Finnegan On Films: Horror, Car Chases And Childhood Tales At The Omniplex

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Our movie guy, James Finnegan says this week sees an eclectic choice of old favourites and a new version of a well known story at Tralee Omniplex…

A Quiet Place was a well-received and multi-nominated film from 2018.

It followed the lives of the Abbott family as they struggle to survive in a post apocalyptic world, where your slightest sound could be your last.

The Earth has been invaded by extraterrestrials, which, while limited in sight, have exceptional hearing making humankind easy prey.

Lee (John Krasinski), his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and their children Regan, Marcus and Beau communicate by sign language.

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Regan has hearing difficulties, hence the family proficiency in American sign language.  However, as careful as they are, errors are few but deadly.

Evelyn becomes pregnant, and as the birth approaches, the suspense is ratcheted up accordingly.

This is a superior sci-f horror, with Krasinski starring, directing and co-writing with his real life wife Blunt.

Their rapport and connection, plus excellent performances from the young actors as their family, makes their peril all the more poignant.

The sequel, cunningly titled ‘A Quiet Place 2’ is due to be released this year, pending you know what restrictions, starring the surviving and new characters.

The Fast and the Furious lives up to its name by spawning a whole franchise of films, video games, theme parks and other multi-media spin-offs.

The tenth film in the series is being planned as you read this, continuing the hi-octane action around illegal street racing, heists and spies

It all began with one of the most basic of set-ups, that of an undercover LAPD cop Brian O’Connor (the late Paul Walker) trying to catch a gang of unknown car thieves lead by Dominic Toretto, played by the appropriately named Vin Diesel.

This is a great Saturday night popcorn action movie, and if you are a fan of the car stunts, chase and general transport mayhem this is your type of film – but you, and many millions of fans, probably know that already.

A new version of Pinocchio is released this weekend.  It is more true to the 1883 book than the heavily sanitised Disney version which we all know and remember.

It is filmed in a rural poor Italian setting using prosthetics and makeup rather than rely on CGI, which should be applauded.

It stars Federico Ielapi in the title role, and Roberto Benigni, whom you may remember won the Best Actor Oscar in 1997’s “Life is Beautiful”, as Geppetto.

This is a film directed at both children and adults.  This is a most ambitious and enjoyable film.  Hopefully it will get the audience it deserves.

On Saturday, August 22 in an admirable charity fundraiser, the Omniplex will offer an early Christmas Treat by showing the classics Home Alone, Elf, Die Hard, Love Actually and Frozen 2.

A euro from each ticket sold will be donated to Benardos Ireland. Book your seats in advance online, avail of the special prices. Enjoy and stay safe!

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