April 24th New Releases
Contraband was a pretty decent crime flick based on an original film called Reykjavik-Rotterdam (an Iceland-Germany-Netherlands co-production). Pacing was good, and overall it had a gritty feel to it. The details surrounding smuggling through the Panama Canal seemed well researched. This is a solid rental movie for anyone who like crime stories with a bit of action. Excellent performance by an ensemble cast.
In The Land of Blood & Honey, directed by Angelina Jolie, is a pretty grim story about the sexual enslavement of women during the Bosnian war. Anyone who remembers the conflict knows it was pretty horrifying, and led to the worst use of ethnic cleansing since World War II. Jolie doesn’t hold back on the details, which can be pretty disturbing at times. But the film features actors from the region, and uses a Bosnian / Croat language track, giving it a real sense of authenticity. There’s nothing “Hollywood” about this production. Some critics complained that it’s far too bleak, and while it’s difficult to like a movie that deals with topics like genocide, I thought it was extremely well done.