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Other movie releases

Compiled by Ian Bartholomew and Ho Yi  /  Staff reporters

The Three Musketeers

The cinematic version of the story goes all the way back to 1948 with Gene Kelly as the young D’Artagnan and Lana Turner as the evil Milady de Winter. The 1993 film, with Kiefer Sutherland and Charlie Sheen headlining, did little to replace Richard Lester’s classic from 1973, and now we have a version of this much told tale for the 21st century. Now the role of the intriguing Milady de Winter is taken over by action star Milla Jovovich, and the whole movie has left Alexandre Dumas’ Paris far, far behind, sporting battles between zeppelins equipped with cannon and lots of wire-assisted acrobatics. The occasionally stunning action sequences are not sufficient to make up for the flabby middle section, in which the filmmakers try, not quite successfully, to reproduce something akin to a plot. Unlike Lester’s earlier version with its bawdy streak, this new outing is aimed at a mid-teen audience, playing out like a high school adventure story with swords and lovely clothes.

In Time

“Time is money” is a phrase that gets a real working over in In Time, a film with a very pretty cast in the shape of Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. The story is set in a future in which the clock runs out for people when they hit 25, and then they need to get more time; and time costs. Only the rich can purchase time, living to a great age (though without aging). Will Salas (Timberlake) gets given a whole bunch of time by a rich man who has had enough, but this newfound temporal wealth makes Salas a target for criminals and other assorted nasties. Plenty of action, but the lack of chemistry between the leads just about sinks the film. High production values and a veneer of sophistication mean that In Time has its moments, but they simply don’t last long enough.


A film in which the inspirational uplift of Rocky meets the new fight medium of MMA (mixed marital arts). Tommy (Tom Hardy) is an ex-marine who has been engaged in Iraq and is still looking for a fight. He hires his father, a former coach gone to seed (Nick Nolte), to train him up as an MMA fighter. His estranged brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton), a physics teacher, engages in street fighting to earn extra money. Unbeknownst to each other, they are both eyeing a big prize fight in which they will find success, redemption and possibly revenge. The two brothers are clearly destined to go head-to-head. There is plenty of teary turmoil among big, strong men, but there is physical turmoil as well, with some stunning fight sequences.

Pick the Youth (皮克青春)

Riding the wave started by Cape No. 7 (海角七號), first-time director Chen Ta-pu (陳大璞) joins forces with producer Yee Chih-yen (易智言), director of Blue Gate Crossing (藍色大門), to make yet another movie of youthful rebellion and rock ’n’ roll dreams. There are plenty of familiar themes, from the geeky music prodigy and the school bad-boy to the pretty girl who vacillates between the two, and, of course, a host of variously disapproving or sympathetic adults. Though largely derivative, there are some solid performances and moments when shredding guitar riffs pass adequately for an expression of adolescent frustration.

Sleepwalker in 3D

A new release by Oxide Pang (彭順), this time taking his vision of the dark places in which dreams and reality meet into a new dimension — 3D that is. Yi, played by Sinje Lee (李心潔), is a young woman who suffers from recurring dreams and also has a problem with sleepwalking. When a man walks out of her dreams and into her life, the boundary between sleep and waking blurs into a terrifying belief that she may actually be a murderer. Pang is a master of this style of occult horror, and this new release is unlikely to disappoint his fans.

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