"Let's go make some money!" Netflix has released a new US teaser trailer for their upcoming debut of the South Korean sci-fi film Space Sweepers, an epic spaceship comedic thriller from director Sung-hee Jo. We featured the original international trailers a few months ago, and the film will be arriving on Netflix in February (only for the US). Set in 2092, Space Sweepers tells the story of a crew on board of the spaceship called "Victory", trying to escape the destruction of Earth - and make some money while at it salvaging space debris. After successfully snatching a crashed space shuttle in the latest debris chase, Victory's crew find a 7-year-old girl inside. They realize that she’s the humanlike robot wanted by UTS Space Guards, and decide to demand ransom. Starring Song Joong-Ki, Kim Tae-Ri, Jin Sun-Kyu, and Yoo Hae-Jin. Featuring tons of stunning space action and thrills." Yeah this looks awesome! Or at least like an extra fun space story.
"I'm a prototype - my existence is classified." Netflix has revealed a full-length official trailer for Outside the Wire, a sci-fi action thriller film from Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström (1408, Shanghai, The Rite, Escape Plan) set in the near future. Damson Idris (seen on the TV shows "Snowfall", "Black Mirror") stars as a disgraced drone pilot who is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for an undercover android officer, played by Anthony Mackie, and is tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do. This has the look of Edge of Tomorrow, but without the time loop. There are, however, some slick robots and various sci-fi aspects that give it a different vibe. Also starring Enzo Cilenti, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly, and Pilou Asbæk. This looks even better than the first trailer, I'm honestly quite excited to watch this! And hopefully it's good and not just another bad January movie being dumped.
"It's easier to risk your life when you know you're supported by millions, even if they don't the truth or understand…" Take a look at this! An English-dubbed trailer has debuted for a crazy insanely epic Russian sci-fi spectacle called Cosmoball, made by famed producer Dzhanik Fayzi. An enormous spaceship hovers over Earth – this is a stadium, which hosts sports events that resemble soccer but at mind-boggling speeds. The name of the game is "cosmoball". A young man with enormous power of an unknown nature joins the team of hot-headed superheroes in exchange for a cure for his mother’s deadly illness. Starring Viktoriya Agalakova, Georgiy Bestaev, and Khristina Blokhina. This is one of those mega epic kitchen sink sci-fi movies where they throw EVERY idea into it, literally any & every wild idea that comes to mind is in here, from creatures to set pieces to visualizations to plot twists and whatever else. But sure, I still want to watch.
"Due to the war, this territory became completely unsuitable for living." Grasshopper Film has released an official US trailer for an acclaimed, award-winning Ukrainian sci-fi drama titled Atlantis, which originally premiered at last year's Venice & Toronto Film Festivals. Set in Eastern Ukraine in 2025, the film is about a soldier suffering from PTSD who befriends a young volunteer hoping to restore peaceful energy to a brutally war-torn society. The film is Ukraine's official Best International Film submission this year for the Academy Awards, and it also won the Venice Horizons Best Film Award in 2019, and a few other film festival prizes. Starring Andriy Rymaruk, Liudmyla Bileka, and Vasyl Antoniak. This received rave reviews, saying that it's "sensitively observed and meticulously crafted. A remarkable piece of filmmaking from an exciting emerging Eastern European voice." It definitely looks bleak, but also seems powerfully optimistic in a way.
"I'm just out here working like everybody else, man." Film Movement has released an official trailer for an intriguing indie sci-fi film titled Lapsis, made by filmmaker Noah Hutton. This originally premiered at the Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival, and it also played at the Nashville, Scottsdale, Mill Valley, Virginia, and St. Louis Film Festivals (virtually) throughout this year. Struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother, delivery man Ray takes a strange job as a "cabler" in a strange new realm of the gig economy. This film is set in an alternate reality where the quantum computing revolution has begun, but they need to hire people to connect the cables for miles between huge magnetic cubes. Called "a smart class-conscious sci-fi parable" by THR, Lapsis is a darkly comic and very timely look at the gig economy and the failed utopian promises of big tech. Starring Dean Imperial, Madeline Wise, Babe Howard, Arliss Howard, and Ivory Aquino. This is right up my alley, and looks very witty and clever and original. "Enjoy the madness."
"I don't have any specialist training as a field agent." "Don't worry, I'm special enough for both of us." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for Outside the Wire, a gritty new sci-fi action thriller from Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström (1408, Shanghai, The Rite, Escape Plan) set in the near future. Damson Idris (seen on the TV shows "Snowfall", "Black Mirror") stars as a disgraced drone pilot who is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for an android officer, played by Anthony Mackie, and is tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do. This has the look of Edge of Tomorrow, but without the time loop. There are, however, some slick robots and various sci-fi touches in this. Also starring Enzo Cilenti, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly, and Pilou Asbæk. Why does this look so damn good?! Where did this come from?! I'm very much looking forward to this, hopefully it's as good as it looks in here.
