Gilbey, Ryan, The Independent (London, England)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Nicole de Boer
This Canadian science-fiction thriller takes an ingenious idea - a group of strangers trapped within a gigantic booby-trapped cube try to figure out their escape route and the meaning of their existence - but reduces the intellectual possibilities to the condescending level of a GCSE study guide.
West End: ABC Panton Street, Odeon Kensington, Odeon Swiss Cottage, Plaza
DEEP RISING (15)
Director: Stephen Sommer
Starring: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Jason Flemyng, Anthony Heald
Ramshackle B-movie-style thriller about a cruise liner attacked by a mysterious and savage underwater monster. Treat Williams copes manfully with the abysmal dialogue, and our own Jason Flemyng gets to fire automatic weapons at big slimy beasts, which is not the sort of thing that an English actor gets to do every day of the week.
West End: Odeon West End
SECRET DEFENSE (PG)
Director: Jacques Rivette
Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Gregoire Colin (subtitles)
The first 90 minutes of Rivette's icy, elegant new film are brilliant and hypnotic: Sylvie (the transfixing Sandrine Bonnaire) is a scientist whose brother sneaks into her laboratory to steal her gun and reveal some devastating news - he knows who killed their father. Sylvie tries to prevent him from taking action, but is snagged by the friction between her indecision, and her inclination for revenge. Rivette's camera doesn't miss a thing - the film's most impressive sequence comes when it simply follows Sylvie on a train journey, recording every detail in an attempt to amplify her feelings of awkwardness. The downside of the director's watchfulness is that any exposition …
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Publication information: Article title: New Films. Contributors: Gilbey, Ryan - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: September 29, 1998. Page number: 17. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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