TRAILER ROUND UP – April 22nd

SUN’S OUT, GUNS OUT!

Woooo! It’s getting to that time of the year when all the summer blockbusters will be shortly arriving at your local cinema screens – so this week we’ve got the gun-toting Merc with a mouth, dinosaurs and equalizers to get you frothing at the mouth! So let’s get on with the trailer round up!

Synopsis: After surviving a near-fatal knee boarding accident, a disfigured guidance counselor (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Poughkeepsie’s most celebrated French Bulldog breeder while also learning to cope with an open relationship. Searching to regain his passion for life, as well as a new stuffed unicorn, Wade must battle ninjas, tight assed metal men, and babysit a group of stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life. He manages to find a new lust for being a do-gooder, a sparkly Hello Kitty backpack, all while earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best 4th Wall Breaking Superhero.

STORGY Thoughts: CANNOT. WAIT. The original Deadpool was a kick in the face to the tired, saturated super-hero genre that played it for laughs and kept us coming back for more. Although there’s been a change in director, we can only hope that the writing team are still firing on all cylinders and by the looks of the final trailer, it seems that’s the case. Love the quips about the DC Universe, One Eyed Willy (Josh Brolin was in The Goonies) and also the Thanos connection. Here’s hoping that they haven’t just shown us the best bits in the trailer and they’ll be far more to gorge out on when Deadpool 2 hits the screens…

Synopsis: A sequel to the the 2014 film, “The Equalizer”, which is based on the TV series about a retired agent who’s a hired gun for vengeance.

STORGY Thoughts: The 2014 adaptation of the TV show came a little out of the blue – riding alongside action films that Liam Neeson seemed to star in exclusively at the time (and still does) – it must have done well at the box office to warrant a sequel. There’s a running motif in this trailer that ‘this time, things are personal,’ harking back to the glorious 80’s days of action/revenge thrillers, but I don’t think it’ll warrant a cinema trip. Maybe this will be a ‘catch it on Netflix,’ type affair – there’s just nothing really in the trailer that gets me pumped…

Synopsis: When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

STORGY Thoughts: Enough, now. In my opinion, the Jurassic Park series died its inevitable death with the mediocre third film in the original series. To excuse the pun, it wen’t the way of the dinosaurs…but people love those damned things and when the news announced that they’d be making a new Jurassic Park film, I rolled my eyes. When Jurassic World came out in 2015 I was filled with a sense of ‘meh.’ When you take the animal/boogeyman/predator/antagonist of the series’ first films and then get into the ‘let’s buddy up,’ trope, things lose steam pretty quickly. I watched Jurassic World and felt exactly that. The world has moved on since the far superior original film. Even bringing in Dr. Ian Malcolm as a cameo won’t save this lacklustre and desperate looking cash-in. But what do I know? People will flock to the cinema to watch it in their droves, tied to the nostalgia post of the original films like the goat from Jurassic Park. And we all know what happened to the goat, right?

Synopsis: Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

STORGY Thoughts: On the surface, this looks like a modernised version of Assault on Precinct 13, which is no bad thing. There’s a hotel where bad guys can get patched up, so it seems like someone watched the segment in John Wick where the assassins have a neutral zone and dialed up the action to be set mainly there. Which is no bad thing.

But.

But these type of films rely heavily on characterisation. It’s interesting to see Jodi Foster shuffling about like a cracked out matron, and Goldblum seems to be having a hoot as the inevitable overlord trying to get back the macguffin on show here – but the cynical side of me says that they’ll be focusing on the action rather than the characters. It’s an interesting premise, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

STORGY Thoughts: From watching this trailer, I was reminded of cinema classics like Boyz In The Hood, Colors, Detroit and Training Day – and Blindspotting seems to relish this in abundance. Focusing on racial tensions in America, it could be easy to pass Blindspotting off as merely capitalising on this premise, however it looks like strong performances will make this one stand out from the crowd.

And that’s it for another week, folks! Tune in every week for your trailer round up of upcoming films coming your way!

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