Opening Weekend: Be Afraid

Whether it’s sweet revenge served up by Zoe Saldana, Paul Rudd’s bumbling antics as the family idiot, or the creatures lurking in the dark recesses of Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce’s new house, this weekend’s movies all offer something to fear.

In Colombiana, Zoe Saldana plays a young hermana who sees her papa and mama murdered by the mafia . . . and she wants revenge. It looks like writer Luc Besson is just rehashing the same stories from La Femme Nikita and Leon the Professional. I enjoy Besson’s stories, but they are getting a bit redundant. This looks kinda boring, and I’d rather just have a sequel to Leon that follows Mathilda all grown up and working as an assassin. I’m sure I’ll see Colombiana eventually . . . I’ve seen all of the Transporter movies for Christ’s sake . . . but not this weekend, probably not in theaters. Think I’ll wait for redbox.

Then there’s Our Idiot Brother, which I’m very excited about for the cast alone. Paul Rudd plays the eponymous idiot, plaguing his three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. The cast also features Rashida Jones, Steve Coogan, and Adam Scott. I really want to see this . . .

But, then there’s also Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, an R-rated supernatural horror movie about an old dark house haunted by a hellish underworld . . . starring Guy Pearce . . . produced by Guillermo del Toro, who also produced The Orphanage, another pleasant surprise . . . yes, please! If nothing else, it must be better than Abandon.

Ever the unabashed horrorphile, my money’s on Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, but I’ll probably see Our Idiot Brother this weekend, too.

What say you?


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