Film Friday… week 94

River’s Edge

High school slacker Samson “John” Tollet (Daniel Roebuck) murders his girlfriend on a whim and subsequently invites his disaffected friends to view the body. Their largely apathetic response to the crime is symbolic of a general numbness to life caused by damaged relationships with their families and society. Things come to a head when, Layne’s (Crispin Glover) obsession with covering for Samson by getting rid of the body and smuggling him out of state clashes with Matt’s (Keanu Reeves) conscience driven desire to report the crime. Apparently this is based on a true story, which makes it even more bleak. I’d consider it to be in the same kind of genre as things like Kids or Bully. Worth a watch. 3/5

Keanu knew that the road to success was staying in school… and wearing amazing shirts

Behind Enemy Lines

After veering off the path of their original mission, a pair of navy pilots are shot down over enemy territory. Navigator, Lt. Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) must fight his way across hostile territory, while being pursued by an angry Bosnian army and a ruthless war lord to ensure that vital information makes its way to NATO. At the same time Lt. Burnett’s commanding officer (Gene Hackman) is ordered not to attempt a rescue for political reasons, leaving him with a crisis of conscience. I really enjoy a good, realistic war film  but this is based on a true story, you can’t help but get the feeling that it’s gotten a liberal dose of Hollywoodisation, along with a bit of “America Fuck Yeah!” sentiment. 1.5/5

I’ll have a large, stuffed crust pizza with extra peperoni

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie (Georgia Henley and Skandar Keynes) are sucked back into Narnia via a painting, this time with their annoying cousin, Eustace (Will Poulter) in tow. Joining King Caspian (Ben Barnes) on a voyage to rescue the Lords of Telmar from The Lone Island, they encounter a series of magical creatures while also learning some very valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty and being yourself. This is a visually delightful and quite charming family adventure if you can look past the obvious religious overtones and the fact that Eustace is initially so annoying that you’re hoping that Reepicheep (voiced by Simon Pegg) drowns him. 3/5

Yes, that was me… I had impala for lunch!

Hanna

In a deserted frozen forest, former CIA-agent Erik Heller (Eric Bana) has been training his daughter, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) to be the perfect assassin for the past sixteen years. When he releases her into the world her mission is simple, to track down Erik’s former handler and the woman who murdered her mother, Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) and kill her. Although Hanna is a ruthless killer, when she encounters the world outside the claustrophobic one she has grown up in, she finds herself unexpectedly vulnerable to her surroundings and it’s not long before she starts to question her origins. Despite some rather bonkers plot holes, I really enjoyed Hanna largely because of Ronan’s wonderfully textured portrayal. It doesn’t fit neatly into any genre and while the trailers attempt to portray it as a Salt­-esque action-thriller, it’s at least part fairy tale. 4/5

Hanna was having that dream where she was Jesus, the camel seller again

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