0 SUMMER FILM REVIEWS

Παρασκευή, 20 Αυγούστου 2010


The Last Airbender
Not Yet Rated (July 2, In Theaters and 3-D)

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone


This summer, prepare for a journey of epic proportions with director M. Night Shyamalan's fantasy-adventure movie, The Last Airbender. The live-action film is based on Nickelodeon's hit animated TV series Avatar. It takes place in a mystical world where people called "benders" can control the elements: Earth, Air, Wind and Fire. One especially gifted person, the Avatar, has the ability to control all four of the elements. The Avatar's job is to maintain peace in the world.

When the movie begins, the chosen Avatar, an Airbender named Aang (Noah Ringer), has been missing for 100 years. His disappearance has allowed the Fire Nation to wage a brutal war against the other kingdoms. But not all hope is lost. During a hunting trip, a teenaged Waterbender named Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her warrior brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) stumble upon Aang, who is trapped inside an iceberg. The siblings rescue the young Avatar and the three embark on an exciting adventure to save their world from destruction.

Director Shyamalan and Nicola Peltz spoke to TFK about the movie. Click here to read the full interviews.

Did You Know?
Shyamalan had originally cast Jessie McCartney (of Alvin and the Chipmunks) in the role of Zuko, the evil Fire Nation prince who is ordered to capture the Avatar. Later on, Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel replaced McCartney, whose tour dates conflicted with the film's martial arts training schedule. —By Vickie An
PHOTOS: ZADE ROSENTHAL—PARAMOUNT PICTURES



The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Rated PG (July 16)

Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Monica Bellucci, Alfred Molina


Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) is just an average, ordinary guy living his life in New York City. That is, until a powerful sorcerer named Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) recruits the young man to be his student. Balthazar's arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), has escaped from captivity and is determined to destroy the city. Now Dave must learn all the magic tricks he can (and fast!) in order to help Balthazar save the day. Does the reluctant apprentice have what it takes to be a master sorcerer?

Did You Know?
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is loosely based on a segment in Disney's classic animated film, Fantasia. The scene features Mickey Mouse as a lazy, but ambitious assistant to a powerful wizard. When his boss leaves the room, Mickey makes a broomstick come alive by reading pages from a spell book. In the live-action film, Dave also works his magic to make broomsticks spring to life. The scene is just one of several nods to the original film.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave reporters a sneak peak of some clips from the film in May. Bruckheimer also produced all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and is currently working on the fourth one. What are his thoughts on creating an entire film from a minutes-long Fantasia sequence? "Everybody thought I was nuts when we did Pirates because they said you can't turn a theme-park ride into a movie," Bruckheimer told TFK. "But if you have a terrific idea and wonderful writers, you can do just about anything." —By Vickie An

PHOTOS: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.



Nanny McPhee Returns
Rated PG (August 20)

Directed by Susanna White
Starring Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor

How do you get five naughty kids to behave? Call Nanny McPhee, of course! This summer, the no-nonsense, snaggletoothed nanny returns to the big screen to teach the Green children and their two spoiled city cousins to play nice. With a tap of her handy magic stick, Nanny McPhee uses every trick in the book—from a flying motorcycle to tree-climbing piglets—to help bring her charges together and to bring order to the house. It's a lesson in life the children will never forget!

Did You Know?
The new movie is a sequel to the popular 2006 film, which is based on Nurse Matilda, a British children's-book series by Christianna Brand. —By Vickie An

PHOTOS: LIAM DANIEL—UNIVERSAL PICTURES


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