What to watch on the big & small screen
Biopic. Sometimes heroes are created by accident – such as Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), who lost his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Jeff survived and wrote a book about the incident, on which this film is based.
For many Americans he became a symbol of the ordinary guy giving the finger to terrorism.
Gyllenhaal strikingly conveys Jeff’s emotional struggle and physical challenges. Miranda Richardson delivers a great performance as his vulgar alcoholic mother, while Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany convinces as his girlfriend.
Stronger isn’t just another boring inspirational film; it’s a tour de force. – JANINE MORRIS 2017. 114 MIN. 16DLV. ALSO ON DSTV BOX OFFICE.
Action. Teen Wolf and The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien gets grim and gritty in this movie based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name.
Mitch (O’Brien) watches in horror as his fiancée, Katrina (Charlotte Vega), is murdered by terrorists while they’re on holiday in Ibiza, then spends the next 18 months plotting to infiltrate the terror cell responsible.
The CIA gets wind of his plans and recruits him to be trained by a grizzled veteran (the always great Michael Keaton) to foil another terror plot by a rogue former agent (Taylor Kitsch).
It’s at least as jingoistic as the ’80s Rambo movies, but watchable enough if you’re in the mood for a great deal of violent action. – DENNIS CAVERNELIS 2017. 108 MIN. 16LV. ALSO ON DSTV BOX OFFICE.