Trailer Watch – Mission: Impossible 5, Macbeth, Bridge of Spies, The Walk & More 0 32


It’s Trailer Watch time once more, where we collate all the major trailers of the day into one easily digestible dose! Today we present a whole load of new trailers, even more than usual: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Macbeth, Bridges of Spies, The Walk, Everest and Z For Zachariah. So let’s get to it, shall we?

First up we have the 2nd official trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the hugely successful spy franchise. This time Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the rest of his team who set out on a dangerous mission to eradicate the Syndicate; an international rogue organization just as highly skilled as they are and hell bent on destroying the IMF.

Check out the action-packed new trailer below:

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hits cinemas on July 30th.

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Next up we have the first trailer for the highly anticipated Shakespearean epic Macbeth. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, the upcoming Assassin’s Creed video game adaptation), the retelling of the classic story has an amazing cast including Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and rising star Jack Reynor. It recently played at Cannes, where it was well received and also nominated for the Palme d’Or.

Watch the intense first trailer below:

Macbeth is released on October 2nd.

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Moving on we have the brand spanking new and first trailer for Bridge of Spies, the new film from Steven Spielberg. Sporting a fantastic cast including Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance and Alan Alda, and with a script co-written by the Coen brothers, the plot follows an American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.

Hot off the presses, check out the trailer below:

Bridge of Spies is set for release on October 9th.

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Next we’ve got the 2nd trailer for The Walk, the dramatized version of the story first told in the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Frenchman Philippe Petit, the daredevil who famously tightrope walked between the ill-fated Twin Towers in New York. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it co-stars Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Ben Schwartz.

Watch the vertigo-inducing trailer below:

The Walk opens (including in IMAX 3D) on October 2nd.

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Staying on similarly epic lines we have the first trailer for Everest, an adventure/disaster movie from director Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband, 2 Guns). It sports an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes and many more. It chronicles the real-life 1996 Mount Everest disaster, in which two separate groups tried to scale the world’s tallest mountain.

Watch the thrilling first trailer below:

Everest is released in 3D and 2D on September 25th.

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And finally we have the trailer for Z For Zachariah, a critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.

Watch the intriguing trailer below:

Z For Zachariah is released in the U.S. on August 21st. It doesn’t have a UK date yet but we’ll update when it does.

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Which of these movies are you looking forward to most?

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‘Everest’ Movie Review 0 104


Ever thought about taking on the epic task of climbing a mountain? Well Everest may very well put an end to that. It tells the harrowing true story of the infamous Everest mountain climbing expedition that took place in May 1996 when an eclectic group of climbers and adventurers (played here by the likes of Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal) embarked on a dangerous mission to the highest point on Earth. But an unexpectedly violent storm causes things to go very wrong, challenging the climbers to endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures to survive.

If you’re going into Everest expecting an all-out action movie then you’re going to be very disappointed indeed. What’s most surprising about it is just how little it resembles that sort of movie. Apart from one scene fairly early on in which Brolin’s spirited climber Beck Weathers tries to cross between two ice ridges on a shaky ladder, it’s more about the personal moments of human emotion and the determination to succeed and survive than it is about elaborate set-pieces.

This is both a help and a hindrance. On the one hand it gives us a much more intimate experience, something a little bit different to what we’re used to with this type of thing. On the other hand it can be kind of frustrating when the script doesn’t go into enough depth about these people and what makes them motivated to embark on such an arduous, almost impossible task that few humans will ever experience. Although the backstories of the key characters are lifted straight from the real life event – pregnant wives back home, being motivated to inspire school kids etc. – its content to rest on the surface and curiously unwilling to plunge its hands into the depths of the snow, so to speak, muster up real truth.

This issue is somewhat papered over by the fact that it has one hell of a cast to elevate the shortcomings in the script. Though people like Gyllenhaal and Robin Wright are underserved by limited roles that feel squashed under the weight of the sheer amount of other characters, the likes of Clarke, Brolin and particularly the always excellent John Hawkes bring their A-game and make us feel for them in spite of the lacking characterization. Others like Keira Knightley (as Clarke’s very worried and very pregnant wife back home), Sam Worthington, Emily Watson and Michael Kelly are all effective in their key supporting roles, even if the film feels somewhat like a distracting pick ‘n’ mix of Hollywood character actors.

Although action is not exactly at the top of its list of priorities, the concept of spectacle most definitely is. Director Baltasar Kormákur (of such eclectic fare as 101 Reykjavik, 2 Guns and Contraband) revels in the chance to show of the behemoth setting of the title, swirling and diving around it with aerial shots that should give anyone with even a touch of vertigo the heebie-jeebies. He also does a very good job of getting across the harsh conditions the climbers have to endure, whether it’s the freezing temperatures promising almost certain frostbite or the inescapable winds threatening to literally push them over the edge. If nothing else the film is a giant, three-dimensional warning that climbing Everest is not to be taken lightly.

Despite it never truly getting under the skin of its multitude of characters and ultimately falling short of the dizzying heights that it was aiming for, there’s something undeniably compelling about Everest. It builds its tension in a stagey way that makes sense for the story – the climbers literally tackling their mission in carefully calculated checkpoints – and you do really get the best sense possible of what it’s like to be on that mountain and facing such insurmountable odds.

Vincent Cassel To Play Villain in Next ‘Bourne’ Film 0 35


After a fourth Bourne film in which Jason himself was conspicuous by his absence, things are returning to the old but brilliant formula of Matt Damon starring and Paul Greengrass directing.

We already know that in addition to Damon returning (rejoice!), Tommy Lee Jones and woman-of-the-moment Alicia Vikander are part of the cast, playing a tough CIA operative and (presumed) love interest, respectively, as well as Julia Stiles reprising her small but crucial role as Bourne helper Nicky Parsons. But now we’re getting word that one of the best French actors in the business is also joining the cast.

Variety has the news that the wonderful Vincent Cassel has signed on to the spy action sequel as its main villain, which will see him match wits and possibly even go toe-to-toe go with the former amnesiac hero. Although exact plot details are being kept secret for the time being, sources are saying that Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. No doubt he will tie in with the Treadstone/Blackbriar history of the Bourne mythology – maybe he’ll be a scorned fellow assassin who feels Bourne somehow wronged him/was chosen ahead of him.

The series has a pedigree of casting great actors as assassins, whether it be Clive Owen in The Bourne Identity, Karl Urban in Supremacy, Edgar Ramirez in Ultimatum and Oscar Isaac in Legacy.

I was already looking forward to the return of the Damon-Greengrass team but the addition of Cassel – genuinely one of my favourite actors of modern times – only makes me wish next summer would get here sooner.

The as-yet-untitled Bourne sequel is set to start shooting this year for a July 29th, 2016 release date.

Source: Variety