The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator: Genisys, Furious 7, San Andreas, Mad Max: Fury Road, Skin Trade, Jurassic World, Wild Card and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens to name just a few have really got fans talking.
Let’s take a look at all the recent big trailers and see which one is your favourite.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I never thought a Star Wars trailer would cause controversy but you can always rely on stupid people who were complaining about a black stormtrooper. Why this is even an issue is beyond me but hey, you can’t fix stupid. The trailer gave nothing away and was merely a tease; it won me over with the Millennium Falcon shot alone. It was an odd decision to not show Han and Luke which let’s face it, that’s what we all wanted to see; still, I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to be quite awesome.
The Jurassic World trailer wasn’t exactly amazing as it simply looks like more of the same; oh look it’s people being chased around an island by dinosaurs… again. Also, why are the effects not as good as the 1994 original? Maybe because the film isn’t finished but still, the trailer is supposed to sell you on it which so far I’m not. Obviously I’ll be there simply because it has dinosaurs in it but that trailer wasn’t the greatest. .
Mad Max: Fury Road
We’ve had two trailers for the upcoming Tom Hardy Mad Max movie Fury Road and from what I’ve seen on various social networks, the reaction is pretty positive. The visuals for the most part look stunning, but some people have complained about the CG and I’d have to admit it does seem out of place in the Mad Max universe. Hardy looks the part though, and despite not having much dialogue so far, I think he’ll be awesome and a worthy replacement for Mel Gibson. Though determined to wander the post-apocalyptic wasteland alone, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) joins Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a fugitive imperator, and her band who are all trying to escape a savage warlord.
The cast alone already makes this is one of my most anticipated movies of 2015; Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White and Peter Weller all star in this hard hitting actioner. Nick (Lundgren), a tough NY cop, runs afoul of the Russian mob engaged in human trafficking, and they end up killing his wife and daughter for revenge. Determined to make them pay, he follows the kingpin to Bangkok, the hub of their activities. He teams up with a Thai detective and they decide to wipe out the entire organization and terminate their business entirely.
Terminator: Genisys hasn’t blown my skirt up either; once again the majority of special effects look lacklustre and it looks like another Terminator 2. The fact that they keep changing the casting of John Connor takes something away too; it’s difficult to care about him as we haven’t established a rapport with him in any way. It’s great to see Arnie back in the Terminator role but I hope it’s more interesting than the trailer looks. Some of the action looks cool though like the bus flipping over but really there isn’t anything new.
Jason Statham’s upcoming Heat remake Wild Card looks like it’s what Statham does best: kicking ass and taking names. Like I said already, the film looks like a word for word remake but that’s OK as hardly anyone saw the Burt Reynold’s movie Heat anyway. The money shot is definitely the slow motion scene of The Stath head-butting a guy and breaking his nose. The film probably won’t be a massive hit, but I’ll be there opening night.
Furious 7 is certainly one of the most anticipated movies of 2015 and the shot of Paul Walker running along the bus as it’s about to fall off the cliff was definitely a massive selling point. We’ve got Dwayne Johnson vs. Jason Statham, Tony Jaa, Rhonda Rousey and Kurt Russell joining the movie too. The trailer looks very much like a Fast & Furious movie and despite the tragedy surrounding it after Paul Walker’s death, the film still looks like a lot of fun.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
My personal favourite trailer recently was The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The use of the Pinocchio song I’ve Got No Strings was something different and immediately attention grabbing. James Spader’s incredibly cool voice-over was reminiscent of The Joker from The Dark Knight where he taunts our hero: “You’ve changed things… forever” whereas Ultron says “You wanna protect the world, but you don’t want it to change!” Either way, this managed to grab the attention without having anything spoilery happening and let’s face it when the Hulkbuster armour makes its appearance, we all squeed a little.
Dwayne Johnson tries his hand at the disaster movie genre and from the trailer it looks like it’s going to be pretty spectacular, although it does look remarkably like the Roland Emmerich movie 2012. I love the disaster movie genre though and Johnson is always great to watch on screen; this looks like it might have some genuine character drama as well as plenty of smashy smashy.
But enough from me, here is your chance to vote for your favourite recent trailer…