Coming Soon-Ish: Bank Robbing Magicians, Alien Invasions, and Star Trek! STAR TREK!

Star Trek Into Darkness

There’s supposed to be a longer trailer up online next week, but . . . first footage! I had to post it immediately. (I also picked the one with Japanese subtitles because it has, like, fourteen seconds extra. And . . . Wrath of Khan shot! WRATH OF KHAN SHOT!)

I desperately want to see this movie. I was hoping to like Star Trek back when it came out in 2009 — I did not, however, in any way, shape, or form expect it to be my favorite movie of the year. And yet it was just a hell of a ride to watch in theater. I’m trying not to get my hopes too ridiculously high, but, well. They were kind of already there before Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as The Villain. So I am hopeful. I am extremely hopeful.

Also, I desperately want to know if the decision to delete the colon between “trek” and “into” was made for some kind of significant reason, or if the copywriter for these things accidentally made a boo-boo and now everyone just has to deal with it.

Now You See Me

When I first heard about this movie a year ago, I was really excited. Bank robbing magicians? Who doesn’t love that? And this cast: Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Melanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg . . . I mean, that’s an excellent start to a movie right there.

But after having watched this first trailer, my interest in the movie has definitely faded. Part of it, admittedly, is that I was hoping the magicians would make up more of the cast, and that this would basically be Oceans Eleven with more stage magic. But I guess I also assumed that the story would be about a band of magicians falling under suspicion of being thieves (cause, well, they are), NOT that the gang of magicians announces to the whole world that they’ve somehow stolen money from another country in five seconds, all to misdirect you from some (almost very certainly) ridiculously elaborate plan that will make no sense.

I don’t know. I’m just very underwhelmed and a little saddened by the fact.

Storage 24

This, on the other hand, looks a little more promising.

It seems like a basic enough premise — a handful of people get stuck in a building with something else — but hey, I like that basic premise, so long as the writing isn’t terrible, the people can act, and there’s at least a modicum of tension. Sadly, many movies can’t even quite manage to make those three things work, but this is a pretty good looking trailer. (It reminds me a lot of the Prometheus trailer, actually, which is not necessarily a bad thing — the movie’s supposed to suck, sure, but the trailer itself was excellent. Note: I haven’t seen Prometheus yet, and I miraculously remained unspoiled over the course of the summer. Please don’t ruin this for me in the comments section of my own  blog.)

Oh, and for Once Upon a Time fans — yes, that is Captain Hook you saw.

Dark Skies

I wish I was more interested in this one.

On the positive side, I like Keri Russell well enough, and I really enjoy J.K. Simmons in almost everything he does . . . I even tolerate those insurance commercials for him. And a lot of the specific shots here are pretty cool. I mean, I’m a sucker for suicidal birds. There’s just something inherently creepy about them.

But the actual plot doesn’t sound particularly interesting me. Maybe there’s some hidden aspect or development that will keep this story from being generic, but I’m not actually getting that impression from watching the trailer. Also this is the guy who wrote and direction Legion, so . . . yeah. I’m not putting any money down on this one.

And finally . . . Bad Kids Go To Hell

Christ Jesus, I don’t even quite know what to say about this one.

I actually heard about this movie months ago, and it was described as, “The Breakfast Club becomes a horror movie,” which, hey, sounded pretty excellent at time. And when you actually have Judd Nelson on the cast list . . . yeah, that’s pretty awesome. (Also Ben Browder. I mean, not because it’s fitting or anything — just because I love Ben Browder.)

But this trailer . . . well, it actually reminds me a little bit of Detention (which I loved), but I have this sinking feeling that the self-aware script and ridiculous amounts of insanity just aren’t going to pull themselves together as well in Bad Kids Go to Hell. I imagine it’s that line, “Veronica, there are no ghosts,” that’s making me a little wary. If there’s anything I hate, it’s the “it’s all in your head” twist at the end.

Still, I’ll see it at some point. I mean, I’ll just have to. And I did laugh at Judd Nelson’s line: “Here at Crestview, we frown upon physically assaulting the retarded students. So, who knows? Maybe it’ll turn out insane in the best ways.

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One Response to Coming Soon-Ish: Bank Robbing Magicians, Alien Invasions, and Star Trek! STAR TREK!

  1. Jim King says:

    which, hey, sounded pretty excellent at time

    I’d have thought the opposite. The only way to make a remake of The Breakfast Club worse is to tack on some cheesy horror – and the worst kind of cheesy horror (the unintentional kind).

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