Monday 5 December 2016

The Movie Show reviews: San Andreas, Man Up, and The Connection

Published 28/05/2015 | 08:47

Entertainment Editor Aoife Kelly is joined by The Irish Independent's resident movie critic Paul Whitington to review this week's big releases.

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San Andreas is a disaster action film starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Carla Gugino. The trailers look a lot like Roland Emmerich's 2012 and Paul says the film bears more than a passing resemblance to an Emmerich film but perhaps without such successful humour.

It's a case of spectacle over substance, however, as the special effects are impressive - with a couple of brilliant scenes - but the characters' plight is less than compelling. 

Man Up is a British romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell who have great chemistry but are let down by sub-standard writing.  "All the good jokes are used up in the first forty minutes" says Paul.

The Connection is a French film which tells the French side of The French Connection, although Paul says it should not be compared to that film.  It looks great and Jean Dujardin (who won the Oscar for The Artist) is charismatic although the film fails to really delve into his character.

Also out this week is Danny Collins starring Al Pacino, which we reviewed in last week's show:

 

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