Director:Oren Moverman
Cast:Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi

Rampart is a film that looks to be treading over familiar ground, yet the trailer still managed to grab my attention. It’s shock opening helped, but the stellar cast and fact that the screenplay was co-written by James Ellroy knocked it straight up my ‘to watch’ list. From Oren Moverman, the director behind another recent Woody Harrelson film, The Messenger, this has been getting a few mixed reviews (it’s out in the States now or soon at least), but from this strong trailer I’m keeping my hopes up. Cliched cop movies are a dime a dozen, but this looks decent enough to hold it’s own.

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch

Director:Jérôme Salle
Cast:Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott Thomas, Miki Manojlovic, Mélanie Thierry, Karel Roden, Gilbert Melki

A French/Belgian action thriller, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch is a European take on the Hollywood blockbuster with slick camerawork, stunts and special effects that look to hold up against their American counterparts. Unfortunately the trailer is also full of the less desirable elements of popcorn cinema; a cliched-looking storyline, a staggering amount of cheesy lines (“Largo Winch is our only chance of survival. We have 24 hours to come up with a solution” etc.) and a fairly bland style (however expensive and professional it looks).


Director:Steve McQueen
Cast:Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan

Steve McQueen (not that one) follows up his brutally powerful debut Hunger with Shame. Fassbender re-teams with the director (Hunger provided his breakthrough role) in a dark look at sex and desire. Although it still doesn’t look particularly cheery, it certainly seems to be a change of pace after McQueen’s previous film with a totally different type of theme and setting. Mulligan, like Fassbender, is a critical darling and it should be interesting to see them work with each other. The trailer looks very well shot as expected, but doesn’t give too much away. After Hunger I’d be interested in anything McQueen made so I’ll be watching it regardless of any trailers.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Director:Brad Peyton
Cast:Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Luis Guzman, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis

Oh Dwayne… I have a lot of time for Mr. Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock). Yes he’s no Olivier, but he has the presence and charisma to easily fill the boots of the great action stars of the 80’s and 90’s. Unfortunately he gets stuck in too many of these crappy kids films and never any truly decent adult-aimed genre titles. Is it a contractual thing or what? Anyway, this looks pretty terrible. There’s loads of unconvincing CGI, far too many mentions of “the mysterious island” and an embarrassing turn from Michael (I’ll take any role for a couple of quid) Caine. I don’t know, for a dumb child-friendly ride it might be fun, there’s certainly a range of extravagant set-pieces hinted at here, but it doesn’t really float my boat. Although, as much as I hate to admit it, the final gag of the trailer with Johnson’s pecs actually made me chuckle. Sorry…

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