"Look me in the eye when I'm talking to you." STX Entertainment has debuted the official trailer for action movie The Limit, one of the first ever commercially-released VR movies. The running time on this seems to vary - the official info states it's only 20 minutes, but IMDb says it's 45 minutes. The Limit is a new 180° VR feature, which you can load onto your VR devices for viewing. Michelle Rodriguez stars as a "genetically enhanced weapon of mass destruction", who goes back to destroy the place that made her. How original. This seems to be Rodriguez and STX banking on VR movies as the future, and putting this together as a trial run for what's possible and how easy/fun/entertaining it is to make an action movie like this. The Limit also stars Norman Reedus and "You". This could turn out cool? Jump right in and let us know what you think.
"There is a reason human cloning is banned." Entertainment Studios has debuted a third (and likely final) trailer for the sci-fi thriller titled Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves as a mad scientists who tries to figure out how to bring back his family after they are killed in a car accident. He eventually tries to clone them but we all know how that turns out. The first trailer for this showed up last fall, almost a year ago, and then the film just disappeared for a while. Waiting in limbo until recently. They dropped another new trailer a few months ago, and now there's a release date - January 2019. That's quite a delay. The full cast includes Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, Emily Alyn Lind, John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony, and Nyasha Hatendi. At least this film finally has a solid release date, but I still don't think anyone is going to go see it. Oh well.
"Wherever that signal goes, we go." Vertical Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Beyond White Space, an original concept from writers Ryan Colucci and Clay McLeod Chapman. Set in 2150 in another part of the galaxy - when a deep space fishing vessel is robbed by a gang of pirates, the Captain makes a daring decision to go after a rare and nearly extinct species. On the hunt, his obsession propels them further into space and danger as the crew spins into a downward spiral of mutiny and betrayal. That sounds like a very cool setup for a thrilling sci-fi adventure, but alas the trailer doesn't look that great. The sci-fi stars Holt McCallany, Zulay Henao, Dave Sheridan, James Devoti, Jocko Sims, Kodi Kitchen, Mike Genovese, and Tiffany Brouwer. This has some big ideas in it, including one huge space monster (how? why? what?) but I'm curious anyway. Always up for more deep space movies.
"I do not standby in the presence of evil." 20th Century Fox has debuted a third trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. This CGI-heavy sci-fi movie was set to be released in December, but they delayed it until February - Valentine's Day - in 2019. Giving them more time to finish the VFX and get away from bad buzz. Originally developed by James Cameron for years before this, they're still using his and Laeta Kalogridis' original script, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. The film's cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien. I'm honestly still excited to see this, even if it does look a bit weird. Give me a big sci-fi world and some creative characters, and I'm very intrigued. Fire it up.
"Their power - is a poison. Find the courage to resist. Join us. The match has already been lit…" Focus Features has debuted a second teaser trailer for the original sci-fi thriller titled Captive State, the latest from director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler). Set in Chicago, the story takes place nearly a decade after occupation by an extra-terrestrial force. It explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents. Captive State stars Vera Farmiga, Madeline Brewer, John Goodman, Alan Ruck, Kevin J. O'Connor, James Ransone, Jonathan Majors, D.B. Sweeney, Ashton Sanders, Kevin Dunn, Ta'Rhonda Jones, along with Kiki Layne (from If Beale Street Could Talk) and Machine Gun Kelly. This is looks so crazy gnarly!! Oh man, like District 9 meets Arrival, in Chicago, but if the aliens were manipulative bastards. I'm so excited for this film already.
"These days, you think you met your soulmate. Next thing you know, they change their number and steal all your stuff." Can artificial intelligence actually write intelligent scripts? Or at least – interesting scripts? Progress Bar is the latest film partially created by artificial intelligence (the short film Sunspring was the first one). This experimental short film about relationships "attempts to harness the inherent absurdity of dialogue generated by A.I. by placing it within the confines of a more traditional (human-written) narrative film structure." Starring Jennifer Kim, Lucy Walters, and Kevin Breznahan. Made by the same team behind the other shorts The Grey Matter and Therefore I Am that we've featured previously. Worth a watch.
