I’ve never been much into movies or TV shows about exorcism and demons (excepting ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel ,’ that is), so I’m not too hyped up about seeing ‘The Last Exorcism,’ new in theaters today.
And even with those TV shows – quite possibly some of my all-time favorites — I really don’t like having all that dark magic rolling around in my head. I watched ‘Supernatural’ from the beginning through season five last winter, and parts of it were darn depressing.
Also new in theaters is ‘Takers,’ which looks very entertaining, and ‘Avatar: Special Edition,’ with extra scenes and footage. Here’s the rundown:
‘The Last Exorcism ’ – I could NOT believe it when I heard this movie was rated PG-13 “for disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material.” I think they really called that one wrong. The story follows a troubled evangelical minister, Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) who agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, Cotton expects to perform just another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic. It’s soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there.
‘Takers ’ – This movie just looks like a blast. A notorious group of criminals, played by Idris Elba, Paul Walker, T.I., Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen and Michael Ealy, continue to baffle cops by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies — in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind, laying low in between heists.
But, of course, greed usually gets the better of these types of folks. Their attempts to pull off one last job will likely be interrupted by a hardened detective (Matt Dillon) who’s hell-bent on solving the case. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language.
‘Avatar: Special Edition’ – The blockbuster sci-fi-fantasy gets a re-release with new scenes and additional footage. The story takes place on a lush planet called Pandora, where the primitive-but-evolved Na’vi live. Because Pandora’s environment is poisonous, human/Na’vi hybrids, called Avatars, are linked to human minds, allowing for free movement on Pandora.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes whole again through one such Avatar, and falls in love with a Na’vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As his bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world. Rated PG-13 for language, warfare, intense epic battle sequences, some smoking and sensuality.