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Atomic Blonde (2017) – Teaser

Outlook: Most promising trailer of 2017 (so far)

Director: David Leitch

Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones, & Eddie Marsan

Atomic Blonde‘s opening fight scene harkens back to the early Bourne movies mixed with the bloody violence of John Wick. Its cinematography blends Zach Snyder’s pre-D.C. movies (Watchmen300Sucker Punch) with the stark quality of Bourne. I’m quite excited for this film because it appears to have a sense-of-self unlike many run of the mill spy/action movies.

The most negative aspect of the trailers is its plot, which appears to be a product of the trite lovers-revenge formula, which would normally be a bummer. However, its intense action and sex, coupled with the possibility of some good, dry British humor make me hopeful. I also enjoyed the neon signage that is reminiscent of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and Neon Demon. Leitch put together a stellar cast that, by itself, does not guarantee success, but it does increase my desire to see it.

The largest unknown for Atomic Blonde is its director. Leitch only has an “uncredited” direction credit for John Wick. His career has  so far largely centered in stunt work where he has been a stunt-man, stunt-coordinator, and action choreographer for 82 titles in movies, TV shows, and video games. His only upcoming title is Deadpool 2, which means Fox has a ton of faith in him to put him at the helm of such a large cash-cow.

I’m choosing to side with Fox & Universal and believe that Leitch’s prodigious stunt experience will produce a quality action flick.

For trailer, see below.

By Hagood Grantham

Super Bowl Trailers

THE BAD

Transformers: The Last Knight

The size of the paycheck Michael Bay sent to Hopkin’s agent in order to get him on Transformers: The Last Knight will be this film’s biggest reveal.

Potential sequel, if Hopkins stays on board, could be Silence of the Transformers: More Bayhem.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Shiver me franchises, Disney is at it again (Pirates will be there 2nd of 5 sequels for 2017).

However, it does seem that this Pirates film may have a slightly darker tone.

With Orlando Bloom back, can Disney find Box Office treasure again?

Furious 7

Next sequel: Furious 8, Vin Diesel packs it in, gets a Prius, and dabbles in microbreweries along the East Coast.

THE GOOD

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I eagerly anticipate the return of Marvel’s best franchise so far, but this trailer did need a little more Groot.

Baywatch

Biggie, slow-motion, and some pretty funny jokes at Zac Efron’s expense, we’ll hold out hope.

Logan

Logan could be the pinnacle of the X-Men series so far, striking overtones that are reminiscent of The Road,  but hopefully without the whiff of cannibalism.

Mummy (2017) – Teaser

The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, and Sophia Boutella. Directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Christopher McQuarrie & Jon Spaihts. Out in 2017.

Hagood’s Thoughts:

On first viewing, Saul and I were both skeptical of this movie’s motives. As with most remakes, I assumed Universal Pictures, K/O Paper Products, and the Sean Daniel Co. created this movie with the intent to manipulate our love of ancient Egypt and mummies to raid our wallets. However, now, upon learning that Mr. McQuarrie (writer of Edge of Tomorrow The Usual Suspects) and Jon Spaihts (writer of Prometheus Dr. Strange) are penning the script, I have more hope. I know this puts Saul in a quandary because he hates Strange but loves Prometheus. I’ll hold my breath for this one and pray it does better than Brendan Frasier’s mediocre trilogy.

Saul’s Thoughts:

The first thing that surprised me about this reboot is that is not a period piece. The prior Mummy trilogy have all been set in the first of half the 20th century, while this reboot is firmly modern,

I enjoyed the Mummy trilogy growing up because the period setting had the same sense of adventure and exploration as another great series, Indiana Jones.

Hopefully this reboot does not replace periodic allure with ‘Bayhem’, the technique created by Michael Bay where films revolve around explosions and the demolition of cities. Unfortunately that does seem likely as the Mummy in question is destroying a city area at the end of the trailer.

Update: The first full trailer for The Mummy has been released.

Hopefully, Annabelle Wallis, of principal renown for her role in Peaky Blinders as Thomas Shelby’s love interest, will get some decent screen time. It is clear that she will be playing the love interest in this film, as Tom Cruise sacrifices himself to save her in the trailer.

The switch between male and female for the Mummy this time round is an interesting choice. I wonder if there is any reason for the switch, besides distinguishing the upcoming film from the prior series.

The morgue scene in which the plane crash victims are wrapped in plastic imitates how mummies were wrapped in linen prior to burial. Tom Cruise bursts from his body bag, which is a hint that he may be linked to an artefact or the villain somehow, and hence his survival.

The military convoy in both the teaser trailer and the first full trailer, coupled with the seeming damage to central London means that ‘Bayhem’ is confirmed.

I assume that the presence of the U.S military in discovering the new Mummy is part of some sub-plot to create bio-weapons.

Russell Crowe  will either be an ally to Cruise and Wallis, or a Government agent who joins the Mummy in her quest to outperform Loki, the decepticons, Bane, and all your other villainous pals, in destroying urban architecture.