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.
I have no idea why someone called this a ‘red band’ trailer, which usually means that there’s an excess of something (typically violence acts or salty language). That being said, it is intense. Snowpiercer revolves around a world devastated by global warming, with the last vestiges of humanity existing aboard a train, Snowpiercer. Over time, the occupants become stratified into haves and have-nots.
Kind of like today, minus the awesome train.
This film was the subject of a bit of controversy a few months ago when the studio releasing the film in the United States, The Weinstein Company, was going to cut 20 minutes for the American release.
Bong Joon Oh, prior to this directed “Mother” as well as “The Host,” so he’s obviously talented though so much rides on how gingerly Snowpiercer was trimmed because a movie can be made–or broken–in the editing booth.