Wondering what to watch this weekend? The second week of September brings with it two very different new original releases: first, yet another Disney live-action remake via Robert Zemeckis’ new release. Pinocchiowhich apparently could beat Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming stop-motion adaptation, meaning it will be out first (directly on Disney +).
Second, Shudder adds the much more attractive Salum, written and directed by Jean-Luc Herbulot. What appears to be an intense, if fairly grounded, one-place thriller suddenly turns into a hallucinatory experience that sees the trauma of a country and its main character exteriorized as supernatural horror.
Read more: All new on Netflix in September
At the same time, Christopher Nolan’s latest and probably strangest blockbuster Principle lands on Prime Video, a time travel thriller obsessed with palindromic narrative that is as loud as it is silly and funny.
In short, there are at least two pretty cool and creative genre treats to watch this weekend.
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Salum (2021) – Shudder (pick of the week)
wedited and directed by Jean-Luc Herbulot, from a tale by Herbulot and Pamala Diop, the film begins with the exploits of a legendary group of mercenaries known as the Bangui Hyenas – Chaka, Rafa and Midnight – after their violent emancipation as a drug dealer in Guinea-Bissau they have to hide their stolen gold bounty.
On their escape, they discover that their plane has been sabotaged, so they must make an emergency landing, hiding long enough to repair and refuel after being shot down, then escape back to Dakar, Senegal. Having taken refuge in a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they try to blend in with the guests; and to their terrible luck, they are recognized almost immediately by two of the camp patrons, one of whom is a police officer.
Here Salum begins its first transformation into a claustrophobic thriller as the Hyenas try to keep their cover. But the most dangerous thing is that Chaka has a secret, one that has led the group to Sine-Saloum as his past comes back to haunt the whole group.
This is already the prerequisite for an exciting chamber thriller, but Herbulot and Diop’s script gleefully throws a twist in the work and transforms itself. Salum in a multi-spelled genre film that uses the supernatural to explore the faults left by the war in Senegal’s Sine-Saloum region, as well as Chaka’s troubled past.
It’s a dizzying blend of westerns and friends with folkloric spiritual horror, one that changes gears numerous times in unraveling a violent story.
Also on Shudder: We will all go to the Universal Exposition (2021), Mad God (2022)
Pinocchio (2022) – Disney +
In a year with multiple and different adaptations of the classic children’s book by Carlo Collodi Pinocchio, Robert Zemeckis’ new film is the latest addition to Disney’s live-action remake conveyor belt of their animated works, now tackling the second feature film ever made by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Reunion with Zemeckis after the equally disturbing Polar ExpressTom Hanks settles into another role this year as a peculiar veteran (below Elvis) through his interpretation of Geppetto.
Read more: All new on Disney + in September
Zemeckis, known for some of the most innovative animation and live-action tweens ever made Who framed Roger Rabbithasn’t lived up to that film’s promise since its opening with the meta-narrative of a mysterious CGI version of Jiminy Cricket, surpassed only by Pinocchio himself, a weird and direct replica of the first film’s designs.
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Not to mention the CG animals that occupy Geppetto’s lab, including an animated cat and an animated goldfish – aside from Hanks, nothing really feels alive. All of this challenges the very idea of doing a live action remake of this film when most of its inhabitants are animated anyway, with nothing really new to offer, no new perspective on a story with many interpretations.
It repeats the same old songs (in another weird decision to update something, while retaining some of its old racial callousness) – all boiled down to the hollow, fleeting feeling of recognizing something old. Even then, there is an air of self-celebration right from the start, reflecting on the legacy of the song. “When you want a star ‘the song from the original film that became the studio theme.
Time will tell, but perhaps the only way he can be proud of himself with respect to Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming stop-motion adaptation is that it will come out first.
Also new on Disney +: Thor Love and Thunder (2022), Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
Principle (2020) – First video
Superstar director Christopher Nolan is obsessed with temporality. Start took a man’s pain and buried it in layers of dreams and time dilation, Interstellar it took that same vague construction on an outward emotional journey into the cosmic void. Principle however, it is pure logistics, a film focused solely on being a palindrome. John David Washington plays “The Protagonist”, an intelligence agent introduced to the secret world of Principlefull of anonymous clandestine agents who save the world over time.
Read more: All new on Prime Video in September
As one of the characters in the film puts it (scornfully, in her case), she’s a “cowboy shit,” entirely concerned with how her cast of charming agents take Bond-like action, both back and forth at the same time. He is as wild as he sounds, with a labyrinthine timeline propelled by aggressive sound mixing and Ludwig Gorranson’s incredible soundtrack.
It’s not above keeping the stupidity of the old Bond movies: Kenneth Branagh is clearly channeling something from that era with a mushy Russian accent. Better yet, his antagonist wants to destroy the world with an “overturned” nuclear bomb (because apparently turning back the ammunition makes them more dangerous). Safe!
Also on Prime Video: Flight / Risk (2022)