Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Matthew Vaughn's KICK-ASS (Universal Pictures) is arguably the coolest film of the year (although Scott Pilgrim fans may beg to differ). In a world in need of heroes, high schooler Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) dons a scuba suit and takes to the streets to clean them up. He's promptly used to sweep those streets but he bounces back, stronger than ever and teams up with fellow vigilantes, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), the 'f' and 'c' bomb dropping 11 year-old who really does kick ass. Some took exception to Hit Girl, and more for the language than the bloodletting (go figure), but Kick-Ass is no kids' film: it's violent. It's also clever, and funny and, yes, way cool.
UN PROPHETE (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) was nominated for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and deservedly so. Tracing the rise of young Malik (Tahar Rahim), who, having been sent to prison, becomes the gopher for the ruling Corsican gang whilst simultaneously strengthening ties with the prison's Arab community. Malik receives an education of a different kind and while director Jacques Audiard may not render his journey too unattractive, a journey which sees him rise to the top of the prison hierarchy, he doesn't skimp of the harsh realities of prison life; one particular scene involving a razor blade is one of the most tension riddled I've ever seen. Even at two and a half hours, Un Prophete is not too long a viewing sentence.