Film Screening 19th March, 2011

Poster for The Dilemma

The Dilemma 

8:00 PM, 19th March, 2011

  • M
  • 110 mins
  • 2011
  • Ron Howard
  • Allan Loeb
  • Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder

In The Dilemma brotherly bonds are tested when Ronny (Vaughn) discovers a terrible secret about his best friend and business partner's wife. Friends since college, Ronny and Nick (James) have been through thick and thin together and are now partners in an auto design firm. They are also about to present on a dream project that could send their company soaring. Outside of work Nick's happily married to Geneva (Ryder) while Ronny is a confirmed bachelor, currently dating Beth (Connelly). But when Ronny happens across Geneva out with another man one night, he is suddenly wracked with guilt and his conscience is caught between a rock and rocking his best friend's world. The shocking discoveries (and misadventures) don't stop there as Ronny continues his amateur detective work.

While this is fare for a more serious turn, there are still plenty of slapstick moments and some very funny, if awkward, scenes. The verbal dexterity displayed by Vaughn is impressive and a fair bit of it was adlibbed on the set. It's been a few years since Ron Howard has delivered a comedy and this is a risky one as it oscillates violently between drama and comedy. The dilemma for me is that it's hard to categorise where the film sits - although there are some major comedy stars here there is an awful lot of drama too. Overall it's a very interesting venture, which probably doesn't work completely, but is still a fun night with a few pointed questions asked by the film.

Steven Cain

Poster for The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity 

10:05 PM, 19th March, 2011

  • M
  • 118 mins
  • 2002
  • Doug Liman
  • Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron
  • Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

A bullet-ridden amnesiac, the titular Jason Bourne (Damon), awakens on board a fishing boat only to discover that government agents are out to kill him and, more surprisingly, he has the skills to fight them off. Starting with only a Swiss bank account number that is on him when he awakens he slowly begins to unravel who he is and why he ended up all but dead in the ocean. Along the way he unwittingly enlists the help of a young woman (Potente), who stays the distance when it is clear she has become a target through the virtue of meeting the right man at the wrong time.

The Bourne Identity redefined the action genre for the noughties and elevated an indie-dramedy star to one of Hollywood's most bankable A-listers, along with boosting the Hollywood cred for many of the rest of its cast and crew (particularly Clive Owen, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Doug Liman and Tony Gilroy). Its style has been copied time and again in the near decade since its release, but rarely done as well and never seemed so fresh. The Bourne Identity is a must see on the big screen.

Adam Gould