Director: John Madden
Cast: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen, Marton Csokas, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson
A two-generation spanning espionage thriller, this looks like fairly standard fare. It’s written by the Kick-Ass duo of Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman (plus Peter Straughan) which might give it a contemporary edge, but the inclusion of Sam Worthington in the cast and a few comedy accents (Helen Mirren) keep me from getting too excited.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes
Admittedly it’s a very dramatic trailer and it looks pretty dark and epic, but after watching part one last night I have little interest in watching part two. I imagine fans of the series will flock to it and it’ll likely be a lot better than part one as something dramatic will actually happen, but count me out.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, John Turturro
Like the Harry Potter trailer, this looks incredibly dramatic and epic, but again after the horrific previous film it’s going to take a lot to get me to a cinema to watch this. You never know, maybe Michael Bay’s been listening to his critics, but I’m taking this exciting trailer with a pinch of salt. It’s not difficult for an editor to take the cool bits from an FX-heavy film and make it look enticing.
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Director: Andrew Rossi
A fly-on-the-wall documentary set in the heart of the New York Times, this looks like it could be quite fascinating. Journalism is always an area that interests me and this looks to take in quite a lot, with the filmmakers spending a year at the paper at a time when the ‘Wikileaks’ investigations started making headlines. The OTT music is a little off-putting, but hopefully that’s just to make the trailer a bit more dramatic.
The Devil’s Double
Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast, Mimoun Oaissa, Khalid Laith, Dar Salim, Nasser Memarzia
An action drama about a man who is hired to double for Saddam Hussein’s son, this is supposed to be based on a true story, but looks pretty silly. The ridiculous performances don’t help and having Lee (Die Another Day) Tamahori behind the camera is not usually a good sign these days despite a promising directorial debut with Once Were Warriors.