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The Trailer Report – 6/20/14

Hello, all you movie watchers out there! Welcome to The Trailer Report, where we’ll break down all of the week’s biggest movie and TV trailers, and try our best to answer the ultimate question for all trailers: Does it look good?

This week we’ve got aging mercenaries, anthropomorphic bears, brutal surgeries, and all things video games.

Let’s get started:

MOVIES

The Expendables 3


The Expendables come into conflict with a ruthless arms dealer, who is also the Expendables’ co-founder, who is determined to destroy the team.

Does it look good? It does. I didn’t much care for the first Expendables; the action scenes were too few and not terribly well done. The second, though, upped the action by double and finally gave us the over-the-top throwback action movie that was promised. This one looks to be a continuation of that sentiment, which is certainly a positive for me. It also continues the string of stunt casting that proved to be so much fun in the previous film. This time Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, and Wesley Snipes have all jumped aboard, which is admittedly an impressive collection.  As long as it can maintain the fun atmosphere it has built up thus far, I’m in.

 

No Good Deed


A devoted wife and mother of two must face a charming but dangerous escaped convict, fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.

Does it look good? Kind of. I am a huge, huge fan of Idris Elba, he is a fantastic actor who has elevated every role he’s been in. And Taraji Henson is also a really solid actress; though that’s solely based on her excellent turn in Person of Interest. That said, these types of thrillers are really not my bag. Narratively, they tend to be incredibly formulaic and thin, while usually being overindulgent in their portrayal of the crazy villains. So I’m kind of torn; I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing Elba play such a malevolent character, but I get a bad feeling the movie itself won’t be much to write home about.

 

Paddington


A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home and finds himself staying with the kindly Brown family.

Does it look good? Nope. First off, there is the fact that Paddington himself looks rather creepy. I think it’s because they’ve gone the route of making him more like a real bear than the cartoon he was adapted from, and by bringing his looks closer to reality they’ve run up against some serious uncanny valley issues. Second, it just looks kind of dumb. It looks to me like a children’s version of Mr. Bean, what with the wacky physical comedy and cultural ignorance. And while Mr. Bean is loved by many, that style of humor has never really done it for me, and I don’t think this one is going to change that.

 

Video Games: The Movie


Aims to educate & entertain audiences about how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture.

Does it look good? Sure. I’m a huge video game fan, and as a sort of general overview documentary about the history and cultural importance of them this looks really solid. It also feels a little broad, though. I’d have preferred they focus on the history of the games and their emergence into popularity, as even that seems like it might be too much for one doc. I just get a bad feeling that this could go so general as to be a series of people saying, “Video games are great!” in a dozen different ways, or worse, it could come across as some sort of sizzle reel for the medium. Still, this looks to be fascinating enough on the history side of it to warrant a viewing.

 

TELEVISION

The Knick


A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.

Does it look good? Definitely. Steven Soderbergh continues his history of experimentation here, branching out into period drama, with a focus on the brutal, macabre world of surgery in the early 1900’s. It’s a great place to explore, as this specific slice of history had a lot of inherent drama too it as the medical knowledge of the time began to lag behind the ambition and ego of the medical community, leading to some practices that seem truly atrocious when compared to modern medicine. Plus, Clive Owen has been noticeably absent from any good roles recently, and this looks like it could end that trend. Soderbergh is directing all 10 episodes of the first season (a practice that worked incredibly well for the recent True Detective), and I’m looking forward to what he can do with it.

That’s it for this week. Let me know in the comments which of these you’re most excited about, and which ones you want no part of.

Until next week!



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