Monday, 3 February 2014

Trailers: Super Bowl 2014

Monday, 3 February 2014
Like most of the planet, I have zero interest in (American) football, but the Super Bowl is such a spectacular event in the US sporting calendar that all manner of films have expensive promos sandwiched in the commercials. So I've cast my eye over some of the most notable ones, both good and bad.

3 Days to Kill

Kevin Costner was one of cinema's top leading men in the 1980s and part of the '90s, but his celebrity status waned after notorious box-office flops like Waterworld and The Postman. But he's still a good actor, and after a few decent supporting roles of late (Man of Steel, Jack Ryan), it feels like 3 DAYS TO KILL will be his "comeback". In fact, it seems like he's taking inspiration from Liam Neeson and has decided to appear in a Taken-style action romp that will (perhaps) retool him as a middle-aged action superstar.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I liked the first one, but it felt so unnecessary and The Lizard was a poor choice of villain. This sequel looks dazzling from a visual standpoint, but that's nothing new in this day and age. It may suffer from villain overload, as it features Electro, The Rhino, and The Green Goblin/Harry Osborn—while also setting up spin-off movie The Sinister Six. But if you like your superhero movies jam-packed with CGI and explosions, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 already feels like the one you'll OD on this summer.

Captain America: Winter Soldier

When looking back at the "Phase One" of Marvel live-action movies, Captain America probably sits towards the bottom of the pile, so I wasn't especially interested in the sequel. But this trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER looks like the kind of movie the GI Joe franchise wanted to be.

Muppets Most Wanted

I wasn't a big fan of The Muppets, which is grounds for stoning me in some corners of the world. This sequel looks more fun to me, and I found the joke of the trailer amusing (using online reactions from fans), but there's a part of me deeply worried about the extent of Ricky Gervais's involvement. He could sink MUPPETS MOST WANTED for me.


Darren Aronofsky's one of my favourite directors, so I have high hopes for this retelling of the Biblical myth. Russell Crowe as Noah? Oh yes. NOAH looks suitably epic in scale, so I just hope the story's been fleshed out to counteract the fact we all know how it ends.

Need for Speed

Cars going fast! To be honest, I'm just hoping this movie catapults Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) to big-screen stardom. NEED FOR SPEED will probably be sub-Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, of course, which is pretty low.


The world's most successful hack, writer-director-fanboy Paul W.S Anderson, has been watching 300 and Spartacus: Blood & Sand. Then someone mentioned the POMPEII story ends with a massive volcanic eruption. He made a movie that blends all of this, with the wettest of the Stark's from Game of Thrones.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

More of the same with TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, but with Mark Wahlberg instead of Shia LaBeouf (which is a definite improvement, because Ted proved he can talk to thin air really well as an actor). Oh, and Dinobots, which I can't wait to hear the ridiculous excuse for—because alien robots made of metal disguising themselves as extinct animals isn't very incognito. But then again, the Transformers have hardly lived a quiet and under-the-radar existence while on Earth.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

This comedy Western from Seth McFralane (Family Guy, Ted) looks absolutely hilarious, but I'm worried most of the best jokes in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST are contained in this red-band trailer. So I'm going to try and avoid more promos and hopefully forget half of what I've seen here.

Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus

It was also fun to see Laurence Fishburne reprise his Matrix character for this advert; and, despite gaining a few pounds in the intervening decade since the trilogy ended, mostly succeeds in fitting right back into character.