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Our featured clip this week is Unknown, the psychological thriller that finds an imposter living Liam Neeson’s life after an accident. To be or not to be? “Be” of course, it’s Trailer Tracker. Be sure also to check out Trailer Tracker’s new segment after the jump: Clip Trip, where we delve back into Hollywood's archive and pull out a classic clip for your viewing pleasure.
New trailers this week:
Memory loss films have had a shaky history in
Yet what better way to boost possibly preposterous material than with Liam Neeson, and his new-found inner action star, lighting up the screen recently with the sleeper hit Taken and the not-so-sleeper-but-still-satisfying blockbuster The A-Team. In Unknown (previously titled Unknown White Male) Neeson plays a loving husband who awakens from a coma after a horrific car accident to find he is not, well, himself, at least according to his wife and her new “husband.” So it is up to him to uncover the conspiracy and find out what really happened to him that fateful day.
Whatever the final result, the trailer is superb, full of visual flair and dramatic quick-cuts. I would expect no less from stylish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who last year helmed one of the best horror films in recent memory with Orphan. His grasp on tension and ominousness makes him a suitable choice for this complex thriller and teamed with Neeson and a supporting cast including Diane Kruger, January Jones, Frank Langella and Adrienne Quinn, I will be embracing the unknown on Jan. 7 of the new year.
Right on the tale of the low-budget success of The Last Exorcism, we find a glossier production in The Rite about a disillusioned American and former-to-be-priest who finds his faith at the
No, it’s not a prequel to Alice in Wonderland but a rather morose-looking tragedy about the loss of a child. Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman star as to bereaved parents who try and reassemble their lives following a tragic accident. I have said it before and I will say it again, tragic versus depressing is a delicate line to tread and this initial clip looks manipulative to a T. Of course I have not seen this film, so my mind remains open, I just hope this is more than a tear-jerker that’s only mark is a stack of soiled tissues.
Almost universally considered to be the one “weak” link in Pixar Animation's stunning streak of critical successes, what it lacked in support it made up for in merchandising revenue. A lot of merchandising revenue. And although we would all love to think as Pixar as the last pure creative entity, they are still a business and we cannot fault them for wanting success. Kids loved these talking cars, and there is plenty of zoom for improvement in the sequel so let’s hope their first sequel outside of the “Toy Story” franchise can pull a surprise shocker in summer of 2011.
Justin Bieber: Never say Never
Over forty? Thirty? Heck, ever 20? If so, I will not fault you if Justin Bieber is not a household name, but this Canuck wunderkind (that phrase is an odd clashing of cultures) is huge, Miley Cirrus huge, and we have seen how here films have fared at the box office. There is a lot of hate surrounding this 16-year-old, but personally I do not hate him, I do not like him: he is a successful young talent and I respect him in that regard. As for seeing his movie? Call me a curmudgeon.
Clip Trip: Dark City
Welcome to the newest segment on Trailer Tracker: Clip Trip (down memory lane that is). With the release of Unknown starring a clueless Liam Neeson, we’ll take a peak at another classic memory-loss film; 1998’s