This week is surprisingly light on Summer blockbusters. Sure, there is one major studio release, but I honestly don’t think there is any huge excitement on it (…I mean, there COULD be. Not really ruling that out….but I doubt it.)
Well, without further ado (hint on one of the movies on this list.)
(Coming out on OFFICIALLY on June 6.)
Director(s): Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard
What’s it about? Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student’s disappearance.
RED BAND TRAILER: NSFW
My thoughts? While I’m in the camp of never really liking the POV camera movie craze (as of this day, I still haven’t seen ANY of the Paranormal Activities) this seemed like a cool idea to do a series of low budget horror films. The first V/H/S film got a strong response with in the horror community when it premiered last year, BUT, the reviews for V/H/S/2 have been glowing after it’s Sundance premiere! I’m definitely interested in seeing the short films directed by Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez and Greg Hale. Eisener’s gloriously insane (and bloody) Hobo with a Shotgun promises me that his short will have buckets of gore. Evans directed one of the best action films in the last few years, The Raid (AKA The Raid: Redemption) and I really curious to see him do a horror story. Edwardo Sanchez and Greg Hale are the real interesting one for me since they were the directors of The Blair Witch Project, THE film that first populated this film style back in 1999 (and it’s strange to me that The Blair Witch Project is almost forgotten during this craze of first person perspective movies. ) I haven’t seen the first V/H/S, so maybe I’ll check those out first, but I am very interested in seeing this one.
Director: Geoffrey Fletcher
What’s it about? Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are a pair of gum-cracking teenage assassins who casually snuff out crime figures in New York City, distracted only by the fact that a concert by their favorite pop idol Barbie Sunday has suddenly been canceled. Determined to raise cash for some Barbie Sunday dresses, the duo takes on a new hit job, only to discover a kind of reckoning in the form of sad-sack shut-in (James Gandolfini) who is dying alone of terminal cancer. He persuades the duo to kill him out of mercy, prompting an odyssey of self-examination that catapults the junior enforcers into a world beyond Barbie Sunday and bullets for pay.
My thoughts? Judging by the trailer alone, this comes off as a film trying to do too much. In a way, that makes sense since this is the first film to be directed by Geoffrey Fletcher. It seems to have a lot of first film-itis. Trying to combine tons of styles and tone. Trying to make 5 movies at once, either to show that you can do it or to do it in fear of never directing another movie again. This could be the trailers fault. Maybe they couldn’t figure out a way to properly convey the movie in a 2min clip to help sell it to an audience. It could rise above and be something very unique, or it could break a part in front of you due it’s over ambition. The cast is pretty cool, and I’m a pretty big fan of Saoirse Ronan. I love seeing Danny Trejo in a very nontraditional Danny Trejo part. No real word on how good this is yet, but if the trailer caught you attention, maybe it’s for you.
Director: James DeMonaco
What’s it about? If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.
My thoughts? I can appreciate the small sci-fi twist on the home invasion movie, but I almost feel like there are too many questions to be asked concerning the whole PURGE concept. Like…EVERYONE kills? Who’s left in this country? Are there slow Purge nights in which no one kills? Are the masks required? So you have to just walk around for a night, find someone who’s also looking around for the same thing, and then kill them? Is that really enough to cool people off so that they don’t have to do that all the time? But ok, forget the nitpicks, could this be at least an entertaining enough flick regardless? It shows some nice looking action, and I do like Ethan Hawke (but I’d rather be watching Before Midnight) How annoyed will I be concerning the son? I mean, it is HIS fault that those guys are attacking the house in the first place. Who knows, maybe the kid will have some latent Home Alone booby trap skills and the takes the bad guys out that way. Wait….if that does happen, I DO want to see this then.
Director: Shawn Levy
What’s it about? Two old school salesmen who, finding themselves suddenly unemployed and passed-by in the digital world, try to reinvent themselves by becoming interns at a major tech company.
My thoughts? Sometimes I can easily tell if a movie is done purely to get paid. It’s as if everyone involved is going on auto-pilot. No real effort to do anything different. That’s how I feel about this flick. Sure, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were fun together when they did Wedding Crashers, but seeing them in what appears to be a giant commercial for Google just feels lazy. Also, yes, lets keep making jokes about how old these guys are and how cool and hip Google is! Yes..keep making those jokes for 90mins.
Actually, I feel bad for director Shawn Levy. He’s made a career out of doing safe, bland, uninspired comedies like this one. It’s a shame that his last big film, Real Steel, didn’t do that well, because I saw a filmmaker getting excited with what he was making. Real Steel was a blast, and Levy’s directing was a big part of it’s success. It’s too bad to see him go back to these kind of movies again. Hopefully the next time out he gets to do something more like Real Steel again.
