It appears that the zombie genre has greater legs than anyone might have anticipated (AMC’s The Walking Dead–despite a ratings decline–still shuffles on while spawning a sequel–Fear The Walking Dead–a somewhat unnecessary admonition) and along the way appears to have discovered a legitimacy few horror genres have had prior.
Though that shouldn’t be a surprise in that George Romero has long used the zombie genre to tell tales of class warfare and as metaphors for consumerism, among other things.
The latest example: Cargo, starring Morgan Freeman (Sherlock, Black Panther) which is coming on Netflix (Yay!) May 18.
What–if the trailer is to be believed–separates Cargo from it’s grisly siblings is that Freeman’s character appears to be be infected himself (and in search of a cure among the Aboriginal people of Australia) while the baby he carries (likely the ‘cargo’ of the title)–isn’t.
When I saw the standee for “Last Vegas” in the theater, I assumed that it was some sort of gangster film. Having seen the commercial, it’s actually a bucket list sort of movie. Which is OK for me, but what’s most interesting is that the trailer really seems to feature Morgan Freeman as a doddering old man.
Looks like fun.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a huge audience for Legos. They’re two theme parks dedicated to them – called Legoland – in this country; one in California, the other in Florida. Overseas, there are Legolands in Germany, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Denmark (where they were invented).
But does that mean that anyone wants to see a feature film based upon them?
And I don’t mean a documentary about who invented them, or anything like that. I mean a feature film, where the Legos are animated, doing whatever their rather limited range of moment will let them.
The trailer is cute, and I suspect that little kids will really get into it (dragging their parents along), but will enough of them do so to make this movie a success? Who knows? After all, it can’t have cost that much to make, though with actors like Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell and Elizabeth Banks, it can’t be the cheapest production ever, either.
Though what’s more interesting than whether or not the film will find its audience (to me) is that Freeman seems to play the exact same type of character he traditionally does, despite being turned into a Lego.
“Now You See Me” poster courtesy of Totalfilm.com
“Now You See Me” is well-acted and generally interesting to watch, though it’s not nearly as magical as it gives the impression of being.”
Louis Leterrier’s “Now You See Me” revolves around the antics of ‘The Four Horsemen,” (Jessie Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson – who seems to be turning up everywhere lately – Dave Franco and Isla Fisher) a group of magicians who are somehow committing crimes while not actually being present at the scene. They’re being doggedly pursued by FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) who always seems a few steps behind.
Morgan Freeman plays Thaddeus Bradley, a former magician who now makes a living revealing their secrets.
Written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, I get the feeling that the story was significantly darker that than what finally made it to the screen. I assume that that is the case because there’s a subplot about the Order of Horus (an ancient sect of magicians whose abilities extend beyond illusion, into true magic) that makes absolutely no sense in the context of the film, and would be a better fit on a supernatural-based movie.
I like Louis Leterrier as a director. His reboot of “The Incredible Hulk” captured the essence of the character without being as angsty as Ang Lee’s somewhat torutured version. He also seems to approach his projects with genuine passion for the subject matter.
Then again, he also directed the reboot of “Clash Of The Titans,” which is forgivable as long as he doesn’t continue to feature actors such as Sam Worthington, who’s not exactly the most expressive thespian there is.
I want to like “Now you Seem Me,” and think that I’ll see it, but the trailer has got to be one of the least substantial that I have seen in awhile. It’s like a trick pulled by one of the four magicians that the film revolves around, and almost as ephemeral.
And since I am bitching, Morgan Freeman is perhaps one of the best actors working today. That being said, I just saw him in “Oblivion” and get the feeling that he’s playing the same ‘Magical Negro‘ role here.
We’ll see, but it doesn’t take a Houdini to tell that I will probably be right.
Universal Pictures and Hero Complex are having free screenings of “Oblivion,” Joseph Kosinski’s followup to “Tron: Legacy,” starting on the 15th of this month.
If you’re in New York, Philadelphia or Burbank (among others cities) you might want to look into it.
It revolves around Tom Cruise, who’s a repairman of droids on an Earth that is seemingly bereft of human life, due to an alien invasion. Long ago abandoned by humanity, he not only discovers that a small colony (led by, I assume, Morgan Freeman) remains, but also hostile aliens that survived the original conflict.
Of course, for some strange reason the District isn’t on the list of cities.