There are a few big new movie releases today (May 31, 2013) with Will Smith getting into the action a little earlier this year than normal (he loves to open his movies during the 4th of July weekend). These releases are jumping into the already crowded box office to challenge the current champs Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness.
After Earth: This sci-fi space adventure tells the story of a father and son (Will Smith and his real life son Jaden Smith) who crash land and are stranded on Earth 1,000 years after catastrophic events on the planet forced all of the people to flee into space. The father, Cypher, is badly hurt which leaves the untested son to battle the elements, the dangerously evolved wildlife, and his own self-doubt to save them both. Early reviews of this M. Night Shyamalan directed movie have not been kind with Rotten Tomatoes showing its overall score at 13% approval.
The East: This espionage thriller tells the story of former FBI agent Sarah Moss who joins a very highly regarded private intelligence firm that works for large international companies. When the CEO of one of the firm’s clients chooses Moss to go undercover and infiltrate a group called The East that strikes against companies that they feel are guilty of criminal activity, she finds herself sympathizing with her targets as she learns the truth about some of her clients. Sarah plays both sides of the fence as she is torn between doing what she feels is right and serving her clients. The East has been well received so far and stars Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Brit Marling and Julia Ormond.
Now You See Me: When a group of the world’s greatest illusionists gets together to pull off a series of amazing and daring heists that take place during their live shows, a group of FBI agents are dispatched to infiltrate the group, find out how they are pulling these heists off, and stop them. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Michael Cain, Morgan Freeman and Dave Franco, Now You See Me is directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans) and is getting mixed reviews. Some critics say it is a fun, action-packed collection of tricks and fight scenes while others say it sets up a great premise, but falls flat.
The Kings of Summer: The Kings of Summer debuted to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and it tells the story of three teenage friends who decide one summer to build a house in the woods and spend their summer vacation living off the land without any rules from their parents or interference from the outside world. The boys quickly learn to appreciate the lives that they have at home and they discover that family isn’t just the one you are born into, but it is also the one you build around yourself. Of all this weekend’s opening movies, The Kings of Summer has scored the best with both critics and audiences. It may be in limited release in some markets, but is well worth seeking out.