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Captain America: The First Avenger

9 Feb

by brian


Way better than JD Salinger’s kid

Nerds have been salivating over this movie since it was announced.  Now, everyone who was watching the Super Bowl is drooling and it’s not because of the guacamole.  The foremost reason I’m in love with this movie already is because of Chris Evans’ scrawny frame.  Jealousy overcome, I am now better than him.  What, the super serum worked?  Ok, well that was short lived. 

There’s a lot packed into this thirty second spot.  We see the genesis of our hero in a special effect body mash-up that was expertly used in The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe trailer spends a lot of time showing this part of the movie.  I assume they do this because they’re not finished shooting and this is all the usable footage.  They will do well to get through the transformation process quickly and get to the badassery.  And boy is the badassery…well, bad ass.

Evans fills out the patriotic costume very well.  He looks like he was born in it.  The outfit is clearly Captain America, yet it seems better.  Instead of a comic book artist drawing unnecessary appointments, this costume looks like it was made with purpose…like it actually has tactical value.  I like that. 

Evans will bring his signature smart-alec attitude to the role and at the same time he will fill it like the leader Captain America is.  While we’ve been fawning over Evans, the most interesting three frames of the trailer comes late when Hugo Weaving reveals his sinewy Red Skull visage for the first time.  One of the best comic book villains of all time, Red Skull is evil incarnate and will be one of the most fun characters to watch on the big screen in 2011.

 

Good thing they took Accutane off the market

So, will it suck? 

No.  A patriotic super hero played by an actor who can deliver deadly one-liners and punches will win big at the box office and with critics.  Hugo Weaving gave us one of the best bad guys of cinema with The Matrix’s Agent Smith.  He will deliver again with Red Skull.  I have a feeling the comic book aficionados will appreciate this movie as well.  Just look out at ComicCon for all the cosplayers in their American flag uniforms.

Your Highness

17 Jan

By josh

It’s easy to spot a stoner movie; the raunchy humor, the silly pratfalls, the actors who are in it, and the countless references to pot. Even the titles are cleverly disguised innuendos, like How High, Half Baked, and Dazed and Confused. So what happens when you take the obvious signs of stoner film heaven, and add A-List Hollywood names and big-time production values? Well, you get Your Highness, the next big bowl-packing hit from the guys that brought you Pineapple Express

*Warning: Red band trailer may contain scenes not suitable for all audiences

Starring James Franco and Danny McBride as two brothers, one gallant and one gastrically challenged,  who must set out on a quest to rescue Franco’s bride-to-be (Zooey Deschanel) from an evil wizard (Justin Theroux), this period piece plays like The Princess Bride for today’s kids. Except this one has the mouth of a sailor, and a really hot bikini-clad Natalie Portman. Starring as a Xena-like warrior they pick up along the way, Portman makes a rare comedic appearance here and hangs tough with her stoner pedigree costars. After fighting off monsters and foes along the way, the unlikely band of rescuers defeat the wizard, get the girl back, and all live happily ever after.

The most unlikely thing about this band of travelers, however, is who they are in real life. While Franco and McBride starred alongside stoner kingpin Seth Rogen in 2008’s Pineapple Express, they are by no means pot-film newbies, with Franco cutting his teeth as a burnout in Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks” and McBride knocking out inebriated audiences since 2006’s The Foot Fist Way. But as of late, Franco has been getting serious Oscar attention over his portrayal of a self-made amputee in 127 Hours, not to mention the fact that he’ll be hosting the awards show alongside Anne Hathaway come February. And let’s not forget Portman, who is also generating serious Oscar buzz for Black Swan, which she already won the Golden Globe for – what are these two A-Listers doing in a stoner flick that is as crass and tasteless as anything you’d find on a frat guy’s movie shelf?

Having fun, apparently. After his breakout role in Foot Fist, McBride has been doing solid comedy work in Hollywood, and is considered one of the leading comedic minds in movies right now, recruiting friends and fans to make appearances in his hit HBO show “Eastbound and Down.” Penning the script and reuniting with his Pineapple Express director, the film combines big, unpretentious laughs with big-budget special effects, and they invite their friends along to enjoy the ride. Portman and Franco fit right in, with the only sore thumb sticking out in Deschanel, who has always seemed a more delicate flower when it comes to gross-out comedy, and her screen time looks to be minimal here, anyway.

