This looks interesting. Well, it looks sort of interesting: I like Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard a lot, and I could potentially be into this whole anarchist terrorist organization thing they’re working for and what they’re willing to do in order to achieve their goals. (Also, I hope they stand next to each other, like, all the time, considering Skarsgard is well over a foot taller than Page.)
I’m considerably less interested in the “undercover agent falling in love with the charismatic leader” storyline, though, which unfortunately is mentioned in a few different plot synopses. Dammit.
At Any Price
Wow, I have absolutely no interest in this. At all. I’m not usually lining up at the theaters for Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron anyway, but super unlikable dad + equally unlikable son + some crisis/conspiracy + the American heartland . . . it’s not doing much for me. And I’m usually a sucker for father/son stories, too, but I watch this trailer and I think, Wow. I’m going to wish for every one of these characters dead in under ten minutes. Pass.
All right, let’s be honest. I wouldn’t even be remotely interested in this if I wasn’t amused by the idea of Captain America playing a long-haired hitman. (I really like Chris Evans, and I wish he would be in more things I was interested in — outside of Marvel movies, of course. I mean, I like those.)
I feel like I should see more of Michael Shannon’s work, but the retired killer storyline isn’t really my favorite thing in the world, and you know how I instantly start to zone when the words “Based On A True Story” appear on the screen. I probably won’t watch it, at least not any time soon, but I’d still pick it over At Any Price in a heartbeat.
Shit, I barely even recognized Abigail Breslin with the bleach blonde hair. Unfortunately, I recognized Halle Berry just fine. (The actress just irks me. I can’t help it.)
This is kind of interesting — I’ve always thought the story about a 911 responder or police dispatcher could be really cool — but I have this feeling it’s going to get super ridiculous super fast. Plus, I think I’d like it better if the bad guy wasn’t the same guy from the first act. It just feels so contrived. You could still tell a good, redemptive story with a completely different maniac.
And finally . . . Trance
You know trailers have been looking grim when the protagonist-may-be-going-crazy-and-how-much-of-this-is-really-happening story is the one I’m the most interested in seeing.
Still, I generally like Danny Boyle, and I like this cast, and this actually looks fun — as opposed to Super Dark and Mind-Boggling and Twisty, Oh So Twisty. (Super dark, mind-boggling stories with multiple twists can be good, of course . . . they’re just so much harder to do right, and I don’t usually waste my own money to see them. This does look dark but also bouncy, which is a combination I generally like.)
I still probably wouldn’t rush to theaters for this one, but I could see it at some point.