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April 2020 Trailers 01 May 2020

Some trailers I've seen recently, at least the few that are still being released, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: There is only one thing that can kill the movies, and that is education.)

Peninsula (Teaser): see, you show me a guy with a rifle, I don't assume "that's our hero". But that's all the establishment he gets. Doesn't appeal particularly, but it might work.

Extraction: is this about grunty macho men, or is it about growing up a bit from the shooty-bashy? Nah, it's about grunty macho men.

Capone: what, again?

The Wrong Missy: we're supposed to sympathise with this guy? Also, har har har biff bang bonk and a human being who had that happening to them would almost certainly be dead. All right, I laughed at that in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, but this makes me itch.

The Secret: Dare to Dream: so you take a self-help book that's basically the prosperity gospel minus the God trappings plus some nonsense about quantum physics, and you make a romcom out of it. Uh-huh. Why does everybody here look melted? And why does the whole thing have that Nicholas Sparks aura about it?


  1. Posted by Dr Bob at 11:29am on 02 May 2020

    Extraction is a lot better than the trailer makes it look. It's an action movie, so lots of shooty-bashy, but it is more towards the Sicario2 end of the scale than the 'all explosions and no plot' end. Everyone in it does what they do for (in their view) good reasons, not for moustache twirling eeeevil reasons. Stylistically, there's a shooty-bashy bit where the whole fight-chase-fight is filmed as one shot. I quite want to watch that bit again, because I only noticed what they were doing partway through. The main flaw is the usual one for action movies: only Named Characters can shoot straight. So the Named Characters rack up a ridiculous body count, even when up against SWAT teams or the military. Though at least Bad Guy Named Characters get to do this too!

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