So, will it suck?

No. With a surprisingly competent cast, rich blockbuster effects, and a script written by one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming comedy kings, this should prove to be the first big quotable movie of the year. While some might write it off as lacking any brain cells, those who have seen McBride’s work know that the crude humor is completely infectious, and with assistance from future Oscar winners Franco and Portman, there’s no doubt that this journey is going to be anything but fun. As an action film, a fairytale, and a romance movie, this should prove to be one that we’ll be watching years from now, as a companion to our copy of The Princess Bride, but with way more dick jokes.

...not to mention Natalie Portman in a thong.

Will It Suck TV for Jan. 7th, 2011

6 Jan

The holiday’s are over.  You’re back to work or school just phoning it in.  Guess what?…so is Hollywood.  Hear what the WillItSuck guys have to say about Nick Cage’s “Season of the Witch” and Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Country Strong.”

Yogi Bear The Movie

13 Dec

by brian

You all must have been very bad this year. Our Christmas present from Warner Bros. is a 3D installment of one of the most boring cartoon characters ever. Yogi Bear hits theatres December 17th, just in time for us to curse God right before his son’s birthday.

Yogi is a mix of live action and animation. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? it aint. Starring Tom Cavanagh , Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd as “Yogi” and Justin Timberlake as “Boo Boo”, this movie is one that doesn’t seem to be made for kids. Sure it’s animated and filled with prat falls, but take a look at the cast. Tom Cavanagh was the quirky Ed on NBC and the quirky brother of Dr. John Dorian on Scrubs…on NBC. Anna Faris attained notoriety in Scary Movie. The last time Dan Aykroyd was relevant to kids was when he starred as “Ray Stantz” in Ghostbusters. I’m sure kids know who Justin Timberlake is, but it’s probably not from his days in *NSYNC (it’s hilarious when my nephew sings that holiday song we all love, “Dick in a Box”). The last piece of evidence that this movie was made for reminiscing older people is the TV Guide. Check it. Is Yogi Bear the cartoon on any channel? I don’t know one kid who prefers Yogi to “Yu-Gi-Oh!”

I always thought Yogi’s antics and plans to ruin pick-a-nics were blah. Ranger Smith caught Yogi and Boo Boo again…oh that Yogi. Oh look, a bear using a magnet to steal a lunch box. There he is again, this time it’s a fishing rod, or maybe he bribed some ants to walk away with the watermelon, and now he’s being tested for diabetes…oh, wait…that was the “very special episode of Yogi.”

So, Will It Suck?

….Yup. Kids aren’t impressed with Yogi. They won’t appreciate Dan Aykroyd. Justin Timberlake’s voice is unrecognizable as Boo Boo and Anna Faris is a straight to DVD Scooby Doo feature away from being out of the business all together. I do think the grown-ups will like Cavanagh. He kinda seems perfect for Ranger Smith. But, for all those who prefer the darker days of Yogi when he busted that miners’ strike or told his drunk father what he really thought, check out the video below for the alternate ending to this weekend’s release.



Green Lantern

29 Nov

By josh

Hollywood is running a glut of superhero movies right now, and if you think it’s already overloaded, just wait until the Avengers movie comes out. But in the meantime, we’re getting the comic book backpages. Sure, “Superman” and “Batman” were naturals, and okay, “Spider-Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” proved their worth as popular 70’s TV shows, but along the way someone got greedy. We got a Catwoman spinoff directed by a guy with one name, Ghost Rider starring an entirely too old Nicolas Cage and some fake hair, and not one but two Punisher movies, only one of which had Thomas Jane. And let’s not forget that Daredevil starred both Ben Affleck and Colin Farrell (shudder – possibly the worst offense of all). But while we keep getting movies made about superheroes that barely anyone outside of a comic book convention has ever heard of, should we immediately write them off as quickly made cash grabs? I mean, the best part about last year’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine might just have been the five minutes Ryan Reynolds was onscreen as the relatively unknown “Deadpool.” It left you wondering, could Reynolds have the charisma to carry an entire movie about a comic book character that 90% of the populace has never even heard of? Well, wonder no more, as Green Lantern opens up next summer, and we’ve got our first glimpse at the trailer.

Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a daring test pilot who flies by the seat of his pants both in and out of the cockpit, and Blake Lively plays his by-the-book partner who seems like she could be a real uppity one. After having to ditch a plane mid-air, it seems like Jordan’s life couldn’t get any worse, but then he finds an alien that crash landed to earth, who informs him that he has been chosen by a very special ring to join the Green Lantern Corps to protect the universe, and anything he can dream up in his mind, the ring makes happen; a very exclusive job for only the most fearless. After playing around with the ring for a bit, a very big-headed Peter Sarsgaard proves to be a threat to society, and a CGI suited Green Lantern must stop him from doing….something.

This movie has been getting buzz since it was announced Reynolds would be taking the role, rather than a much-expected Deadpool spinoff, and then over the summer, Entertainment Weekly released photos of the all-CGI suit that would be used in the film (that’s right, the entire suit has been painted on in post-production), that started debates about how real the entire thing could possibly be. But now we get the trailer, and by the looks of it, all five seconds, we don’t have any reason to complain about the suit….yet. In fact, we don’t have much to complain about at all. Reynolds seems his normal, charming self, and aside from a more sci-fi tale than your normal superhero movie, as we visit alien worlds and see alien versions of other Green Lanterns, the whole thing looks to be really well put together.

But, there is one gripe I have, and that’s in Blake Lively. She seems fine on “Gossip Girl”, and in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and she wasn’t the worst thing about this summer’s The Town, but acting next to Reynolds, who just seems like a natural in front of the camera, is proving Lively to be a liability in the couple seconds we see of her in the trailer. On top of that, we just have to question how the director is going to play the whole “anything I see in my mind, I can create” scenario, as the only real power we see so far is in the form of a giant cartoon fist knocking out three bad guys in a back alley. Will they take a knowing nod to the comic book art of the golden age, or is this going to get kiddie and campy real quick?

So, will it suck?

No. Reynolds has just been fun to watch, starting back in 2002 with his big-screen breakout with Van Wilder to the guy’s version of a chick-flick with 2008’s Definitely, Maybe. He’s relaxed, charming, and funny, and yes, we might just have a movie crush on him. So expect him to carry the movie, much like Robert Downey Jr. did with Iron Man. The major question comes in the form of the graphics – what will that suit look like in action, and how cartoony will the ring’s special powers actually be? From the looks of it, we aren’t worried, as the suit seems to come off with a surprising touch of reality, and that “giant punch” looks more like a clever in-joke for comic book fans, that will probably be played up minimally in the film. Summer seems far away, but from what we’re seeing, in our books, “green” means go.

Cowboys & Aliens

27 Nov

By josh

Hollywood is in love with alien invasion movies lately. Skyline premiered earlier this month, and the trailer for Battle: Los Angeles is now previewing in theaters. It seems like there’s a veritable invasion movie renaissance happening right now. However, what those two movies have in  common – hostile aliens invading modern-day L.A. – is probably the biggest thing that sets it apart from next summer’s big close encounter flick, Cowboys & Aliens, as the name so clearly gives away, these aliens make their run at earth’s domination in the wild, wild west. With a premise that has B-movie written all over it, this Steve Spielberg-produced, Jon Favreau-directed film looks to be an A-list blockbuster of the first kind.

The trailer opens up with Daniel Craig awaking alone in the desert with no memory, and a strange other-worldly metal bracelet on his left wrist. He proves to be a wanted man, and lawmaker Harrison Ford wants the rights to him after he’s captured by a local posse. All standard practices in any western, oh, but then I forgot about the alien attack. Spaceships come down and start tearing up the frontier town, and you can officially kiss your traditional western goodbye. Ford and Craig team up, Olivia Wilde plays the beautiful girl, and that bracelet on James Bond’s wrist proves to be the only weapon that can stop the unfriendly visitors. So far, so good.

How this movie has kept such a low profile while in production is beyond me, but from this first look, it looks to be a lot of fun. It’s great to see Daniel Craig team up with Harrison Ford who, aside from the phenomenally disappointing return to the Indiana Jones universe with Crystal Skull, hasn’t been in a legitimate action movie in years. It is going to be incredibly fun to see Ford in a serious action role again, for despite its silly premise and steampunk cues, Cowboys & Aliens takes on a more serious tone. With a feel of the recent War of the Worlds remake (the sights and sounds are very reminiscent), we’re in for a thriller of an alien movie, with one hell of a twist.

