This Week's Trailer Park Round-Up

Happy Monday, Threedonia! And (mainly thanks to NY Comic-Con), we’ve got quite a batch of trailers for you to check out this week! Robots (both giant and human-sized), time travel, mind-bending sci-fi, a young Jack Ryan fighting terrorists, and for the kiddies, animated animals helping Baby Jesus get born, among others. Take a look-see:

1. Pacific Rim: Uprising

We finally get a full trailer for the Pacific Rim sequel, with Star Wars’ John Boyega playing the new lead, the apparent son of Idris Elba’s character from the last movie. Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman all return, and Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino) and Adria Arjona (True Detective) play the other Jaeger pilots, who must valiantly ride their giant robots into battle when monsters attack the Earth once again. Guillermo Del Toro isn’t directing this time, so his stylistic touches will likely be absent, but in place of them, we appear to get plenty of robot-on-monster action, which works for me.

2. Replicas

Keanu Reeves stars as a scientist who loses his wife (Alice Eve) and children in a car crash, and brings them back as clones. Then robots also get involved…somehow. The whole thing has a very Frankenstein-Meets-I, Robot feel that gives it a dark but interesting edge. Considering it’s about a man obsessed with keeping his family alive, it’ll probably have lots of heart to go along with all those special effects.

3. Runaways

Marvel’s comic book series about a group of teenagers who join up after discovering their parents are super-villains gets its own show on Hulu. The comic is hugely popular and could make for a potentially great show. On the other hand, the show looks to have pretty low production values and very few recognizable actors (probably the most famous is James Marsters, who played Spike on Buffy/Angel). These may or may not be red flags, but they’re definitely a sign that the show is going to be more character-based than a big-budget extravaganza. That’s not necessarily a bad thing (see the first season of Heroes), but adjust your expectations accordingly.

4. Jack Ryan

A whole series of teasers for the new Jack Ryan show premiered at NYCC, and they are helpfully collected in the video below. John Krasinski (13 Hours, The Office) stars as Ryan, still working as a young analyst for the CIA when he gets thrown headfirst into anti-terrorism operations. Carlton Cuse (Lost) wrote and developed the show based on Tom Clancy’s novels and…do my eyes deceive me, or does this show actually acknowledge that there are terrorist villains in the Middle East that are trying to kill us? Eh, don’t worry, I’m sure there will be lots of evil conservative white guys later in the show to balance things out, but in the meantime, this might actually be enjoyable.

5. Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

A new anthology series based on the short stories of Phillip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly), this looks to be a whole heaping helping of twisted, mind-bending sci-fi, with a cast full of familiar faces (Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Greg Kinnear, Vera Farmiga, Tim Spall, Mirielle Enos). If you like Dick’s stuff, I suspect this will be worth watching.

6. Future Man

A goofy sci-fi/comedy show about a young slacker (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) who is recruited on a time travel mission to save humanity from a deadly virus. The premise appears to be purely played for laughs, like a spoof of Back To The Future, The Terminator and other time travel flicks. Keith David and Gleanne Headly also star. Looks really funny.

7. The Star

An animated take on the first Christmas, about a donkey and other brave animals who secretly help Mary (Gina Rodriguez) and Joseph (Zachary Levi) on their journey to Bethlehem. Other voices include Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Tyler Perry, Steven Yuen, Kris Kristofferson, Oprah Winfrey, Anthony Anderson, Tracey Morgan, and Kelly Clarkson. Looks like silly, inoffensive animated fun and nothing more, but if you’re looking for a good family movie to bring your kids to at Christmas, it’ll probably fit the bill.

8. Roman J Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington stars as an inner-city defense attorney who gets hired on by a big law firm and gets involved in all kinds of dangerous shenanigans. It’s got an odd title and an even odder trailer, so much so that it’s not really clear what the movie is about. But I’m interested in it for two reasons: (a) the writer/director is Dan Gilroy, whose last film, Nightcrawler, was fantastic, and (b) Denzel freaking Washington. ‘Nuff said. Also, the fact that Washington’s character, an old-school Civil Rights hero from the ’60s, is apparently driven away and shunned by the modern-day Black Lives Matter/black supremacist crowd, might make for some interesting and politically incorrect commentary.

5 comments to This Week’s Trailer Park Round-Up

  • Dr. Schplatt

    I think the tagline for Pacific Rim: Uprising should be “Because Power Rangers and the Transformers reboot weren’t stupid enough.”

    • Saw this preview in the theater and couldn’t have been more unimpressed.

      • The thing I remember about the first one is how it was able to make mecha fighting more down-to-earth and unpredictable. The sequel will likely be more generic, and the lack of Idris Elba and Ron Perlman will hurt it as well. On the other hand, at least the fights will be done in broad daylight for a change, no rainy nights to obscure everything.

        • Dr. Schplatt

          The first one wasn’t horrible because it wasn’t just a bunch of CGI robots punching things. Occasionally there was story happening. This preview makes me think it’s going to be no story and just CGI punching.

  • Jack Ryan looks good. Having read a lot of Clancy back in the day his earlier work was a lot more compelling than the stuff where Jack Ryan saves the day and ends up in high government positions. Clark is the character that would be the real ass kicker though.

    On a similar note I saw American Assassin the other day. In my opinion it suffered from the effort to bring the story line to today rather than beginning in the 80’s like the book did. It was OK, but could have been much better.