Trailer for American monster film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi.
The Meg movie trailer
English actor Jason Statham and Chinese actress Li Bingbing team up in The Meg, an American-Chinese co-production film with a monster-shark theme. Check out the extended trailer…
Directed by Jon Turteltaub, the movie is loosely based on a 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The cast also includes Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis. Scheduled to release in the United States and China in August 2018.
Kong: Skull Island movie trailer
Trailer for American monster movie Kong: Skull Island. It’s a reboot of the King Kong franchise and also the second instalment in Legendary’s MonsterVerse – a shared fictional universe centred on a series of monster films featuring Godzilla and King Kong (and perhaps more in the future.)
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C Reilly. In cinemas next week in Malaysia and the US etc.
I’m never a fan of King Kong. The fact that he’s always in love with a “tiny” albeit beautiful woman never makes sense to me, and that alone makes it difficult for me to like the franchise. Set that aside, the Kong in the teaser looks pretty badass. There seems to be too much going on in the preview though.
Chinese actress Jing Tian appears as a main cast on movie poster but doesn’t feature in the trailer at all. Guess it’s another pointless character just to please the Chinese market. Perhaps there will be two versions like some other recent Hollywood films, one for China and another for rest of the world.
Update – It’s a stupid but entertaining film. There are so many loopholes in the plot, which is poorly pieced together to begin with. The visual effects look great though, and the fast-paced storytelling makes some of the flaws forgivable. It’s fun for two hours but an easily forgotten movie.
King Arthur movie trailer
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an epic fantasy action adventure film. Inspired by the British Arthurian legends, directed by Guy Ritchie, and stars Charlie Hunnam, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law and Eric Bana. In cinemas next year, check out the early trailer…
If you don’t know much about the legend, please proceed to wiki for a long read if interested. In short, this movie follows the young Arthur who fights against his evil uncle and claims his rightful throne; and he does that with the help of a mage, some warriors, and the legendary Excalibur sword.
Historians are still debating whether King Arthur is real or just a myth. There are many folklore about the legend (and his knights), and some are pretty wild with mages and dragons. It’s widely agreed though, that it’s set in medieval Britain around the 5-6th century, and this film is way off in that sense…
It’s fine to have some modernised ideas in an old-age setting, but they shouldn’t overdo it. The filmmakers obviously want the movie to be in a medieval theme, but for some reasons think that it’s smart to rewrite the cultural stuff just because they can. Creativity or whatever, it’s not my cup of tea.
Besides, many people who are interested in Arthurian legends are fond with the medieval background. Marketing wise it’s a bad idea to discard those aspects in the movie, which looks more like Game of Thrones or some video games instead. Good luck if they think that it’s a good idea.
The trailer is interesting from neutral point of view though. I’ll never forgive the fashion and those dashing hairs among other things. But the visual effects are decent, and I like the song – The Devil and The Huntsman by Sam Lee and Daniel Pemberton – in later part of the video.
Review and updates – we won’t be seeing Merlin
The film is above average despite the issues I’ve mentioned above. They did spoil many medieval stuff, but if we can see beyond that… the action and visual effects are decent, and the soundtrack is amazing. Jude Law is awesome too, but I have mixed feelings about the rest of the cast.
The plot is a bit weak though. It’s fine at first but becomes stale after Arthur’s rescue. The movie is also too long (over two hours) for a sub-par script. There are boring moments which could be cut off without affecting the whole story. But overall it’s still an entertaining film in my opinion.
On lighter note, it’s a pleasant surprise to see David Beckham in a cameo role. The timing (and his acting) is awkward though, it took away the focus from the scene – when Arthur pulls the sword from the rock – which should have been epic but appears comical instead.
I’m also disappointed with the lack of notable female characters besides the mage. Most women are servants and prostitutes in the movie. Don’t tell me that’s factual in those days, the producers threw away the historical aspects at the first place. This issue doesn’t hurt the film though.
Regardless, they have cancelled future sequels – originally planned to be a six-film franchise – because of poor box office result. Perhaps the legend is not that big a selling point to begin with. Or perhaps the Arthurian fans (and general publuc) are not that fond of the medieval-modern fusion.
Sad thing is we won’t be seeing a big budget movie for Merlin and some others. It’s a pity because there are better stories beside King Arthur despite him being the centre of the legends. But I’m also glad at the same time because I don’t want this group of filmmakers to touch the legends any further.
San Andreas movie trailer
Official trailer for San Andreas, an upcoming American disaster movie. Directed by Brad Peyton, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, and Paul Giamatti. In theatres May 29 in the United States.
The San Andreas Fault [wiki] is a continental transform fault that extends roughly 1,200 kilometres through California. It’s a real thing, and scientists have long predicted that a huge (8.0+ magnitude) earthquake will occur in the next few decades somewhere along the fault.
The movie sets on a major earthquake caused by the San Andreas Fault that devastates Los Angeles and San Francisco. And the story focuses on a rescue helicopter pilot who tries to save his estranged wife and beautiful daughter
while totally ignoring his civic duty during the crisis.
Update & verdict
I watched the movie many months later on TV. The plot is cheesy, and sometimes ridiculous, like in most other disaster films. The special effects are great though; some scenes are over the top, which again is a common thing in this genre; but it’s believable enough to see it as something probable in real life.
The tsunami scene reminded me so much of the Japanese disaster in 2011, it made me felt a bit guilty that I actually enjoyed the film. It’s easier said than done but I hope people are more ready for natural disasters these days. As the cliché goes, it’s not whether it will happen, it’s simply about when.
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014) movie trailer
Trailer and promotional images for Japanese movie Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, sequel to the 2012 box office hit which is based on a popular Japanese manga.
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