This Week in Trailers: Star Trek Into Darkness, Despicable Me 2, Scary Movie 5, Welcome To The Punch, More

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Star Trek Into Darkness – International Trailer

I promise this will be the last time I post any more trailers relating to JJ Abrams highly anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, as it seems the Paramount marketing machine is releasing something new almost weekly, at this stage.

As far as the trailer goes, I would have to say that — despite all the gloss and impressive imagery — I am somewhat… underwhelmed. Perhaps with all the sci-fi to be released this year all the trailers are starting to merge in to one big outer-space mess. The shot of Alice Eve in her underwear was gratuitous and obnoxious, and its inclusion is pandering towards the male audience.

One thing of note is the focus on Benedict Cumberbatch‘s UNNAMED VILLAIN, who after this trailer actually has me rooting more for his character than any of the crew of the USS Enterprise. Did anybody else have this?

Co-starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin; Star Trek Into Darkness beams down into Australia theatres wide on May 16.

via Apple


Despicable Me 2 – Trailer

2010’s Despicable Me was a surprising critical and commercial hit, so it’s no surprise that the wheels of a sequel were put quickly into motion. And deservedly so, as I personally found it to be one of the top animated films to be released in recent years.

Steve Carell‘s anti-hero Gru is a terrific character and a handsome fit for Carell’s comedic timing and sensibilities. For light — and often hilarious — comic relief add in the extremely popular Minions and you have yourselves genuine franchise fodder.

Original directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud return for a second helping, and joining Carell are the voices of Kristen Wiig, Al Pacino, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Ken Jeong.

Australians will be the first to see Despicable Me 2 on June 20, one week before any other country. Suddenly Australia is number one!

via Apple


This Week in Trailers: Kick-Ass 2, The Hangover Part III, Star Trek Into Darkness, After Earth, More

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The Hangover Part III – Teaser Trailer

The Hangover Part II was an unashamed cash-grab, built solely to take advantage of the runaway success that was the first instalment from 2009. And unashamed it was, retreading moments from the original nearly beat-for-beat; character moments, musical cues, and general plotting were simply re-placed from Vegas to Bangkok. It is lazy — yet successful and lucrative — filmmaking at it’s worst.

The Hangover Part III looks to continue this tradition: moments from this teaser look strikingly familiar, they even got band Wolfmother back for a third run. One can only hope with a return to Vegas they can recapture the charm of the first film, and avoid the unwanted and seedy meanness which made watching Part II such a dirty experience.

It’s also a shame that due to continuing tradition, the talented Justin Bartha is once again stuck on the sidelines, leaving the antics solely up to Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and the manic Chang Chow (Ken Jeong). Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Jamie Chung and Mike Epps return, as does director Todd Phillips.

Prepare yourself for a severe case of déjà vu when The Hangover Part III opens wide nationally on May 23 and it will — along with Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness — set the pace for the rest of blockbuster season.

via Warner Bros.


Kick-Ass 2 – Red Band Trailer

The sequel to the modestly successful 2010 superhero film comes with a different director (Jeff Wadlow replacing Matthew Vaughn, who is sticking to producer duties) and a much smaller budget, as is clear by looking at the first teaser. Things look much brighter than before, and I would assume the violence and language will be toned down — if even slightly — to try and recoup its humble investments: something that its bigger budgeted predecessor struggled with.

Although the VFX and set design look schlocky at best, most of the original headline cast is returning (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoper Mintz-Plasse), and joining them are some terrific actors that don’t have three-part names: Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Morris Chestnut, and a nearly unrecognisable Jim Carrey. Carrey’s role as Colonel Stars and Stripes will be a big factor in getting people to see this, as he looks and sounds fantastic and is nearly unrecognisable.

Kick-Ass 2 does not yet have an official Australian release date, but I would expect to see it at the tail-end of blockbuster season, depending on how it fares on its US release.

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