While camping over the weekend, the group I was with decided to play one of those board games where you ask a question and then, based on the answers, one person has to guess who said what. One of the questions was, "In your opinion, what's the worst way a person can die?" Lovely game, huh? Especially when you're in the middle of the woods and just recently watched The Blair Witch Project for the umpteenth time.
Being the creative genius that I am, I believe I came up with an elaborate answer that involved some sort of adult-sized shredder. Damn, would that suck. Ever since 9/11, our society has been plagued by the 'what ifs'. What if it happens again? What if they bomb a train, a plain, a bus, a building or a school? What if they use toxic gas? What if they pollute our water? Each and every single day, we're forced to walk around with the belief that, at some point in the near future, all of our worst fears will come true ... again.
The following films all examine the fear of death, placing their characters in situations where tough choices need to be made ... and fast. Now, I don't think we have to worry about a monster rising out of a lake, destroying the nearest town. Yet, a dirty bomb going off in the middle of Los Angeles, no matter how it plays out on screen, is still a very real threat. What are your worst fears? Welcome to this week's Trailer Park:
- After winning the Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic feature at the Sundance Film Festival, 13 (Tzameti) is just about ready to hit the States in its original version, even though Brad Pitt's Plan B and Tzameti director Géla Babluani are already keen on remaking the film in English. Story revolves around a man who follows a mysterious letter, only to find himself caught up in a deadly game where men bet on the lives of other men. Based on Kim's Sundance review of the film, this looks like something I definitely must see.
- Described as the movie Speed, but in a body, Crank stars rising action hero Jason Statham as a hitman who's been shot up with some sort of Chinese poison. While he tears through Los Angeles in search of a cure, Statham must keep his adrenaline up or else he will die. To make things worse, Amy Smart plays Statham's girlfriend in the film. Man, if the poison doesn't kill him, perhaps Smart's horrific acting will.
- In 88 Minutes, the great Al Pacino returns to the screen as a college professor moonlighting as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI. After receiving a disturbing phone call in which a disguised Scream-like voice tells him he only has 88 minutes to live, Pacino sets out on a journey to find out who exactly is trying to ruin his life while, at the same time, hoping the entire thing is part of some elaborate sick joke.
- Hell yeah -- I'm always down for a crazy South Korean monster movie. After doing well in Cannes, The Host (or Gwoemul) is heading our way via a distribution deal through Magnolia Pictures. Pic, which revolves around a mutant monster that rises out of Seoul's Han river hell-bent on devouring all that stand in its way, has already caught the eye of several major U.S. studios looking to snag the remake rights for the film. Hey, I'm all for a remake, so long as they don't throw Matthew "I ruined Godzilla" Broderick in the lead role.
- With a film that's bound to freak some people out, Right At Your Door stars Mary McCormack and Rory Cochrane as a husband and wife who must find a way to survive after a dirty bomb goes off in Los Angeles, causing mayhem and spreading a toxic cloud throughout the city. What would you do? Where would you go? Written and directed by Chris Gorak, Right At Your Door attempts to show how an event like this could cripple a city, regardless of where or who it comes from.