"They're everywhere." "You're food, and they're hungry." Lock & load boys, it's time to fight some aliens! Amazon has released one final official trailer for the sci-fi action movie The Tomorrow War, the latest from The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay. The first full trailer launched just a few weeks ago. A teacher is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront his past. This high concept sci-fi ensemble action extravaganza is about time travelers who tell us we need to go to the future to fight aliens to save humanity. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. The ensemble cast features Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Keith Powers. This is probably the best trailer for this, with tons of action and finally a look at the alien creatures. But I'm still not that excited for it. Anyone? Who wants to join the fight?
"Until today, all these signs… Maybe this is the point. It's the point to all of this… We would finally have our stand." Apple has unveiled the first official trailer for a thrilling new sci-fi series titled Invasion, that is "inspired" by H.G. Wells' classic novel "War of the Worlds". It's not an adaption, per se, but takes that idea and expands into something completely new and exciting. "Hold on to your humanity." Following multiple storylines across different continents, Invasion takes a global look at how one alien invasion would affect us all. Shamier Anderson, Golshifteh Farahani, Sam Neill, Firas Nassar, and Shioli Kutsuna star in this sci-fi drama that will make you question what you would do under extraterrestrial threat. A chilling teaser. The first three episodes will debut in October, followed by new episodes weekly, every Friday. Which is a smart strategy for a show like this that will likely have big reveals each new episode. I'm intrigued that they made a new War of the World series without anyone knowing?! This looks damn good so far. Fire it up.
"You're stuck in a pipe full of deadly traps. How far will you go?" Gravitas Ventures has unveiled an official US trailer for a French sci-fi thriller titled Meander, another Cube-inspired stuck-in-rooms genre movie. This premiered at the Sitges Film Festival last year, and also played at the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival and Monster Fest. A woman wakes up locked in series of strange tubes full of deadly traps. Every 8 minutes, she must move forward or die. But why? Is there any escape? That's the premise for this one - which is a lot like Cube, but with a few diuniqurfferent aspects. Starring Gaia Weiss as Lisa, with Peter Franzén and Romane Libert. This gets very strange with some weird zombies and freaky stuff. I'm sold! Need to see it.
"It will last all day if you eat it really slowly!" Wow. What an extraordinary creation. THIS is the epitome of "world building" in every sense. Dynamo Dream is a 20-minute web series pilot episode and while we usually don't post about series, I'm posting about this one anyway because it's absolutely marvelous. Set in the distant future where water has dried up and everyone is living in tiny shacks (much like Ready Player One), the story follows a young woman out and about on her day, trying to stay out of trouble. There's no synopsis - but it's not needed. Just dive right into it - you won't want to leave here. Written and directed by filmmaker / VFX artist Ian Hubert, and starring Kaitlin Romig as Jo. All the 3D and design work was done using Blender. It took Ian over three years to finally finish this, with the support of followers on his Patreon. Featuring sound design by Impossible Acoustic. And I've added a rad fan-made poster (by Barry Blankenship) below. I highly recommend watching! One of the best sci-fi worlds I've encountered in a while.
"Your body contains multiple minds." Signature Ent. in the UK has released the official UK trailer for a sci-fi action thriller from Taiwan called Plurality, made by the Taiwanese filmmaker Aozaru Shiao. The film already opened in Taiwan and Hong Kong earlier this year (but didn't get great reviews) and is arriving on VOD in the UK this summer. Though there's no US release set yet. A man who wakes up from a coma to find himself uploaded with the minds of four dead serial-murder suspects. These "minds" hold the only clues for the police to track down the last surviving victim. "The truth lies in his head." Starring Tony Yang Yo-ning as Ming Ze, with Sandrine Pinna, Frederick Lee, and Duncan Lai. It looks like a mess of a film that is trying to be smarter than it is. And if it was actually any good, I think we'd have heard more by now.
"Was she running from the past… Or racing back towards it?" Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for a sci-fi romantic thriller titled Reminiscence, the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lisa Joy (of "Westworld", "Pushing Daisies", "Burn Notice"). After delays and new dates, WB has reset this to open in theaters (and on HBO Max) at the end of August this year. A scientist discovers a way to relive your past and uses the technology to search for his long lost love. His life changes forever when he meets Mae, but when a different client's memories implicate her in a series of violent crimes, he must delve through the dark world of the past to uncover the truth about the woman he fell for. Sounds a bit like the plot of Minority Report, doesn't it? Reminiscence is also produced by Jonathan Nolan, as well as Michael De Luca, Lisa Joy, and Aaron Ryder. The cast features Hugh Jackman & Rebecca Ferguson as Nick & Mae, with Thandiwe Newton, Daniel Wu, Cliff Curtis, Natalie Martinez, Brett Cullen, & Teri Wyble. I've been waiting to see some footage from this and it looks just ravishing. I'm always down for mixing sci-fi and love. Enjoy.
