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A Feel-Good Thriller About Family and Rape (Just in Time for Christmas!)

By Daniel Carlson | Trailers | August 5, 2009 |

By Daniel Carlson | Trailers | August 5, 2009 |

The first trailer is out for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold that rode Oprah’s Book Club to stardom. (This was back when Oprah was pimping new books, before she’d turned her death gaze on the classics.) The film is about a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered and who narrates the story from a vaguely defined afterlife known as the “in-between.” The film’s visuals look strong, and certainly not as roughly queasy as Jackson’s work on The Lord of the Rings or The Frighteners (never forget!). That said, the trailer is cut like DreamWorks has no idea how to market it: It alternately plays like a family drama, a metaphysical fantasy, and a really B-level thriller. What’s more, though the protagonist reveals the identity of her killer at the beginning of the book, the trailer probably shouldn’t have gone nearly as far as it did to showcase the killer and the eventual ramifications of his blown identity. Basically, the movie won’t treat that info as a spoiler, but the trailer needs to, and it drops the ball spectacularly.

The trailer will be attached to prints of Julie & Julia, out this Friday. (If the embed breaks, you can also find it here.)

Have a look:

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