"The kind of genre cinema we dream of." RLJE Films has debuted a new official trailer for the upcoming VOD release of a wacky horror sci-fi comedy titled Psycho Goreman. We featured a teaser trailer earlier in the year before the film's originally planned premiere at SXSW (before the fest was cancelled). This is the latest film from Canadian filmmaker / SFX artist Steven Kostanski (who most recently made The Void) and it instead premiered at Monster Fest and the Sitges Film Festival this year. PG, or Psycho Goreman, is about two kids who, using a magical amulet, force the evil monster who showed up to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Starring Nita-Josée Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, and Matthew Ninaber as PG. This looks ridiculously awesome and totally kooky and I am so looking forward to it. She will enslave the galaxy.
"Mission control: we have a critical situation!" Uncork'd has unveiled an official trailer for an anthology film featuring a series of sci-fi shorts called Battle in Space - The Armada Attacks. This plays like a low-budget, B-movie collection of space battle stories and despite the low quality, it still looks rather fun. In 2420, after aliens and powerful space wizards enslaved human villages, a group of rebels organize a counter attack against their alien overlords by piloting fully loaded spaceships. Acclaimed actor Doug Jones stars in this as an alien, and the cast also includes Erik Palladino, Douglas Tait, Trip Hope, Jordu Schell, Linda Weinrib, Toby Rawal, Tom Farrah, Tom Madden, Declan Churchill Carter, Alexis Watt, and Philip Cristian Classen. I really wasn't expecting much from this, but I will admit there's some cool shots in this trailer that make me curious. Maybe there's some cool sci-fi stories hidden in here? Maybe not.
"Requesting permission to fire on an enemy attacker!" Vertical Ent. has just dropped in with a full-length trailer for the awesome contained action horror film Shadow in the Cloud, a big breakout from Chinese-New Zealand filmmaker Roseanne Liang. We're big fans of this badass little film and hope viewers will give it a look. This fearsome WWII action-thriller is set entirely on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. The story follows a female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents who catches a flight with an all-male crew, but soon discovers there's some creepy gremlin creature crawling around the plane. It takes place almost entirely on that plane, and it's awesome. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Maude Garrett, along with Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Taylor John Smith, Callan Mulvey, Benedict Wall, Joe Witkowski, and Byron Coll. I saw this during TIFF and raved about it in my review. Although this trailer shows WAY too much of the film. It's best experienced without seeing any footage, especially if you want to be surprised.
"I have to warn them about the conditions on Earth." Netflix has revealed a final trailer for The Midnight Sky, a new science fiction film directed by George Clooney - who also stars as a lonely scientist living in the Arctic. Arriving on Netflix in a few more weeks. The film tells two stories - that of Augustine, the Arctic scientist who makes a discovery but must reach a bigger satellite - which connects directly to the other story of astronauts returning home from a deep space mission. Adapted from the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, telling the story of two outsiders grappling "with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed." A story of hope for a time when there is not much hope. In addition to Clooney, this also stars Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, Sophie Rundle, Ethan Peck, Miriam Shor, and Tiffany Boone. This looks like it has some stunning visuals, and deals with big ideas regarding the future of humanity. But I hope the whole film is as good as it looks? I'm still excited to watch.
"When I saw what that 'ash' was capable of… I wanted to run." "You should have." The official trailer has debuted for a low budget sci-fi action thriller titled Agent Revelation, which is actually a sequel (né Agent II) to a 2017 sci-fi film called Agent made by the same filmmaker. This next one is set to arrive on VOD in January and looks pretty cool. Written, directed by and starring Derek Ting, the film focuses on Jim Yung, a rejected CIA analyst, who has been exposed to an ancient 'dust' that transforms him into a super soldier that can communicate with aliens. When a secret organization works with him to discover why aliens have returned to Earth, the truth comes at a price. The sci-fi film also stars Michael Dorn, Kayla Ewell, Eve Mauro, and Teo Brines. The sets in this look great, but the rest of it still seems a bit sketchy. Check it out.
"Gremlins are all in your head! It's not critters who cause accidents, it's careless airmen." Vertical Ent. has revealed the first 60-second teaser trailer for awesome thriller Shadow in the Cloud, the epic breakout contained action film that first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this fall. This fearsome WWII action-thriller is set entirely on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. The story follows a female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents who catches a flight with an all-male crew, but soon discovers there's some creepy gremlin creature crawling around the plane. It takes place almost entirely on that plane, and it's awesome. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Maude Garrett, along with Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Taylor John Smith, Callan Mulvey, Benedict Wall, Joe Witkowski, and Byron Coll. I saw this during TIFF and raved about it in my review, saying "as ridiculous as it is at times, I just had a blast watching this." Strap in.