Category Archives: Film Trailers

Movie trailer blowout: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2, Monsters University & Taken 2

Another couple of big-name trailers have hit the ‘net, so have a little look at them below…

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

The Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 2 teaser trailer was released a little while back, but now the first full trailer has found its way online. You know what to expect from this by now; there’s not really much new to tell. If you’re a Twlight fan this will likely have you more excited than a vampire at a blood drive; if not then you’re probably sick of the sight of Stewart and Pattinson’ glum little faces. Expect some brooding, some fighting, a bit more brooding, a little running, and then a little more brooding on top for good measure.

Expect to see lines of giddy girls and reluctant boyfriends when the final part in the saga hits cinemas on November 16th.

Monsters University

Disney Pixar have taken their sweet little time with this one – it’ll be an unbelievable 12 years since the original by the time this hits screens next year. However, they don’t seem to have had any problem in remembering what made the original so popular. Monsters University is a prequel to the groundbreaking original and documents how Sully, Mike, et al, learnt their trade in the scare business. As a teaser, this gives very little away other than you can expect more of the great repartee between Billy Crystal’s Mike and John Goodman’s Sully.

You can expect Monsters University in cinemas next summer.

Taken 2

This came as a little bit of a bolt out of a blue, but a very welcome one nonetheless. Taken 2 looks like it’s going to feature more of what made the first such a sleeper hit. There’s plenty of Liam Neeson beating up and shooting people, Liam Neeson talking on the phone, and Liam Neeson not knowing who people are, but finding them and killing them. It doesn’t look like it’s going to reinvent the wheel, but looks enjoyable enough anyway.

Taken 2 is out in October.

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Movie trailer blowout – Skyfall, Anchorman 2 & The Master

Here are three absolutely belting trailers that have surfaced in the past couple of days…

It seems like it’s taken an age, but we finally seem to be getting somewhere with Skyfall. Following the rather disappointing Quantum of Solace, this teaser trailer is pretty action packed whilst giving us plenty to chew over until we get some new info. We see Bond going through some word association, which may or may not be therapy, suggesting his fragile mindset established in the past two films is very much still an important element of the story. We also catch a glimpse of Bond’s new foe, Javier Bardem’s Silva, a subway train crashing through a wall, and plenty of Daniel Craig being a badass. Sweet.

They certainly aren’t hanging around with this one. Anchorman 2 was only announced a short while back but they already put out a couple of teaser trailers, one of which is above. Everything is as it should be – Champ is a chauvinist redneck, Brian Fantana is a bit of a sex pest, Brick is basically a child, and Ron, well Ron is just Ron.

To be honest, I wasn’t really that aware of The Master, but now I’ve seen this teaser trailer, it’s most definitely on my radar. Joaquin Phoenix looks scarily like Marlon Brando in this trailer, which gives very few story details at all. ‘The Master’ is the head of a faith-based organisation that is catching on throughout America. The film is a 1950s drama revolving around the The Master and a drifter who gets involved in said organisation. Sounds intriguing and Phoenix already looks set to give a superb performance.

Skyfall is released on 26th October (UK), The Master is out slightly earlier on October 12th, and Anchorman 2 is penciled in for sometime next year.

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Movie trailer blow out – Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises

For those looking forward to this summer’s blockbusters, the past two or three days have probably seen the excitement levels skyrocket thanks to the new trailers released for Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises. These are probably the two most anticipated films of the year so far, and both trailers give a much more in-depth look at the finished article. Check them out below.

So what do you think? First of all, Prometheus. This is Sir Ridley Scott’s chance to put the Alien franchise back on the map after it steadily (dramatically) went off course, and it looks very much like he’s onto a winner. Each trailer has been more and more epic, and this one doesn’t disappoint, building steadily until all hell breaks loose. It also has a very clever little segment in which Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) tells Fifield (Sean Harris) that the pictograms they’ve found are an invitation. “From whom?” he replies. A title card flashes up – “From Ridley Scott”. Very cool and instantly gets the blood pumping. We also see a lot more in the way of alien life (although no xenomorph life as of yet), with some facehugger style worm and even a couple of Space Jockeys. I just hope that they don’t do something that a lot of prequels do – have technology or anything else that is way ahead of or simply doesn’t appear in the originals/’sequels’ (Read: double-ended lightsabres). Still, Prometheus is shaping up to put Alien back on the map, and it’s about time too.

