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It is our last cinema update roundup of the year! Today, we have a new family cartoon, along with a thriller, and they are both action-filled. Whether you are looking for a fresh flick to catch with the whole fam-bam, or you are seeking an adrenaline rush, here’s what to expect…
Spies in Disguise
What is it about? The world’s legendary spy, Lance (Will Smith) turns into a pigeon! The plotline of the family film follows his adventures as a bird, accompanied by his scientist friend, Walter (Tom Holland).
The good: Smith has an impeccable sense of humour, and pairing him up with Holland makes for a dynamic flow that keeps the watchers, of all ages, intrigued. Apparently, pigeons can “see in slow motion” among other peculiar things, so it is rather exciting to see the world from the eyes of a bird.
The bad: Granted, the film is a cartoon, but the idea that a scientist can conjure up a serum that transforms its drinker into any animal – let alone a pigeon – seems unlikely to ever happen. This makes the main plot twist of the film a tad unbelievable and random.
What is it about? The action film stars Academy Award winning actor, Gary Oldman, who plays a crime boss that wants a witness named Nick killed. Ezkiel (Oldman) hires a courier (Olga Kurylenko) to deliver a package in London that turns out to be a bomb. After she rescues Nick, they have to face even bigger dangers.
The good: Oldman wears an eye-patch in the film, and he looks like a cool pirate! The movie also empowers women, as the female courier is the one to rescue the witness this time, and she is most certainly not your regular damsel in distress.
The bad: The acting falls flat without offering much emotion for the viewer, and the plotline lacks logic. Since the events occur in London, there must be more than a few checkpoints that could have halted the delivery of an eerie package as such.