Movies this week: 'Highway', 'Pompeii', 'The Monuments Men' release on February 21

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 9:59am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk


The film revolves around two completely opposite people brought together by a sheer twist of fate. Set across 6 states, a girl is roaming on a lonely highway at night with her fiancĂ©e when she is abducted by a group of men. The men soon realise that they are in a heap of trouble as the girl belongs to high strata of society. The leader of the gang however doesn't care about this and takes the girl on this long highway journey. Gradually a bond develops between the oppressor and the oppressed. The girl finds freedom in this life and wishes that the journey never ends.

Cast - Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt

Director - Imtiaz Ali

Verdict - The film had such potential to be one of the greats, with an original concept and Imtiaz Ali at the helm. However the film disappoints and doesn't live up to the hype in many ways. Still worth a watch, but nothing great.

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Release Date - February 21


Pompeii revolves around a young slave who becomes a gladiator in order to rise against the people that murdered his family. Things get complicated when Mt. Vesuvius, a massive mountain overlooking Pompeii erupts. The young warrior has to now race against the blaze, fight his way out of the arena and try to save the woman he loves. 

Cast - Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss , Emily Browning, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris

Director - Paul W.S. Anderson

Verdict - The trailer itself will tell you that this movie could be great, especially with Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington leading the pack. The movie is loosely based on the real events that happened in Pompeii, and with the effects looking as good as they are, I would suggest you go for this one. 

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Release Date - February 21


The film mostly takes place entirely on an international flight from New York to London. During the flight, US Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of threatening text messages, stating that a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into a bank account. When the bank account is discovered to be under Marks' name and a bomb is found aboard the plane, Marks is branded as a hijacker.

Cast - Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Nate Parker, Michelle Dockery, Linus Roache, Scoot McNairy, Corey Stoll

Director - Jaume Collet-Serra

Verdict - Liam Neeson back in a Taken like role, headlines this action thriller. The movie sounds like a well thoughout conspiracy plot. The movie has gotten good reviews from the pre-screening, particularly for Neeson's performance. This one is a definite watch.

IMDb - 8.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes - No Reviews Yet

Release Date - February 21

The Monuments Men

Based on the true story, the film focuses on one of the greatest treasure hunt the world has ever seen. In the film, an unlikely World War II platoon are tasked by Franklin D Roosevelt with the impossible mission of going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. 

Cast - George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman

Director - George Clooney

Verdict - With a cast that has Clooney, Damon and Murray, you can safely assume the movie can't be all that bad. The additional plus point is that Clooney directs as well. I would suggest you give this one a shot, even though it didn't do all that well at the pre-screenings.

IMDb - 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes - 34%

Release Date - February 21

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