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A Week In Film #064: MephPanic

Doug Liman’s fun feature about the interconnected stories of a bunch of young people centred on a drug deal and a rave. Sarah Polley, a pre-scientology Katie Holmes, Grange Hill alumnus Desmond Askew, plus Taye Diggs, Nathan Bexton, William Fichtner as a very odd cop, Timothy Olyphant as an angry dealer, Jay Action Mohr and Scott Wolf as daytime soap actors… Fine stuff.

Relatively efficient, but not greatly inspiring, melodrama built around the kidnapping of an Egyptian-American (Omar Metwally) during the War on Terror, told in parallel to the story of a CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) in a strategic North African posting, forced to deal with the aftermath of a bombing. Reece Witherspoon is the soccer mom trying to find out what’s happened to her husband. A bit too Missing-meets-Syriana to work well, given the strength of what’s being cribbed.

Mesrine: L’Instinct De Mort
Jean-François Richet and Abdel Raouf Dafri do well with their two-part feature about the French robber/killer Jacques Mesrine. The first part seems more coherent, and has the likes of Gérard Depardieu in support. Vincent Cassel is excellent in the lead.

Mesrine: L’Ennemi Public No. 1
In part two, Mesrine starts believing his hype a bit too much, and seeing himself as a sort of political activist. Impressively staged, though.

Phone Booth
The LLF told me it was one of the worst films she’d ever seen, but I quite enjoyed it. Colin Farrell is a ratlike but charismatic publicist trapped in a Manhattan telephone kiosk by some nut (Kiefer Sutherland) with a sniper rifle trained on him. One of Joel Schumacher’s better efforts.

Fa Yeung Nin Wa
Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love has two neighbours (Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung) finding companionship in the other in 60s Hong Kong whilst each’s spouse is absent. Beautifully shot, engaging.