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The Time Traveller’s Wife
Director: Robert Schwentke, Roadshow Films, Rated M, 107 mins
Following his direction of Flightplan in 2005,Robert Schwentke's latest release, is essentially a bitter sweet and an unusual romantic story that transcends time.
The Time Traveller’s Wife is based on the bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger and adapted by Academy Award winning screenwriter Bruce Rubin (Ghost).
Schwentke has endeavoured to present a timeless and yearning quality about the storyline which, though appearing intricate at times, manages to engage you in a beautifully set love story between Henry (played by Australian actor Eric Bana), a time traveller and Clare (Rachel McAdams from State of Play), his future wife whom he meets at the age of six.
Henry is cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to skip back and forth through time with no control over when he goes or when he will arrive.
This genetic problem causes him no end of trouble, not to mention forcing him to continuously cover up his nakedness as his clothes fail to travel through time with him.
However, time travel does allow a Henry from a different time and age to show up and replace himself when he goes missing.
In one particular instance, it is an older Henry who fills in for his younger self at his own wedding.
Also, as seen in the opening scenes, it was time travel that prevented Henry from being killed at age six when he was in a car accident that killed his opera-star mother (Michelle Nolden).
Even though Bana and McAdams are both charming in their roles, it is certainly uncharacteristic to see Bana as a romantic lead.
McAdams lends her usual intelligence and cheerfulness to a role that lesser actresses would have over dramatised. In fact McAdams makes a wonderful Claire, with her casting being both believable and heartfelt.
Special mention also needs to be made of Arliss Howard as Henry's dad, and Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr Kendrick, a molecular geneticist helping Henry.
Both demonstrate how special their scenes are despite their limited appearances throughout the film.
Schwentke's latest production is by no means perfect in presentation but is still a touching love story that transcends time itself and somehow manages to end on a wonderful note.
VIC'S VERDICT: 3½ Rubber Stamps
Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen
Release Date: November 2009
Director: Michael Bay, Dreamworks, Rated M, 150 mins
Paramount’s 2 disc special edition DVD of this blockbuster movie contains over three hours of exhilarating bonus features that will delight everyone interested in this popular franchise.
The key elements in the Transformers sequel, directed by Michael Bay (Armageddon) are its spectacular special effects and thrilling action sequences.
Visual effects wizards Industrial Light & Magic have again created one huge special effects extravaganza as ordinary cars, fighter jets, helicopters and trucks rapidly transform into duelling races of alien robots- the Autobots and Decepticons.
Rising star Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) reprises his role as Sam Witwicky and together with girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox) is again thrust into battle alongside the Autobots against the evil Decepticons who are seeking revenge against Earth following their earlier defeat.
In addition to LaBeouf and Fox, there is also Australian actress Isabel Lucas making her acting debut as a part human, part machine seductress who actually gets ‘tangled up’ with LaBeouf’s character in a scene worth seeing.
With Bay’s emphasis this time around being on spectacular scenes and larger robots, his approach is focused on having bigger and better action sequences taking place in such superb locations as Egypt and Jordan.
The sequences come thick and fast, with visual effects showing off some of the best computer graphics work to date.
If you like blockbusters you will find Paramount’s special edition DVD a thoroughly enjoyable experience and a must have for your home collection.
Besides the commentary provided by Bay on Disc one, the stunning features on Disc two include:
VIC'S VERDICT: 4 Rubber Stamps