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Following a successful post-Avatar string of films, Aussie Sam Worthington plays the titular Man on a Ledge in our featured trailer this week, where a man dangles from a building, but perhaps with ulterior motives. Liam Neeson also portrays a man in peril as one of a group of plane crash survivors struggling to survive in the arctic while being pursued by a pack of starving wolves. Then, Katherine Heigl returns to the genre that apparently serves her (wallet) best with One for the Money, an adaptation of the best-selling novel about a newly unemployed woman who becomes a bounty hunter. Last off is the Chinese epic 1911, directed by and starring Jackie Chan in a rare, strictly dramatic role about the Xinhai revolution. Speaking of a revolution, how about a revelation – it’s Trailer Tracker.
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Man on a Ledge
One for the Money
Man on a Ledge
The hostage negotiation
film and heist thriller are both individually strong templates for an action
movie and occasionally overlap successfully in cases such as Inside
With these apparently
spoiler-filled trailers, we can hope that there is more to the story than just
one twist or that the revelation that his predicament is not of the normal
intent is revealed early on anyways. The
Phone Booth-style thriller is not for everyone (I know of a few people who
became frustrated with the limited setting and equally hindered plot
progression), so the robbery element should add a flavor everyone can like.
First his daughter was taken, then he was wrongfully accused, next he lost his memory and now his plane has crashed ... Liam Neeson — or at least his characters — is having a bad couple of years. From director Joe Carnahan (Smokin` Aces, The A-Team) comes The Grey, a hypothermia-inducing but heart-pounding chase thriller of sorts which finds an oil-drilling team tested by not only the elements but also the local wildlife after their plane crashes. Also set for an aptly chilly January release, the trailer for The Grey is one of my favorites in a long time, showcasing beautiful but ultimately menacing scenery, what looks like an excellent blend of CGI and real animals when it comes to the wolves and a melange of action and suspense (all capped off with a badass Liam Neeson voiceover). There can be trouble with making an animal (or the plural) a faceless, unstoppable villain of sorts, but if anyone can make it all click it's Neeson.
One for the Money
Now who’s The Bounty Hunter? After Jennifer
Aniston ran from the roguish Gerard Butler in that 2010 atrocity, Katherine
Heigl switches it up as the chick
with authority in One for the Money, based
on the first novel in the series by Janet Evanovich, a series that currently numbers 18 installments. Heigl stars as Stephanie Plum, a down-on-her-luck-ex-lingerie
buyer who secures a job hunting down bail jumpers from her sister. Opposite the
past Grey’s Anatomy cast member is
another TV star Jason O’Mara as the man-on-the-run.
Heigl showed incredible potential in Knocked
Up, but since has graced nothing but lame by-the-books rom-coms and despite
the upside-down premise, the streak will continue indefinitely. The addition of
three screenwriters does not bode well for a movie that already bends genres. Like
our first two trailers, One for the Money
debuts on cinema screens January 2012.
Proclaimed as Jackie
Chan’s 100th film in an incredible long running career, 1911 lands on the not-coincidental 100th anniversary of the Xinhai revolution where members of the Qing Dynasty fought
against rebel force, tired of the corruption of the monarchy. Although
known almost exclusively for his wireless stunts and quirky use of impromptu
weapons, Chan has been leaning to more sophisticated roles as of late as his
physical skills understandable dwindle. His astonishingly heartfelt role in The Karate Kid remake and now this epic
which he also directs could represent an interesting phase in the action icon's