It's no secret that Hollywood is sequel crazy, but it's gotten to the point where it's hard to tell at a glance if a movie is a sequel or something new all together. Here are five trailers I had to closely scrutinize before I could determine whether or not sequalization was occurring.
Fast & Furious
Yup, this one's definitely a sequel, the fourth installment in the series launched by 2001's The Fast and the Furious. First off I give the whole franchise kudos for having the originality to give each of the films its own title and not just slapping on an escalating series of numbers. Furthermore, despite never having seen any of the others in the series, this trailer piqued my interest. Vin Diesel and co-star Michelle Rodriguez are seen here hijacking a tractor trailer hauling multiple tankers of gasoline, and the action is downright spectacular. Granted, the almost subliminal lesbian make out scene doesn't hurt either, but I could get behind seeing this. Here's what William had to say on the trailer.
Sukyaki Western Django
At first glance one might think this was a belated sequel to the 1966 spaghetti western Django. In reality this is an ultra violent homage to the genre with Takashi Miike at the helm and with Quentin Tarantino appearing in a supporting role. I've seen a few of Miike's film's, but the one I remember best is the bizarre and brutal Ichi the Killer, so I'm curious to see how he does with a Western. The preview is a frenetic barrage of action scenes with plot details being of secondary concern, but there's some wild stuff here, including bullets being deflected by samurai swords much in the way a Jedi would deflect a laser blast with his light sabre. The film is shot in English, though according to Jeffrey's review of the film, the mostly Japanese cast's unfamiliarity with the language is a drawback. Still, this looks pretty cool. Sukyaki Western Django goes into limited U.S. release this weekend, so I don't imagine it will be long before it's available on DVD.
Here's one that actually is a sequel. 2005's Goal! dealt with Santiago Munez trying to attain his dream of playing soccer professionally. Goal 2 continues the story as Munez is propelled into the spotlight when he is transferred to a team in Madrid. There may be something worthwhile here, but since I haven't seen the original, don't like to watch sports and usually don't care for sports movies, this doesn't look like my cup of tea.
Dance of the Dead
Could this be the long delayed disco zombie sequel from George Romero? Sadly no, but this looks pretty awesome just the same. This trailer had me at "Where y'all going?" "To the prom to kick some zombie ass." I don't imagine there's ever a convenient time for a zombie apocalypse, but having it hit on prom night? Man, that will seriously reduce your chance of scoring. This looks like it could be the best horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead. Peter Martin had some very good things to say about the film in his review which you can read here. Unfortunately as Scott pointed out, Lionsgate is dumping this one straight to DVD in October without even a token theatrical release. Kind of frustrating, but think of the money you'll save on popcorn.
A sequel to the Charles Dickens classic? Not quite. Kevin Farley plays a film maker with a striking resemblance to Michael Moore and he's visited by three spirits who hope to restore his patriotism. I'm on the fence with this one. This is a David Zucker film so he's got BASEketball and Airplane in his plus column, but Superhero Movie shows that his buffoonery can easily drop to the same level occupied by the likes of Meet the Spartans. I can see the comedic potential in Kelsey Grammer as George S. Patton, but I doubt that will be enough. Here's Eugene's take.
New this week on AOL Moviefone:
- Pride & Glory - Second trailer for the cop drama starring Edward Norton as a cop investigating the precinct under the command of his potentially crooked brother. Check it out:
- The Clique - Teenage angst rears its head when the new girl in school has trouble fitting in with the popular crowd.
- College - Three high school buddies go on a college visit looking to party.
- Sex Drive - (HD) - An eighteen year old and his buds take off on a cross-country road trip so he can lose his virginity to a girl he's met on the internet.
- Happy Go Lucky - A spirited up beat young woman faces constant challenges to her positive attitude. Here's the trailer:
- An American Carol - (HD) - In this comedy from David Zucker three spirits appear to a documentary film maker in hopes of restoring his American spirit.
- Young People F**cking - A comedy about four couples, one threesome, and a single night of crazy sex.
- The Lucky Ones - Three Iraq War veterans meet on their return trip to the U.S. and set out together on an unplanned road trip.