Film Screening 27th May, 2011

Poster for The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau 

8:00 PM, 27th May, 2011

  • M
  • 105 mins
  • 2011
  • George Nolfi
  • George Nolfi
  • Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery, Anthony Mackie

Is there an actor working today as reliable as Matt Damon? He’s proved himself time after time in dramas, comedies and action films, demonstrating serious versatility while working with some of cinema’s greatest actors and directors. His films may not be massive box office hits, but they’re always watchable and never bad. In fact, he picks his projects so well that simply having his name attached to something lends it tremendous credibility. Just this semester alone, we’re screening Hereafter, True Grit and The Adjustment Bureau. A supernatural drama from Clint Eastwood, a Coen Brothers’ Western and a thought-provoking romantic thriller. Not bad for a half year’s output of work.

In his latest, Damon plays David Norris, a slick US congressman on the brink of political stardom. A chance meeting with an alluring ballerina (Blunt) at first seems like it may take him on a different path, to love, but strange events soon hinder their efforts to be together. And no matter how hard he tries, there are forces seemingly conspiring to keep them apart. Is this merely destiny correcting its course, or are the agents of fate itself (literally) taking control?

Based on a short story from sci-fi genius Philip K. Dick – whose works also originated Blade Runner and Minority Report – the film is an intriguing and enthralling affair from start to finish. Stylishly directed by first-timer George Nolfi (who previously scripted The Bourne Ultimatum), this is one film that you should come and see without needing fate to intervene.

Adrian Ma

Poster for Sanctum


10:00 PM, 27th May, 2011

  • M
  • 109 mins
  • 2010
  • Alister Grierson
  • John Garvin, Andrew Wight
  • Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Ioan Gruffudd

The last time James Cameron took us on an adventure it was to Pandora; a planet that was inhabited by large blue beings. This time Cameron is taking us to the last unexplored territory in the world ─ Earth's inner sanctum. From the beginning you get the feeling that man shouldn't go there, but to know why you will just have to come and see the film.

In a remote part of the world there is a very large underground cave. Some come seeking thrills, fame and fortune, while others come as last frontier explorers. Such a diverse mix of people is bound to create trouble from the beginning. However that is nothing compared to what is coming.

Deep inside the cave our explorers run into problems when outside a severe storm hits - causing water in the cave to rise rapidly and making it impossible to leave the way they came in. Unprepared and very scared, they must seek another way out. Unfortunately the only way out is to go deeper down into the cave and follow it all the way to the sea. The motto here is never give up, but not everyone is going to make it.

Sanctum is a classic Cameron thriller that is naturally set in another world. Due to the high levels of action and special effects it is a film best seen on the big screen. Inspired by a true story, this is a film not to be missed.

Dion Perry