After being magnified in a failed attempt to sabotage a power station Jerry (Jack Black) accidentally erases all the videotapes at a small video rental where his friend Mike (Mos Def) works. To save the business, which is under threat by developers, the pair use the local residents and whatever resources they can find to re-shoot the films, in a process they call sweding. The premise is ideal for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry’s love of childlike imagery and use of found objects. Be Kind Rewind is Gondry’s second attempt at writing and directing and it is a big improvement on the lacklustre Science of Sleep.
Controversial Dutch director Paul Verhoeven brought excessive sex and violence into Hollywood with enjoyable high concept films such as RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers. Verhoeven’s new WWII thriller Black Book is his first film in over 5 years and his first Dutch film in over 20.