In cinemas this week: Unfriended, Tracers and Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.
Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. Some reviews have mentioned that this offers a fresh take on the found footage sub-genre, while raising some important awareness about the dark side of social networking.
Tracers – After he crashes his bike into a stranger named Nikki (Avgeropoulos), Cam (Lautner) is introduced to her crew — a team that uses parkour to pull off heists. Hoping to alleviate his deepening debt to a violent crime gang, Cam quickly joins the group. As the stakes get higher with more dangerous side ventures, the payouts get bigger. Cam must use every ounce of his skill to stay alive as the crew’s heists grow more daring with each job, and gang enforcers breathe relentlessly down his neck. This has an identical poster to that other Taylor Lautner film Abduction, and I expect it is probably just as bad.
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter – In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible. I’m curious to watch this film again, because I had mixed feelings about it when I saw it at Sydney Film Festival last year. Thoughts at the link.
Weekly Recommendation: You could go and watch Age of Ultron again, but I am waiting out until next week for Ex Machina and Clouds of Sils Maria.