No, I am not talking about the trailers that are mobile. I am talking about movie trailers that I have seen lately that really grabbed my attention. I love a good trailer. Usually when I go to the movies I have to see trailers. They just set the tone for me and gets me in the mood for the movie I am going to watch. One trailer involves a natural disaster while the other two talk on social issues and awareness. These trailers have already sold me and maybe they will convince you too.
I love disaster films. It’s a genre that disappeared for a while that is slowly making a comeback. I remember watching the film 2012 (John Cusack) back in 2009 and then didn’t really return until San Andreas (Dwayne Johnson) came out in 2017. San Andreas reminded me how much I enjoy disaster films. So watching a trailer for Geostorm, which is about satellites that control the global climate starts to attack Earth. So any kind of natural weather disaster you can think of happens.
Rarely do I have time to see romantic dramas and comedies among the other genres I prefer to watch let alone ones that involve young adult and teenage stars or geared towards that demographic. I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Me Before You were the last sort of young adult drama I watched. Which I thought were alright movies. Mainly because of the cast. Movies like The Fault in our Stars, PaperTown, That Spectacular Now, The Longest Ride,Etc. are ones that I didn’t get to see yet. Now you have another young adult teen drama usually adapted from a best seller novel is Everything, Everything.
This film is based on a young adult novel from author Nicola Yoon. It’s a story of a young girl who is on the edge of becoming 18 who up till now has been living and confined in her home her entire life. She suffers a rare disease that causes her to get sick very easily so she never goes outside. She then finds reason to want more than just her view outside her window when a new boy moves in next door and the two form a bond that awakens something in her to want something beyond the walls of her home.
Back again with another recommendation for you followers. I trust that you already know of this amazing film but in case you don’t I want to introduce you to a smart clever and twisty movie called The Game. To this day, this is one of the first movies that I watched that made me feel like an adult. With the cast, the plot, the tone, this movie shouldn’t have been on my radar as interest given how young I was when I watched it. I walked out feeling very sophisticated watching such an adult movie that made you think, pay attention, and listen to dialogue more than watching things blow up in front of you to keep you engaged.
The Game (1997)
Director: David Fincher
Writers: John Brancato & Michael Ferris
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, and James Rebhorn
Plot: A wealthy banker on his 48th Birthday is set as an example as to test out what you give a man who has everything. That very gift is an opportunity to participate in a game. An interactive game involving mystery and adventure which turns his life upside down not knowing what is reality and what is the game.
I was a bit surprised with how Sleight turned out. I kept the advertising tagline in my head the whole time “Chronicle meets Iron Man”. I was confused as to why they said Iron Man. You will find that out early in the film. I will honestly say I expected something else with that reveal but it doesn’t take away from the indie feel and charming aspect of the film.
There are two kinds of people going to this film. Those who want to see a challenge of a young adult trying to do the right thing by doing the wrong thing in a down to earth take on life’s struggles in the bad streets of Los Angeles OR you want to watch him use his powerful gifts against the people holding him back as if he were a superhero.
The Circle is the latest adaptation from book to screen to be released over the weekend. From the trailer, this looked like a “Black Mirror” episode ready to happen where technology takes center stage and sneaks in from the backdoor takes over our lives without even realizing it.
When I see that a movie is based on a bestseller or a novel with a lot of buzz, I expect the story is innovative or at least different from the millions of stories that can be adapted. I admit that I was intrigued and curious to see how they were going to pull the story of a pseudo Google HQ called The Circle breaking out their new technology of marble size cameras all over the world for instant real time views to make sure that everyone, especially government officials, are transparent and not hiding everything to make sure that the American people are aware of their countries leaders.
Based on the novel and screenplay of writer Mike R. Carey, director Colm McCarthy who is more known for his work on British TV series brings to life a unique and clever take on the zombie apocalypse. You thought you have seen it all with 28 days later. This movie will change the way you look at the “undead” or the virus that makes humans thirst for human blood.
In this feature the setting is a dystopian time when a fungus have infected most of the world and the victims who have turned into ravenous cannibals have taken over. They are known as “the hungries”. I love the clever names each zombie movie comes up with besides using the term “zombies”. In the center is Melanie, who is known as a 2nd generation of hungries who were born or infected during the beginning of the end. The difference being that they still have intelligence and can speak and talk as if they were fully human but still crave the human flesh. Melanie could be the key to a cure but before we can find out all hell breaks loose and on the run is a scientist (Glenn Close) whose only purpose is to use Melanie for her trial to the cure and a teacher (Gemma Arterton) who has been teaching a group of 2nd gen hungries at a military base. Melanie has grown close to this teacher and the 3 along with a couple of Military men try to survive amongst the havoc.
Chris Evans shines as a man who was tasked to raise his sister’s kid after her passing. Her name is Mary, played by McKenna Grace, who just also happens to be a math prodigy. In an attempt to give Mary a normal life, Frank (Chris Evans) sends her to public school to socialize with kids her own age but her intelligence is noticed and that is when all the attention is on her to embrace this gift which turns into a custody battle between Frank and his mother Evelyn (Lindsey Duncan) that ask the question: “Which is more important, living up to your full potential or living life by your own standards?”
If you need a break from all the comic book action movies, animated films, and historic retellings; Gifted is the movie for you to watch a drama that works based on the chemistry of the actors. The relationships that are depicted in this film are great to watch. The conflicts between Mother and Son, the fun and connected relationship between an uncle and niece, the great friendship where age has no bounds between neighbors are all enjoyable and entertaining to watch.