Following the success of “X2,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “2 Fast 2 Furious” and just weeks before the arrival of “T3″ and “Legally Blonde 2,” summer sequel season continues as “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” hits theaters.
It’s a surefire blockbuster so glitzy, so glamorous and so action-packed that at least one returning cast member didn’t even bother with the details. “To tell you the truth, I haven’t read the script,” Matt LeBlanc confessed at last week’s “Full Throttle” premiere (see “Diddy Gushes About Drew; Demi Arrives With Ashton And Bruce At ’Angels’ Premiere” ). “My part is so disconnected from the [main plot]. So I didn’t really read it, which works.” (Click for photos from the red carpet. )
Marking the directorial debut of video director McG, 2000’s original “Angels” flick relied more upon nostalgia for the ’70s TV show, the triple charisma of Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore and reality-defying stunts than on heavy drama or intricate storytelling. “Full Throttle” is no different and, to many fans, it shouldn’t be. (Click for photos from “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” )
“It’s really not trying to be that important — it’s not ’Memento,’ ” pointed out Justin Theroux, who plays “Full Throttle”’s faux-hawked Irish villain, Seamus O’Grady. “It’s a really fun movie. It’s one of those retarded, like, goes-all-over-the-world movies, just every location and every stunt. … It goes over the top. It’s just a fabulous movie to go and sit down and, you know … watch it all happen.”
Audiences looking for more low-budget, under-the-radar excitement can check out the English thriller “28 Days Later,” a nightmarish tale about a man who wakes in an abandoned hospital to find that a laboratory concoction has killed much of the population and turned most of the survivors into zombielike cannibals. The film was directed by Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting,” “The Beach”) and relies on digital video, lending the proceedings a visceral, near-documentary feel.
Both films will compete with the box-office might of “Hulk,” which set a record for June openings last weekend with its $62.1 million haul (see ” ’Hulk’ Smashes The Competition; ’American Idol’ Movie Flops” ).
— Ryan J. Downey, with reporting by Nick Zano