It is Friday, it was Friday, and the same-old goes… I did get to the theater, seeing films that actually were pretty decent. Had I been in a better mindset, I probably could have gotten more out of them. No matter; I did see the movies.
The especially delightful Renee Zellwegger highlighted the first feature in her lead role as Emily Jenkins. The story of Case 39 dealt with an effort to save a young girl from an abusive household. Jenkins is a social worker whom has been called to investigate the situation dealing with ten year-old Lillith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland). There have been reports of Lillith being abused at home, and Jenkins is getting details to find out whether or not the child needs to be removed from the home.
It is in front of Jenkins where Lillith’s parents actually attack her! Jenkins gets legal assistance, having the child removed from that home. Lillith goes to a boarding shelter, but her seemingly growing and affectionate bond with Jenkins allows the girl to move in with the case worker.
After Lillith is in Jenkins’ home, weird things begin to occur. An outside murder happens that has a strange link to Lillith. Emily has the girl taken to see a psychiatrist, and during the session, Lillith makes strange threats. It is later that night, when the psychiatrist is at home, that he is attacked by wasps that emerge from his body! He runs to his bathroom, and he kills himself!
Now that Lillith is living with Jenkins, the psychiatrist is frightened! She interviews Lillith’s parents, and they tell her that the girl is demonically possessed. Her dad tells Jenkins that she must kill Lillith while the girl is asleep. Jenkins sedates the girl, and sets the house on fire when Lillith falls asleep. Lillith does escape the burning building.
Jenkins is with Lillith as police arrive. The officers lead, as Jenkins drives behind, to the station. Yet, Jenkins suddenly drives off, and onto a different path, escaping the policemen. It is on an impulse that Jenkins drives the car off of a cliff!
The car plunges into a lake. Lillith now has transformed into an evil entity, and Jenkins tries to lock her in the car’s trunk. As she tries swimming to the surface, Lillith gets free of the trunk, and she grabs hold of Jenkins. The girl remains partially in the trunk, and Jenkins is able to kick herself loose. She is able to swim to the top of the lake as the car submerges, with Lillith still inside!
We entered The Town, second. Ben Affleck was surprisingly good, starring as Doug MacRay. He is a working-class citizen from Charleston, an area of Boston. Charleston is known for it’s elevated level of criminal activity. It is this level of action that Doug has learned from his own father, and he enhances through actions with neighborhood pals.
Doug becomes the ring leader of his band of thugs. They have been successful with pulling of a series of bank robberies. Doug gets to where he wants to do one last robbery to get all of the money that he needs in order to leave town for good. However, his cohorts do not want Doug to get out of the gang with such seeming ease. His close friend and criminal cohort Jem (Jeremy Renner) feels personally offended by Doug’s attempts to leave.
It is during a final bank heist where Doug gets involved with a victim. The bank manager is a young lady named Claire (Rebecca Hall), and Doug ends up kidnapping her after the bank robbery. Realizing that she actually is one of his neighbors, Doug releases Claire. However, he continues seeing her, thus falling in love with her.
Doug’s father is jailed, and Doug goes to visit him. While there, Doug tells him that he is planning to leave town. The dad, however, presents another heist for Doug to attempt, saying that he will kill his son’s lady-friend if he does not follow through.
This leads to Doug and his dad going to Fenway Park, disguised as policemen with their band of bandits. They are successful with stealing hundreds of hidden funds, yet their efforts were tipped off to The F.B.I.. The father sees officers outside, and he starts shooting. As he is killed, Doug is able to escape with some of the other men. Some of them are killed, but Doug gets away after stealing a police car!
While he is fleeing, Doug calls his Claire, trying to get her to leave with him. However, she is being held at her home by The F.B.I., who secretly are instructing Claire to lure Doug to them. Claire uses undercover words to let Doug know that she is in custody, so he hides a bag of money for her to find, then he exits town.
Let Me In, The Social Network, and Waiting For Superman premiered this week, too! I am interested in seeing these films. Also, two other possibly interesting movies, Douchebag and Freakonomics, started this week. I will get around to those, at some point.
As always, many good movies are on the way! I have The Company Men, Conviction, My Soul to Take, Red, and Stone on the immediate to-see list. Other must-watch features on the way include The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Due Date, Faster, For Colored Girls, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I Love You Phillip Morris, Megamind, Skyline, The Tempest, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Unstoppable!