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The Trailer Park: Baby Driver & Atomic Blonde

Welcome to The Trailer Park! This time, I’ll be looking at the trailers for Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde.

First up is Baby Driver, the latest film from writer and director Edgar Wright.

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The Trailer Park: Rings

So, when I first heard about this, I thought that they were just doing a straight remake of The Ring. I did a little research before viewing the trailer, and everything I saw said that this was meant to be a direct sequel.

Then I watched the trailer. And it looks like they’re remaking The Ring.

OK, maybe that’s not fair. There does seem to be a bit that’s different, and there’s the fact that it has an R-rating while the original film (which itself is a remake of a Japanese movie) was PG-13. There are a couple of scenes, though (particularly the one where the girl coughs up the clump of hair) that seem to be lifted from the 2002 film.

Rings (directed by F Javier Gutierrez) follows Julia (Matilda Lutz), who has to save her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) from the video’s curse. Along the way, they make a rather disturbing discovery about said video.

Now, I liked The Ring. I thought that it was quite effective for a PG-13 horror movie (not that all horror movies need to be rated R). I thought its 2005 sequel was kind of stupid, but I liked the first one. And it looks like they’ve updated the technology in the film as well, going from the video cassette of the first one to an Internet video. Judging from the scene on the plane, it also looks like the stakes are quite a bit higher. 

I still think that it looks somewhat derivative from the first one, but I might still check it out.

Rings hits theaters on February 3.

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The Trailer Park: The Mummy (2017)

Does The Mummy really need to be rebooted again? And why does this reboot look so fucking joyless?

This version, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, appears to take place in the modern day. The trailer begins on an aircraft that’s transporting an Egyptian sarcophagus for some unexplained reason, which apparently results in releasing the titular mummy (Sofia Boutella) upon an unsuspecting populace.

Admittedly, I haven’t seen any of the old Universal or Hammer Horror Mummy movies, but I did see the 1999 version in the theater and really enjoyed it. It was fun, actually quite colorful, and actually had a sense of humor.

I’m not really seeing any of this in this trailer. Between the dull color palette mostly consisting of grays, to the slow, solemn music of the trailer, there don’t seem like there’s going to be too many laughs here. There’s also the fact that it stars Tom Cruise. I’m sorry, I just don’t think he’s really that fantastic of an actor (plus Brendan Fraser is way more likable).

The trailer also doesn’t give us a whole lot of detail as to what the movie is about, other than a mummy. It’s interesting that the mummy is a woman this time, though she is still weirdly conventionally attractive. Although, in the 1999 movie, Imhotep isn’t too bad looking himself (when he’s Arnold Vosloo rather than a decaying CGI mummy), so I guess there’s some precedent for that.

And my question above still stands. Apparently, this movie marks the third time that this franchise has been rebooted. Meaning that this is the beginning of a fourth series of Mummy movies. Do we really need that many? Also, why did Universal decide they needed to pull a Marvel and have all of their monster movies in a shared universe?

The Mummy doesn’t have a specific release date, but should be hitting theaters sometime this summer.

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The Trailer Park: Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

And now we have another Trailer Park, where I will be looking at the teaser trailer for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.

Man, that title is a mouthful.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (which I’m just going to shorten to Valerian from now on) is an upcoming film based upon a French comic book entitled Valerian and Laureline. It takes place in the 28th century and follows two operatives of the human government (the aforementioned Valerian and Lareline).

The two (played by Dane DeHaan and Cara DeLevigne respectively) are charged by their commander (Clive Owen) to go to the city of Alpha, an immense city that’s home to thousands of different species. Of course, while there, they uncover a conspiracy that places the human race in danger.

The trailer doesn’t really tell us a whole lot about the plot; most of the above information came from the Wikipedia article for the movie and the comic. Then again, this is also a teaser, which is generally a shorter trailer that announces the movie. I think it’s likely that there would be another trailer that gives more details about the plot.

I would like to say that it certainly looks pretty. Certain aspects of its look remind me of Mass Effect (though it’s more likely ME took it’s visual cues from Valerian, since the comic ran from 1967 to 2010). The film being pretty is a given, considering that it’s being directed (and was written) by Luc Besson, who is best known for directing The Fifth Element. Whatever your opinion is on that movie, you have to agree that it’s extremely visually striking.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is set to release worldwide on July 21, 2017 by EuropaCorp with Lionsgate handling distribution in the UK and Ireland.

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Bioware Has Put Out A New Andromeda Trailer, And It Is Awesome

(Just as an aside: It’s election day in the US! Are you a citizen and over 18? Vote! Seriously, get out there and vote, you motherfuckers.)

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I quite enjoy Mass Effect. It’s definitely one of my favorite game series (though I still need to finish the third game. There are a lot of games that I have that I need to finish, actually.) So naturally I was very excited when Mass Effect: Andromeda was announced last year.

And for N7 Day this year, Bioware gave us a new cinematic trailer for the game:

First off, I’d like to stay that looks very pretty.

It also does a good job of showing what we’re in for with this game, which takes place about 600 years after the original trilogy.  Basically the player chooses between two siblings as the playable character as they navigate the dangers of the Andromeda galaxy. It also looks like it’s going to be completely open world.

The game doesn’t have a set release date yet, other than the vague spring 2017. Still, I’ll be looking forward to it whenever it comes out.

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The Trailer Park: Passengers

Welcome back to the Trailer Park! This time, I’ll be taking a look at Passengers.

Passengers is a sci-fi film following a ship on a 120-year journey to a new colony, with the crew and passengers in stasis for the duration. The film begins when a writer (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and an engineer (Christ Pratt) are awakened 90 years ahead of schedule due to a malfunction with their pods. They quickly discover that that’s not the only thing wrong with the ship, and things go to hell fairly quickly.

The film (written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Morten Tyldum) had spent some time in development hell for about 9 years before finally being greenlit. Apparently it was originally supposed to star Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon (kinda glad that they went with Chris Pratt, though), and was supposed to have been directed by Brian Kirk. Then Sony picked up the project, and here we are.

The opening of the trailer kind of makes it look like more of a romantic comedy in space, a concept that I would actually find interesting and would kind of like to see. However, as the trailer goes on, it seems that it’s a bit more standard, with something terrible happening on the ship that the characters then have to react to.  That said, both Lawrence and Pratt are very talented and charismatic actors, and should be able to make this work. I also spotted Laurence Fishburne in the trailer, and he’s always a plus.

Also, does the scene with the robot bartender remind anyone else of The Shining, except less terrifying and more quirky? Because that’s the first thing I thought of.

Passengers hits theaters on December 21, in both standard and 3D formats (because all movies have to be released in 3D these days).

Update (12/20/2016): It’s recently come to my attention that the actual plot of the movie is really gross and rape culture-y. So, yeah, I think I’m gonna sit this one out.