Based upon the 2009 hijacking of the container ship US Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. On the giant ship departing Oman we do not have to wait long for the approaching skiffs to speed through international waters carrying gun toting Somali pirates with $$$$ signs flashing before their hungry eyes hell bent on capturing this prize for ransom. Chaos erupts aboard as precarious steel ladders are flung up from below & the pirates take over the ship. The standard practice of locking down & going dead in the water is applied as the crew attempts to wait it out & for help to arrive. An absolutely riveting piece of cinema action. One of Tom Hanks most electrifying roles ever as the cool headed Captain Rich Phillips.
Kelly brothers both in their 20’s have a passion for riding big waves. They have honed their surfing skills in the sleepy SW town of Margaret River which hosts some of the worlds most dangerous & challenging waves. Their knowledge leads them to producing amazing surf boards which they decide to market locally but run into trouble when they get mixed up with the local bikie gang.
Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) is on a seemingly routine space walk. When disaster strikes & the shuttle is destroyed the pair find themselves totally alone, tethered to each other spiraling out into the blackness of space. With no communications with Earth & rescue seemingly impossible fear turns into absolute panic. Every gulp of air is depleting their meagre supply & the only way home appears to be by going further into space. Grip the edge of your seat for the trip of a lifetime out into space.
The story of the affair between President F D Roosevelt (Bill Murray) & his distant cousin Daisy Stuckley (Laura Linney) over a weekend in 1939. They host the King & Queen of England (King George VI & Queen Elizabeth 1) on their mission to forge an alliance with the US against Nazi Germany in WWII. The King’s potential to stutter erodes his self assurance but his very confident Queen guides him through the diplomacy. Meanwhile Roosevelt appears to relish the time away from the White House & continue his philandering with gusto. A complete change of persona for Bill Murray from his usual comedy roles but he carries off this role of FDR brilliantly.
New York after WWI during 1922 sees an era of loosening morals, sizzling jazz, crazy bootleggers & rising share prices.. Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan) & her philandering husband Tom (Edgerton) move in adjacent to the mansion owned by the mysterious party throwing millionaire Jay Gatsby (Di Caprio) and they along with others are drawn into the lavish hectic world of the neighbor. Daisy as part of an unhappy marriage soon finds herself strongly attracted to Gatsby & his lavish world & ways. Light hearted entertainment at it’s best.
An elite FBI squad is pursuing a team of the world’s greatest illusionists (The Four Horseman) who, during their performances, pull of a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders then funneling the millions of stolen profits into the bank accounts of their audience members. The FBI are determined to stop the group before they execute an even more daring heist they had heard the group was planning. But it seems that there must be a leak somewhere as the group decide otherwise. A brilliant “cat & mouse” story.
A lowly garden snail dreams of winning the Indy 500 car race… and then a freak accident sees the snail turbo charged with an amazing turn of speed. His dreams are to come true so it appears. The ideal family film for a long weekend with comedy on 2 levels to satisfy the young & the not so young.
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