How many times has a film come out and you found yourself saying, "what were they thinking?" This week we're looking at trailers where Hollywood's logic is fairly apparent.

Hancock
As of January 2, I Am Legend has pulled in $209.5 million, so the decision to release this teaser trailer now for Will Smith's Hancock shows some pretty sound reasoning. Smith plays a superhero whose hard living ways have caused the public to lose faith in him. The bit were he drunkenly attempts to save a beached whale is definitely a highlight, and the presence of Jason Bateman as Hancock's PR guy shows promise. Always hard to tell from just a teaser, but I'm looking forward to this one. Jessica mentioned the poster for this one a few days ago.

The Bank Job
While it wasn't my cup of tea, you can't deny the earning power of Ocean's 11 through 13, so you can see why the caper film would seem like a good idea. Jason Statham stars in this bank heist tale based on an actual robbery that took place in England in the early 1970s. The heist goes off successfully, but along with the loot the thieves make off with some incriminating photos linking the royal family to a sex scandal. The trailer moves at a break neck pace and the film looks like it should have box office appeal, although personally I've never been a fan of Statham's work.
The Signal
It may seem like this one is borrowing ideas from Pulse and Stephen King's Cell, but apparently the film was in production before Cell was published, and Pulse tanked so bad I can't imagine anyone wanting to copy it. A signal broadcast through common electronic devices sparks a murderous rage in the population. The film has three directors, each overseeing a third of the film. Sounds like an interesting approach and based on the trailer and Scott Weinberg's review, this should be an entertaining take on the apocalypse.

Coraline
OK, this one isn't actually a trailer, but Neil Gaiman has made a brief clip from the animated adaptation of his children's novel Coraline available on his website. This appears to be stop motion animation and is from director Henry Selick who helmed The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. The story is about a bored young girl who finds another world behind a bricked up door in her family's apartment. Selick's distinctive style seems a good match for Gaiman's type of dark fantasy.

Witless Protection
Sometimes a trailer will strengthen my love of movies and leave me aching to return to the theater, while others leave me mourning the state of modern cinema and instill within me a desire to slam my head in a car door. Repeatedly. While driving off a cliff. Into shark infested waters. Erik first mentioned this one back in April. Larry the Cable Guy returns with a style of comedy that, to be kind, does not work for me. Larry's last film Delta Farce has so far pulled in only $8.3 million worldwide, so does anyone really think this is a good idea? This time he plays a small town sheriff who "rescues" a woman from what he believes to be a kidnapping, though she is actually in the Witness Protection Program under the protection of federal agents. Idiocy ensues. This time Larry is joined by several actors who should really know better, including Eric Roberts, Joe Mantegna and Yaphet Kotto. As for this week's theme, I guess I'm going for the irony here.

And don't forget to check out this week's new trailers at AOL Moviefone:
  • Leatherheads - George Clooney directs and stars in this story of the formation of professional football in the 1920s.
  • Never Back Down - The new kid in town gets mixed up with a teenage fight club.
  • Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay - More silliness, pot smoking, and Neil Patrick Harris. Check out the trailer right here

  • Pride & Glory - A homicide detective finds himself in the uncomfortable position of investigating the precinct run by his brother.
  • The Hottie and The Nottie: A man pursues the woman he has loved since childhood (played by Paris Hilton), but she refuses to date until her hideous best friend has a boyfriend too.
  • Spiral - A reclusive man begins to come out of his shell as he cultivates a friendship with a co-worker, but a dark side also starts to emerge.
  • Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show - This film follows Vince Vaughn and the comedy show he spent thirty days touring with.
  • The Duchess - Kiera Knightly stars in this period drama based on Amanda Foreman's best-selling novel Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.
  • The Dark Knight - The newest trailer for the sequel to Batman Begins.


  • The Witnesses - Set in 1984, this French language film shows the end of the sexual revolution from the perspective of four friends.
  • Snow Angels' - Two stories of love and loss converge in this adaptation of the novel by Stewart O'Nan.