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Monday, May 21, 2007

GREENLIGHT #139: 28 Weeks Later (with "The Full Monty" and "The China Syndrome")

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Ann and Les enjoyed their time with 28 Weeks Later (2007) but not equally. Ann thought this film about a husband and father, played by Robert Carlyle who goes from wimp to zombie and back-again, sort of, was done really well. Les agrees but would be happy to never see another zombie movie again. However, they were both particularly impressed with the pathos that Catherine McCormack brought to her role as the wife and mother of two charmers played by kids with even more charming names: Imogene Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton. Both hope director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo uses his obvious talents on a more character-laden film soon. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends Mr. Carlyle in a much more revealing character based film called The Full Monty (1997.) It also marked the film debut of Tom Wilkinson that was quite memorable. (Doesn’t it seem that he’s been around a whole lot longer though?) Ann recommends a more serious but no less enteraining film about a town in upheaval. Jane Fonda plays a reporter who with her cameraman, played by Michael Douglas, stumbles across the story of a lifetime at a local atomic power plant. When her editor refuses to run with the story, she bravely forges ahead to find a plant employee who will tell her all. Jack Lemmon plays the fulcrum character here in this sci-fi political thriller by James Bridges called The China Syndrome (1979.)
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