October 10, 2008

MOVIES: Flights of Fantasy ; MIRRORS Cert 15, 110mins ** MUTANT CHRONICLES Cert 18, 111mins *** CITY OF EMBER Cert PG, 95mins **


While fantasy is the thread linking these three films, there's precious little that's fantastic to report about any of them.

In the monotonous Mirrors, Kiefer Sutherland is a security guard hired to patrol a spooky derelict department store whose mirrors act as portals to another world.

Also starring Amy Smart, this lame supernatural horror screams straight-to-DVD, with little in the way of scares, but yawns aplenty.

Also more suited to the shelves of Blockbuster is Mutant Chronicles, a very gory comic book adaptation starring John Malkovich, Ron 'Hellboy' Perlman, Sean Pertwee and Thomas Jane.

Set in a 28th Century war-torn world, a brutal battlefield offensive awakens an army of mutants who decide to wipe out humanity.

With the Earth doomed and the lucky few being evacuated to Mars, a team of hard-asses go on a suicide mission to destroy the machine that creates the monsters.

There's lots of shooting, grenades exploding and things going bang and, even if the film gets bogged down by some needless religious mumbo-jumbo, the whole thing looks great in a grimy, Blade Runner kind of way.

Also with a pretty face, but not much else going for it is the tedious kids' movie City Of Ember.

Starring Bill Murray, Tim Robbins and Mackenzie Crook, the setting is a subterranean settlement buried beneath the Earth 200- odd years ago.

With the residents' lifegiving generator spluttering to a halt, two kids seek a way out before their home is plunged into eternal darkness.

Anyone over the age of 12 will need ProPlus to avoid the same fate.

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