Lucy – Trailer

So here is the trailer for the latest offering from Luc BessonLucy and it looks rather awesome!

Now I know that the whole “we only 10% of our brains” plot idea isn’t the most original, but once you put that aside it seems like Besson is taking the story in a nice direction and throwing plenty of action at us.

The plot follows Lucy, played by Scarlett Johansson, was becomes mixed up in a drug smuggling scheme, but when the drugs start to leak into her system, they have some rather interesting results. Whilst the initial reaction to the leak looks like a rather uncomfortable one, as her body becomes used to the new substance and it is absorbed into her brain, she starts to develop a whole host of new abilities.

Starring alongside Johansson is Morgan Freeman, who plays a professor with his area study focussing on the brain, so it seems like the two of them will definitely have something to talk about; although I don’t know how happy he will be about her hacking into his video calls!

It will be interesting to see how the whole film plays out and whether Besson has managed to create another new strong female science fiction character or if the trailer has just shown all of the good bits!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Trailer

Add this one to the pile of unnecessary franchises!

I have to admit that I do have a soft spot for the original TMNT films and so I don’t know how I feel about this new film. With Michael Bay acting as a producer you can see where he has had an influence in the overall style of the filming, but hopefully it won’t be as unwatchable as some of the later Transformers movies.

The CGI seems alright in the trailer but how it will look for a whole movie we will have to wait and see when it is released later on in the year.

I did have a little chuckle to myself over the “it’s only a mask” line, so it nice to see that some of humour hasn’t been completely lost.

Fargo Teaser Trailer

Whilst no one seemed to ask for it, someone thought it would be a good idea to take the genius film from the Coen BrothersFargo and turn it into a television show. At first I had my doubts about whether the concept would work, but this trailer seems to have set aside those fears slightly.

The show doesn’t just seem to a complete serialised remake of the original film, but definitely has a look and feel of the Fargo we all know and love. I somehow doubt that this show is going to surpass the original, but it certainly looks like a nice companion piece for the film.

The show features Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and Adam Goldberg putting on their best Minnesotan accents. It is set to air in the US on April 15th with the UK picking it up shortly after on Channel 4.

Go In With Your Eyes Open – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Trailer

So here we are! After 9 years of waiting we finally have some footage from the upcoming sequel to Sin City, called Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Sin City brought the graphic novel by Frank Miller to the attention of the world by doing an incredibly true adaptation of the source material, with Robert Rodriguez behind the camera with Miller also lending a hand as well. This time the pair have returned again with Miller providing the script. He seems like the best choice for this, as he created the world that they are adapting.

I loved the original film and the overall stylistic approach that they brought to the film bot only blew me away but countless others as well and whilst I have been waiting for this film for nearly a decade; something doesn’t quite sit right with me with this trailer.

The first half of it seems almost like a fan made offering. It didn’t grab my attention as much as the latter part of the trailer. This isn’t to say that it certainly hasn’t whetted my appetite for the overall film, I really cannot wait to see it. Yet sometimes you can wait for something for so long and it just doesn’t live up to your expectations. I’m sure I will be proven wrong when the film comes out in August, but until then, I hope it grows on me!

Stage Fright – Red Band Trailer

Stage Fright Poster

Everyone loves a good horror comedy, well how about if you throw in some musical theatre as well?! This is exactly what has happened with the new film, Stage Fright, that is looking to take the upcoming SXSW festival by storm.

The film is released by Magnet and they have been so kind as to release a red-band trailer for the film, so just be careful if you decide to watch it at work.

The film looks a hell of a lot of fun, and seems to have a good overall mix of horror, comedy and music. I have to admit that I did laugh at the bukkake joke; call me juvenile if you want, but if something is funny, I will laugh.

The film is from first time writer/director Jerome Sable and features Minnie Driver and the one and only Meat Loaf! The plot is as follows

“Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.”

Magnet are releasing the film on its own Ultra VOD program, iTunes and On Demand on April 3rd in the US. It looks like England will have to wait a bit longer for this one, which is a damn shame!

Transformers 4 – Trailer

Say what you want about the Transformers franchise, the films still manage to get people into the cinema each and every time and whilst many weren’t happy with the third installment, Michael Bay has still plowed ahead with the fourth one.

This latest offering has a whole new cast and is set slightly after the first three and from this trailer it looks like things aren’t going so well between the transformers and humans. The line “We don’t need you any more” seems to sum it up quite well. I hope things are explained in the movie about how the relationship is faltered between the two groups, because they seemed pretty chummy in the first three movies.

Many fans are happy to see the inclusion of the Dinobots in Age of Extinction and it will nice to see how these characters are handled.

Whilst it can never be said that the Transformers movies are high-brow entertainment, Bay certainly knows how to handle action, even if some of the scenes do cause a bit of confusion with the amount of metal flying around at times, and there isn’t anything wrong with a bit of mindless escapism from time to time; which these films certainly offer!

Red Band Trailer For The Sacrament

Say what you want about the found footage genre, whether you like it or not, it is still useful to horror directors when trying to work out what their next movie is going to be. Although, in the case of Ti West even he isn’t sure if he would class his latest film as a one to go under the found footage umbrella.

In an interview last year about his new movie, The SacrementWest had this to say about the genre in relation to his film:

“I think the term “found footage” is a weird term because it’s a genre, we all get what it means and I understand labeling this as it just so you can understand it’s shot sort of like that. But to me, found footage is movies that are supposed to be real or supposed to be in camera edited, like this is what was left on this tape. That’s never what this is.”

Rather bizarrely he alludes to Christopher Guest and his previous work. Not someone you would think a horror director would be referencing, although you can see in the quote below what he was getting at.

“This is an after the fact made documentary. It’s like a Christopher Guest movie if you will. It’s just very dark, and I don’t think anyone’s looked at Christopher Guest’s career and been like, “Oh, found footage.” It’s always been like these weird mockumentaries, but mockumentary sounds good for comedy and not for anything else. So it’s just hard to label it necessarily but to me, having a tough time labeling something generally means something’s interesting.”

The movie follows a reporter from Vice travelling to religious commune to try and find a man’s sister. As with any horror film, things do not go to plan. When viewing the trailer after reading the quotes from West it kind of puts a fresh perspective on the found footage genre and makes this film seem a bit interesting. The involvement of Eli Roth is always an added bonus as well.

The full interview can be found here