As expected in movieworld future, our planet is an overcrowded, polluted wasteland. The rich and lucky have evacuated to a beautiful man-made space station and earnest Earthling Matt Damon must get there. Like his last movie (District 9), director Neill Blomkamp has created a cool futuristic world with neat gadgets, interesting concepts and gritty edges. The plot lacks originality, the pacing is OK and some of the action works. While it’s never thrilling, Blomkamp’s vision makes it visually appealing.
GAY ANGLE: One quick glimpse of Damon’s newly buff bod.
I’m So Excited
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth
Pedro Almodóvar is an accomplished and versatile director (“Women on the Verge,” “Volver,” “Talk to Her”). With this film he’s moving away from serious subjects back to his zany days, but not to great effect. Almost all of the action takes place on a plane, where 3 very gay flight stewards tend to the pilots and the smattering of passengers in business class. There are unrealistic situations, silly dialogue and lots of homo affairs (including the film’s highlight: the lip synch of the titular Pointer Sisters song). While it’s sometimes fun, the unfocused structure and inane situations don’t work. It’s over the top in every way, except good. (in Spanish with subtitles)