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Film Trailer Fridays is a new weekly feature for The Monolith (Check out the first part here. Check out the second part here.). It’s designed to wrap up and showcase all the new trailers that have been released in the last week and put them in one place for you to discover and enjoy. Because this is the first edition, I decided to go back and look at the last few weeks worth of new trailers. Check it out and be sure to tell us your favourites in the comments!

2 Guns


2 guns

Genre:

Action/Comedy

Directed by

Baltasar Kormakur

Written by

Blake Masters

Starring:

Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, James Marsden, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, Edward James Olmos & Paula Patton

Synopsis

A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.

The Monolith Predicts

2 Guns is based on a raucous graphic novel and features all manner of inter-agency mayhem as the biggest law enforcement agencies in America all go head to head over a shit load of money. As with most buddy action films a lot of the film’s success will depend on the relationship between the two leads, and judging from the clips, Washington and Wahlberg have pretty good chemistry. Worth a watch I’d say.

47 Ronin

47 Ronin
Genre:

Action/Drama

Directed by

Carl Rinsch

Written by

Chris Morgan & Hossein Amini

Starring:

Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi & Hiroyuki Sanada

Synopsis

An 18th century set story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master.

The Monolith Predicts

This is a film based on true events in the same way that 300 is. Reeves can be good in certain roles, but it seems like he doesn’t quite fit in this world. What’s more, judging from the trailer the tones seem a little jumbled and the style a little off. All in all, this could either be complete crap or an enjoyable romp, and right now I can’t really tell which side of the coin the final film will be.

About Time

About Time
Genre:

Comedy/Drama

Directed by

Richard Curtis

Written by

Richard Curtis

Starring:

Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy & Domhnall Gleeson

Synopsis

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

The Monolith Predicts

It’s been a while since we had a legitimate Richard Curtis film; this time with the romance set around a time travelling plot device. Bill Nighy looks magnetic as the father who wants to see his son find something in life, whilst also trying to warn him of the potential dangers and pitfalls. It looks rather schmaltzy on the whole, but somewhat endearing. Then again, judging from the overall tone of the trailer it looks like it has the most in common with Love Actually, which aside from Nighy’s contributions, was fucking dreadful.

The Act Of Killing

The Act of Killing

 

Genre:

Documentary

Directed by

Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn & Anonymous

Written by

N/A

Starring:

Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin & Sakhyan Asmara

Synopsis

A documentary that challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

The Monolith Predicts

Possibly one of the most haunting ideas for a documentary ever, making people relive the moments of their life where they murdered someone. Considering that the trailer itself is exceptionally hard to watch, the final product will likely chill you to the bone. There’s no doubt that this is absolutely essential viewing. Below you’ll also find a video where producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris talk about the film and its importance.

All Is Lost

All is Lost
Genre:

Drama

Directed by

J.C. Chandor

Written by

J.C. Chandor

Starring:

Robert Redford

Synopsis

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

The Monolith Predicts

Welcome to the “old and introspective” version of all the stranded at sea horror movies. There’s no bobbing in water with circling sharks as the main threat, instead we have Robert Redford just trying to cling on to his slowly sinking boat – oh wait, and there are some sharks too! Oh goody. At least Redford is an exceptional dramatic actor so if this sounds interesting to you, you won’t be subjected to terrible young actors incessantly screaming fakely. I’m all about silver linings.

American Hustle

American Hustle
Genre:

Drama

Directed by

David O. Russell

Written by

David O. Russell & Eric Singer

Starring:

Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Michael Pena & Louis C.K.

Synopsis

The story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians – namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.

The Monolith Predicts

A cast of Oscar calibre actors caked in weird prosthetic and wardrobe choices seems to be the main draw to this perplexing crime caper. The trailer doesn’t really reveal anything that makes me particularly interested in this endeavour, but it is a film by David O’Russell, who despite his notorious problems behind the scenes often turns out high quality filmmaking. Plus, most of the actors in this piece have worked with him before (taking his Oscar actors from The Fighter and combining them with with his Silver Linings Playbook actors suggests to me that he really, really wants to win an Oscar). Hopefully later trailers will be more interesting.

Austenland

Austenland
Genre:

Romantic Comedy

Directed by

Jerusha Hess

Written by

Jerusha Hess & Shannon Hale

Starring:

Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge & Bret McKenzie

Synopsis

Obsessed with the BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice”, a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

The Monolith Predicts

Oh dear, oh dear. I’m not entirely sure what to make of this, as it’s a pretty bizarre concept for a romantic comedy. I’m sure it’ll find its audience, but I doubt I’ll be a part of it.

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