Wednesday 17 January 2018

The Movie Show: Paul Whitington has the lowdown on Blackhat, Cake and Project Almanac

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Independent's resident film guru Paul Whitington chats to Entertainment Editor Aoife Kelly about this week's big movie releases - Blackhat, Cake, and Project Almanac.

Michael Mann's latest offering may be a case of style over substance since Paul describes the plot as "preposterous" although he says it has a lot to recommend it including two fantastic action sequences.

The plot, such as it is, sees Chris Hemsworth (best known as Thor) star as convicted hacker Nicholas Hathaway who is plucked from prison to help the government and Chinese partners to foil the plans of mysterious cybercrime network from LA to Hong Kong, Perak, Malaysia and Jakarta.

Whilst viewers may have a hard time accepting Thor as a nerdy hacker, especially when he's required to become an action star, Viola Davis also stars and she ups the acting kudos.  The verdict?  It's a far-fetched but highly entertaining popcorn flick.

Cake, meanwhile, is a much more sedate affair.  Jennifer Aniston stars as a woman who suffers chronic pain following a car accident and self-medicates with wine and painkillers.  She becomes obsessed with the husband of a woman who has died by suicide. 

On paper it sounds horrendously depressing, but Paul says it has a quirky sense of humour, and Aniston was even overlooked for an Oscar nomination - she's that good.

The latest offering in the ailing found footage genre, Project Almanac is actually pretty good - more Cloverfield than Devil's Due.  Check out full reviews above.

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