Cinema: New films showing in Belgium

1352’s James Drew discovers a couple of films now in a cinema near you that suggest the planet is on the verge of extinction.

10 Cloverfield Lane
Intriguing-sounding sci-fi mystery, produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Dan Trachtenberg (his first film) – Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as a young woman who wakes up in a cellar, where her ‘hosts’ (John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.) inform her that the outside world is now uninhabitable, following a chemical attack. Unsure whether to trust them, she decides to escape – and that could be a bad idea… It is described by Abrams as a “blood-relative” to his original, superb 2008 hit Cloverfield –  as I said, more than a little intriguing, don’t you think?
90 mins.

Eddie the Eagle
Remember Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards? Back in 1988, he was the first British skier to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, and now we have a British-American-German sports comedy drama film directed by Dexter Fletcher, starring Taron Egerton as Eddie, and also starring Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken. Could be a riot…
105 mins.

London Has Fallen
A sequel to Olympus Has Fallen (2013) – in London, the British Prime Minister has died in mysterious circumstances, and the leaders of the Western world flock to his funeral. But there are devilish plans afoot to unleash a terrifying new world order, and the only hope rests with US President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), his US Secret Service top agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and a British MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley). You likely know what you’re getting, so maybe just put the brain into neutral? Babak Najafi (Sebbe (2010) directs.
100 mins.

CINEMA London Has FallenThe 5th Wave
And another cheery sci-fi in the cinema – The 5th Wave follows 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her family after an alien invasion has devastated the world and Earth’s population is on the verge of extinction, with humankind knocked back to the Stone Age. J Blakeson directs, and it’s likely to be the first of three, based on Rick Yancey’s eponymous novel.

112 mins.

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