I’m off to see this years Big Sci-Fi Film, Prometheus, tonight. Naturally, I want to write about what I make of it, but I also want to write about my pre-conceptions and expectations before I go in, so you, gentle reader, know what sort of lens I was viewing the film though (aside from those of my 3D glasses).
I’m not sure I can think of a movie that’s been in as unique a situation as Prometheus. It marks the return to science fiction of acclaimed director Ridley Scott, whose last foray was, if memory serves, Blade Runner. It also sees him return to the fictional universe that put him on the map: that of the movie, Alien.
While the word “prequel’ hasn’t actually been used in Prometheus’ marketing, many pundits agree that this film is set before the events of Alien in that world’s chronology.
In trailers thus far, we’ve seen an alien vessel nigh-identical to the derelict spacecraft from that film. We’ve heard a TED talk from ten years in the future, where Guy Pearce portrays Sir Peter Weyland, a man who sees humanity as new gods and has a vision for changing the world.
And we’ve watched promotional material for the eighth version of David, a robot all but indistinguishable from humanity save for his white blood (as was the circulatory fluid of the androids Ash and Bishop) and rather detached personality, built by Weyland Industries, presumably one half of what becomes the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in James Cameron’s sequel, Aliens.
The only thing missing, it would seem, is the eponymous hostile organism itself.
TRON Legacy trailer.
Looks… gloriously weird. Especially that guy with the cane. Does he remind anyone else of Luke Steel from Empire of the Sun?
I’m not sure whether I’m down with the idea of Recognizers with thrusters, though. Still, that’s a quibble.
Bring on December!
Before I get stuck back into renovating the bedroom, I just thought I’d let you know about a news story broken by online agency The Onion, detailing fan concerns that the feature film adaptation of the Iron Man trailer might ruin the much-beloved ninety-second action-fest with almost an hour and a half of extended scenes and additional dialogue. I’ll be going to see the adaptation this evening, so I’ll make my on call then, but I’m heartened by blogger Mr. Teuflel’s comment that the film does indeed do the trailer justice.
Another hot story also broken by The Onion is veteran NASCAR coach Dan Amon’s revelation of the strategy for success used by every race winner: Drive fast.
UPDATE 24 May 07 8:30AM: If you’re on a low-bandwidth connection and / or are sick of Yahoo’s craphouse “Standard” version, the Transformers movie website now has a Flash version of the trailer. Revel in it! Revel, I say!
You may have seen Tycho’s recommendation to bask in the wonderment that is the newest trailer for the upcoming Transformers film. Me, I didn’t even need the encouragement; I was already there last week, waiting for twenty minutes for the 720p version to stream down via Quicktime. I wouldn’t have bothered, save that Yahoo’s “Standard Version” is a heap. But I tell you, that hi-def glory at 1280 x 1024 on a 19” screen is worth every second of the wait.
I’m going to be writing a longer, Christmas-related post later on today, but in the meantime I hope you’ll forgive my nerdish enthusiasm as I point you toward the new teaser trailer for the TransFormers movie.
Yeah, I wanna see this film. Probably gonna have about as much plot as Independence Day (interesting choice of release dates, there), but considering I saw that film at the cinema four times I doubt I’ll care.
And while I’m on the topic of movies: All you broadband-enabled folks owe it to yourselves to take a look at the trailer for the upcoming film, A Scanner Darkly. Seriously. Don’t let the fact that it has Keanu Reeves in it put you off (assuming you don’t like Keanu Reeves). Just go watch it, then come back.
Just checked out the tailer for an upcoming SF film, UltraViolet, starring Milla Jovovich. Watching it, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d seen this somewhere before.
You know what? The same man wrote and directed both films.
Thanks to my man Gav, here are a couple of sites that might cheer you up:
- As Gav already reported on the IMAGinewS list, a new trailer for the upcoming SF movie Serenity has been made available. Also, there’s an Australian official web site for the film.
- The official web site for the TransFormers live action film, slated for release on July the fourth, 2007, has gone live, complete with a quick introductory video clip featuring none other than producer Steven Spielberg!
Speaking of TransFormers: I know I already have a Prime, but I want one!
While you’re there, have a look at this one. I think it’s hilarious.
And – well, I know it’s directed by Roland Emmerich, but – Dennis Quaid and Ian Holm in the same film? I just have to see it.