Trailer watch: Is this Sparta or Pompeii?

I’ve always been interested by the idea of a movie about Mount Vesuvius; the gargantuan mountain whose ash and lava engulfed the city of Pompeii as learned from history’s texts. As a school kid, the idea of an entire city being swallowed whole by a mountain was always both terrifying and fascinating. Perhaps the idea of a giant mountain exploding and burning a city alive isn’t quite interesting enough and so Hollywood’s got to find a way to draw us into a story that happens to take place underneath the mountain.

Enter Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…) and the Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland starring Pompeii. After viewing the trailer, one could be mislead to believe the entire movie is in fact, just be the MacGuffin waiting for the volcano to erupt. The official synopsis reads as follows;

[quote]”Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.”[/quote]

If only the volcano would have erupted sooner. Nonetheless, it’s probably worth a go, can’t possibly be as bad as the new 300 movie– which literally looks like a straight-to-DVD hash (or cut scenes from a video game strung together).

Pompeii is out February 2014. Just in time for Valentines.


Trailer watch: Keanu Reeves in new 47 Ronin trailer

Looking like the Eastern-tinged rendition of 300 (except decidedly less crap), 47 Ronin stars Keanu Reeves as a member of a band of samurais (ronins) seeking revenge for the death and dishonour of their master at the hands of ruthless shogun. The story is a fictionalised account of the Japanese tale of the “forty-seven ronin“.

The film was originally set for release November 2012 but was initially pushed back to February of this year, before getting its final delay to December 25, 2013.

Costing an estimated $175 million to make, the film was shot in Budapest and the United Kingdom by relative newcomer and first time feature film director Carl Rinsch. It’s not a bad budget to work with for a first timer, whose previous directing credits were limited to three short films.

Pacific Rim star Rinko Kikuchi and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Pearl Harbor, Planet of the Apes) co-star alongside Reeves.

Check out the trailer below: