The Maze Runner Official Trailer

This is the second trailer for The Maze Runner, based on the young adult book of the same name by James Dashner.

I watched this trailer with the constant feeling of already having seen it. Normally second trailers are used to unveil another part of the story but this one uses a lot of the same shots from the first one with very minor changes.

The book is quite different from other young adult stories but the trailer makes it look a lot like The Hunger Games and Divergent, when regarding tone it actually resembles more Lord of the Flies. It’s interesting that the story is told by a male perspective when this genre is often female-led these days (Beautiful Creatures and Percy Jackson haven’t done too well at the box office). But what really makes me excited for The Maze Runner is Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, very talented actors. I can’t wait to see them in such different roles from what they’ve done until now.

The Maze Runner hits theaters on September 19, 2014.

Ant-Man Comic Con Footage Description

paul-ruddAnt-Man starts shooting in two weeks in Atlanta, so the footage Marvel shown at Comic Con is not from the actual movie but only a test footage with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd doing the voice over.

The Ant-Man footage begins with a shot through a laboratory, where we see numerous beakers filled with different colored liquids, along with a glass cage with an anthill inside. The footage cuts to a rooftop where we see Ant-Man there in his shrunken state, but it seems he is being pursued by full-sized humans. Lang is petrified, which leads Pym to say, “Geez Lang. You’d think someone only shrunk your balls.” An ant lands and Scott Lang climbs on his back, petrified, as we can hear Pym talking to Lang through the helmet. It appears that Lang may be inside a computer, as we hear Pym telling Lang to jump off a huge ledge, as Lang tries to talk to the ant. When he jumps off the ledge, the flying ant comes up to catch him, as the film’s logo comes up. (MovieWeb)

 

Movie Review: Snowpiercer (2013)

Title: Snowpiercer

Release date: June 27th, 2014 (USA)

Running time: 126 minutes

Director: Bong Joo-ho

Starring: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris

Summary: Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

Snowpiercer-movieThis is the first film in english language for korean director Bong Joo-ho and, despite its limited release in the USA, has succeeded to make an impact. Snowpiercer is intriguing and smart and has the perfect balanced between being horrific and beautiful. Full of breathtaking twists, the movie has a video game-like feel where every wagon seems like a new level. The functioning of the train was very well realized, giving the exact amount of information to keep you from wondering how it could work in real life.

Chris Evans in the leading role is almost unrecognizable, not even once did I think of him as Captain America while I was watching it. This movie shows what a great actor he is apart from the Marvel franchises.

Kang-ho Song, only speaking in korean, gives an outstanding performance, delivering the emotion of what he is saying even though you don’t understand him.

Tilda Swinton was phenomenal. She really made the character so hateful just by her way of being. She’s an splendid actress and never fails to deliver. The rest of the supporting cast, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Go Ah-sung, and Jamie Bell were fantastic too. It was very interesting to see the contrast between Curtis (Chris Evans) and Edgar (Jamie Bell). Curtis has lived 17 years on the train but also 17 years on earth, so he knows how things should work while Edgar was borned on board and doesn’t know any other way of living.

Snowpiercer is ambitious and plays with an effective metaphor. One problem: the train is supposed to be in constant motion but the majority of the shots are still. Of course, when you have a movie like this, who cares about that?

8/10

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Official Teaser Trailer

Warner Bros. has released the teaser trailer that was shown during the ‘Hobbit’ panel at Comic Con this weekend (Take note Marvel!) and it’s both epic and heartbreaking. Check it out!

“One day I’ll remember… remember everything that happened. The good, the bad. Those who survived and those who did not.”

That quote literally gave me goosebumps and the trailer had me on the edge of my sit the whole time. Full of amazing shots: Smaug strafing Lake-town, Galadriel kissing an unconscious Gandalf on the forehead, the dwarves preparing for battle, Bard with the elves of Mirkwood, Thranduil fighting in Dale, dwarves mounted on war-goats, Thorin’s “Will you follow me one last time?“. All accompanied by The Edge of Night sung by Billy Boyd (Pippin) in The Return of the King. Perfect song choice.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters on December 17, 2014.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Official Teaser Trailer

This first look at the actual movie features the return of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and hints the rebellion that is coming. We get a quick glimpse at some of the new characters like President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Cressida (Natalie Dormer with half of her head shaved). Also, returning as Plutarch Heavensbee, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Take a look!

I’m still a bit concerned in regard of making Mockingjay into two movies because the book isn’t very long. Also, I’m curious to see how they will handle the transition from the previous two movies. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were all about the games but now the games are over and it’s the rebellion what takes importance. That, and the changes in the behaviour of the main two characters, Katniss (hinted in the trailer) and Peeta (now on the side of the Capitol) will make Mockingjay Part 1 and 2 a completely different type of story from what we’ve seen until now.

