This time around Sacha Baron Cohen channels an oversexed, desperately invasive, homosexual, Austrian supermodel named Brüno to bring his particular brand of shockumentary schtick to our screens.
Brüno’s shenanigans feel a little more staged than those of his predecessors, Ali G and Borat, but will still tickle true fans pink. And herein lies part of the problem. If the audience is not only in on the joke, but also knows the writing process, set-up and punchline, is it still achieving satire with the hope of enacting change and awareness through comedy? Probably not, but for those who love Cohen’s outrageous stunts and antics, who cares? This brazen flick travels so far out of the comfort zone that half the audience will be shrieking on the floor while the other half will be watching through their fingers in the foetal position.
Brüno might not achieve his dream of becoming the biggest celebrity to come out of Austria since Hitler, and Cohen may not be changing the world, but for those who like challenging and bawdy humour, tinged with just a dash of self-righteousness, there is a lot of fun to be had.
Jason Statham plays the toughest man alive, hitman Chev Chelios, in this adrenalin shot of a film. Picking up moments after Crank left off, we discover that Chev survived his plummet to earth only to be kidnapped by a gang of Chinese Triads who steal his heart, literally, and replace it with a robotic knock-off that requires regular electric jolts to keep it firing.
Chev escapes but this cockney geezer is on a mission to reclaim his heart and nothing will come between him and that old ‘strawberry tart’.
Sure, the plot makes no sense but this is one non-stop, high energy, fight-for-life action film that will thrill fans of the genre and those with really short attention spans. Perfect popcorn entertainment.
Ben Stiller is back at the museum with his eclectic band of high-maintenance, wax-figure buddies. Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams and Steve Coogan have returned and are joined by Amy Adams playing a feisty Amelia Earhart and Hank Azaria, who almost steals the movie as a power-mad, lisping pharaoh.
Larry (Ben Stiller) has long left his museum night guard days behind him having found success as a glow-in-the-dark torch salesmen. When he discovers his former chargers, who come to life after dark, are being shipped into storage at the great Smithsonian Museum, however, he has no choice but to rescue them.
The film is relentless. It keeps a frenetic pace that will keep the kids happy and the slapstick flows thick and fast. The plot is a little flaky, and occasionally the action gets so chaotic it will make your head hurt, but the special effects are striking and at times, very magical.