Director Kazuaki Kiriya Starring Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Cliff Curtis, Aksel Hennie, Dave Legeno, Ayelet Zurer, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ahn Sung-Ki, Tsuyoshi, Ihara, Park Si-yeon, Giorgio Caputo, James Babson, Peyman Moaadi

There is no build up to this. Clive Owen announces himself as the baddest man with a blade, dispatching film fodder with so much ease it needn’t be depicted. Morgan Freeman is unwavering, unforgiving and, as the trailer shows us, will destroy entire cities in order to remove anything that may challenge his position of power. Each scene shifts quickly, giving us many locations and several different characters explaining their roles with a single line.

Then we hit the heart-pumping climax, and it’s on. A montage of bad-arse walking, falls from high places, throwing daggers, a huge explosion and the most epic of sword-fighting brings us to an incredibly plain title screen. All of it in the name of honour and revenge.

It’s just another standard trailer but it does get you pumped up and ready for battle, and really that’s all this is going to be, so it does its job. The dialogue has been chosen well because there’s little but you know what’s in store, and it doesn’t ruin the whole film for you by giving away details (as you can probably tell I have a major hang-up about that).

Despite his usual dull delivery Owen does look pretty cool in this, and I’ve never seen Freeman take on what looks like an almost Machiavellian role, but I don’t think there’s any task too tall for him. Overall, for what could have been a throw away this is actually done quite well.

MRD 7 of 10

Director Guy Ritchie Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Alicia Vikander, Jared Harris, Luca Calvani, Simona Caparrini

Personally, I see the purpose of a trailer as a way to demonstrate what kind of film we’re going to see and not just preview what’s to come. It needs to capture the style, tone and feel (my two words of the day), and this is where The Man From U.N.C.L.E finds its strength.

A suspenseful moment contrasted against Henry Cavill’s suave banter leads to a nice CGI car chase. Hit the jazzy swing music and we’re into it; a Nazi-affiliated organisation has an A-bomb, forcing America’s Cavill and Russia’s Armie Hammer to work together while they one-up each other with their skills. As well as the guns, chases and explosions it’s got all the secrecy and infiltration that you could want in a modern spy film.

This trailer is all over awesome. It’s light-hearted but action packed and gives off this great swinging 60’s spy vibe during the height of the Cold War. This looks like the role Cavill was meant to play and he and Hammer look like a good duo on-screen, even if they’re meant to be enemies.

MRD 8 of 10

Director Andy Fickman Starring Kevin James, Neal McDonough, Daniella Alonso, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez, Loni Love, D.B Woodside,

There’s an ancient proverb regarding the inability to clean faecal matter. I think this applies here.

MRD 1 of 10

Director Alejandro Amenabar Starring Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Dencik, Devon Bostick, Aaron Ashmore, David Thewlis, Dale Dickey, Adam Butcher

When applied to trailers props that appear in the film itself can heighten any preview.

Ethan Hawke is a detective trying to get Emma Watson to divulge her interactions with an old woman and many hooded figures in an house somewhere in the dead of night. She’s apprehensive at first, but when she does start revealing details we see snippets of her experience and a pendulum starts ticking, perhaps counting down to something. But there’s no big finale as Hawke laments this may be just the beginning.

For a trailer that’s only one minute long it certainly packs a lot in, and yet despite that it connects perfectly to the film because it remains mysterious. I only wish it were a little longer, but it nails it for atmosphere and tone and that pendulum is brilliant for the suspense they’re trying to convey, leading us to that deceptive anti-climatic finish.

MRD 9 of 10

Director Judd Apatow Starring Amy Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, John Cena, Ezra Miller, LeBron James, Method Man, Daniel Radcliffe, Marissa Tomei

Judd Apatow is back with potentially another winning rom-com that’s probably not for the whole family, maybe just the parents.

The first half of the trailer is that trademark real-world look at sexuality Apatow does so well. After taking some bad advice from her father as a child Amy Schumer is practically allergic to a second date with any man. In between work and hangovers she sleeps with a variety of men, including a guy who looks like “Mark Wahlberg ate Mark Wahlberg” (John Cena).

But then the rom-com kicks in as Schumer has to profile Dr. Bill Hader. He gets her number, the two hook up but this time the unthinkable happens as she starts falling for him, which is funny because this is completely unknown to her. It’s inevitable that of course love will conquer all but here it’s all about the journey.

It’s the perfect blend of romance and comedy. Schumer look great in her role as she experiences the dating world with a skewed view while everybody gets to deliver clever and dirty lines. But the romance is not lost within all this and that’s what Hader brings to the table. A trainwreck this trailer is not.

MRD 8 of 10

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