This week sees a more eclectic mix of movie magic for those looking outside the superhero box. Regular guys forced into action, tall buildings that have an odd effect on the inhabitants and coming of age love in the midst of a zombie apocalypse – did we leave anything out? Check out our encapsulated reviews of “Crossing Point,” “High-Rise” and “What We Become” for your convenience below!
Title: “Crossing Point”
Cast: Shawn Lock, Tom Sizemore, Luke Gross
Director: Daniel Zirilli
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Company: XLrator Media
A sort of “Breakdown” for the Fast and Furious crowd, “Crossing Point” is far from being unique. But within the familiar fable, there is still fun to be had following vacationing American lackey Shawn Lock who is forced to carry drugs across the border from Baja to save his kidnapped girl. There are some clever twists and turns (not such a cut and dry save the damsel flick after all!), colorful characters (Tom Sizemore shows up as a no-nonsense local gangster!) and even some cool chemistry (love the unconventional relationship between Lock and cute thief Paulina Gaitan!) along the way to keep things interesting. So even though “Crossing Point” won’t be collecting any originality prizes, for mere escapist fun there’s enjoyment within.
“CROSSING POINT” IS AVAILABLE ON VOD AND iTUNES NOW FROM XLRATOR MEDIA.
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
Director: Ben Wheatley
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Release Company: Magnolia Pictures
Coming from the work of novelist J.G. Ballard whose last book turned movie outing was the odd-for-odd sake Cronenberg wacko fest “Crash,” “High-Rise” should come as no weirdo cinematic surprise to anyone. The sad thing is this one is helmed by much more grounded genre filmmaker Ben Wheatley, so there’s a distinctive clash of good and bad. The first half of “High-Rise” is fascinating with story and substance coming right from the catalog of Wheatley and setting up what seems to be a wholly original idea of the bizarre effects on various people in various class systems all living within one askew apartment building. But arty turns to awful (much like in “Crash!”) with the film spiraling into Ballard land in the second half without rhyme or reason and it quickly turns brutally boring. It’s a shame because if anyone could have wrangled the words of Ballard, it should have been Wheatley. But alas, only those high on aberrant storytelling and medical greenery will rise to the challenge of appreciating this one.
“HIGH-RISE” IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AND OPENS IN THEATERS ON MAY 13 FROM MAGNOLIA PICTURES.
Title: “What We Become”
Cast: Mille Dinesen, Troels Lyby, Benjamin Engell
Director: Bo Mikkelsen
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 82 Minutes
Release Company: IFC Midnight
Having been inundated lately with zombie mayhem on both the big and small screen, the Danish horror import “What We Become” faces one gore-ridden uphill battle. And on the flesh-eating front, there’s frankly nothing all that new in a tale of a small town being quarantined in with ghastly ghouls and various families trying to fight their way out. But what does give the film an edge is the chemistry heavy coming-of-age love story between Benjamin Engell and Marie Hammer Boda that strangely and wonderfully lies within the mayhem. It’s an interesting angle that could have backfired and distracted, but “What We Become” is surprisingly better because of it. In a world obsessed with the undead, it seems first love never dies.
“WHAT WE BECOME” OPENS IN SELECT THEATERS AND ON DEMAND/ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON MAY 13 FROM IFC MIDNIGHT.