Cast:Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Ivan Gonzalez, Michael Eklund, Ashton Holmes, Rosanna Arquette
French director Xavier Gens (Frontier(s) and ahem… Hitman) brings us a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller where a group of survivors of a nuclear attack try to stay alive and sane trapped in a cellar. It begins in the standard fashion with the group escaping the blast and arguing about food etc. but then the trailer turns into more of a montage and we get glimpses of some much more interesting sequences. It looks stylish, bleak and powerful from what is on display here. It certainly grabbed my attention.
Cast:Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Ashley Hinshaw, Michael Kelly
After The Divide this is another trailer that I wasn’t expecting much of, but grabbed my attention and got me quite excited about the film. In this a group of teenagers acquire super powers and use them for goofing around at first, but one of the group starts to abuse his power and becomes more dangerous than they could imagine. It looks effectively well made, with the party-trick style use of their powers at the start seeming quite natural and fun and the later glimpses of the darker side look suitably big and powerful. It’s refreshing to see an original take on the superhero genre after the slew of cookie-cutter comic-book origin stories Hollywood is churning out. Should be one to look out for.
5 Star Day
Cast:Cam Gigandet, Jena Malone, Will Yun Lee, Julianna Guill
Well, I knew it wouldn’t last, this didn’t grab me nearly as much as the previous two trailers. 5 Star Day is an indie drama about a man who, after having a crappy birthday that was predicted to be a great one according to his horoscope, sets out to disprove astrology by tracking down 3 people born at the same time and place as himself. The trouble here is that the idea doesn’t seem strong enough to justify the OTT dramatics that are hinted at in the trailer. It all smacks of self-importance and the soundbites sound blunt and cliched. I predict it won’t be getting many 5 stars of it’s own (sorry, couldn’t resist).
Another Happy Day
Cast:Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Hayden Church, George Kennedy, Ezra Miller, Demi Moore
We’re back on track with this impressive looking effort from first time writer/director Sam Levinson (son of Barry Levinson). Another Happy Day looks at an incredibly dysfunctional family in the lead up to a wedding. Featuring a great cast interestingly including the eponymous Kevin (Ezra Miller) from We Need to Talk About Kevin playing another messed up teenager, this looks extremely bitter and nasty (especially in this Red Band trailer) with a vein of dark humour keeping it all watchable. Should be one to look out for – it won the screenwriting award at Sundance too which is a good sign.