Opening This Week: Beyond A Reasonable Serious Surrogate

This week we look at three movies coming out this Thursday - Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, A Serious Man and Surrogates. Let's go!

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (2009)
Cast: Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Metcalfe
Director: Peter Hyams
USA release: September 11 (Limited)
Malaysia release: October 8
USA gross: $32,917
Worldwide gross: $2,386,717
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
Rated in USA: PG-13 for a sex scene, violence and brief strong language
Rated in Malaysia: 18PL
IMDb User Rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 0% (Yup)
What people on Twitter are saying about Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

A high-profile criminal lawyer finds his bid for the governorship in jeopardy when an ambitious rookie journalist begins suspecting him of tampering with evidence in order to secure his many convictions. Martin Hunter (Michael Douglas) has a reputation for putting criminals behind bars, and with elections approaching he seems a shoo-in for governor. But just how clean is the district attorney's record when held up to scrutiny? When hungry reporter C.J. Nicholas (Jesse Metcalfe) frames himself as a murder suspect in hopes of catching Hunter in the act, the two fierce rivals become caught up in a treacherous game of cat and mouse. But Assistant DA Ella Crystal (Amber Tamblyn) has no idea about her boyfriend C.J.'s latest assignment, and as the evidence against both men begins to pile up she begins to suspect that she's in mortal danger. As Ella discovers irrefutable truth of both C.J.'s innocence and her boss' shady dealings, the fate of two men rests in the hands of one woman whose life could be taken at any second.

This is pretty much the kind of movie I would enjoy. But after seeing the appalling stats, I doubt I'll catch this movie at the theater.

A Serious Man (2009)
Cast: Fred Melamed, Katherine Borowitz, Michael Stuhlbarg, Steve Park
Directed by: The Coen Brothers
USA release: October 2
Malaysia release: October 8
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hour 45 mins
Rated in USA: R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence
Rated in Malaysia: NA
IMDb User Rating: 8.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
What people on Twitter are saying about A Serious Man

Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet mid-western university has been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman. Larry's unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. Just when you thought things can't get any worse, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry's chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis.

This film may be classified under the 'Comedy' genre but it is a dark comedy so whatever you expect from this film, you can throw that out the window. There are a few comical moments in the film, from what I know, but it is a very dark and depressing movie. Having said that, I cannot wait to watch it. The Coen brothers, who have directed some of my favorite films, are definitely two of my favorite directors. I have high hopes for this film and getting an 8.7 on IMDb and 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, not too shabby. Also, I think this film has one of the best trailers this year. Check it out below.

Surrogates (2009)
Cast: Bruce Willis, James Francis Ginty, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames
Director: Jonathan Mostow
USA release: September 25
Malaysia release: October 8
USA gross: $26,387,000
Worldwide gross: $35,068,219
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Rated in USA: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene
Rated in Malaysia: PG-13
IMDb User Rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
What people on Twitter are saying about Surrogates

FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves - fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles - enabling people to experience life from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The murder spawns a quest for answers for who's real and who can you trust.

From what I know, the film is so-so. Not great but not terrible either. Most definitely doesn't live up to the graphic novel it was based on. So if you're up for some mindless fun with a sci-fi scenario, then catch Surrogates this Thursday.
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