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Trailer Power Rankings: ‘Gravity’ Forces its Way to the Top Spot

Gravity

Even though it’s Friday, and by design, it must also be time for your weekly trailer power rankings, everyone must still be recovering from Comic-Con because this week’s releases are light, trailer-wise. One would assume more people wanted to drop trailers during one of the biggest movie fan gatherings of the year but it turns out that there were so many other things going on in the world — like the birth of our new monarch Prince George — that most studios kind of just gave up, I guess. There was some kind of horribly short “The Amazing Spider Man 2″ video with Jamie Foxx in it, but seriously, it was only like 40 seconds long, I’m not going to insult your intelligence by including it. It’s probably bad enough to include the Veronica Mars one, but at least that has real trailer bits in it, at the end after all the self-congratulatory Mars-ing that goes on. And for crying out loud, I refuse to include updated trailers and expanded trailers and all that nonsense. Your movie gets one trailer to hook us as an audiences. Stop dragging it out and giving away all the best parts.

Aside from twenty-something private investigators and wild superheroes, we’ve got a longer look at the Mandela biopic, the newest trailer for some little franchise about games and hunger and catching some fire (sounds unsafe). Keanu Reeves takes on some baddies as a martial arts expert, the darkness of humanity is revealed in the latest Sam Rockwell drama, and we get a very, very lengthy look at what a disaster in space might look like to the only two people it most affects: the astronauts.

1.) ‘Gravity’

This clip is basically a mashup of all the tiny trailers released recently, but I still can’t think of maybe anything worse than being an astronaut out in space with something going very, very wrong. Starring only two people on screen, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and there’s so many unbelievably cringe-worthy moments and near death experiences just in these few moments! The first person perspective and closed-off spaces make this one hard to watch and I can’t even imagine seeing it on the big screen. A little sad they gave away so many stunning images in the trailer, but that can’t be helped.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Eric Michels
Release Date: October 4th, 2013

2.) ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Ahhhhh! If you even want to see this movie a little bit you already know what it’s about. Katniss! Katniss! Katniss fighting and doing things with her beautiful face. Ugh, the first one feels so far away, like we saw it a hundred years ago. Fortunately it’s not a long wait ’til November 22, I think we’ll survive. Watching Jennifer Lawrence take down even more practiced killers in this one is going to be so good, I can’t even wait. The battle sequences will be a little odd if the film sticks to anything less than an R rating, which it will have to in order to make money. In any case, it’s been a year, this addition looks like it focuses in on the battle and not on the laaaaame social engagement/freedom fighter aspects, so let’s hope they keep it rockin’.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Release Date: November 22, 2013

3.) ‘Single Shot’

One time I interviewed Rockwell and had to explain what Jenga was to him, and even when I did he didn’t look like he believed me. In any case, another trailer (breaking my own rules about repeat trailers!) for this stern, traumatic drama gives us a closer look at what was obscured before. Sam Rockwell stars and finds himself embroiled in some revenge nightmare after a young girl dies accidentally. William H. Macy also appears, creepy-as-hell and threatening. I never though Macy could seem threatening, but I have absolutely changed my mind. Looking forward to this one, hoping it makes a splash in all the noisy year-end fervor.
Starring: Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Ted Levine
Release Date: September 20, 2013

4.) ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

Of course, like a week after they release a teaser trailer they release the actual trailer. Idris Elba proves his acting prowess in this role for sure, but this one looks like it might be too sad for me to handle. An in-depth look at the life and times of Nelson Mandela, which comes right on the heels of hearing that Mandela’s health isn’t doing so well. Timely and powerful, this one looks to be going for award’s buzz.
Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Robert Hobbs
Release Date: November 27, 2013

5.) ‘Veronica Mars’

If you simply MUST get a look at the new Veronica Mars movie, here’s the little five minute long thing they made that celebrates VM and shows all the cast filming and explains about the Kickstarter in case you were under a rock or something like that. I’ve only watched the first season of the show, but it was good. The last like, two minutes or minute and a half of this is actually trailer so skip to that general region if you’re bored. You’ll get a look at all your favs, as well as a hint of a plot. Veronica’s all grown up and real life awaits her.
Starring: Kristen Bell, James Franco, Gaby Hoffmann
Release Date: 2014

6.) ’47 Ronin’

Whoa. Ha ha, sorry. Keanu Reeves jokes aside, this bad boy looks like one expensive movie and let’s hope people actually go see it so Universal can get their money back! A handful of warriors, 47 to be exact, as up against an almost infinite army in this wild, supernatural fantasy. Reeves might even get to hide his lack of acting ability under his character’s required calm demeanor. Rinko Kikuchi continues her march towards world domination, pretty soon we’ll be at total RINKO saturation levels, she’ll be appearing in every movie ever made. Which, is actually okay with me.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano
Release Date: December 25, 2013

Come back next week for more rankings and way more trailers!


Categories: Columns, Trailer Roundup

Tags: Gravity, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Trailer power rankings, Trailer Round Up

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