The people you can thank for that tone is Worlds director Spielberg, and Favreau, who after proving he can bring box office gold with Iron Man, has gotten quite the clout as big-time director in Hollywood. It’s clear that as producer, Spielberg’s got his fingerprints all over this, and he’s got quite the track record with alien films, with Worlds and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But let’s not forget who was responsible for that completely misguided fourth Indian Jones film, and despite Favreau’s recent success, unfortunately we remember the last time he visited space with 2005’s Zathura. Both director’s have hits and misses when it comes to science fiction, but with Spielberg they’ve proved rare, and hopefully Favreau can continue to ride this high.

So, will it suck?

No. And I say that as objectively as I can. Yes, I love Steven Spielberg; yes, I’m a huge fan of both Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig; yes, I’m in love with Olivia Wilde, and I’ve been rooting for Favreau since Swingers came out in the 90’s. But viewing this trailer, you’ve got two things going on – you’ve got the Old West-meets-aliens thing going on, and you’ve got a smirk-free, straight-faced take on it. How easy would it have been to be tongue-in-cheek with this one? I mean, remember what happened with Wild Wild West? We praise the person who proposed this movie, and after studio execs had a good chuckle, said “No, I’m serious.” Aside from the great casting choices, the thing that’s making this movie work for me is that fact that Favreau and Spielberg are taking a good idea seriously, no matter how ridiculous the concept may be.

Battle: Los Angeles

26 Nov

By brian

What does LA have that has all those aliens so interested in invading? Could it be Disneyland? Tacos La Estrella? Maybe they’re trying to break into movies like Andy Millman. Whatever the reason they sure do it a lot and we’ve been entertained for hours upon hours because of it. 

Some of the movies like the recent release, Skyline, are bad and just a rehash of movies we’ve seen before. Others like Independence Day were fun rides. They Live was a guilty pleasure and Alien from L.A. confused us because it was about Kathy Ireland in a Labyrinth-type underworld and had nothing to do with invaders from space. For the most part these movies are over the top and a good time. 

In Battle: Los Angeles, we get the swarm of combatants. We get hyper technology. We get the story of the small band of troops who will fend them off. We also get a hyper-realistic style which reminds us of District 9. Aaron Eckhart leads the group we will follow, with Michelle Rodriguez amongst the soldiers. Eckhart was great in The Dark Knight and Thank You for Smoking. He’s been ok in just about everything else including In the Company of Men. Rodriguez looks like she reprises her role as the female badass. We’ve seen it before and, in fact, it seems to be the only role we can count on her in which to be cast. I’m not sure if it’s her fault for not having range or her fault for playing them so well. I can’t imagine Jason Statham getting out of his growling, fighting tough guy persona for too many movies, either, but maybe they shouldn’t. They are both good at what they do.

But this trailer makes me think more of it than I should. It’s like those YouTube remixes of “Perfect Strangers” with orchestral music behind it – you start to think that maybe Balki and Cousin Larry were underrated and it’s high time the world should know. This trailer does two things that make it stand out. The first is that it uses a great, haunting track, and is even a bit reminiscent of the notes used in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In case you are wondering, it is “The Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Black by Johan Johansson. Look it up and give a listen to the full song. The other thing it does that I think is the easiest and most effective way to get someone to notice your upcoming movie is to slow….it….down. Almost everything we see these days is quick cuts; they’re shiny, fast and just plain noisy.  When the commercial break hits while you’re sorting the mail, which spot makes you look up?  It’s not the advertisements that are wall to wall junk. It’s the rare moment that there is silence. An awkward silence that makes you take notice because for a second you think something is wrong. Do you remember when you’d fall asleep in class when the teacher was going on and on? His droning would lull you to sleep. Then there was quiet. When you looked up, he was standing over you and you got sent to detention. That’s what the trailer does here – it makes you notice, but do we like what we see?

So, will it suck?

