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Six New Trailers: A Movie Made for Germaphobes, Sherlock Holmes Returns, and More!

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Turns out while I was gone on vacation, a bumper crop of new trailers appeared. I decided to quickly run them down in one giant post rather than giving each one its own post; the second reason would take too much time.

First up: Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s thriller about a virus that consumes the world, not by zombies or monsters, but by humans. “The average person touches their face three to five times every minute,” a character says in the trailer. This movie could be sponsored by Clorox: “Wanna know what happens if you don’t use the disinfecting power of our product? Watch this movie!”

I always like virus-gets-out-of-control movies, and this one is no exception. Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and many other celebs star. Damon’s yell when his wife dies is a bit much, but other than that, this movie looks fine. The empty airport shots are especially eerie. Maybe not worth the theater, but definitely on DVD.

We’ll keep riding the Warner Bros. train for now with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Surprise: they made a sequel to the original! Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as Holmes and Watson, respectively, ready to take down the evil Professor Moriarty. Guy Ritchie certainly has a stylish way of directing, and I’m looking forward to see what he does in this movie. Also: Robert Downey Jr. in drag. I think we’re done here.

Third, we have John Carter, Disney’s epic adventure about a man who is transported to Mars and must save the planet from evil forces. It looks promising, but I just hope it won’t be “Prince of Persia on Mars”.

Almost done. Our fourth trailer is for The Thing, a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic about a group of scientists in Antarctica who find a…thing that can take the form of any human. Bad stuff starts happening and the team doesn’t know who’s real and who’s…the thing. (Dun dun DUUUUNNN!)

It looks pretty much like every other horror movie ever made, right down to the jump scare at the end of the trailer, and director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. isn’t really trying anything new here. The movie stars, among others, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko from Lost) and Joel Edgerton, but that doesn’t matter ’cause they probably all die in the end anyway.

Next we have Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s first 3D movie. It tells the story of young Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), who, along with an also-young girl (Chloe Grace-Moretz), goes on a miraculous adventure involving letters, mischief, and Polar Express-style giant slides. Sacha Baron Cohen also stars as a bumbling train station inspector. Yep, we finally get to see him as a normal person. I was prepared to not like this movie, but it looks charming and rather pretty. It will be nice to see how Martin Scorsese handles a kids film.

Let’s end on a high note with The Pirates! Band of Misfits, an animated comedy about (and I’m just spitballin’ here) a group of pirates who are a band of misfits. It’s from the same animation studio that made Wallace & Gromit, and it actually made me laugh. I love claymation, and this looks to be a cute, fun kids movie.

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Written by prowlermoviepoll

July 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

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