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Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 26, 2012
First Published: 17:30 IST(26/1/2012) | Last Updated: 00:57 IST(27/1/2012)

Making weekend plans? Here's what you can catch at the theatres.

Agneepath
Genre: Action-drama
Director: Karan Malhotra
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Arush Bhiwandiwala and Deven Bhojani
Synopsis: The remake of the popular 1990 film of the same name, has actor Hrithik Roshan portraying the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. The story is set in a small village, Mandwa, where Vijay is taught about the path of fire by his principled father. His life is good till the evil drug lord Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt), hangs his father to death for opposing him. Vijay then leaves for Mumbai with his pregnant mother, but his hatred for Kancha takes him back to Mandwa 15 years later, to seek revenge.

Haywire
Genre: Action-thriller
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender
Synopsis:
A fast-paced action thriller, the film is about Mallory Kane (Carano), a highly trained operative who is hired by a contractor. Her specialty lies in taking on dangerous assignments that governments can't authorize. After a successful mission to free a journalist held hostage in Barcelona, Mallory travels to Dublin for her next assignment. There, she's double crossed and left for death by a member of her own agency. Having survived the attack, Mallory realises that she's the target of assassins and needs to make use of every skill she has in order to stay alive, while trying to find out the reason behind her attempted assassination.

Soderbergh’s action stint
There was news he is hanging up his boots for painting but that never happened. Instead Director Steven Soderbergh tried his hand at an action-thriller with Haywire, after having made movies such as What is Traffic, Sex Lies Videotapes and the Ocean’s franchise. “I always wanted to make a vintage action-thriller movie, like the early Bond films or Henry Palmer films. But one that has this different aesthetics,” says Soderbergh, adding: “And I saw Gina (Carano) on TV in this fight and started thinking ‘Why can’t she be Bond? Why not make a beautiful looking action film with a woman in the lead?”

Gina wasn’t a trained actor. Was that a problem? “We didn’t need a major in dramatic arts, she just needed to be cool. I saw her do a TV interview. She had a great vibe — genuine, unpretentious and incredibly watchable.”
This is Soderbergh’s third movie with a central female character. What’s drawing him towards female-led characters? “People just aren’t writing a lot of great roles for women,” he reasons, adding, “My next film, Bitter Pill, also has some great female characters.”

The Descendants
Genre: Family drama
Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, the movie, set in Hawaii is about the tragic journey of Matt King (Clooney). Matt is an unconcerned husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-evaluate his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers from a boating accident. The event leads to a rapprochement with his  daughters, as he wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land, handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

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Contraband
Genre: Action
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale

Synopsis: Set in New Orleans, the film explores the dangerous underworld of international smuggling, where it's always a game of high-stakes and big payoffs. Though Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) abandons his life of crime, he is forced to return to running contraband after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) spoils a drug deal for his brutal boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi). To settle Andy's debt, Chris swiftly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), for one final run to Panama and back, hoping to return with millions in counterfeit bills.

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