We have two trailers and the first clip from Buried, the Ryan-Reynolds-in-a-coffin suspense-thriller, Due Date, a comedic road movie starring A-lister Robert Downey, Jr. and the ubiquitous Zach Galifianakis, and the first clip from Let Me In, Matt Reeves' (Cloverfield) remake of the 2008 Swedish horror film with Chloe Moretz (Hugo Cabret, Kick-Ass, (500)Days of Summer) as a preteen who may not be what she appears to be.
1. Buried: A bidding war erupted this past January at the Sundance Film Festival for this suspense-thriller set entirely inside a coffin. Reynolds plays an American contractor in Iraq who, post-kidnapping by persons unknown, awakens in a coffin with only a cell phone, a lighter, and enough oxygen to last 90 minutes (conveniently the length of an average feature film). Reynolds received kudos at Sundance for his intense performance as the increasingly desperate contractor.
[After the break, the international trailer awaits.]
Feeling claustrophobic yet? I was after seeing that trailer, but it passed quickly. I might not be so lucky after seeing Buried in a darkened movie theater with a collection of my peers and the general public.
2. Due Date: Robert Downey, Jr.'s mid-career resurgence has given him the choice of any number of projects outside of the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes franchise. Post-Iron Man 2, Downey, Jr., picked a two-character road movie with comedian Zach Galifianakis, re-teaming with Todd Phillips (The Hangover). In the tradition of Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Due Date matches up a soon-to-be uptight dad, Peter Highman (Downey Jr.) with a neurotic actor-wannabe, Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) as they rush haphazardly across the United States and the birth of Highman's (first?) child.
Here's the second trailer:
The trailer doesn't explain why Downey, Jr.'s character has to travel by car rather than plane (or train), but his character meets Tremblay at the airport, so expect a credibility-stretching reason for why they the only option is a car trip. I'll see Due Date, if for no other reason than Jamie Foxx's cameo as a pickup truck driver willing to give Highman and Tremblay a ride closer to their destination.
3. Let Me In: Last, but definitely not least, we have the first clip from Let Me In, the American remake of Tomas Alfredson' adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's horror novel, Let The Right One In. Reeves has promised to bring in more of Lindqvist's novel to the remake. Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) plays Owen, a bullied preteen whose life seemingly takes a turn for the better when he befriends his new neighbor, Abby (Chloe Moretz). What he doesn't know can (and might) kill him. The clip you're about to see, however, focuses on Abby's father figure (Richard Jenkins) nightly excursion for sustenance.
Spoilerphobes should probably skip this clip and revisit the trailer instead. Or maybe not. The trailer gives away key plot points.
I still count myself among the skeptical (as are many fans of Let the Right One In), but if this clip is any indication, Reeves captured the moody, murderous desperation of the original adaptation perfectly.
Buried hits theaters September 24th, Let Me In arrives on October 1st, and Due Date November 5th.
Did the trailers and clip move you closer to seeing one, two, or all three films when they arrive in movie theaters over the next two months?