Tom Cruise may no longer be as popular as he once was but there can also be no doubt that he still has box office appeal. Ever since Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol ($694 million global) became a huge hit, Cruise has been on a mini roll with Jack Reacher ($218 million global) and Oblivion ($286 million global) both pulling in decent numbers. His only real outright disaster has been Rock of Ages ($59 million global) and that film’s failure really can’t be blamed on him as it featured an all-star cast.
Here’s the first trailer for what is shaping up to be a very interesting potential summer blockbuster namely, Guardians of the Galaxy from Disney/Marvel. Unlike most other superhero movies opening this year such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier or X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy is obviously not a sequel to an existing property and needs to sell itself to fickle summer movie fans.
Fans of the book will probably come away feeling satisfied at this big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s landmark science fiction novel but there is also no doubting that the final product feels inherently cramped, truncated and altogether missing a large dose of heart. Editing the dense source material into a two hour feature film was always going to be a Herculean task and though director/writer Gavin Hood does an admirable job of hitting all the major plot points the fact remains that it might have served the source material better if this project were instead a 10 episode HBO show where the complex nuances, allegories and character development would surely have added to the rich tapestry that Card had crafted.
While there is no doubt that Ron Moore’s rebooted Battlestar Galactica was a massive hit with both fans and critics the same can’t be said about its subsequent incarnations as Caprica tanked in the ratings while the prequel Blood and Chrome never even received a season order as its pilot was unceremoniously dumped onto the Internet to premiere as a series of webisodes. It is actually a somewhat startling series of events since, at one point, it seemed as if the reboot would be able to spawn myriad spin-offs much like Star Trek did not so long ago but as it stands today, this incarnation of Galactica is officially dead and buried.
I think the fanboys are going to have a field day with this one. Regardless, here’s the first trailer for the new Robocop due to open in Canada and the USA on February 7, 2014 one week before Valentine’s Day. Robocop continues Hollywood’s usual strategy of remaking/rebooting old franchises for the consumption of modern audiences.
Here is the final theatrical trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s science fiction thriller Gravity due to open in Canada and the USA on October 4th. Hype has been steadily building for this pic for months now culminating in James Cameron proclaiming it to be, “the best space film ever done.” Whether or not you put faith in Cameron the fact remains that it doesn’t hurt Gravity’s chances at the box office when the director of the two biggest movies of all-time (not adjusting for inflation) decides to openly praise it.
Derivative, wildly uneven and incredibly desolate, director Joseph Kosinski’s new science fiction film Oblivion barely manages to stay afloat due to an energetic performance from Tom Cruise and sumptuous production design. Diehard genre fans will have to decide if the narrative’s mish-mash plot that liberally picks and chooses from past science fiction films is a boon or a curse. On one hand there really isn’t anything wrong in revisiting the same tropes and themes yet the works that they are inspired from tower over this production in nearly every facet.