Weekend movie previews: “John Carter,” “Silent House,” “A Thousand Words”
The box office is premiering a film for every type of movie goer, the ones that can buy their own ticket of course. There’s “A Thousand Words” for those who like a comedy that comes with a life lesson, “Silent House” for those who like horror films, and “John Carter” for those who like action films. The array of genres leaves no excuse for those who decide to stay inside this weekend, so put away the laptops and head to Regal or AMC Loews.
On Twitter, a tweet is limited to just 140 characters, but in the movie “A Thousand Words,” Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) is limited to 1000 words. After getting on the bad side of a spiritual guru for lying, McCall discovers that a Bodhi tree has appeared in his backyard. He also discovers that, for every word he speaks, a leaf will fall off of the tree. When the leaves are all gone, the tree will die and so will he.
Despite the grim plot, the movie looks amusing and the idea behind the story is creative. It will be entertaining to see how he gets along with his wife (Kerry Washington) and how he keeps his career going with the help of his inept assistant (Clark Duke). More importantly, it will be interesting to see how the movie ends. Promotional work on the film has done well in that the ending hasn’t truly been revealed. It leaves room for mystery.
Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of the Olsen twins, stars in this new horror film about a girl who gets stuck in a house where “ominous” things start to occur.
The film relays itself as an updated found footage type movie. However, the movie plot doesn’t look as good on screen as it does on paper. It would be better to wait until it comes out on Redbox or Netflix than to waste money to go see a film that lacks luster.
The idea of being stuck in a house isn’t as terrifying as some of the more popular film plots that have come out in the past year like “Insidious” or “Paranormal Activity 3.”
“John Carter” looks like it will be a mix of “10,000 BC,” “Thor,” “Gladiator,” and “Star Wars.” It’s an adventure film about John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), a captive taken to Mars who somehow ends up at the center of the battles going on between the natives. This movie seems random but entertaining.
A little romance is thrown in with the princess (Lynn Collins) to create the perfect plot for a romantic adventure. Surprisingly, the film is produced by Disney, so it will probably end up being family friendly. It looks cheesy and typical, but at the same time it seems to be a good film to see with friends.
Chioma Iheoma is an A&E Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com