Memorial Day will mean slim pickings for renters but there were a few films worth checking out.
GODS OF EGYPT – A young thief dares to take on an evil god in this action adventure flick that plays like a ‘Dungeons and Dragons ” campaign. The trouble begins when the evil “Set” manages to steal the throne. The only one brave enough to oppose him is a talented thief who wants his girl back. Good stuff with unknown leads and talented veterans playing he deities. Well choreographed action from the director of “The Crow” and ‘Dark City.”
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES – A fun novel(that high jacked Austen’s plot and added zombies between her paragraphs) doesn’t work quite so well here despite some excellent effects and a funny, albeit too brief turn, by former Dr. Who, Matt Smith. The basic plot is funny enough for the first half hour or so (until the joke wears thin). During that time a quintet of 19th century sisters juggle the societal pressures of getting married with defending themselves against a plague of rotting corpses.
TRIPLE 9 – A star studded cast can’t save this melodramatic depiction of police corruption in Atlanta. This one has every cliché you can name including the Russian mob and a bad lieutenant. That said the cast tries hard with Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Anthony Mackie acting like they were in a better movie.
ONCE A THIEF – John Woo’s action comedy finally comes to DVD in its original format. This was remade by Woo as a TV movie and series but the original films is still the best. Woo is best known as a maker of violent crime flicks but proves here he can handle comedy and action in equal measures. The story finds a trio of thieves raised by a Fagin like character . The film follows their exploits as art thieves and includes some amazing action sequences and an impressive wheelchair tango scene that showcases the cinematic charms of star Chow Yun-Fat. The heist sequences are awesome and well mounted.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.