Movies come out before you’ve seen the trailers and leave theaters after you found out, “I wanted to see that!” FilmBuffed understands, so each week, the Trailer Blazers have your back with some bad-ass picks over here – ones you’ll want to watch.
The Giver (August 15, 2014) -Science Fiction/Fantasy, The Weinstein Company
Handsome Rob: First thought: Jeff Bridges is in this movie…it’s the perfect casting!
Is it me or does Brenton Thwaites seem a little older than 11? I mean, I know they probably can’t find the perfect actor for age to play the part, but I guess I’ll get over it. I’m just super stoked this film is finally coming out!
Noticeably absent in this trailer is Taylor Swift. Are they trying to save her for a big screen reveal? I’ll be honest though, I’m glad she has a smaller role.
The former Mrs. Tom Cruise (Katie Holmes…for all you scoring at home) is in this film… didn’t know that. It will be interesting to see how she does.
This trailer kinda blew my imaginative mind. I always imagined the scenery differently: a more remote, woodsy location; not something that is futuristic and very east coast. I don’t know if this trailer will make the majority of the general public want to go see this, but I’m seeing it regardless.
The eerie music throughout the trailer makes it seem like a slight thriller (that’d I’ll know the ending to thanks to reading it in 7th grade). So far; so good, Giver. Can’t wait for trailer number two.
Jimmy Kenneth Presley: The Harry Potter film series ending sort of fucked up the whole genre of “teen fantasy/science-fiction”. Twilight drew first blood as a family of albinos who thoroughly enjoyed Hawaiian Punch, followed by The Hunger Games. Now, we are seeing more and more classic fantasy/science-fiction teen based novels being brought to the big screen, hoping to claim not only the teenage audience, but those who remain loyal to the original source material.
Not gonna lie people, as a guy who was never forced to read The Giver in middle school (I opted for Holes), this movie looks extremely generic/all-too-familiar based on the first trailer. Mind you that this is indeed a teaser, meaning we are only scratching the surface of Jeff Bridges beard (glad that “fake” Jeff Bridges from Tron: Legacy doesn’t make an appearance). I feel like I have already seen this trailer back when they were advertising for the 2012 flop The Host. This looks like just that; The Host meets Race to Witch Mountain meets Looper.
Now, two positive things stick out to me:
1: The Weinstein Company and Walden Media our the producing studios (they gave us not only a heavy amount of Tarantino films, but the Narnia films as well).
2: Meryl Streep liked the project enough to sign on…that’s legit.
This project, for me, still remains a question mark until the theatrical trailer is released. After all, Handsome Rob has mislead me before with film adaptations of classic novels...The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ring a bell Bobby? That’s right, I’m still upset about that one…
Deliver Us From Evil (July 2, 2014)- Horror/Suspense, Screen Gems/Sony
(FOR FULL EFFECT, WATCH TRAILER IN A DARK ROOM AT FULLSCREEN)
Jimmy Kenneth Presley: Not only did producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, The Rock, Pirates of the Caribbean) feel confident enough with this film to the extent of attaching his name to it, BUT Sony shows such tenacity in this project that it’s release will compete smack dab in the middle of summer movie madness! (The Conjuring ring a bell?)
I saw this trailer at a screening of 300: Rise of an Empire, and my mind was momentarily humbled. I thought that by halfway through the trailer I had figured it out. Needless to say, I was slightly off.
This is a bomb teaser. It is clear that the actors are taking this vehicle seriously, and that they are committed to what they saw in the script.
This movie also has the potential to be a let down to a terrifying extent. To whoever made this teaser, all I ask is that you correctly matched the tone of the film. If so, I think we are ll in for a treat!
(It’s by the director of Sinister, so that’s promising)
Chris Presley: There are only two movies that I can mentally bear to watch that feature one Eric Bana. The first is Troy, and the second is Funny People (Hulk sucks).
As far as horror movies go, they all do the same thing. Originality is a forgotten exercise practiced in the genre of horror. I feel like they try harder to pick at the fears of the audience, then to actually entertain. Something happens to a little girl in her bedroom = the brave dad checks on her = the whole family is fucked! Mike O is scarier then what this trailer offered.
As far as the actual trailer goes, my opinion of horror movies doesn’t take away for what the trailer had to offer. It’s a decent trailer, by “teaser” expectations. It kept me entertained, and it didn’t give anything away…I just hate horror movies.
All in all, a typical run-of-the-mill horror movie with a low-ball actor in Eric Bana.