Talk about uncomfortably good timing. Towards the tail end of the 2012 Summer Olympics when U.S.A. pride is high comes the teaser trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden movie, Zero Dark Thirty. It’s tough to say whether or not this could be the Hurt Locker follow-up we’re all hoping for, as it’s a particularly enigmatic teaser, but curiosity is still sky high so clearly the piece gets the job done. On a far more straightforward note, and almost to a fault, comes a pair of sports-movie trailers. The James Van Der Beek-starrer Backwards is certainly the tackier of the two, but the piece gets points for ditching that obnoxiously familiar sports voiceover. Trouble with the Curve shows signs of having a degree of cheese to it, but greatly benefits from what looks to be a sweet and honest relationship between Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.
Over in the clips department we get our first piece of Pitch Perfect, which apparently is Universal’s version of Glee with a little more grit to it and some slightly off lip-synching. We blow things up with a clip from The Expendables 2. If mindless action is your thing, this bit will likely get the adrenaline pumping, but for those looking for a little something more, this piece isn’t tight enough to both give a viewer a general sense of what’s going on and make you wonder what happens next.
Clearly poster design wasn’t part of the filmmakers’ multi-year effort to get the Red Dawn remake on the big screen. The piece has some nice texture to it, but oddly placed and proportioned characters scream Photoshop and highlight the desperation to make a buck off some famous faces. The Red Dawn poster may be particularly disappointing because of the long wait, but it certainly is far from the worst of the week. What slipped below it? Find out that and what cracked the top three below.
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