Out This Week: 28 November 2019

Knives Out or Ford v Ferrari?

This is a weekend with two must-see films. Keep reading to know more.

Knives Out

Directed by: Rian Johnson 
With: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Colette, Jamie Lee Crutis, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, and Christopher Plummer
What is it about: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
Heads Up: Rian Johnson is tackling the whodunit murder mystery ala Agatha Christie novels, but coming from the writer director of Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper, and a little film called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you know he is not going to serve us a straight-up homage. I loved Ford v Ferrari, but this is for me is the movie of the week if I have to only pick one.

Le Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari)

Directed by: James Mangold
With: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, and Tracy Letts
What is it about: American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Heads Up: Despite its two and a half hour run-time, it flies without a lull moment. Christian BaleMatt Damon, and Tracy Letts are especially great in their roles, and director James Mangold (Logan, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk The Line) is someone with a solid track record. I had the privilege of seeing the movie and I can tell you this is a very crowd-pleasing film, so don’t miss it.

Mercy Black

Directed by: Owen Egerton
With:  Daniella Pineda, Austin Amelio, Elle LaMont, and Janeane Garofalo
What is it about: A woman is sent to a mental institution after stabbing her classmate in an attempt to conjure an evil spirit called, Mercy Black. Fifteen years later she’s released, and must save her nephew, who has become obsessed with the phenomenon.
Heads Up: This is a second tier Bloomhouse production with a tired concept that we have seen before multiple time, and as a horror buff I did not see anything that interests me. I would say avoid.

Commando 3

Directed by: Aditya Datt
With: Vidyut Jammwal, Adah Sharma, Angira Dhar, and Gulshan Devaiah
What is it about: A mysterious man is on an impending mission to attack the country from his base in London. Karan Singh Dogra sets out to hunt down the antagonist aided by the British Intelligence. Will Commando be able to prevent the attack and save the country?
Heads Up: In the third Commando film, the hero is facing one of them Islamic terrorist baddies, and will punch his way through it. This is one of them martial art action b-movies that recycles plot better than a garbage collection system, just to show you some impressive fight scenes. It’s not for me, but knock yourself out if that’s your jam.

About Abdullah Y

Abdullah Y is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an avid consumer of everything Pop Culture; movies, TV, music, photography, podcasts, and social media. He loves to travel and to share his experiences.