And now, part two of today’s trailer round-up. This time around, we’re looking at the next batch of crime-related movies.
First up is Snitch, which features this implausible plot synopsis:
In the fast-paced action thriller Snitch, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission — risking everything, including his family and his own life.
Yeah. Sure. On the other hand, it stars “The Walking Dead” star Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt, Harold Perrineau, and Barry Pepper. That’s not bad. The trailer, however, is kinda bad.
Next up is The Heat, aka “wherein Hollywood continues to try to make Melissa McCarthy happen, but does it wrong.” This gem is about a straight-laced FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who teams up with a slovenly Boston cop (McCarthy) and hijinks ensue. It co-stars Marlon Wayans and Michael Rappaport, and is directed by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. I gotta say, I’m not feeling it on this one. In part because of McCarthy’s role, which is just sort of off-putting. But hey, here’s the trailer:
But wait! There’s also the trailer for Now You See Me, about four of the world’s greatest illusionists who join forces to steal from banks and give the money to the poor. Wait… that’s actually a relatively original story, Robin Hood inspirations aside. It’s directed by Louis Leterrier, who directed The Transporter and The Transporter 2, as well as the (in my opinion, anyway) underappreciated The Incredible Hulk. Oh, and Clash of the Titans. Hmm. The cast is pretty awesome though — Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Marc Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Mélanie Laurent, Elias Koteas, and Morgan Freeman. I mean, shit, that’s enough for me. I could go in without even knowing the plot with that cast. The trailer looks pretty fun.