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A look at the movies releasing on Friday

Imtiaz Ali's Highway, George Clooney's The Monuments Men, Jimmy Sheirgill's Darr@ The Mall and action adeventure film Pompeii release this Friday.

bollywood Updated: Feb 20, 2014 23:11 IST
Hindustan Times
Highway,Imtiaz Ali,Randeep Hooda

Imtiaz Ali's Highway, George Clooney's The Monuments Men, Jimmy Sheirgill's Darr@ The Mall and action adeventure film Pompeii release this Friday.

Genre: Romance-drama
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Cast: Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt
Synopsis: A young city girl, full of life, is on the highway at night with her fiance. They are scheduled to get married in four days. Suddenly, her life is swung upside down when she is kidnapped by a group of rustic criminals. But the gang realises that the girl is an industrialist’s daughter, and his links in the power corridors make ransom out of the question. But the leader wants to go ahead with the plan anyway. Days pass in confusion and horror for the girl. But, as the tr-uck runs and miles turn, she feels that she has changed as well. Gradually, a strange bond begins to develop between the victim and the oppressor. It is in this captivity that she, for the first time in her life, feels free.

The Monuments Men
Genre: Historical drama
Director: George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray
Synopsis: Based on the true story of one of the greatest treasure hunts in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. But it would be a challenging mission: with art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these seven museum directors, curators and art historians, possibly hope to succeed? But as Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Darr @ The Mall

Genre: Thriller
Director: Pavan Kripalani
Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Neeraj Sood
Synopsis: Asia’s largest mall is ready for inauguration, but there’s a myth surrounding it. Over the period of its construction, people began labelling it as a haunted mall. Legend has it that the mall is haunted with the presence of a ‘chudail’ (witch). Though, no one has seen its presence, the fear among people is palpable. On the opening eve, the owner, Mr Manchanda calls a press conference to dispel fears about the mall by announcing that he would spend a night at the mall with the board of directors. But they are not the only ones inside the mall that night. Manchanda’s daughter Ahana and her friends make their way inside, as does Vishnu, the chief of security at the mall. What happens next forms the rest of the story.

Genre: Action adventure
Director: Paul WS Anderson
Cast: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland
Synopsis: Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the story of Milo, a slave-turned-gladiator, who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

First Published: Feb 20, 2014 18:42 IST