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SNEAK PEEKS: This week’s dark movie trailers

SNEAK PEEKS: This week’s dark movie trailers IMAGE: richardhartley.com

There are two very encouraging looking movie trailers on tap for you this week. However, first one must get through the fact that there is a new Fifty Shades film. There may be a rant on the way so prepare yourself for this week’s Sneak Peeks!

 

soma without prescription COD Fifty Shades Darker – Universal Pictures

Valentine’s Day? Really? Fifty Shades of Grey was romantic that the sensible thing was to release it on Valentine’s Day. Other than the fact that it’s not a romantic film at all, the two lead cast members have no chemistry whatsoever, and the whole thing just comes off as unbelievably creepy. So, it makes perfect sense to release Fifty Shades Darker, a film that looks like it’s actually supposed to be creepy rather than just accidentally so, on Valentine’s Day again.

Fifty Shades Darker picks up where the last monstrosity left off. Anastasia (played by Dakota Johnson, who if you want to see acting, go and see A Bigger Splash) is trying to move on with her life without the influence of Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan, who if you want to see acting, go and see Anthropoid). However, Christian just turns up un-announced (he does that a lot apparently) to convince Ana to come back to him and re-enter their complicated relationship. After Ana demands a new arrangement, with no secrets, rules or punishments, the couple begin to develop trust until revelations from Christian’s past threaten to break the couple apart forever.

So, does it look better than the first one? Not really. It still looks very nice, as the first one did to be fair, the cinematography and production design being one of the film’s strongest aspects. And to be fair, Fifty Shades of Grey did rather well at the box office on its release, everyone being intrigued to see what the film would actually be like. Alas, it was awful. Let’s please not make the same mistake again and encourage them to make another one. Oh wait, they already are. God help us all. Fifty Shades Darker is released on Valentine’s Day.

 

Doctor shopping for Soma prescription The Promise – Survival Pictures

Now for something that looks slightly more promising. The Promise tells the story of a love triangle that develops between Armenian medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac), American Paris-based journalist Christopher (Christian Bale) and an Armenian woman raised in France, Ana (Charlotte Le Bon). The film takes place during the final days of the Ottoman Empire and the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

The film is directed by Terry George who previously helmed the Oscar nominated films In the Name of the Father and Hotel Rwanda. The film has just recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and Oscar Isaac has been praised for his excellent performance, but with Christian Bale being labelled as bland, not a description one can usually attribute to Bale. Only time will tell to see what the film is like for ourselves when it is released later this year.

 

Nocturnal Animals – Focus Features

Finally this week is the new film from fashion designer turned writer, director and producer Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals. The film tells the story of an art gallery owner (played by Amy Adams) who is haunted by her ex-husband’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) novel, a violent thriller that she sees as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

Joining Adams and Gyllenhaal are the likes of Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer and Laura Linney. It’s a terrific cast that Ford has assembled, presumably helped by the fact that his last film, A Single Man garnered Colin Firth an Oscar Nomination for Best Actor and a win at the Venice Film Festival. Like A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival and Tom Ford took away the Grand Jury Prize there as a result.

Nocturnal Animals looks like it will be one to watch when it is released in November.

So there you have it, a very dark selection of movie trailers. Come back next week for hopefully a slightly jollier sneak peek.

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