Many thanks to Erik for filling in for me on last week's Trailer Park. Now that I'm all rested and recreated, let's look at some films that take us to some weird place either internally or externally. This week on Trailer Park we're traveling from the inner mind to the outer limits.
Right at Your Door
In an all too believable scenario, several dirty bombs are detonated in Los Angeles, sending a radioactive cloud into the sky. Rory Cochrane -- who to me will always be that little stoner from Dazed and Confused -- plays Brad, a man whose wife has gone into the city and he wonders if he'll ever see her again. With the roads jammed, he attempts to make his home as airtight as possible, sealing up every crack and crevice. The radio warns against contact with anyone who was in the vicinity of the blasts as they will be highly contaminated, so when Brad's wife finally does make it back, it's not the happy homecoming we had all hoped for. As realistic as the premise may be, the trailer had me thinking about zombie movies. A large scale catastrophe which results in people barricading themselves inside for fear of the people outside? Sounds like Night of the Living Dead to me, which itself used radiation to explain the menace. Bleak and apocalyptic but fascinating as hell, I'm looking forward to seeing this one. The film starts its limited theatrical release to U.S. theaters on August 24. Have a look at the trailer right here:
Usually I find myself gritting my teeth over trailers that don't actually tell you what the movie is about. Isn't that the whole point? This trailer plays its hand close to its vest, not really telling the viewer what's going on, but showing enough to really make me curious. Delightfully vague is how I would describe it. Ryan Reynolds plays three characters: a troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer who find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways. There appears to be some Matrix-esque reality bending at work here. Are these three different aspects of the same person? Are these characters in a computer game? Am I dying to find out? A resounding "yup" to the former. Cinematical's own Erik Davis posted an exclusive look at the poster here. The Nines goes into limited release on August 31.
With The Golden Compass, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Arthur and the Invisibles on his resume, Freddie Highmore has really become the go-to kid for fantasy films. This time around he plays one of three siblings who discover an alternate world of fairies and other strange creatures. Looks like an exciting adventure with some way cool monsters, and with only two Harry Potter books left to adapt, I expect we'll be seeing more films like this in the next few years. Jennifer DeFilippo had this to say about the trailer. This one hits theaters on February 15.
Is it just me, or does Chris Evans seem to be getting a lot of work lately? This is the third film I've seen him attached to this summer, the other two being Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Sunshine. Not a complaint mind you, just an observation. Rather than join his father on an expedition to South America to study an indigenous tribe, a teenage boy (Anton Yelchin) finds himself joining his mother in New Jersey for a stay with an eccentric and rich family led by Donald Sutherland. Not to be deterred, he conducts his own anthropological study of his new acquaintances. Looks quirky and fun. Fierce People goes into limited release on September 14. Scope out the trailer here:
Lars and the Real Girl
Ryan Gosling plays Lars, a withdrawn and lonely man who introduces his new girlfriend to his brother and sister-in-law. They are delighted to hear he is seeing someone until they realize she is a life-size doll. Lars' shrink thinks he's working through something and asks everyone to play along. This looks like an interesting idea, I'm just hoping the premise doesn't wear thin half-way through. Yet another interesting looking flick that is getting only a limited release which starts on October 12.
There's a bumper crop of new trailers this week on AOL Moviefone:
- Rendition: Reese Witherspoon stars as a woman whose husband is being held by the CIA on suspicion of terrorism.
- Manda Bala (Send A Bullet): A documentary dealing with the violent disparity between social classes in Brazil.
- The Last Winter: An oil expedition to the arctic is stalked by an evil force.
- Beowulf: An all digital adaptation of the classic tale.
- Dedication: A neurotic children's book author begins a friendship with the young woman he hires to illustrate his work.
- Halloween: Rob Zombie directs this remake of the classic slasher flick.
- Self Medicated: Drama about a 17-year-old boy forced to enter a treatment facility to help him overcome his drug problem brought on by the grief of his father's death.
- The Man of My Life: French film about the relationship between a married man and his gay neighbor.
- The Hunting Party: Three journalists looking for a Bosnian war criminal are mistaken for a CIA hit squad.
- Ladron Que Roba a Ladron: Two thieves join forces to rob a crooked infomercial guru.
- The Seeker: The Dark is Rising: A young boy learns that he is the latest in a long line of immortal warriors.
- Dragon Wars: Korean special effects extravaganza in which giant monsters threaten mankind.
- Lions for Lambs: Tom Cruise stars as a rising senator in his first drama in six years.
- Fierce People: Set during the 1980s, a teenage boy spends the summer with an eccentric and rich family.