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MEGAMINDTASTIC NO STING IN THIS TALE THE third and final instalment by Stieg Larsson revolves around violence, abuse, family feuds and above all revenge. The mystery surrounding the main character Lisbeth, played by Sweden’s own Noomi Rapace, is finally revealed after running throughout all three thrillers untouched. Although the complexity is there on occasion it lacks action, meaning it was the opposite of what I expected. The film however did manage to keep my attention even if certain scenes were too graphic for an unsuspecting audience. The amount of drama and suspense packed into this subtitled film keeps you on the edge of your seat. However, two and a half hours later you begin to feel that the story could have been told in a lot less time if some of the violent and sometimes unnecessary scenes were cut. If you enjoy watching films with conspiracies involving journalists and lawyers making sure that justice prevails, it might be the right movie for you. Soon to be taken by America and made into a Hollywood film The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is a decent film. With plenty of drama it draws a solid conclusion to this disturbing and harrowing tale. By Ken Matriano The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is out now

The friendly blue giant goes on an action packed adventure and falls in love along the way

HE’S blue, he has a giant head and for the millionth time, it’s a battle between good and evil very original! These are the first things that come to mind when watching the new DreamWorks comedy Megamind. The producers of Shrek bring a witty and funny superhero comedy to our screens, but this story comes with a twist as it champions the bad guy instead of the good. Featuring the voices of Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and the king of comedy Will Ferrell, this film revolves around three very charming characters: Megamind; a brilliant yet

unsuccessful super-villain; Metro Man, a popular goodie-two-shoes superhero and Roxanne, a hard to impress female reporter used as bait in Megamind’s evil plan. The adventures of Megamind (Ferrell) begin with flashbacks of his childhood where he remembers the very first encounter with his future arch-nemesis Metro Man (Pitt). After crash-landing on earth, both are destined to lead very different paths. The plot only really takes off when the geeky baddie traps his do-gooder nemesis Metro Man by holding Roxanne (Fey) hostage.

As any superhero would, Metro Man is determined to rescue the damsel in distress, only to be opposed and defeated by his lifelong rival. After years of unsuccessful plans, Megamind finally achieves his ultimate goal: conquering Metro City. But his success is soon jeopardised when he accidentally clones Metro Man’s DNA into Hal, a chubby cameraman hopelessly in love with Roxanne. Chaos arises in Metro City, forcing the blueskinned, super genius to step in and save the day. This computer-animated story is

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a fresh spin on the usual superhero cliché. It is fun, clever and above all an entertaining film for all ages. Ferrell’s goofy voice is perfect for the stick-thin, giant headed character Megamind. Always accompanied by his faithful companion Minion, a fish with a robot and gorilla body, Megamind is a villain turned hero who will win you over after his transformation from evil to good. By Andrea Trachsel

Megamind is released in UK cinemas on December 3

CLOONEY CAUSES CHAOS

George Clooney returns to our shores amid little fanfare, in a criminal role that fails to hit the heights the Ocean’s Eleven star usually reaches. The American disappointed at the US box office on its release in September, and while there are a few reasons for that, this reviewer sees them as virtues rather than vices. The pacing is almost glacially slow throughout, so anyone expecting Bourne-levels of mayhem is likely to leave disappointed. After a superb opening sequence in the snow fields of Sweden the film settles into a stately groove, breaking now and then for the occasional slice of expertly choreographed violence. The final procession sequence

Clooney doing what he does best

builds slowly before being released like a coiled spring, and leads to an ending that might prove too ambiguous for some. Clooney puts in a stellar performance, deliberately stripping Jack of almost any emotion besides angst and paranoia. Looking leaner than usual, he

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plays a man constantly on the edge of violence who commits violent acts without any hesitation or remorse. While it makes for a convincing hitman, Jack’s remoteness, compounded by the fact we learn almost nothing about him, makes it difficult to root for him, argua-

bly leaving the film without much heart. What warmth there is comes from Violante Placido’s Clara, a local prostitute with whom Jack becomes close. Placido smoulders, giving a performance full of all the passion and humanity that Jack lacks. While it’s not perfect and it won’t be for everyone, The American is a fine film full of tension and adrenalin. Rewarding the patient and brimming with stunning cinematography, it’ll appeal to anyone who likes their thrillers with a bit of subtlety. By Dan Blows The American is out now


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