Saturday 1 May 2010

SLACKER Trailer Review

Trailers are an important tool in building buzz and anticipation for films. A good trailer can sell a bad movie, a bad trailer can kill a good movie. Here we try and tell the difference between the two and pick out the most anticipated new films.

More after the jump...


The aim of the Twilight franchise at the moment seems to be 'Get them into Cinemas as soon as possible before people get bored with it all'. I'm not a big fan of the Twilight movies, but then i'm not in their target demographic. Saying that, this movie does seem to be the most guy friendly one yet, with the promise of some big action scenes as the Vampires and the Werewolves join forces to fight a bigger bad. Once again, the Vampires don't seem slightly put off by direct sunlight, and it's this kind of flouting of the rules that'll keep guys watching more faithful genre films. Director David Slade is definitely capable of pulling this one back from the brink of girlie slumber parties, but i think the odds are stacked against him.
Due July 9th
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If there's one thing this trailer promises it's spectacle, lots of spectacle. Warriors representing the elements coming together in one almighty smack-down. So why do we need to see it in 3D? Even the trailer seems to be implying the 3D is nothing but an after thought. No matter how much i don't want it to work, the 3D upconversion might gel with the CGI backdrops, so i think this could be the turning point for studios wanting to cash in with this latest trend. The little boy lead seems to have some impressive martial arts skills, and the scale of the battles looks immense, but the fact it's an M. Night Shyamalan project is not really filling me with confidence.
Due August 13th
Anticipation Level


'The best SNL film since Wayne's World'. Well that was 18 years ago, believe it or not, and SNL films have had a rather dubious record since then. MacGruber's already had a couple of trailers out, including a quite entertaining redband one, and this one seems to be pushing the quotes more than anything. Its cinema release is imminent, and as a spy spoof, it seems to hit all the right notes, if not offering anything particularly new.
Due May/June
Anticipation Level


I didn't know much about Jonah Hex before viewing this trailer. I knew he had a big dirty scar but that was about it. After viewing the trailer i know quite a bit more, and i'm not really sold on it. So he's a snarling anti-hero out for revenge, and Megan Fox shows a lot of cleavage whilst re-writing history. I'm not saying there were no strong women in the Old West, but she's a bit too revisionist. Also, all the gadgets and super weapons throw up too many bad memories of Wild Wild West. John Brolin does look a bit bad-ass, but a bit too wise-cracking. It seems like a clash of too many genres to me, and doesn't really know what kind of animal it is.
Due (Unconfirmed)
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Woooh! Spring Break!!! Just like the scene in Jaws when the mayor refuses to close the beach, you know this is going to end badly. Looks like something from the deep has been awoken, and Ving Rhames is going to have to kick some ass with an outboard motor. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, those Piranhas look crappy. There may still be time for added rendering, but on first sight, it's bad. Plus points in the trailer for me were the appearance of Richard Dreyfuss and Christopher Lloyd. Lloyd's overacting had me in stitches, i just hope the rest of the movie matches that tone. I couldn't be less interested about it being in 3D. I don't think it's going to be a major selling point. This kind of cheapo exploitation flick is best enjoyed as a guilty pleasure, and forking out more for a 3D ticket is going to hurt that.
Due August 2010
Anticipation Level


The first teaser for Buried hit the Internet this week, and boy does it set up the premise well. Buried was a hit at Sundance this year, and features Ryan Reynolds stuck in a box for (we presume) most of the running time. He's got a phone, but that's it. And of course that's what we hear in this trailer, Reynolds trying to call for help via his one means of communication, but with understandably crappy signal. For such a high concept idea, this trailer shows us hardly anything. If it shows anything at all, it's the expanse of dead space around him. This looks claustrophobic. I just hope it lives up to expectations.
Due October 2010
Anticipation Level

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