Based upon Marvel Comic's most unconventional anti-hero, "Deadpool" tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers adopts the alter ego 'Deadpool'. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, 'Deadpool' hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Maps to the Stars (K16)
While the arrival of a new David Cronenberg film las century would signal often startling observations in body horror, recent year have seen the Canadian director expand his repertoire considerably. Some, such as History of Violence have been superb; others, like 2012’s Cosmopolis have been more perplexing than transcendent examples of cinema. Here Cronenberg continues unperturbed towards new frontiers, in a searing take on Hollywood. Boasting a cast that includes Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson, Cronenberg weaves numerous stories together as a true master of satire. Teenagers returning from rehab, personal assistants, self help gurus, aging Hollywood starlets and limo drivers all come together in what promises to be the director’s most satisfying piece in a number of years.
It’s been a little while since we have had an unhinged character onscreen to rival Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle. Offering up his best shot at the title, Jake Gyllenhaal bravely steps up to the plate. And in true de Niro style, he has dramatically altered his appearance as Lou, shedding weight to the extent that his performance demands to be taken seriously. So, let’s give him our best shot in a film that resides in the darkness of Los Angeles.
The Equalizer (K16)
Time for some lunk-headed action fun, then, after the tepid, reserved violence of The Expendables 3 earlier this summer. Here Denzel Washington stars in a reboot of the ‘80s TV show centered on an ex-government agent who lends a helping hand to those in need. Teaming up with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, Washington continues to keep one foot equality in both serious thespian and action cheese territories. Regardless of the end result he is always a magnetic screen presence. While Fuqua’s career has had its ups and downs, expectations are relatively high for this latest outing.
LOVERS of cinema rejoice – Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy is on the horizon, being held from 18–28 September. Organised for the 27th occasion, this year sees more than 170 feature films and some 150 short films being screened.