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Rooney Mara, Jude Law

Steven Soder­bergh

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IT doesn’t take this psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller long to get its hooks into you – and when it does the tale of a young woman whose reaction to an anti- de­pres­sant drug un­rav­els her world will keep you thor­oughly ab­sorbed.


Greg Kin­n­ear, Alan Arkin Di­rec­tor: Jill Sprecher Avail­able: Now on DVD


A LIKE­ABLE cast and some sin­is­ter go­ings- on save this dark com­edy about a fi nan­cially trou­bled in­sur­ance sales­man try­ing to scam an old man out of an ex­pen­sive vi­o­lin from a con­vo­luted twist that’s al­most too smart for its own good. GREAT EX­PEC­TA­TIONS ( M)

Jeremy Irvine, He­lena Bon­ham Carter Di­rec­tor: Mike Newell Avail­able: Now on DVD and Blu- ray


THE story is still a joy and the pro­duc­tion looks good, but this adap­ta­tion of Charles Dick­ens’ clas­sic about a young or­phan boy who grows up to be­come a gen­tle­man does have a dry­ness about it. BEAU­TI­FUL CREA­TURES ( M)

Alice En­glert, Alden Ehren­re­ich Di­rec­tor: Richard LaGrave­nese

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IT may have a few vis­ual niceties and pleas­ant per­for­mances but this supernatural love story cen­tred on a young witch and her hu­man beau con­jures up feel­ings of the Twi­light saga, and that still hurts … bad!

VIGGO Mortensen ap­pears to be apol­o­gis­ing. For not be­ing the movie star some might want him to be. For not play­ing more Aragorn- types. For be­ing more fo­cused on his art than his wallet. For fi nd­ing the sto­ries that sing to him in in­die scripts rather than big stu­dio block­busters.

“I’m not just stub­bornly try­ing to avoid mak­ing movies that peo­ple will see, it’s not that at all,” Mortensen laughed.

“It just hap­pens … maybe the next one I do will be a more main­stream movie, or a big­ger­bud­get movie, or have wider dis­tri­bu­tion.

“But it’s not what I’m in the habit of do­ing, plan­ning too far ahead or try­ing to cal­cu­late, I need to do a stu­dio movie for the next stage of my ca­reer.

“I do un­der­stand that by do­ing the kinds of movies I’ve ended up do­ing – peo­ple have short at­ten­tion spans in the main­stream movie- go­ing pub­lic – it’s kind of, ‘ Where has he been?’” The an­swer is: work­ing. It has been a decade since Mortensen’s ul­ti­mate movie hero mo­ment in The Lord of the Rings: The Re­turn of the King. And in those 10 years, he says he’s “had a lot of luck”.

“The luck to work with great di­rec­tors, great ac­tors, great crew and in some amaz­ing lo­ca­tions,” he added.

Mortensen be­lieves the kinds of fi lms he’s made – whether apoc­a­lyp­tic such as The Road, Golden Globe- nom­i­nated such as A Danger­ous Method, or in a lan­guage other than English, such as his lat­est Ar­gen­tine ef­fort Ev­ery­body Has a Plan – do end up get­ting seen by virtue of their qual­ity.

Made with Aus­tralian di­rec­tor John Hill­coat, The Road is one Mortensen is es­pe­cially proud of, even though he found the fail­ures of its re­lease and pro­mo­tion ex­tremely frus­trat­ing at the time, while Ev­ery­body Has a Plan is equally close to the 54- year- old’s heart.

Mortensen, who spent a large chunk of his child­hood in Ar­gentina and speaks Ar­gen­tineac­cented Span­ish, said Ev­ery­body Has a Plan was his chance to be part of the coun­try’s fi lm his­tory.

He plays two char­ac­ters in the moody drama: a well- to- do city doc­tor, Au­gustin, and his twin brother, Pe­dro, who lives in the back­wa­ters of the Ti­gre Delta and is mixed up in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

When Pe­dro re­veals he has can­cer, Au­gustin sees a chance to as­sume Pe­dro’s iden­tity and es­cape into his shady world.

The role came Mortensen’s way through an un­usual route. He met the di­rec­tor, Ana Piter­barg, while vis­it­ing the clu­b­rooms of his favourite soc­cer team in Ar­gentina.

Af­ter read­ing the fi rst- timer’s script, Mortensen signed on not just as an ac­tor but as pro­ducer and sub­ti­tles over­seer, as he didn’t want the nu­ances to be lost in trans­la­tion.

Mortensen has since made a sec­ond fi lm in Ar­gentina, an un­ti­tled guer­rilla- style movie with di­rec­tor Lisan­dro Alonso, and his next pro­ject, Far From Men, will take him to Africa. Be­fore those projects, he had the rare plea­sure of wan­der­ing around in­side the Parthenon in Greece while mak­ing The Two Faces of Jan­uary with Kirsten Dunst.

But he’s un­likely to get an­other New Zealand stamp in his pass­port any time soon.

Mortensen saw The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney on open­ing day in Ar­gentina and en­joyed the trip down mem­ory lane, but he has not been called on to pick up Aragorn’s sword for ei­ther of the next two fi lms in Peter Jack­son’s tril­ogy.

Al­though Mortensen joked the length of those three fi lms would feel “more like six”, he’s not at all sur­prised to hear Jack­son is still shoot­ing in Welling­ton.

“I’m sure they’ll be shoot­ing next year to pre­pare for the third one,” he said.

“The ra­tio of what Peter tends to shoot and what he tends to use is in­cred­i­bly lop- sided.”

And while it seems un­likely he’ll re­turn to the fi ctional uni­verse Mid­dle- Earth, it’s pos­si­ble Mortensen will never again de­vote so much of his time to one pro­ject as he did for the Lord of the Rings fi lms.

“I have noth­ing against do­ing an­other epic pro­ject like that, but it would have to be as good or bet­ter than that one,” he said.

“There’s not enough money that’s worth giv­ing up that much time.”

EV­ERY­BODY HAS A PLAN Now show­ing State Cin­ema

TAKE TWO: Viggo Mortensen plays twins in Ev­ery­body Has a Plan. BY NEALA JOHN­SON

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