Hey guys, Jon here with another installment of the Trailer Zone. With the release of Inception this weekend, a whole bunch of new trailers have popped up both before the movie and online. Instead of doing them all out at once, here they are in a nice handy dandy single post for your viewing pleasure. Join me will you?
The Town is Ben Affleck’s directorial follow up to the critically acclaimed (and completely ignored by me) Gone Baby Gone. Affleck also stars in it this time around as a bank robber who falls in love with one of the people he kidnapped. Jon Hamm co-stars as the FBI Agent who wants to take him down. Jeremy Renner sports an absolutely horrid Boston accent as Affleck’s running buddy. Other people are probably in this too.
I caught this trailer before Inception, and…well I didn’t like the vibe. First, the music is waaaaay too dramatic for something like this. Second, the trailer pretty much gives away most of the movie, so now I don’t even feel the need to see it. Third, I cannot stand the movie version of a Boston accent (I’m from MA, so I can spot over exaggeration Mr. Affleck!) and Renner especially makes me want to stab a screwdriver in my ear. Still, it comes out the day after my birthday soooo that’ll probably be my best bet. At least it isn’t The Man this time.
The Town opens September 10, 2010.
I’m thinking Universal either didn’t get the memo or the trailer was finished beforehand, because throwing M. Night Shyamalan’s name in the trailer for this movie wasn’t the best idea in the wake of The Last Airbender‘s critical drubbing. The story (created by Shyamalan, who is only credited with this and producing, nothing else) follows a group of people stuck in an elevator. Sounds fun enough (yay claustrophobia!), but here’s the catch: one of them happens to be THE DEVIL…or at least some sort of demon.
This is being made under the banner of “The Night Chronicles”, which according to his site is a joint effort between him and aspiring young filmmakers who are looking for an opportunity. He will come up with the story, but the screenwriting and direction will be done by someone else. You know what? That is actually a good idea (minus the stupid nickname…a handjob isn’t a handjob when you do it yourself) and I’m interested to see where this goes; at worst, his films have had interesting premises. The trailer itself is a bit hokey (get a load of that lady yelling “TUUUUUUUUUURN OOOOOOOOOOOOON THE LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHTS!” and try not to laugh), but the concept will help me power through. Plus, Chris Messina is an underrated and excellent actor.
Devil comes out September 17, 2010.
The Social Network
The full-length trailer for David Fincher’s The Social Network has been released after two teasers popped up in the past few weeks online (VERY unnecessary teasers, but teasers nonetheless). This one goes more into the real-life story; Jesse Eisenberg plays the Facebook founder and deals with the creation of it, its expansion, and being sued by people who claimed to have actually created it. It co-stars Justin Timberlake and others I can’t remember off the top of my head.
A Facebook movie, eh? Well it had to happen eventually. However, I think people are barking up the wrong tree; although Facebook is used by pretty much everyone, that doesn’t mean everyone wants to go out and watch a two and half hour (I’m assuming, it’ll probably be less) movie about its inventors. I think the studio is banking on the people who use it to see this and, well, that’s doubtful (at least enough to make a ton of money). David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin (who wrote it) are big names though and it looks interesting enough; for a more adult crowd, this could fly, but don’t be surprised if it performs below expectations.
The Social Network opens October 1, 2010.
Third on the list today is Due Date, the next directorial effort of Todd Phillips, the man behind The Hangover. Robert Downey Jr. plays a guy who is trying to get home in time to see the birth of his child and runs into a serious of mishaps, mostly the fault of Zach Galifianakis who plays…well pretty much what he played in The Hangover but with a dog. Jaime Foxx also stars as seemingly Downey’s friend and one can’t help but wonder why they don’t just ride with each other instead of Galifianakis tagging along. Maybe it’s because Foxx can’t grow a sweet hobo beard.
This…this is iffy. I didn’t find the trailer particularly funny…actually save for Downey threatening to choke Galafianakis out, I didn’t laugh once. This looks like a spin on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles but in 2010, does that really work? Can’t the guy get money through the internet somehow to buy a plane ticket? I guess part of the fun is to find out why they are riding together, but if the last joke of the trailer (Galifianakis quoting an Ice Cube lyric) is any indication…I’m going to be rolling my eyes on a near constant basis.
Due Date opens November 5, 2010.
Out of these four, I’m most excited to see either Devil or The Social Network; Devil because of its premise and its potential to either be scary or hilarious and The Social Network because I’m a sucker for something Aaron Sorkin has written. I’m iffy on Due Date and I really don’t care about The Town, but I know I’ll end up seeing it.
Here’s where I’d insert a poll (I forgot to ask Donna Corleone how to do one), but I’ll just ask instead: which of these four trailers piques your interest the most and which makes the movie its promoting look like it’s going to be the opposite of the bee’s knees? Let us know, and thanks for taking a trip into The Trailer Zone (*cue theme music and your guffaws at an attempt at a catchphrase*).