TRAILER PARK: SKYFALL, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4, TAKEN 2 & MORE

Movies & TV

/ August 4, 2012

Skyfall Release Date: Nov. 9

“Where the hell have you been?” Judi Dench, as M, asks a shadow-lurking James Bond early on in the first full trailer for “Skyfall.” “Enjoying death,” Daniel Craig quips. Craig’s third stint as 007 will undoubtedly include gorgeous set pieces and gripping action sequences (the train crash in the closing montage of this trailer looks especially nifty). But most encouraging after 2008’s lackluster “Quantum of Solace”? A villain in the strangely blonde-haired Javier Bardem that’s actually intriguing, and a much-needed reboot for the gadget-wielding character of Q. Combined with having “American Beauty” director Sam Mendes on board, this trailer is already making us salivate for November. Paranormal Activity 4 Release Date: Oct. 19
The spooky-camera franchise is heading back to the 21st century! That’s right, the old-school cameras from 1988 that caught the “Paranormal Activity 3″ action have been modernized to include scary Skype chat in the 2011 version. Even if you don’t give a damn about the witches and demons that popular the “Paranormal” plot lines, you probably just spent the last half of this trailer flinching, waiting for some creepy thing to pop out. Then there’s a big shadow, and we have to wait until Halloween for something a little more intense. The Paperboy Release Date: 2013
If you’re a movie trailer and include Zac Efron in short shorts within the first 15 seconds, you might wanna rethink your intro. The “High School Musical” man’s bad Southern accent has to compete with the bad Southern accent of Nicole Kidman, as he and Matthew McConaughey play paper-pushing brothers trying to prove the innocence of Kidman’s imprisoned lover (a wily John Cusack). McConaughey is in Cowboy Mode, Efron has sex with Kidman, and the whole trailer smacks of melodrama while revealing way too many plot points. Director Lee Daniels, who did a masterful job with “Precious” in 2009, is behind this one, though, so “The Paperboy” may be more of a crackerjack drama than it appears. Also, Macy Gray’s in it! Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Release Date: Oct. 26
As the old saying goes, “You can take the blonde teenager out of Silent Hill, but you can’t take the Silent Hill out of the blonde teenager!” This sequel to the uber-graphic 2006 video game adaptation will undoubtedly churn stomachs and fray nerves, as our heroine, Heather Mason, is pulled back into the hellish town to apparently serve as a messiah against the ghouls. If nothing else, this trailer smartly emphasizes the stylishness of the franchise, juxtaposing wide-open shots of the deserted, ash-covered town with quick glimpses of the lurking monsters. 3D could really make the slick aesthetics of “Silent Hill” sing. The Big Wedding Release Date: Oct. 26
“Hijinks” meet “culture clashes” in this romantic comedy mash-up of “The Family Stone,” “The Birdcage” and that movie where Robin Williams plays a wacky priest. Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton play a divorced couple who have to pretend to be married in order to charm their daughter (Amanda Seyfried)’s in-law before her wedding. The cast (also including Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace and Susan Sarandon) is fantastic; the jokes in this trailer are not. The clip ends with De Niro asking all within earshot, “Would somebody please just punch me in the face again?” Wow; he must have watched that trailer, too! MUST-SEE TRAILER OF THE WEEK Taken 2 Release Date: Oct. 5
Let’s take a breath after watching this trailer and acknowledge the fact that a sequel to “Taken” exists and is coming to theaters in two months, and that this is a glorious thing. Next, let’s soak in the brutal opulence of this fittingly grim first look: the collection of capital-v Villains sprinkling dirt on a grave and vowing revenge against that kick-ass coot Liam Neeson; the virtuoso retread of the cell phone call from Neeson’s character to his daughter, this time to tell her that her mother has been taken; the operatic vocals that swell as the blistering montage of violence carries on. This trailer is composed of the popcorn drama that made the original “Taken” such a thrill — and that final exchange between Neeson and the lead gang member certainly makes it sound like there are more “Taken’s” ahead of us. This isn’t the first trailer for “Taken 2″ (a less comprehensive look was released in June), but it’s easily the best.