Category Archives: Action

THE BATMAN (2022): New Trailer Starring Zoë Kravitz, Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano…

The Batman (2022), Robert Pattinson, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Batman (2022), Robert Pattinson, Warner Bros. Pictures

From director Matt Reeves; the trailer for The Batman, Robert Pattinson’s first film where he’s suited up as the caped crusader is out – and I have semi-unexpected thoughts.

This trailer does have some highlights. However, the best I can say after watching it is that I’m hopeful the movie turns out great. I say this because right now, this specific trailer edit just isn’t giving me close to the levels of excitement that Christopher Nolans’s Batman trailers did – not that a great trailer is the guarantee of a fantastic film, of course.

Also, I must admit, it’s definitely not lost on me that I wasn’t initially in love with the first trailer for this very movie when it was released in October 2021 either, but it did eventually grow on me, mostly. As such, who knows how I’ll feel in a week or so when I rewatch this edit with new eyes.

Maybe then I’ll change my mind about Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman being the key feature of this trailer that has most effectively commanded my attention.

Are you still excited about The Batman movie after seeing this trailer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro, Con O’Neill, Max Carver, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, Charlie Carver, Alex Ferns, Amy Clare Beales, Jimmy Star and Mark Killeen also star.

The Batman Release Dates: March 4th, 2022 (US)…

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BLACK WIDOW (2021): The Things I Liked…

Focused on the story of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, we get to learn plenty about the avenger’s complicated past in an engaging tale that features unhealthy family dynamics, secrets, lies and some impressive action/fight sequences.

The main stars, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz are great. And unsurprisingly, as is the case with most, if not all Marvel movies, the musical score is impressive.

In addition to the action and music, my favourite thing about Black Widow is the sisterly dynamic between Pugh and Johansson’s characters. So much so that I’m ready for more Johansson/Pugh movies.

In terms of where Black Widow sits in my list of favourite Marvel movies, the understandably seemingly abrupt ending aside, I can say that I liked this movie more than I do Captain Marvel (2019). Which of the two films ranks higher for you? 

Your thoughts are very welcome in the comments below.

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SPIDER-MAN – NO WAY HOME (2021): New Trailer Starring Tom Holland, Zendeya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei…

Starring Tom Holland, Zendeya, Marisa Tomei ,Benedict Cumberbatch, and directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man – No Way Home; a.k.a. Spider-Man 3 has a rather good looking new trailer. One that has amassed more than sixty six million views since its release, three weeks ago.

Tom Holland has played Spider-Man for nearly four years, and only now am I ready to watch his first movie as the webbed crusader? Wait, I’m sure ‘webbed crusader’ isn’t right. Anyway, I haven’t watched a single Spider-Man movie since Tobey Maguire played the much-loved superhero between 2002 and 2007. As for why that is, the trailer’s starring Andrew Garfield just didn’t feel as though there was enough newness to them, for me – and it certainly didn’t feel as though enough time had passed to consider the new releases worthwhile.

Fast forward to now, it’s arguable that fourteen years is more than sufficient time between Maguire’s films and Holland’s Spider-Man No Way Home, and I probably agree. However, more than the years between the movies, I finally have a Spider-Man trailer that offers me something intriguing enough that I want to watch the story all over again. I’m certain there’ll be a semi-healthy level of newness to enjoy, even if it is only technological, which I’m thinking it’s not.

The thing that has me most curious is the idea of a world where Spider-Man’s identity is no secret to anyone. Then there’s the enlisting of Doctor Strange to get things sorted – lastly, the suggestion that Strange’s involvement is just ‘too dangerous‘.

Based on what many have been saying, I’m sure I won’t regret it starting someday soon by watching Spider-Man – Homecoming. Fingers, toes and everything crossed.

Spider-Man – No Way Home Release Dates: December 17th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS (2021): New Trailer Starring Keanu Reeves, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II…

The Matrix Resurrections (2021), Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Matrix Resurrections (2021), Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Warner Bros. Pictures

The long awaited forth instalment of The Matrix finally has a trailer, and goo/promising are the words.

The Matrix Resurrections, an action/sci-fi film directed by Lana Wachowski stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Very little about the original Matrix movies comes to mind when I try to remember. I’ll be watching because of Reeves, the promise of great special effects and the fact that this is one of the major movie events of 2021. One I just happen to be rather curious about.

I’m hoping like crazy that this will be worth the wait. And in between all the hoping, I’ll rewatch the first, second and third Matrix movies.

Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ellen Hollman, Telma Hopkins, Max Riemelt and Daniel Bernhardt also star.

The Matrix Resurrections Release Dates: December 22nd, (US & UK)…

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THE SUICIDE SQUAD (2021): The Things I Liked…

As far as movie disappointments go, Suicide Squad (2016) is up there for me. And since I’m one of those ‘once bitten, twice shy’ people, I took my sweet time to watch The suicide Squad (2021); DC’s James Gunn directed attempt to redeem themselves. 

