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I’m surprised I haven’t mentioned The Meg on this blog before now. A film in which Jason Statham faces a Megalodon is right up my street. And now there’s a trailer.
City On Fire has a Synopsis:
In the film, a deep-sea submersible — part of an international undersea observation program — has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below… bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
One of the (many) films that we are looking forward to this year is Rampage in which Dwayne Johnson stars alongside a giant gorilla that goes on a Rampage.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
The title, “Rampage” has been used before in a series of films made by German director, Uwe Boll, who had this to say:
It also confuses the audience! I want that Warners change the title, especially because the new movie has nothing to do with a Rampage and looks more like Jumanji 2 and is one of those typical feelgood, popcorn bullshit movies that the studios use to brainwash America even more! All these kind of movies including Transformers, Avengers are helping the military industrial complex in America to win and have retards like Trump be American President who would say that the earth is flat as soon they think they can benefit from this!
You have to hand it to Boll. He may be a terrible filmmaker but his talent for self-promotion knows no bounds.
And here’s Dwayne Johnson introducing the final trailer for the new Rampage:
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So here’s a premise and a half:
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.
Cargo, according to Flickering Myth, is based on a 2013 short of the same name and stars the ever-reliable Martin Freeman as a father with only 48 hours to find somewhere safe for his baby daughter before the zombie virus he’s contracted starts to take effect.
There is something about this that really appeals to me and, from the trailer, it looks superb.
I can’t believe that I almost missed the news that Nick Park is about to release another film.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
Early Man is already out in the UK. I have to wait until next week before rushing out to the cinema.
The planet has suffered an environmental collapse; the air became dangerous to breathe, the water became toxic, and billions of people died. Generations later, mankind has finally re-established a rudimentary society, in an attempt to pick up the pieces that continue to blister in the sun. Attica Gage (Carano) is a bounty hunter with a chance at the bounty of a lifetime: to bring down the ruthless outlaw, Elijah Jackson. Gage infiltrates Jackson’s gang, and everything is going to plan until she meets a slave girl who reminds her of her dead sister.
Just sit back and watch this.
Neevon M on YouTube has cut together a trailer comprised of clips from almost 70 films due to be released in 2018.
Some of the films I recognise already and some of them I definitely want to know more about. But what really impresses is that the clips have been cut together is such a consistent manner you could almost believe that 2018 will be one long popcorn-fueled blockbuster.
Coming Soon: 2018
Via The Movie Web
It is a period of cyber war. In an effort to sustain commerce during these challenging times, the Galactic Trade Federation has required the Empire retain the services of a consultancy on Kessel (a best-value provider, and only twelve parsecs away) to assess the state of their security before signing off on the newly-constructed DEATH STAR campus.
I like the look of this:
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.
There are seven books in the Mortal Engines series and it looks very much like Universal are setting this up as a series of films.
I’m not convinced about this:
Having already had enormous global success with their Transformers franchise (G.I. Joe, not so much, but that’s stopping a new movie from getting made) Hasbro/Paramount are bringing another – although somewhat lesser known – toy franchise to the big screen with Micronauts.
I remember having Micronaut toys back when I was young… which almost certainly puts me in a very small minority, especially given that the toy line was quite short-lived.
The Den of Geek article notes that these are characters that aren’t deeply embedded in the pop culture landscape, which opens up the creative potential, but I suspect that this advantage — if any — will be minimal. Micronauts may have a minor nostalgia appeal to a minority of middle-aged adults, but for most it’s a long-forgotten brand and I find myself struggling to see why anyone would bother with it.