This week I'm feeling kind of fond of the fauna. Here are five trailers for films related to the animal kingdom.
The Dark Knight
Bats: nocturnal flying mammals who occasionally star in hotly anticipated summer blockbusters. I know I'm not the only one who's been waiting for this one ever since the end credits rolled on Batman Begins. Once again Christian Bale dons the cape and cowl of the tortured Batman, this time to do battle with Heath Ledger's sublimely psychotic Joker. This newest trailer gives us plenty of both hero and villain, as well as what appears to be the start of District Attorney Harvey Dent's (Aaron Eckhart) career as Two-Face. Michael Caine is also back as Alfred, and as much as I liked Michael Gough in the role, now I can't imagine anyone else polishing the silver at Wayne Manor. July 18 can't come fast enough. Here's Elisabeth's take.
You know that scene in The Matrix where Morpheus calls Neo on the cell phone and tries to instruct him on how to get out of the office before The Agents find him? That's exactly what this trailer plays like. Shia Labeouf plays a character who suddenly finds an extra three-quarters of a million dollars in his bank account and he comes home to find his apartment filled with a couple metric tons of terrorist accoutrement's like explosives and automatic weapons. A mysterious voice calls him and tells him that the FBI will be there in moments. Arrested and framed, he must go undercover with a terrorist organization to clear his name. I was intrigued until I found out this was from D.J. Caruso, the man behind the stunningly mediocre Disturbia. Still, the trailer is kind of cool and the cast also includes Rosario Dawson and Billy Bob Thornton. Eagle Eye starts playing U.S. theaters on September 26. Here's what Erik thought of the trailer.
The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor
Dragons may not be real, but that doesn't stop them from qualifying for today's theme. The first two installments of the Brendan Fraser Mummy series had more to do with Indiana Jones than Boris Karloff, so I doubt it's a coincidence that this series AND Indy are releasing new installments this Summer. This sequel strays even further from the Mummy of old by not bringing back Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), but instead introduces a new mummy played by Jet Li. It seems that Rick O'Connell (Fraser) can't stop pissing off dead people. The action moves to China, and I'm seeing some sumptuous spectacle here. Fraser always has a lot of appeal too, so I'm thinking this could be fun, and the fun starts on August 1.
No actual animals here, but we do have a guy who has played a Wolverine. This historical drama from Baz Luhrman stars Nicole Kidman as an English woman who forges a relationship with a rough-hewn Aussie (Hugh Jackman) amidst the attack by Japanese forces on their way to Pearl Harbor. Kidman is cleverly shown in the trailer explaining the plot to a frightened child, but she disguises it as a children's story. This sort of film isn't really my cup of tea, but it looks like a top notch production. Eugene had this to say on the subject.
Kung Fu Panda
He's a panda! He's doing kung fu! He's got Jack Black's voice! This should be hilarious. Wellllllllll, not so much. It sounds like a cute concept, but I didn't find myself laughing. OK, the part where the kung fu master tells our panda hero "you suck" got me to giggle, but that was pretty much it. I like Jack Black, I like kung fu, and I like pandas (what kind of ogre wouldn't?) but the combination seems to be about as effective as peanut butter, jelly and mustard. Jack voices a panda who doesn't let his naturally chubby nature get in the way of his dreams of studying the martial arts. The mediocrity hits theaters on June 6. Here's Eugene's post about the trailer.
New trailers on AOL Moviefone:
- The Rocker - A washed up 80s rocker finds a new chance to shine playing with his nephew's band at the prom. Here's the trailer:
- The Happening - Second trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's apocalyptic scare flick. Check it out right here:
- Finding Amanda - Matthew Broderick plays an alcoholic with a gambling problem who, in order to keep his wife from leaving him, heads to Vegas to get his prostitute niece into rehab.
- Quid Pro Quo - A wheelchair bound radio reporter encounters a bizarre sub-culture of people who want to be disabled.
- Trumbo - Documentary about once blacklisted Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo.
- The X Files 2 - I Want to Believe - The newest big screen incarnation of the hit TV series.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Harrison Ford returns for this newest adventure with the bull whip toting archaeologist.
- City of Ember - Futuristic science fiction film about an underground city whose power system is about to fail.
- Loaded - A young man with a bright future finds trouble when he becomes friends with a violent drug dealer.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Feature length animated adventure continuing the story of Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.