Trailer for action black comedy film Kick-Ass 2. Directed by Jeff Wadlow and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey. In cinemas August 2013.
I watched its first instalment by chance on TV and it’s an interesting movie. It’s based on two comic book series, Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The main plot is about a teenager aspiring to become a real life superhero, learn the hard lessons, and bring down a crime boss in the end.
Not an extraordinary plot but the screenplay and visual style are pretty unique and refreshing. This sequel seems to carry on the traits but doesn’t offer anything new to be frank. Probably still a fun movie though, plus they somehow managed to get Jim Carrey in a supporting role for this one.
Update – Jim Carrey decided not to endorse the film because of a change of conscience following the Sandy Hook shooting. He filmed Kick-Ass 2 before the tragedy but felt that he can no longer support that level of violence in movies. Respect the decision but can’t agree on that.
Entertainment products and real life are two different things. Even if there’s a link (no solid evidence thus far) between pop culture and hideous crimes I bet those criminals will find their source of “inspiration” elsewhere after we eliminate violence from movies and video games etc.
Trailer for American crime action movie Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, and J.K. Simmons. In cinemas January 2012.
Contraband is a remake of a 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam starring Baltasar Kormákur. The actor took the role of the director instead for the Hollywood production.
The world of smuggling
Official intro… “Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling – full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs – where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away.”
In short, Wahlberg stars as an ex-smuggler who lives a peaceful life with his wife and kids, but has to go back into the business one more time to save his family. Despite branded as a “remake” the plot seems quite different from the original hit. The trailer seems decent though.
Official theatrical teaser for Hollywood film Fast & Furious, the fourth instalment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. In cinema next summer (update: it’s moved up to April instead.)
Directed by Justin Lin, the film will see the return of the original cast from the first movie, i.e. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster. It also stars John Ortiz and Laz Alonso etc.
I’m a fan of the first movie in 2001. It’s a crime action film with focus on street racing. The story is just OK but the action stuff seems authentic and sleek. I guess it appeals to a lot of the male audience.
Speaking of the new Hulk movie, which will be in cinemas next month, let’s discuss a bit about the 2003 adaptation by Taiwanese director Ang Lee. The old film stars Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas and Nick Nolte. It’s simply titled as Hulk, check out the trailer…
The film received polarising reviews – some people love it, many others hate it. Unlike many superhero movies, director Ang Lee focused on storytelling instead of the action. The visual effect is also special in a comical way, kind of a homage to the action films in the 80s.
If you watch Hulk today and know nothing about the actors, you may have guessed that it’s a film from that era (80s-90s). It’s what the director had intended, for better or worse. I’m fine with the visual style though; I actually like some of the ideas, and I appreciate filmmakers who try something different.
Overall it’s above average for me. The action is comical but fun in some ways; the tank-throwing part will always be epic; and there’s Jennifer Connelly. I can understand that the directive style is not everyone’s cup of tea though, it’s rather unique; and the story is too long especially with its slow pacing.
The upcoming adaptation is a reboot and stars Edward Norton as the title character. It will feature a new story instead of going through the “how Bruce became Hulk” part again though. And it’s supposed to be part of a new movie franchise which also features the Iron Man etc.