Batman v Superman Comic Con Footage Description

GTY_henry_cavill_gal_gadot_ben_affleck_jt_140727_16x9_992One of the biggest questions regarding Comic Con this year was what would be the big surprise coming from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was revealed the first look at Wonder Woman and in their panel, actors Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot took the stage together for their first public appearance as the DC trinity. But that wasn’t the only surprise, Warner Bros also released some exciting footage. Read the description below.

Batman is standing on a rainy rooftop, clad in heavy armor and a visor that makes his eyes glow. He turns on the bat signal, blasting into the sky, when lighting strikes. The signal goes out, and there’s Superman, hovering above him. Superman’s eyes glow red, he looks down. Batman stares up. (BleedingCool)

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic Con Footage Description

Avengers-Age-of-UltronKevin Feige has said that they don’t have plans of releasing this footage in a while but here is a detailed description of the footage for The Avengers: Age of Ultron that was shown in Hall H during the Marvel panel at Comic Con (SlashFilm)

We start on a city scape and the whole team is assembled in Avengers tower. They’re all hanging out. Drinking beer, joking, and Hawkeye tells Thor the whole no-one-can-grab-the hammer thing is “a circus side show.” He disagrees and Stark tries to pick it up. “If I lift it do I get to rule Asgard?” he asks. “Ye”s, Thor says. He fails on a first attempt. “I’ll be right back.” He puts on the Iron Man glove. No dice. He and Rhodie try, both in their Iron Man gloves. Nope. Hawkeye fails. Banner tries and really exerts himself. Everyone gives him a look. Next up is Cap and he budges it which really gets Thor worried. However, having all failed Thor says he has a simple theory “You’re all not worthy.”  Just then a huge screeching sound. “You’re all not worthy.” Enter a brutally broken, almost zombie like metal being. It’s Ultron. “How could you be worthy? You are all killers. You want to protect the world but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace… your extinction.” Just then a bunch of other robots fly in and we get the Marvel Studios logo.

Ultron continues in voice over with a bunch of other images. “I had a vision … the whole world screaming for mercy.” People running away, escaping. “Everyone tangled in strings.” Banner all sickly looking on a place. “Strinnnngs.” Massive battle scenes, Hawkeye and others helping people evacuate. Banner in the snow, then a random hospital, Scarlet Witch on a bus, Thor smashing a tank. Then Tony Stark “It’s the end,” he says. “The end of the path I started us on.” Widow adds, “Nothing lasts forever.” We then see a screaming Hulk and the massive Hulk Buster armor. Black Widow on the Harley Davidson, Quicksilver running around, Andy Serkis as a human (!?!), more explosions, Iron Man flying by what looks like a prison and shooting some soldiers. Hulk throws a car at the Hulkbuster and then punches him through it. A quick shot of Widow and Hulk almost touching hands.

The whole time, a song has been playing about strings. It’s very eerie and morbid. Finally, we get a fully realized, metallic, 8 foot Ultron. Referencing his statement “There are no strings on me” as his clenching fist turns into the circle around the “A” of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The title card.

Then, after that, we see Cap’s shild broken, Tony Stark looking down at it, the camera pulls back and we literally see every member of the team laying on the ground in tatters on what may or not be Thanos’ tomb. They look dead.

If there were any doubts, the tone for this movie is completely different from the first one and is so exciting to see that they’re not just trying to repeat the same formula that worked so well for them with The Avengers. The footage is simply breathtaking and Age of Ultron promises to be epic.

News from the Comic Con Marvel Panel

The Marvel panel focused on the two movies that are coming out in 2015, Ant-Man and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Evangeline Lily will play Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man, and not Janet, and will be the daughter of Hank Pym. She hasn’t read the script yet so she couldn’t say much about the character. There are no news if she will be the Wasp or even if the Wasp will be in the movie. Also, Corey Stoll will play the villain Darren Cross, who would also be Yellowjacket, another deviation from the story in the comic books. The movie starts shooting in two weeks and will come out on July 17, 2015.

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It was reported yesterday that Joaquin Phoenix was in negotiations to play Stephen Strange. Sadly, there were no confirmations for Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel or any other movie besides a sequel for Guardians of the Galaxy which will hit theaters on July 28, 2017 and will also be directed by James Gunn.

First look at Wonder Woman

The battle between DC and Marvel is on and with the later dropping character posters for all the Avengers we can’t expect of DC anything less. We’ve already seen Henry Cavill in his new Superman costume and Ben Affleck in the bat-suit and now is the time for the first look at the other member of the trinity, Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot.

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