My main hope with Gunn’s movie was for the story to be great. And for the finished film to be worthy of Margot Robbie’s super captivating take on Harley Quinn. If you’ve seen the Suicide Squad Comic-Con trailers, then you understand.

I can say without hesitation that The Suicide Squad is unequivocally better than Suicide Squad (2016). But, did I love it? Well, my favourite characters are played by Robbie and Idris Elba; no surprises there. Robbie’s Harley Quinn isn’t even featured particularly heavily. But, thankfully, when she was on screen, missing her a little in other scenes proved just about worth it.

Story-wise, I had more fun with this second movie, thanks in part to one or two surprise twists and turns. There’s also the moments of excellent camerawork, stunt work, special effects and a particularly well-executed last quarter.

The Suicide Squad (2021), Idris Elba, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Suicide Squad (2021), Idris Elba, Warner Bros. Pictures

The parts that made my experience less than desired include the rather annoying characters who worked closely with Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller. There’s also a specific emotional scene between Elba and Cleo Cazo’s Ratcatcher that felt forced and not entirely earned. Lastly, I don’t love rats, AT ALL. But that weasel!

Perhaps I should just be grateful that this movie did a better job of weaving a story around many hardly known characters than the 2016 film. By ‘hardly known’, I mainly mean hardly known by non-readers of comic books, such as myself, of course. I’m certainly glad that Gunn’s movie is an improvement on the Suicide Squad story. Even if the film still has a somewhat empty/surface-level quality to it.

Besides The Suicide Squad being quite fun, particularly towards the end, both films are fixed in my mind as reminders of just how difficult it must be to deliver a truly great story, one that features many comic book characters. 

Watch it if you’re curious. There’s definitely some fun to be had. 

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RED NOTICE (2021): New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot…

Red Notice (2021), Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Netflix
Red Notice (2021), Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Netflix

Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson’s latest action/crime/comedy, Red Notice tells the story of an Interpol agent. One whose job it is to track the world’s most wanted art thief.

From writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber; additional key cast includes Vincenzo Amato, Ivan Mbakop and Ritu Arya.

Talk about a super generous injection of charisma in one movie! How will I stay calm when I sit down to watch this? Not so easily is the answer.

Before I realised just how great this cast is, the other thing I noticed right away is Johnson’s brown leather jacket. Perhaps it’s the combination of the jacket and his character’s law enforcement status. But, the sight took me right back to the very fun early scenes of The Other Guys (2010).

Back to Red Notice: I’m even more excited for this one because Thurber directed one of my favourite comedies. We’re the Millers (2013). And, the happy news doesn’t end there, because We’re the Millers 2 is officially on the way.

May both movies be as fun as my greedy heart desires.

Red Notice Release Dates: November 12th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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THE TOMORROW WAR (2021): New Trailer From Chris Pratt, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin, Yvonne Strahovski…

The Tomorrow War (2021), Chris Pratt, Amazon Prime Video
The Tomorrow War (2021), Chris Pratt, Amazon Prime Video

Chris Pratt, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin and Yvonne Strahovski are the stars of The Lego Movie (2014) director, Chris McKay’s new action/adventure/sci-fi, The Tomorrow War.

The promising trailer has Pratt as Dan, a family man tasked with annihilating a future threat to humanity’s very existence.

I’m in for the Pratt brand of charm and action. Also, Gilpin appears to be in the wife/mother role for this one. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m hoping she gets to kick some alien behind. Especially since she was so great in The Hunt (2020).

J.K. Simmons, Seychelle Gabriel, Alan Trong, Jasmine Mathews, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, Chibuikem Uche and Felisha Terrell also star.

The Tomorrow War Rel;ease Dates: July 2nd, 2021 (US), Amazon Prime Video…

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THE PROTÉGÉ (2021): New trailer Starring Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton…

The Protégé (2021), Samuel L. Jackson, Maggie Q, Lionsgate Movies
The Protégé (2021), Samuel L. Jackson, Maggie Q, Lionsgate Movies

The Protégé is a new action/crime/thriller with a vengeance story at its heart. One where Maggie Q and Michael Keaton play two of the world’s premiere assassins, a pair who must form an uneasy alliance.

Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Patrick and Patrick Malahide are among the key cast.

As a big fan of well-executed movie badassery, I’ve watched what happens between 18 and 27 seconds into this trailer 6 times. And not once did I succeed at staying quiet as the action unfolded. Clearly when an action sequence looks this impressive, audible displays of appreciation are involuntary.

I can’t wait to see Q do her action woman thing, while being directed by Martin Campbell, the man behind my favourite Bond movie, Casino Royale (2006).

Lili Rich, Ekaterina Baker, Madalina Anea, Ori Pfeffer, Jack Derges, Florin Piersic Jr., George Pistereanu, Gamba Cole and Velizar Binev also star.

The Protégé Release Dates: August 20th, 2021 (US)…

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