All the trailers in this week’s Sneak Peeks feature characters enduring adversity and finding some way to conquer it. that runs throughout this week’s offering of movie marketing goodness. So let’s dive straight in, shall we?
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage – Saban Films
Does a movie trailer really need to be three minutes and thirty nine seconds long? The short answer is no. The long answer is no of course it doesn’t it’s supposed to entice an audience into seeing the film not spend all day giving the plot away! This has been said many times here at Sneak Peeks, and unfortunately whoever edited the trailer for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage hasn’t been paying attention to the last thirty articles that have been written on the subject of movie trailers.
That being said, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage looks to be a film full of potential. Directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Matt Lanter and Brian Presley the film tells the true story of the WWII USS Indianapolis led by Captain Charles McVay (Cage) which, while patrolling the Phillipine Sea, was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine. The surviving crew members are left stranded in the sea for five days in shark infested waters, and on their return home McVay is court martialled for “hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag”.
It’s an incredible story and the film will focus heavily on the bravery of the crewmen onboard the USS Indianapolis, hence the title. So, despite the overly long trailer, which is infuriating to say the least, it does look like it has the potential to be a film of quality. The film’s release date has been pushed around an awful lot, which hopefully isn’t a reflection of the studio’s confidence in the film, but it will finally hit cinemas in November.
Collateral Beauty – Warner Bros.
Next up, Will Smith tugs at humanity’s collective heartstrings in the trailer for Collateral Beauty. Directed by David Frankel the film tells the story of a New York advertising executive (Smith) who is plunged into a downward spiral after a tragic event. During events in depression, tragedy, romantic tendencies and hope he encounters three mysterious people who encourage him to forget about the past while his friends try to him get back on track with his life.
If the presence of Will Smith alone isn’t enough to entice you to watch a film then he is also joined by the likes of Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Jacob Latimore, Michael Peña, Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris and Edward Norton. It’s an incredible cast and with its release date of December it wouldn’t be a surprise if the studio is pushing for it to be an awards contender. It will released on the same day as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story so if somehow Darth Vader isn’t your thing then this might just be a good alternative for you.
Mr. Church – Cinelou Films
Last but by no means least is the wonderful Eddie Murphy in Mr. Church. Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church (Murphy). What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans fifteen years and created a family bond that lasts forever.
Joining Murphy are the talents of Britt Robertson, Natasha McElhone, Xavier Samuel and Christian Madsen. The story is based on the life of writer Susan McMartin and is directed by Bruce Beresford who of course brought us Driving Miss Daisy.
It’s wonderful to see Eddie Murphy doing some real acting once again. He is greatly talented in both drama and comedy and his recent slew of family comedies just haven’t hit the mark, Norbitt springs to mind. However, unfortunately the film thus far hasn’t received the most positive of reviews but you don’t need to listen to them and can decide for yourself when the film is released next week.
So there you have it, another look at the latest in movie trailer land. Come back next week for another Sneak Peek!