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The Traile for -- WAKE UP -- The Burning --- WAKE UP -- Plain

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | August 26, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | August 26, 2009 |

I’ve been careful to avoid running a post on The Burning Plain trailer, in large part because each time I’ve attempted to watch it, I’ve fallen asleep. However, one of our illustrious readers requested that we cover it, so here we are. The Burning Plain is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada), and while he has a fairly impeccable screen-writing track record, The Burning Plain seems as though it has a case of trying-too-goddamn-hard-itis. It stars Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, who appear to be wiping the screen up and down with their actressin’, as though attempting to out-glum one another. Frankly, the movie looks about as exciting as watching already dried paint flake and peel over the course of years.

The movie is scheduled for release on September 18th, but if you’re bored, or you want to be bored, it’s already available on video-on-demand, XBOX Live, and Amazon, so you can be the first to brag to all your friends about that movie that cured your insomnia!

Here’s the trailer. I’d recommend toothpicks to keep your eyelids open.

Here’s the official description, which you know is official because the title is in ALL CAPS.

From writer/director Guillermo Arriaga comes THE BURNING PLAIN, a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron plays Sylvia, a beautiful restaurant manager whose cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, Sylvia is launched into a journey through space and time that inextricably connects her to these disparate characters, all of whom are grappling with their own romantic destinies.

In Mexico, a young motherless girl, Maria (Tessa Ia), lives happily with her father and his best friend until a tragic accident changes it all. In the New Mexico border town of Las Cruces, two teenagers, Mariana (Jennifer Lawrence) and Santiago (JD Pardo), find love in the aftermath of their parents’ sudden deaths. In an abandoned trailer, a housewife, Gina (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger), embarks on a passionate affair that will put Sylvia and the others on a collision course with the explosive power of forbidden love.

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