Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris). Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!
Power Rangers (Lionsgate) – Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor
Tag Line: Back to action!
Starring: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Bill Hader
Plot: A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.
Running Time: 124 minutes
Chris: I missed the boat on Power Rangers as a child (a little after my time) and I really have no interest in this re-imagining.
Jessica: I am of two minds of this, one it looks just ridiculous and two, it looks like it might actually be okay. I never watched the show and really am not what I would consider a fan so I don’t really care either way. But I do enjoy a GOOD action, superhero film, so maybe this will be that. Maybe…
Jim: I used to watch the show with my daughter and could feel my brains leaking out of my ears.
Life (Columbia) – Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Rated R for language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror
Tag Line: Be careful what you search for.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds
Plot: A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
Running Time: 103 minutes
Jim: Seriously? Why don’t they just call it Alien 20? Are there ANY new ideas anymore?
Chris: I have been jonesing to see this movie since I started seeing trailers last year. The second trailer (featured here) gives you a bit more than the first, but it all look deliciously intense.
Jessica: Oh my goodness, Ryan and Jake in one movie? About alien life? SIGN ME UP.
CHiPS (Warner Bros) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some violence and drug use.
Tag Line: Chip happens.
Starring: Michael Pena, Dax Shepard
Plot: A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involved some crooked cops.
Running Time: 100 minutes
Jessica: <Sigh>. I mean, maybe…No, <sigh>.
Jim: Dumb fun for the most part, rental.
Chris: I can see why Erik Estrada is super upset about this one since they really jazzed up the pervertedness and went total comedy. I grew up with Ponch and John, and it was considered action drama fare. I guess he feels disrespected. I’ll catch it on the small screen.
Wilson (Fox Searchlight) – Comedy
Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality
Tag Line: Positively negative
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Sandy Oian, Shaun Brown
Plot: A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.
Running Time: 94 minutes
Chris: Woody Harrelson plays so many types of roles. This one is about as off-beat as some of his most left of center. Check it!
Jessica: AHHHHH I LOVE WOODY HARRLESON, he’s the reason I saw any of the Hunger Games movies, and this looks fun and weird and everything I love about him.
Jim: This looks like a blast, Woody and a great cast (love Laura Dern!).
Prevenge (Shudder) – Comedy/Drama/Fantasy
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jo Hartley, Gemma Whelan, Alice Lowe
Plot: Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Jim: Delightfully sick and twisted-looking with a premise worthy of Stephen King.
Chris: Pickles, ice cream, and sharp knives. Cut straight to the C Section. No thanks.
Jessica: Oh this just looks like a good time. I was laughing at the trailer. Sick, twisted, right up my alley.
The Levelling (Monterey Media) – Drama
Rated R for language and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton
Plot: After he brother dies, Clover returns to her family farm in Someset, where she discovers her estranged father is a shell of his former self and the farm is in shambles due to floods that destroyed the area six months earlier.
Running Time: 83 minutes
Jessica: This looks really intense, so I’ll pass. I have enough intensity with school and work thank you, but seriously, this looks like an interesting, well-done and very sad film that I’d watch at home when I needed a good cry.
Jim: Got the TV movie blahs about halfway through.
Chris: A whole lot of high emotion drama in this trailer, but a whole lot of I could care less in my mind.
Slamma Jamma (RiverRain Productions) – Drama/Sports
Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and language
Tag Line: Sometimes redemption is found above the rim.
Starring: Chris Staples, Michael Irvin, Jose Canseco
Plot: Wrongfully accused and sent to prison, a former basketball star prepares for the national slam dunk competition while finding redemption in himself and in those he loves.
Running Time: 104 minutes
Chris: Looks like an inspirational sports film….made for TV. I’ll pass on that ball.
Jessica: I got dumber typing that title and I didn’t make it through the trailer, I just got annoyed and turned it off so clearly it’s going to be my pick of the week. 😉
Jim: Yeah, not a fan of this title either. Nice trailer, but still feel I’ve seen it all before.
Tickets Purchased: Two for Life (Jessica and Chris) and One for Wilson (Jim)