Right, now onto The Dark Knight Rises. Footage-wise, there’s not been a massive amount released, but thanks to a bit of classic viral marketing, that’s now changed. We see plenty of Catwoman and plenty of Bane (who thankfully is now much more audible), both of which have been kept somewhat under wraps. We also get to see a bit more of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which suggests he’s going to play a bigger role than previously thought, and get a glimpse of The Caped Crusader’s latest method of transport. However, Nolan hasn’t let too much out of the bag yet. Just what will Catwoman’s role be? Why is Bane blowing up half of Gotham? Build up to the film’s release has thus far been a little underwhelming, but this trailer has just reversed all that in a matter of minutes.

Prometheus hits cinemas on 1st June, whilst The Dark Knight Rises is released on 20th July.

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn – part 2 teaser shows bella on the hunt

This is the moment that film fans have been waiting for – Twihards because we get to see Bella as a proper vampire (red eyes and all), and haters because it finally signals an end to the series. There have been few films series in recent memory that have divided opinion quite as much as Twilight, and it’s unlikely that the final part is going to make anyone change their mind, positive or negative.

So what does the new teaser trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 actually show us? Well, a lot more than the teaser trailer’s teaser trailer (this is getting ridiculous), but still not a huge amount. Granted, we get to see Bella in full-on vampire hunt mode stalking a poor little deer, but there’s precious little else. Still, it’s probably enough to get fans all misty-eyed and flocking to fan forums to use terms such as ‘ZOMG’. Let us know your thoughts.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will conclude the series when it hits cinemas on November 12th.

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In Cinemas this week – 23rd March

The Hunger Games

Without a doubt the biggest film out this week, or maybe even the year so far, The Hunger Games is set to be ‘the next Twilight’. But don’t let that put you off; if the trilogy continues in this fashion, it’s going to easily surpass its vampire peer and make people wonder why they were so stupid to buy a ‘Team Jacob’ t-shirt in the first place (although coming out the other side of puberty will likely do the same).

The Hunger Games is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, and is set in a future version of North America (or America as it’s commonly known) where children are forced to fight to the death for entertainment. When her younger sister is chosen to take part in the games, 16 year old Katniss takes her place and must do what she can to survive.

Wild Bill

Wild Bill has slipped under the radar a little but it’s been getting pretty favourable reviews so far. Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) has just got out of prison and is determined to get back on the straight and narrow (aren’t they all?). However, he finds this more difficult than anticipated, especially when he finds that his two children have been abandoned by their mother and are fending for themselves.

Act of Valor

Also pretty unknown, Act of Valor is the story of an elite group of Navy SEALS who are fighting to stop a planned terrorist attack on the US and recover a kidnapped CIA operative. The killer app in this though is that it features a cast of active-duty soldiers.

Also out this week

For those resisting the temptation of the above, there are a few other bits and pieces out, including Agent Vinod, The Kid With a Bike, and The Grind. The Kid With a Bike, in particular, looks to be an intriguing one, as a woman takes in a boy who was abandoned by his father when he was young. It’s unclear where exactly the bike comes into it though apart from that he seems to ride it a lot. And it’s in French, so if you don’t like to read your films, it’s probably best to steer clear.

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New Madagascar 3 trailer

What’s the natural thing to do when you make a sequel that doesn’t live up to the original? Make a third one of course. The first Madagascar was enjoyable enough, whilst the second, Escape 2 Africa, although watchable, felt as if it had already run out of ideas. The third film, subtitled Europe’s Most Wanted, sees the usual suspects – Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman (David Schwimmer) – attempt to find their way back to New York.

However, they somehow find themselves in Monte Carlo and on the run from the film’s villain, Captaine Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand), before joining a travelling circus in need of some new performing animals – what a bizarre coincidence, and one that is bound to get animal rights getting on their high horse (or non animal alternative of a high horse). Oh, and the trailer features the obligatory annoying Madagascar song choices. Anyway, check the trailer below.

There’s still a bit of a wait for this one – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted doesn’t hit cinemas until October 19th. Can you wait that long?

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New Snow White and the Huntsman trailer

In a bizarre twist of fate/coincidence/poor scheduling and planning, there are two Snow White films out this year. The first is Mirror Mirror, which looks like it’s going to take a lighter look at the fairytale, whilst the second is Snow White and the Huntsman, a darker and more dramatic imagining, and the one we’ve got the latest trailer for.

We get to see how the infamous magic mirror will do its business and, most importantly, we see dwarves! Eight of the little fellas to be exact, played by big names such as Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Ian McShane and Ray Winstone. We also see Kristin Stewart being a bit of a badass, pursued by Thor himself Chris Hemsworth as Eric, The Huntsman, all under the watch of Charlize Theron as evil Queen Ravenna.