Yes.  I really don’t want to say it will suck. I like Aaron Eckhart. I really like how the trailer was edited and the District 9-like shot composition. But I just feel like this is going to fall short. I’m not sure how it would impress me but I do know that I’ve seen a lot of these types of movies. It’s really hard for them to standout. It’s also a bad sign that there is more talk about the song in the trailer than the movie it represents.

Gulliver’s Travels

4 Nov

By brian

Gulliver is a little man, with big dreams.  I suppose those dreams consist of lying his way into the writing assignment of a lifetime…to find the Bermuda triangle.  Usually I don’t find frauds so affable but we just can’t help it with Jack Black.  He has what Zach Galifanakis doesn’t – the ability to be extremely goofy (like Galifanakis) but not off-putting (unlike Galifanakis) and appeals to audiences all over the world…and apparently Lilliput too.

If you are familiar with Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” then about half way through this trailer you realize that we’re probably not going to see any of our hero’s other journeys, like to Brobdingnag, Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, or to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (really? Not the Houyhnhnms?!).  That’s just fine by me.  The first “travel” is the most referenced anyway, and for a reason – it’s the most fun.  Just don’t be surprised if the writers borrow from some of the other stories, and drop them here and there throughout the movie. 

Black does his usual buffoonery, which probably is the only thing that would endear a giant 12 times the size of your population.  He eventually gives his word…again…that he will defend his new found home but I’m sure in the end everyone will learn a lesson about getting along.  Oh, yeah…there’s a love story too – one in the real world involving Black and Amanda Peet, and one in Lilliput, that no-doubt mirrors Black’s longing for, and lack of attaining, his dream girl.  Gulliver rounds out the cast with Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Billy Connolly, and The State’s Joe Lo Truglio

So, will it suck? 

Nah.  Gulliver is a classic story that always pleases. And it’s perfect for Christmas, because parents might enjoy Black’s brand of roguish antics, but not as much as they will love being able to drop off the kids off for a couple of hours for a much needed respite.  Kids will love Jack Black - remember seeing Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in the theaters? Grown-ups groaned the same way about Jim Carey’s schtick back then but to us, it was a comic awakening.  Sure Black is relying on the same old same old, but it’s still kinda funny, and will be waaaay better than Ted Danson’s go with his 1996 made-for-TV versionGulliver’s Travels is brought to you by the same director who did Shark Tale and Monsters vs. Aliens and the same studio responsible for Night at the Museum, so you know the jokes and gags will be spot on for the kiddies, and maybe a little humor in there for the adults who take them to see it.

127 Hours

3 Nov

By josh

What drastic measures have you ever taken to keep yourself alive? I remember one time I was so hungry I had to mix what was left at the bottom of four different cereal boxes, and use my roommate’s skim milk. Ugh, it was awful, but when put in that position, the will to survive takes over and does what it needs to do. Like in May of 2003, when Aron Ralston had to amputate his own arm after getting it stuck under a boulder while hiking in the mountains outside of Moab, UT. After spending five days stuck in a canyon, after running out of water and being forced to drink his own urine, Aron did the unthinkable, and hacked through his own flesh with a dull pocket knife, climbed the rest of the way out of the crevice he had nearly accepted as his tomb, and luckily ran into a Dutch family on vacation, who later called for help. An amazing story on its own, it’s getting the big screen treatment, with Oscar winning director Danny Boyle, and James Franco in the lead role.

The clip starts out fun enough. Sure, Aron could probably call his mom a little more often, but look at all the fun he’s having. He’s mountain biking and he, oh wait, he’s down – is his arm okay? It is? Well, anyone can survive a little spill. Now it’s on to rock climbing, and look, he found two cute girls to go canyoneering with; who could argue with, oh wait – he fell. Is he….nope, he just fell into an underground pool. Guess it’s time to have an intimate swim with his two new lady friends. And then it’s off again, on another adventure, because you said it yourself, Aron – you can do everything on…your…own……

Every so often a movie comes out that is just so mesmerizing, and so enthralling, that it wraps around us and sucks us in. This could be one of those movies. Boyle is a phenomenal director, first breaking out with Trainspotting in 1996, and it’s clear age hasn’t mellowed his edge. A director who knows his audience, he unapologetically took on heroin culture, sent us on a zombie chase with 28 Days Later, reignited the sun in the underrated and underseen Sunshine, and got the world talking with Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle has proven time and time again that he is an auteur that deserves to be given carte blanche, who can deftly handle just about any topic, and any genre.

