The reboot of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller Flatliners (directed by Niels Arden Oplev) premieres later this month, and is likely to have an uneventful–and short–run in theaters.
Reason being, IT has shown remarkable strength for an R-rated horror movie (and so far is making all the monies) but when you figure in Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) being released two weeks later, it will take more than a shot of adrenaline to save the thriller.
And looking at the second trailer, you’ll likely get an idea why.
It’s not only hard to tell what’s going on and why it’s happening though worse of all there doesn’t seem a particularly–based on the trailer–compelling reason to see it.
Darren Aronofsky is nothing if not a director who appears resistant to pigeonholing due to the variety of genres he tends to work with (though that he’s not exactly a prolific director may have something to do with it. His last film, Noah, was three years ago; Black Swan was seven)
From Requiem To A Dream to The Fountain, he seems to seek to push boundaries (and if Noah is any indicator, buttons as well).
Mother! (Yes, it comes complete with it’s own exclamation point) appears to be some sort of horror movie–I’m reasonably certain a that that’s a mannikin of Jennifer Lawrence on the movie poster–which the director has not yet tackled (Black Swan was close, though that was more of a psychological thriller).
It’s hard to tell what the movie is about exactly–a couple appears to be moving into a new house, some people encroach on the space (they seem to have some sort of link to the husband) and suddenly everyone seems to turn against her, perhaps even the house itself.
Which reminds me of another horror movie I am very fond of.
This is a gorgeous trailer, which visually at times reminded me of Darren Aronofsky (high praise indeed) though I feel reasonably safe in saying that it will play like nothing like Requiem For A Dream, Pi, The Fountain or Noah (in the latter case not a bad thing, considering that it’s quite the slog. I think it has something to do with the entire premise, which is as far-fetched as anything from L. Ron Hubbard).
As I said, it’s attractive, though what I thought it was most interesting was toward the end, where it looked like he was fighting Groot.
Which is interesting for all sorts of reasons.
Oh. My. God (pardon the pun). Darren Aronofsky has recently made a quite profitable film–”Black Swan”–and for some reason feels the need to ruin his one-film profitability streak by making a movie about Noah’s Ark.
The last myth-based film, 2010’s “Clash of the Titans” was profitable, but despite being a mediocre film, at least had The Kraken.
They say plagiarism is the highest form of flattery, and it doesn’t mean that a film inspired by other(s) can’t be good in its own right too, but if the original source happens to deal more profoundly or be more originaly than the latter one, what is the point in adding another vision? Here is a visual example of some of the films from which director Darren Aronofsky clearly took direct “inspiration.” Among them: Roman Polansky’s “Repulsion,” Dario Argeton’s “Suspiria” and Korean director Kim Yong-gyun, “The Red Shoes.” The audio is in Spanish.
Aint It Cool News has a rumor that Duncan Jones (the director of Moon and Source Code) is taking a meeting at Fox to replace Darren Aronofsky, who opted out of directing Wolverine a few months ago.