Snow White and the Huntsman will be in cinemas from June 1st.

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Prometheus trailer brings the fear

It’s been a long time in coming but Prometheus is now just a couple of months away. Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel doesn’t actually deal with any of the characters from the original Alien story but focuses more on the origins of the foes that Ripley et al came up against. Whilst the trailer is jam packed full of action, details on the plot are still pretty scarce, although Alien fanatics could probably go through the trailer with a fine tooth comb and find a few hints.

What we do know is the crew of the Prometheus are drawn to an alien planet and discover signs of life. After that it all goes a bit bat-shit crazy and there’s lots of screaming and being scared. Will we see a fully formed Xenomorph? Will the Chestbuster make an appearance? Why is Michael Fassbender being a bit creepy at the end? Time will tell…

UPDATE!

A new UK trailer for Prometheus has surfaced, which is a little more story focused than the previous one. And is that a Facehugger we see just after the two minute mark?!

Prometheus finally (chest)bursts onto screens on June 1st.

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In cinemas this week – 16th March

There’s another bunch of high profile films out this week featuring Matt Damon with silly hair, Mark Wahlberg being a badass and Channing Tatum in actually-quite-funny shocker. So, without further ado, have a look below and see what takes your fancy for the coming week.

We Bought a Zoo

Based on a true story and the memoir by Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo tells the tale of Mee (Matt Damon) who, following the passing of his wife to cancer, buys and attempts to renovate a run-down zoo. However, it’d be a pretty boring film if it all went to plan and, funnily enough, it doesn’t. As Mee gets closer to head keeper Kelly (Scarlett Johansson) the zoo falls into financial difficulty that threatens to derail the whole operation.

 

Contraband

In balls to the wall action flick Contraband, Mark Wahlberg stars as a smuggler turned security guard turned general dealer of whoop-ass as he finds himself on the wrong side of the law when he runs into financial difficulty. Contraband is a remake of Icelandic hit Reykjavic-Rotterdam, with director Baltasar Kormakur having played Wahlberg’s role in the original. Kate Beckinsale is also along for the ride, and the film looks set to perfectly quench people’s thirst for action until the big summer blockbusters arrive.

 

21 Jump Street

Chances are, most British audiences won’t have the faintest idea that 21 Jump Street is actually based on an 80s US cop show that starred a little known actor called Johnny Depp. And why should they? This version, featuring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the lead roles, stays true to the theme of the original, in that blatantly older cops go undercover as high schol students to solve crime, this time to expose a drug ring. Hilarity ensues as the two protagonists do their best to fit back in to high school, years after they left.

 

The Devil Inside

If The Exorcist hasn’t scarred you for life and you feel you need more exrocism-based horror, then The Devil Inside might be what you’re looking for. After her mother is committed to an asylum for killing two priests trying to exorcise her, Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) goes to see her and takes a documentary crew along with her. You know, as you do.

 

Also out this week

If none of the above grabs you, then there’s plenty else to go and see. There’s In Darkness, in which a man strives to free enslaved Jews in Nazi-controlled Poland, and Once Upon a Time In Anatolia, where two prisoners lead authorities on a merry little dance as they tease them with the whereabouts of a person they murdered. There are also a couple of documentaries worth a look in How To Re-Establish a Vodka Empire, which is pretty self explanatory, and Bill Cunningham New York, a profile of fashion photographer Bill Cunningham.

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New Battleship trailer turns up the ridiculous

Liam Neeson must have been completely torn when he heard Rihanna was starring alongside him in soon-to-be-critics’-favourite-film-ever Battleship. The red blooded male in him must have been doing a merry little jig, but the actor in him must have been curled up in the corner of the shower, crying.

Who knows, maybe she won’t be that bad, but the latest trailer gives no indication whatsoever. She’s actually in it a fair amount, but her sole purpose so far is just to stand there looking pretty, and the 0.000000342 seconds of dialogue she has is about as convincing as a child’s lie. And don’t worry ladies, you’ve got Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch to feast your eyes upon.

So, what about the film itself? Well, think Transformers meets Pearl Harbour and you’re in the right ball park, although whether that’s a good or bad thing is purely subjective. Either way, expect plenty of explosions, people shouting and Rihanna causing the male crew to go all unnecessary. It’s currently unclear as to whether damaged ships will be marked with giant white and red pegs. Check the trailer below.

Battleship will be released for your viewing pleasure on April 11th.

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