Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Director Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Colbie Smulders, James Spader Release Date May 1st

Joss Whedon returns to the Marvel Universe with his highly anticipated sequel to one of the highest grossing films of all time. This trailer has managed to break YouTube viewing records in the space of a few days, it looks heavy, and the stakes have never been higher.

Something bad isn’t just coming, it’s already here. It was created by a certain Avengers member, and it’s up to the same team to stop it. They have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into, all feeling somewhat responsible, though Robert Downey Jr. looks to be taking it the hardest, as they fight for survival while all around them they struggle with scenes of carnage and devastation. Forced to fight not only this new villain, and not just two new additions who may be confused as to which side they’re supposed to fight for, they may be against each other, as we get to see an armour built for a certain specific occasion.

All the while a narrator laments these puppet’s tangled in string, none of them realising just how tangled they really are.

It may come across as a standard superhero action movie trailer, but this is a great effort put together. It lets you know things couldn’t be any worse for The Avengers, and though I guarantee future films will find a way, the scenes of destruction, the looks of defeat on their faces, the huge fight they’re teasing here, and James Spader’s voice as Ultron, still gets your heart pumping and makes you want to see this thing asap. 7 of 10

The Gambler

Director Rupert Wyatt Starring Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams, Jessica Lange, Emory Cohen, John Goodman Release Date January 2nd

Director Rupert Wyatt, known for his last two acclaimed directorial efforts with The Escapist and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, brings us a seedy gangster film complete with cheap suits, alcohol, a care-free attitude and some over-sized sunglasses.

The suave Mark Wahlberg hides behind his shades as he takes no notice of Jessica Lange and John Goodman trying to get through to him, that he’s not playing by the rules but he really should be taking care, all in between quickening scenes of a more and more worried Walhberg looking over his shoulder, getting patted down, pushed around, tied to a chair, punched and slapped, and maybe having an epiphany as he’s floating face-down in water, all the while a complementing stopwatch continually ticks. But has Walhberg, sitting with Goodman, yet to figure that out? He answers that with a smirk and a “f*** you.”

I love the look of this one. Mark Wahlberg just has to look smooth and smile, and though that alone doesn’t sell it for me, John Goodman does, in what could be a scene-stealing performance, giving this trailer the tone it’s looking for. The sound of the stopwatch heightens the feeling of urgency, clashing with Walhberg’s laid-back character, and the quick scenes in between all give us a taste of what this guy is in for. It appears as though he may deserve it but we can’t help but all feel for him a little as this smooth mover is in for a bumpy ride. 7 of 10

In The Heart of the Sea

Director Ron Howard Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Michelle Fairley Release Date March 15th

Academy Award Winner Ron Howard is back in the director’s chair for this true tale of the whale-ship Essex, which encountered a large sperm whale off the coast of South America, and became the inspiration for Herman Melville to pen Moby-Dick.

It starts off with a hint of mystery to it. They’re sailors filled with joy, doing what they love most, but with literal dark clouds looming on the horizon; we know what’s coming, but they have no idea what ordeal they’re about to go through. The mood shifts as the dissonant score swells, everything unravels, and Chris Hemsworth’s noble features and the smiles on the faces of the others are now panicked and scared, as an unseen foe, that tragically they could have seen coming, is now tearing away at their ship, their one safe haven. All of a sudden they become lost soul’s, now trapped, they’re greatest love now a terrifying prison for all of them.

The score calms abruptly with scenes of these men in tender moments with the people they love. They’re just regular sailor’s trying to make a living on the water, forever changed by what they’ve had to endure. Nobody says or mentions the word whale, and it hides just beneath the surface, but you know what it is and you know things are going to go bad.

I loved this one and I can’t wait to see it. It looks as harrowing as the true tale suggests, something you can’t miss when telling a story such as this, and the happy scenes with calm seas slowly turning darker as the worst thing that could actually happen at sea actually happens, along with the score, just accentuates that perfectly. The hunted becomes the hunter. 8 of 10

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