This is also one of those trailers I couldn’t get away from. It’s popped up in front of EVERY movie I’ve seen in the last two months. Every time I had to sit through and see the trailer, the less I wanted to watch it. Also, what’s up with that very unfunny X-Men joke?
Director: Paul Middleditch
What’s it about? When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Kendrick) and her boyfriend Ben (Daley) are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple try their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers, and pot-smoking wraiths. But when the Anti-Christ (Robinson) makes his home base in their neighborhood, Lindsey finds herself the object of his affection. With the help of her family, friends, and a lawn-mowing zombie neighbor, the young couple set off to stop the Anti-Christ from taking her as his bride… and just maybe, saving the world in the process.
My thoughts? You know what…never mind, I think I will watch The Internship. I don’t think the writer of Mr. Wrong (which goes on my list of movies I flat out HATE, and I mean….really HATE.) is gonna spit out watchable films anytime soon, and the trailer just screamed awful to me.
Man, what an utter waste of a talented cast. I also feel like I’m picking on Craig Robinson (between this and Peeples), but I do like the guy. Hopefully This is The End will be a better use of him than these last two films. Lets everyone forget that they did this and move on to better films.
Director: Joss Whedon
What’s it about? Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film of “Much Ado About Nothing”. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof) offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.
My thoughts? As if you couldn’t tell, we’re already pretty big Joss Whedon fans here at Agents of GUARD . As a fan of the guy, I also know that he’s been itching to do something a little smaller and personal. Knowing that he did this film IMMEDIATELY after he finished filming The Avengers means that this is a true passion project. Films made this way can either be self indulgent or incredibly enjoyable, and judging by the reviews we got the latter.
It’s great to see Whedon work with so many of his beloved cast members from his previous shows. For Angel fans it should be really rewarding to see Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker as the romantic duo again (Fred and Wesley FTW!!) I could go on and on how great the cast is…but Agent Nate already did that for me! So do us a favor and go and read his post about this awesome cast right here!
Going back to Whedon, I am really excited to see him direct something so grounded. No monsters, no superheroes….I mean, he could do all that, but the reason he’s so popular is because he’s a master at character work. Having Whedon do a Shakespeare play that is almost entirely about character is almost a no brainier. And I also love the idea that Whedons fan-base is going to be checking out a Shakespeare movie. Will they like it? Well, I attended the Much Ado About Nothing panel at WonderCon, and they showed two comedic scenes from the film. In an audience of hundreds of comic fans…these scenes KILLED.
So, what films got your interest? Agent Coulson spitting Shakespeare? Alexis Bledel holding a gun? Craig Robinson wearing devil horns? Owen Wilson with his floppy blonde hair? Let us know below!
“It’s a shame that his last big film, Real Steel, didn’t do that well”
Actually, Real Steel did well enough to warrant a sequel in production. It made $295 million worldwide. Granted, it didn’t make back it’s $110 million budget in the US (only $85 million in US box office tallies) but I wouldn’t say that a movie that got green-lit for a sequel didn’t do that well.
I agree with you that Real Steel was a lot of fun. Also, I am now going to look for where Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will be playing. I wonder if they got Gunn in there somewhere.
I still stand by my statement about Real Steel not doing that great in the Box Office. It did make it’s money back worldwide, true, but so did the The Last Airbender (a film that had some of the worst reviews of the year yet made more then Real Steel world wide, $319,713,881.)
In my opinion, if it did even better (not even great, just better) the sequel would be on a much faster track to being finished. I’m also taking into account that Jackman’s got a full plate so they have to work on his schedule, but if it was truly a priority for the studio to make it, they tried to get that sequel made ASAP before the actor who played Hugh’s son in the film gets too old.
But I agree, I’d hardly considered the film a failure at the box office. If I did, I would have wrote that. It did fine, a decent money maker that I could see the studio wanting to make a sequel since it’s already an establish name, and the audience has probably grown since it came out, but I don’t think they are in a real rush.
As for Gunn being in Much Ado About Nothing, it doesn’t seem like it (unless it’s a surprise cameo) , but hey, he’s going to be a badass in Agents of SHIELD so we’ll get to seem him again soon enough.
Nice write-up, Justin! I hadn’t heard about most of these, and “Much Ado” sounds pretty cool, but you know I’m REALLY excited about *next* week’s releases! Or should I say “release?” \S/