"But in the blink of an eye, everything changed…" Sony Pictures has revealed one more trailer for the sci-fi movie Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as the only two people awake on an interstellar spaceship traveling to another solar system. We've seen lots of footage this by now, with plenty of trailers to choose from, but this one has even more scenes that haven't been shown yet. This new trailer also features the song "Levitate" by Imagine Dragons, which helps set the mood for the romance. They're definitely selling the love angle in this trailer, showing Lawrence eventually falling for Pratt, despite their circumstances. Fine with me, I just hope it brings big audiences in to see this! More sci-fi movies, the better.
"There's something they didn't tell us…" Sony has unveiled a new 60-second TV trailer for the sci-fi thriller Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two space travelers stuck on an interstellar spaceship. With about a month to go until release, Sony is finally ramping up their marketing and pushing out tons of TV spots (one is included below) as well as marketing material for this movie. It's finally looking pretty damn good, and this new footage shows even more scenes form the movie (that involve lots of VFX). The first trailer looked great, and I'm still very excited to see this movie. They don't seem to be deviating too far of course (from the script) and everything looks polished. Bring on more epic space travel sci-fi! Dive in.
How does this looks so awesome?! Another trailer has debuted for Russian alien arrival movie Attraction, or Prityazhenie, about a giant craft that crash lands in Russia. We featured two original trailers for this a few months ago, and this new trailer has even more footage of the alien creatures and their spacecraft. The film stars Oleg Menshikov, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov and Irina Starshenbaum. It's made by the same guy who made Stalingrad and will be presented in IMAX 3D (at least in Russia) when it opens. The action really ramps up near the end, and it actually looks impressive. The VFX are better than most Hollywood movies, and the whole thing has an epic feeling to it. I'm excited to see this! Might be good.
BFI has debuted a brand new trailer for the 4K restoration re-release of Richard Kelly's cult classic sci-fi film Donnie Darko. It first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, and quickly became a cult hit. The BFI is now re-releasing it in 4K in cinemas all around the UK this December. Hopefully it'll show up in the US sometime in 2017. I wasn't introduced to this film until I was in a sci-fi class in high school, but ever since then, I've been a huge fan and have often revisited it. It's not just the soundtrack or the story, but the whole idea behind it and what it means and what's going on. I can only imagine what it must've been like to see this at its Sundance premiere. Jake Gyllenhaal stars, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, James Duval, Jena Malone, Noah Wyle and Drew Barrymore. Watch the superb new trailer below.
Nothing ever happens on Sunday… Hopefully everyone went to see Arrival this weekend. If you're still in the mood for some beautiful first contact sci-fi, this short is for you. It's a very lovely companion to Arrival, but that's all I'll say. On Sunday is a short directed by David Lea, who made this on his own time without any money. Via email, he explains his inspiration: "Way back in 1984 [my dad] hand built a cabin bed for my bedroom and underneath this, made from wood, flashing lights and copper piping, he'd constructed a spaceship cockpit… 31 years later I thought it was past time to repay the favour." Check out the film below.
"I know I have a past… I'll find out who I was." Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first full trailer for Rupert Sanders' live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, starring Scarlett Johansson as "The Major". Adapting from the manga and anime, the movie is about a "one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid" who leads an elite task force as part of Section 9. She goes on the hunt to find a hacker criminal who wants to destroy all the technology at Hanka Robotics. Also starring Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Michael Wincott, Rila Fukushima, Chin Han, filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, Joseph Naufahu, with Pilou Asbæk as Batou. The first teasers didn't show much, but now we get a look at the action and I have to say - this looks totally awesome. I'm impressed they actually made a movie that really, truly looks like the anime. Bring it.
"[She] has gone above and beyond my expectations for the role." Paramount has launched a new featurette for the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, ahead of the full trailer launch this weekend. In what seems an obvious move to get ahead of the whitewashing claims, the video features Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Oshii, who directed the original two anime Ghost in the Shell movies, talking about how happy he is seeing Scarlett Johansson in the role as The Major. The featurette actually has lots of new footage, and plenty of behind-the-scenes shots, which is great to see because this does look really cool. There's a Matrix vibe to it, at least with the action, and I'm glad to see them embracing a digitized world. Stay tuned for the trailer next.
"We get on just great…" EuropaCorp has released the teaser trailer for Luc Besson's epic return to sci-fi, an action movie called Valerian - or in full - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Based on the graphic novel series, the movie stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian, and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. They must travel to an intergalactic city called Alpha on a mission. The full cast includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, Mathieu Kassovitz, Sam Spruell, Kris Wu, Alain Chabat and many others. As a huge, huge fan of The Fifth Element, this is definitely my cup of tea, and it looks like it's going to be awesome. I'm so ready for Luc Besson to bring us another big space opera. Dive in.
Another wicked cool short film discovery - another one you must watch. Echo Torch is a sci-fi short about an inventor who builds an "electrical torch that reveals a hidden world layered upon our own." The concept itself is quite unique, and I love the visuals - you can see the cool blue torch on the poster, but to actually see it work so flawlessly in this short is wonderful. Echo Torch is directed by Chris Preksta, starring James Fitzgerald as the torchbearer. This has an awesome old school vibe to it, almost like Ghostbusters, and the VFX work is magnificent - making it that much more believable. I also appreciate how the film doesn't rely on dialogue, only just silence and great sound design. There's also a beautiful story bringing it all together.
"We woke up 90 years too soon…" Sony Pictures has debuted a new 30-second TV spot for the sci-fi movie Passengers, from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, directed by Morten Tyldum. We featured the first trailer for this movie a few months ago, and I'm still very excited for it. The story is set far in the future entirely on a passenger ship carrying thousands of people to a colony on the other side of the galaxy. Chris Pratt stars as a mechanic whose sleep pod malfunctions, leaving him awake and alone and unable to last the 90 years left on the ship's journey. This also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen as a robot bartender, and Laurence Fishburne. There isn't that much new footage, but this is one of my most anticipated left to see in 2016 and I'm glad it looks so damn good. I've also included an extra poster from Thailand below. Enjoy.
"We're looking at the first proof of life beyond Earth." Sony has unveiled a trailer for a new sci-fi thriller titled Life, about a discovery on the space station that goes awry. This movie kind of came out of nowhere, I didn't know they were even making this, and it has one helluva cast. Jake Gyllenhaal stars along with Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, and Olga Dihovichnaya. They play a crew on the space station who discover a life form on a rogue satellite, but when they take a closer look not all is as it seems. Yes this definitely looks like Gravity meets The Thing, but I'm still curious to check it out. The big twist halfway in seems crazy fun, and I'm always down for more cool space movies.
"We need to talk to them." Paramount has unveiled a final trailer for the outstanding sci-fi movie Arrival, directed by master filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, arriving in theaters this November. You've already heard the buzz on this, as it has played at a bunch of film festivals in the last few months, and it's one brilliant film about alien spacecraft that suddenly land on Earth. Amy Adams plays a linguistics expert who is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. The full cast includes Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien and many others. I wrote in my glowing review from Telluride that Arrival is "a major milestone in sci-fi." Thankfully they don't reveal too much in this final trailer, which could ruin this, so take a look and catch this in theaters soon. Go see it.