"Do you hear that…? The creatures…" Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for a new post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller titled Bird Box, directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier from a screenplay by sci-fi writer Eric Heisserer. The post-apocalyptic thriller is about a world where an unknown force kills off most people in the world. The only way to survive is to not look at it. She survives but can only keep moving by wearing a blindfold and continuing with her children into the forest. Sandra Bullock stars, with Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Colson Baker, BD Wong, plus Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich. This looks like a massive sci-fi movie! I'm impressed. And it reminds me a bit of A Quiet Place, with the enemy being something we can't see and isn't shown to us, something unknown. I can't wait for this! Looking forward to it quite a bit based on this trailer.
"I don't feel guilty… we brought this on ourselves." A few years ago, we featured a stunning sci-fi short film titled True Skin, which went on to become a huge hit online then was picked up by Warner Bros to be made into a feature film. The creator of that short, filmmaker Stephan Zlotescu, is back with another "proof of concept" pitch for his next project - titled Product Wars. This one also integrates CG creations into real-world footage, taking us into an alternate history where mascots and marketing characters are genetically manufactured to actually exist. It's a bit creepy, and Stephan pushes this concept into the apocalyptic realm. It's a cautionary tale about consumerism and marketing and how bad it can/will get. Definitely worth a look.
"It's just a new religion for you." Wild Bunch has released the first full-length French trailer for High Life, the latest from acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, Bastards). The film is in English, so the trailer is also in English. This low budget sci-fi drama premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and is also playing at the New York and Sitges Film Festivals. The story is about a man, played by Robert Pattinson, stuck on a spaceship heading to a distant star. He tries to interact with the rest of the crew who are slowly going crazy on the extended voyage. Reactions from the festivals have been divisive, with extreme love and hate for this super artistic, slow burn sci-fi drama. The cast includes Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, and Claire Tran. This trailer doesn't reveal everything, but it does have plenty of cool footage that makes this film look real good.
"I have created what every broken heart wants: a second chance." Lionsgate has debuted the first official trailer for a time travel romantic comedy titled Time Freak, a full-length feature film version of Andrew Bowler's Oscar nominated short film of the same name from a few years ago. The romantic comedy is about a kid who invents his own time machine to try to travel back in time and save his relationship. As expected, things go wrong. Asa Butterfield stars, with Sophie Turner, Skyler Gisondo, Will Peltz, and Aubrey Reynolds. As much as I enjoy time travel films, this has been done so many times before. When will we learn that you can't go back in time and fix a relationship or make things go differently? It never works! And yet they keep making movies that ask and answer this question over and over, with the same result. Oh well.
Wild Bunch has debuted the first brief, international teaser trailer for High Life, the latest from acclaimed French director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, Bastards). This low budget sci-fi drama premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and it's playing at the New York Film Festival as well. The story is about a man, played by Robert Pattinson, stuck on a spaceship heading to a distant star. He tries to interact with the rest of the crew who are slowly going crazy on the extended voyage. It's hard to describe this any better than that, and it's a hard film to figure out. Reactions from the festivals have been divisive, with extreme love and hate for this film. The cast includes Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, and Claire Tran. This is a very short teaser that doesn't show much, but at least it's something as we wait for more marketing and anticipation for this indie sci-fi feature.
"Nothing can stand in the face of this…" Universal has released a full-length third official trailer for sci-fi adaptation Mortal Engines, based on a popular book series. This movie has been in the works for years, in development by Peter Jackson and the LOTR/Hobbit team. We've already featured two good trailers for this so far, with this one being the pay off, big time, final push. And it looks seriously epic The fantastically eccentric cast includes Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. The detailed VFX shots from Weta are looking better and better. The plot in this, which still reminds me a bit of Dune, is about huge cities that move around and battle against each other and a woman who threatens everything. This looks, and sounds, like a mix between John Carter and Transformers or something like that. And I'm still curious to give it a look this December.