Missions of action and dating arrive on the big screen

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 September 2011

ARRIVING at the cinema this week is a mix of motion pictures involving action-packed missions and a multitude of dating games, perfect for a film lover's variety night.

For a few laughs, while pulling at the heart strings, enter Crazy, Stupid, Love, (12A), which follows straight laced Cal Weaver, played by the hilarious Steve Carell, with the perfect life, great job, nice house, with a happy marriage and family. But when he learns his wife wants a divorce he is forced back onto the shelf and has to once again play the dating game. But all is not lost, as Jacob, played by Ryan Gosling, teaches him to deal with more crazy, stupid love.

As an alternate, Killer Elite, (15) not only provides an elite cast of stars, including Robert De Nero, Jason Statham and Clive Owen, but takes the audience on a deadly journey around the world. The film follows an account of ex-Special Ops Agent, Statham, who comes out of retirement to recover his mentor, De Nero.

Packed with assassins and weapons arsenals, this will keep movie lovers on the edge of their seat in this gripping adaptation of The Feather Men by Ranulph Fiennes.

But if you just can’t get enough of Ryan Gosling, you can see him in a new role as he transforms into a man who leads a double life, with a taste for speed in the action thriller Drive (18).

No sweet tales of romance will be found here as Gosling’s character works for both film directors and criminals who need the best getaway driver in the business. When these skills take him to a world of stock car racing, he becomes involved with a married woman whose husband is behind bars, and he encounters more deadly routes which he must drive down.

To round off the collision course of action-thriller, there is Warrior, (12A), which follows a family of fighters preparing for the biggest winner-takes-all event of mixed martial arts.

Marine Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy), takes on the challenge of Sparta and trains for the title, while his brother Brendan, (Joel Edgerton), returns to the ring to save his family from financial ruin. But this is a fight for the ultimate title, and the brothers are left to realise their deadliest opponent is each other.

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