Not to mention James Franco. You could’ve written him off after the first Spider-Man movie, starring in a mix of mainstream stinkers (Annapolis, Flyboys), and weirdo picks, like the stoner in Pineapple Express, and that bizarre guest turn on ‘General Hospital.’ But anyone could tell that Franco was buzzing about, and after out-of-the box roles in Milk and Howl, he is now primed and ready to sink his teeth into a real role, and if that guttural scream from the trailer is any indication (not to mention the people passing out in the theater), we are going to see some real acting fireworks in this one.

So, will it suck?

No, absolutely not. Boyle is fresh off his Slumdog Oscar and Franco has paid his dues and honed his craft, and that makes for the perfect storm. When we first heard Boyle was making a movie about Ralston’s ordeal, we were skeptical, and concerned about Franco filling a screen in what could’ve been 127 hours of being stuck under a rock. But, we trust Boyle’s direction, and after seeing the trailer, feel guilty we ever doubted him. The youth culture backed by edgy directors has finally hit its apex, as you can be sure that 127 Hours will be joining The Social Network on the ballot come Oscar time, and make no mistake Franco will be garnering a nod in the acting category as well, in a role any young up-and-comer would give their right arm for.

Skyline

1 Nov

By josh

Here’s a plot for a movie: aliens come to earth, and after learning that they don’t come in peace, we humans have to ban together to stop them. Okay, now I’ll give you ten seconds to name all the movies you can that centers around this premise – go!…….. Alright, how many did you come up with? Really, that many?! Great, now add Skyline to that list, the new movie about alien ships attacking every major city in the world, and our next game will ask you to name each and every movie Samuel L. Jackson has been in. But first, let’s check out the Skyline trailer…

The clip starts off simply enough – it’s four A.M. in L.A. and everyone is sleeping (already a plot hole, but we’ll let that one slide). Suddenly out of the sky, beams of light start slowly dropping to earth from above, and it becomes clear the next day that this isn’t just an extra terrestrial fact finding mission. The alien ships start sucking people up, and it’s revealed that if you look at the alien ships, that’s how they get you. An all-out fight for earth and the human race begins, but it might just be up to our everyday heroes to figure out how to fend off the latest threat from above.

Holy space invaders! If this trailer didn’t remind me so much of Independence Day, I’d say it was a War of the Worlds rip-off. The clip comes complete with alien motherships hovering over every major world city, even descending out of thick black clouds, all courtesy of the 1996 Roland Emmerich hit. And the scene where thousands of people are being sucked up into the bowels of the ship was really cool, and pretty freaky, but we can’t honestly say we didn’t think of a similar scene in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 ‘War’ remake. And let’s not even mention they stole that ‘last line of defense’ from Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, in the “just don’t look and it won’t get you” department.

However, even a movie that so clearly bites from previous blockbusters can be good in the shadow of such behemoths, but that normally comes from the charisma of the actors involved, and from what I’m seeing, I’m having trouble naming anyone involved in this. If I weren’t such a fan of Scrubs, I’d pass off Donald Faison as that guy from Clueless, and the rest of the cast looks like a cattle call for young, attractive Hollywood actors, including an Adrian Brody lookalike. Not quite the cast needed to carry an unoriginal popcorn flick.

So, will it suck?

Yes. Whenever we get these copy cat movies, they normally go straight to video, or hit the small screen as the Syfy movie of the week. And if this had come out within a year or two of either the two films it steals most from, I could chock it up to dumb luck and bad timing, but it’s been years since either movie was in theaters, and with all the talk of an Independence Day sequel, I find it hard to believe that a movie like this got greenlit. However, it’s the casting choices that’ll bury this film. Don’t get me wrong, I love Faison, and am very interested to see him cast in major movie roles, but he is no Will Smith (ID4), and certainly no Tom Cruise (WOTW), and judging from the trailer, we’re not even sure if he’s going to make it to the end of the movie. There is the outside chance that this could be a sleeper hit, like last year’s District 9, but that movie was incredibly original, and survived on its interesting concept. Unfortunately, this concept has been trudged around once or twice before, so audiences might just take the film’s advice and just not look.

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