Trailer Watch: ‘Spectre’, ‘Southpaw’, ‘Ricki and the Flash’ & ‘No Escape’ 1 75


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: Spectre, Southpaw, Ricki and the Flash and No Escape. So let’s get to it, shall we?

First up we have not so much a trailer but an extended TV spot for Spectre, the latest installment in the long-running and hugely successful Bond franchise. This one sees 007 receives a cryptic message from his past about the eponymous shadowy organization. Daniel Craig, of course, returns as the man himself and he’s joined by Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and Dave Bautista.

Watch the new TV spot below:

Spectre hits cinemas on November 6th.

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Next we have the 2nd trailer for Southpaw, a new intense-looking sports drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a prize fighting boxer who punches his way to the top, only to find his life around him start to fall apart; it looks like one of those roles that, like Nightcrawler, could garner the actor some serious critical acclaim.

The film has an impressive supporting cast including Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and, erm… 50 Cent and Rita Ora. It’s directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, the upcoming Magnificent Seven remake) and perhaps most excitingly of all written by Kurt Sutter (TV’s The Shield and Sons of Anarchy).

Check out the new trailer below:

Southpaw punches its way into cinemas on July 24th.

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Moving on we have the new trailer for Ricki and the Flash, a music-themed comedy drama starring Meryl Streep as a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of becoming a rock-and-roll star but who now returns home to make things right with her family (kind of like a female Danny Collins). It’s directed by the legendary Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) and is written by the quick-witted Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult).

Watch the trailer below:

Ricki and the Flash is released on August 7th.

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Last up we have the new UK trailer for No Escape, a new star-studded action thriller from co-writer and director John Erick Dowdle (Devil, ‘As Above, So Below’). The cast for this one includes Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson and Lake Bell, and centres on an American family overseas who find themselves in the middle of a coup, frantically searching for safe escape when foreigners are being executed on sight.

Schlocky nonsense or thrilling? It could go either way on this one but the trailer is pretty decent. Check it out below:

No Escape arrives in cinemas on September 4th.

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That’s it for this edition of Trailer Watch. Which of these are you looking forward to most?

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I’m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 10 years of experience writing for various different reputable online and print publications. In addition to my running, editing and writing for Thoughts On Film, I am also the film critic for The National, the newspaper that supports an independent Scotland, covering the weekly film releases, film festivals and film-related features.

I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Watch: Incredible New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ 0 97


We don’t usually post trailers individually – saving them for the Trailer Watch – but this one was just too good to pass up.

The Revenant is the new film from acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who most recently won an Oscar for Birdman. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter in a tale of a forntierman in 1820 who sets out on a path of vengeance who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

We already had one amazing teaser trailer, now check out the equally great new trailer below:

Could this be the film that finally wins Leo his Best Actor Oscar? Quite possibly!

The Revenant is set for release in the UK on January 15th, 2016.

‘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.