Opening This Week: I Love You, Angels & Demons Pushing Battle For Terra

Angels & Demons, the third big blockbuster to come out of Hollywood this summer is one of five movies to hit the silver screens in Malaysia this week. In this post, we'll be taking a more detailed look at that film along with the Jason Segel and Paul Rudd comedy, I Love You, Man; the animated film, Battle For Terra and the Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning superpower movie, Push. The fifth film to get released this week is a Thai film by the name of Fireball.

I Love You, Man (2009)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Jon Favreau, Andy Samberg
Director: John Hamburg
USA release: March 20
Msia release: May 14
USA box office: $70,140,277
Worldwide box office: $74,999,124
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
Rated in USA: R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references
Rated in Msia: 18PL
IMDb User Rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

The film is about a guy who is about to get married but has no friends to invite to the wedding. So he tries to make friends and goes on "man-dates".

This film has an average score of 7.9 on IMdb and a whopping 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. And reviews for this film could not get any better. Many people have said that this is the funniest film of the year so far. But expect a lot of censoring in the theaters here. Not a film for family. Go watch with your guy buddies.

Angels & Demons (2009)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer
Director: Ron Howard
USA release: May 15
Msia release: May 14
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Runtime: 2 hours 19 minutes
Rated in USA: PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material
Rated in Msia: 18PL

Angels & Demons is based on the Dan Brown novel by the same name and which is the follow up to the The Da Vinci Code. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a Harvard professor and expert in symbology is dragged into the investigation of a murder because the victim was branded with the Illuminati ambigram. On his hunt for the perpetrator, Langdon uncovers the plot by the Illuminati cult group to murder four cardinals in the Vatican as well as disrupt one of the holiest processes and destroy one of the most sacred of places in all Christianity.

So many people loved the books. So did I. But also, so many people disliked the big screen adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, as did I. That's what makes this film a tricky one. I have a strong feeling with won't be spectacularly good. And early reviews have come back pretty mediocre. This film will definitely not be as good of a movie as Star Trek but will be a fun movie to just sit back, relax and watch. If you're worried of the religious aspects of the film, don't be, there's nothing in it. Even the Vatican brushed it off as just another Hollywood project.

Push (2009)
Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou
Director: Paul McGuigan
USA release: February 6
Msia release: May 14
USA box office: $31,806,100
Worldwide box office: $44,446,740
Genre: Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
Rated in USA: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking
Rated in Msia: 18PL
IMDb User Rating: 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 21%

The Division, a shadowy government agency, is genetically transforming citizens into an army of psychic warriors. Nick Gant (Chris Evans), a second-generation telekinetic or "mover", has found sanctuary in Hong Kong and is eventually forced out of hiding when Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), a 13-year-old clairvoyant or "watcher" seeks his help in finding Kira, (Camilla Belle) an escaped "pusher" who may hold the key to ending the Division's program. Pushers possess the most dangerous of all psychic powers: the ability to influence others' actions by implanting thoughts in their minds. However, the unlikely duo lands themselves square in the crosshairs of Division Agent Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou), a pusher who will stop at nothing to keep them from achieving their goal. (Cinema Online)

Push looks like a decent movie that reminds people of Heroes but doesn't try to be Heroes. Should be fun and action filled. But don't expect too much.

Battle For Terra (2009)
Starring: Chris Evans, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, Dennis Quaid, David Cross
Director: Aristomenis Tsirbas
USA release: May 1
Msia release: May 14
USA box office: $1,529,114
Worldwide box office: $1,529,114
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Rated in USA: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and some thematic elements
Rated in Msia: PG-13
IMDb USer Rating: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 46%

When the peace-loving inhabitants of planet Terra come under attack from the last surviving members of humanity adrift in an aging spaceship, the stage is set for an all-out war between the two races for control of the planet. A rebellious young Terrian, Mala (Evan Rachel Wood) together with an injured human pilot, Jim (Luke Wilson) must somehow convince their leaders that war is not the answer and help the two races coexist before it's too late. (Cinema Online)

The movie's done terribly at the US box office, but that could be because it was released on the same weekend as Wolverine. The IMDb User Rating looks promising though, so at least a handful of people thought it was good. It should be good for the kids and the whole family. Battle For Terra is also showing in 3-D.

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Sources: Cinema Online, IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo, YouTube

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