The cool thing about movies is their ability to take you somewhere else, whether it's the future, another world that couldn't possibly exist, or even the past. We're looking at previews that recall another time on this week's trailer park.
Resident Evil: Extinction
This trailer wears its post-apocalyptic status on its sleeve, recalling end of the world films of yesteryear. As we see Las Vegas buried in sand dunes, the shot of a faux statue of liberty sticking out of the sand is obviously meant to make us think of the original Planet of the Apes, and all the four-wheel action will remind you of the Mad Maxfilms. The release of the T-virus in the previous films has apparently laid waste to the world. Milla Jovovich is back kicking butt, and there's a quick glimpse of Ali Larter. Zombies are only briefly seen in this teaser, but there appears to be plenty of action. I daresay this one looks cool enough to make me forget how much I disliked Resident Evil: Apocalypse and remind me of how much I liked the first film. Here's Scott Weinberg's take on the trailer.
Talk to Me
Don Cheadle plays an ex-con DJ in this preview that effectively recalls the look and feel of the 1960s. The wardrobe and hair alone could convince you that this was shot during the Johnson administration. The feeling of deja vu actually becomes a little too powerful, with the edgy radio announcer who captures an audience while upsetting his bosses (Martin Sheen represents the establishment as the radio station's manager) conjuring images of Good Morning Vietnam and even Howard Stern's Private Parts. Still, Cheadle's performance is probably what's going to make or break this one, and from what I can see here the film, which is based on real events, shows promise.
Across the Universe
An historical romantic musical built around Beatles covers? I must admit when I first heard the idea, images of 1978's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band danced through my head (some wounds never fully heal), but the trailer is pretty cool. Heavy-handed captions ("They Lived Without Rules. They Loved Without Fear") used in lieu of narration are a bit off-putting, but the charming cast and some downright trippy scenes have me looking forward to this tale of love set amidst the turbulence of the 1960s. And covers or not, I'm a sucker for the music of The Beatles.