"The sun comes up. The sun goes down. We're born, we die… Who am I to question the nature of things?" Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for an intriguing sci-fi series from Iceland titled Katla, co-created by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur (of The Deep, 2 Guns, Everest, The Oath, Adrift). One year after the violent eruption of the subglacial volcano Katla, the peace and tranquility in the small town of Vik is dramatically disturbed. Out of nowhere, people that disappeared a year ago are now re-appearing covered in ash, seemingly unharmed. How is this possible? Are they really the same people? Only the volcano knows… The cast includes Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð , Íris Tanja Flygenring, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Aliette Opheim, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, and Birgitta Birgisdóttir. It looks like a very peculiar and fascinating series filled with awe-inspiring shots of Iceland, taking us deeper into the epic grandeur of volcanoes than ever before. And I like the sci-fi angle here. Can't help admitting I'm very curious about this.
"This isn't your first life, Evan. You are an Infinite." Paramount has finally unveiled the first official trailer for sci-fi action thriller Infinite, the latest from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, Equalizer, Southpaw). Instead of opening this in theaters, they are releasing it streaming exclusively on their "new" service Paramount+ in just a few weeks. Once you watch this trailer you'll see why they're skipping theaters. Loosely adapted from D. Eric Maikranz's fantasy sci-fi novel "The Reincarnationist Papers", Infinite follows Mark Wahlberg as Evan McCauley, a "troubled" man diagnosed as schizophrenic because he's plagued by memories of places he's never visited. He eventually discovers he has been reincarnated multiple times and then joins the ranks of a secret group of other "Infinites" out to save the world. The cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Liz Carr, as well as Toby Jones and Dylan O'Brien. This is a cool concept to play with, but this definitely looks like a TV movie, unfortunately.
"Sometimes a man does what's best for his family." Amazon has launched the first full-length official trailer for the sci-fi action movie The Tomorrow War, the latest from The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay. A man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront his past. This high concept sci-fi ensemble extravaganza is about time travelers who tell us we need to go to the future to fight aliens to save humanity. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. The ensemble cast features Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Keith Powers. Everything about this looks so generic and medicore, even the explosions seem like they're straight out of the 90s. Same with the dialogue. And there's still not even a clear shot of the aliens in this, they look more like zombies crawling around. Huh. I just hope the movie is better.
Saving the world one robot at a time! This is just a commercial for Ikea, but it's so much fun and the robot is so adorable, we can't help sharing it anyway. The 60-second ad spot is called "Change a Bit for Good" and it follows a robot around a futuristic world. He/she/it sees a banner for a movie about defender droids with the tagline "save the planet!" So it decides to become a hero and start cleaning up pollution to actually save our planet. The idea is meant to inspire individual action. Ikea explains: "We've set the ambitious goal of becoming fully circular and climate positive by 2030. It's not just about how we do business, but also about wanting to inspire and support customers in taking action too." Made by Pulse Films director Ninian Doff and a VFX studio called "nineteentwenty". I'd honestly watch a series about this friendly robot family.
"The ship grows its own crew." "If… it's a ship. If… they're crew." Hell yes – some extra dark space sci-fi! Blindsight is an incredible short film made by multiple collaborators. It took four year to complete and it's now ready to watch - thanks to tip from Neill Blomkamp; this does seem like something his Oats Studios would make as a proof of concept. A small team is sent from Earth to investigate evidence of an alien species and discovers they cannot trust their senses to reflect the reality of the world around them. Blindsight is a short "created by a collaborative group of designers and artists, and directed by Danil Krivoruchko. The film is based on the eponymous sci-fi novel by Peter Watts." This has some extraordinary visuals and some big ideas it explores by questioning humanity's place in the universe. A fascinating, must watch sci-fi short.
"Besides, I love talking to you…" It's always nice to come across some fascinating minimal sci-fi filmmaking in a short film - and this one is definitely worth a watch. Mirror Site is "subtle sci-fi" short film made by writer / director Karl Richter in Los Angeles. It's a bit of a Black Mirror-esque story about a guy talking to a woman on the phone, who starts to wonder if he's stuck inside some kind of digital prison of sorts. After playing at film festivals last year, it's online for anyone to watch. The 12-minute short film stars Michael Marcel as Ben, and a storng supporting cast including Kendall Chappell, Khrishna Grace, Brenda Nascimento, Jill Renner, and Kayla Sarian. I wasn't sure what to make of this at first, but as it keeps going the more invested I became, not to mention curious to find out what was really going on. It's a clever concept done in a slick and simple and "subtle" way. And Ben's performance makes it much more believable.