Ris­ing Sun lights up with flight of fancy in space

Tablelands Advertiser - - THE GROOVE -

A BLOCK­BUSTER blazes onto the screen this week at The Ris­ing Sun Cin­ema in Ma­reeba, while three of the sea­son’s big­gest fam­ily films con­tinue for an­other great week. Pas­sen­gers has an all-star cast, which in­cludes Chris Pratt and Jen­nifer Lawrence. This adventure drama, with a touch of ro­mance will have wide ap­peal for all ages. Con­tin­u­ing for the next week are three of the hol­i­day’s big­gest fam­ily hits Sing, Moana and the ter­rific Aussie film Red Dog: True Blue.


The space­ship, Star­ship Avalon, in its 120-year voy­age to a dis­tant colony planet known as the “Homestead Colony” and trans­port­ing 5,259 peo­ple has a mal­func­tion in one of its sleep cham­bers. As a re­sult, one hi­ber­na­tion pod opens pre­ma­turely and the one per­son who awakes, Jim Pre­ston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the space­ship, still 90 years from his des­ti­na­tion.


When eleven-year-old Mick (Levi Miller) is shipped off to his grand­fa­ther’s (Bryan Brown) cat­tle sta­tion in the re­mote Pil­bara re­gion of West­ern Aus­tralia, he feels lonely and out of place. But soon he finds myth, adventure and a friend­ship with a red dog, who he calls Blue – a dog that changes his life for­ever. Pro­duc­tion val­ues are ex­cel­lent with Ge­of­frey Hall’s fine cin­e­matog­ra­phy and Cezary Sku­biszewski’s de­light­ful mu­sic score. It’s an en­joy­able film and there’s a lot to like, al­though the orig­i­nal still re­mains a mod­ern Aus­tralian clas­sic.


On an an­cient Poly­ne­sian is­land, when a ter­ri­ble curse in­curred by the demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne John­son) reaches Moana (Auli’I Cravalho) the im­petu­ous daugh­ter of Chief Tui (Te­muera Mor­ri­son), she an­swers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right.


En­er­getic en­tre­pre­neur koala, Buster Moon (voice of Matthew McConaughey) hasn’t had a hit show in his beau­ti­ful old the­atre for too long, and the bank is threat­en­ing to fore­close – so he de­cides to hold open au­di­tions for all an­i­mals in prepa­ra­tion for stag­ing a great singing com­pe­ti­tion.

Jen­nifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in the ro­man­tic adventure film, Pas­sen­gers.

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