub, Khalid Abdalla, Nasser Memarzia, Said Taghmaoui, Atossa Leoni
Final Say: Must Watch (if you haven’t read the book).