New to video this week: A young campaign staffer realizes that politics is a ‘dirty game’, a ‘Twilight’ teenager finds himself living a lie, and three working ladies become trapped in diner during a drug deal gone-wrong!
The Ides of March
Stephen (Ryan Gosling) is an idealistic campaign staffer working on the presidential campaign for Governor Mike Morris (co-writer and director George Clooney).
Governor Morris is a man who promises real change (like they all do, of course), empowering and motivating his team of staffers who are supporting him during his fight to win the state of Ohio in the Democratic Primary, and who all believe they are backing a ‘good’ candidate.
As Stephen floats along in a state of political idealism, he begins to learn a hard lesson about the reality of American politics and finds himself among a political scandal that could possibly alter Governor Morris’s shot at presidency.
Rating 3.5 out of 5 – Clooney has a well-crafted film here, but while the visual and technical part of the film are great, the film has difficulties converting a dialogue-heavy play (which the movie is based) into a thrilling movie.
Nathan (Taylor Lautner – better known as Jacob in the ‘Twilight’ series) has always felt out of place, at school and especially at home!
When Nathan and neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins), find and old childhood picture of him, as well as a computer-rendered image of what he would like now on a missing person’s website, he begins to uncover a massive government conspiracy, realizing that his parents are not his own, and that his entire life has been a lie.
Rating 2.5 out of 5 – your basic run-for-your life adventure that may appeal to the younger, female audience but leaves the rest of us somewhat ‘adults’ wanting a bit more in both storyline, and plot!
Three girlfriends (Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, and Deborah Ann Woll) all work at dead jobs in Vegas. On their way to hi-jacking a coke deal they find themselves packing guns.
Of course, the job goes south, and the women find themselves in a Mexican-type standoff at a diner with a crazy hitman and a delusional line cook!
Also stars Bruce Willis and a wasted Forest Whitaker!
Rating 1.5 out of 5 – OUCH! This one tries a bit too hard to compare itself to a Tarantino film, completely missing the mark! The soundtrack, which features David Bowie and Bruce Willis doing a version of ‘Respect Yourself’, is pretty good though.
Also out: Scorpion King 3, Cash, Jack Says, Courageous, Robotropolis