Michigan multiplexes had better save a seat for Ted Nugent all four
movies hitting theaters this weekend involve hunting of some kind, from the
dragons in "Reign of Fire" and the crocs of "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision
Course" to "Halloween: Resurrection"'s pack of hapless teens and the mob's
search for Tom Hanks in "Road to Perdition."
Dragons are breeding, breathing fire and flying around, all while laying
waste to London in "Reign of Fire." It's up to Matthew McConaughey ("A Time
to Kill") and Christian Bale ("American Psycho") to stop them.
"It was a lot of fun," McConaughey said of playing dragon-slayer Denton Van
Zan. "I mean, there was no rules to it, slaying dragons in the future
go be the man of action, the badass, the get physical, run through something
instead of around it, eat it instead of smell it [type of character]" (see
McConaughey may be hunting mythical creatures, but Steve Irwin is chasing
scaly beasts of the all-too-real variety. "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision
Course" marks the big-screen debut of the popular television personality,
who hails from the land of AC/DC, INXS and Crocodile Dundee.
Unlike fellow (if fictional) Aussie Dundee, Irwin's no poacher. He's devoted
his life, as well as all of his profits from the film, to crocodile rescue
and wildlife conservation. The film's fictitious plot sees him chasing a
nasty critter who's swallowed a top secret satellite beacon, with his wife
Terri by his side and secret agents hot on his trail.
A hunter of a very different kind is on the trail of teens in "Halloween:
Resurrection." The eighth installment in the long-running slasher franchise
sees the white-masked Michael Myers return to his childhood home when a
group of kids sets up a webcast from inside. "Halloween Resurrection" stars
series veteran Jamie Lee Curtis, Sean Patrick Thomas ("Save the Last Dance")
and Busta Rhymes, who has called the movie "the most flavorful 'Halloween'
story" (see "Busta Rhymes 'Flabbergasted'
By 'Halloween: Resurrection' ").
While Myers stalks for sport, Tom Hanks kills for money in "Road to
Perdition," in which the Oscar-winning actor plays against type as a 1930s
Chicago hit man. His son becomes marked by mob boss (and fellow Oscar
winner) Paul Newman after he witnesses a shooting.
All four flicks will go up against "Men in Black II," "Minority Report,"
"Mr. Deeds" and the rest of this year's consistently strong summer stable.