Previews: Rings Trailer, Coco, More!

The first of this year’s previews of coming attractions include the Rings trailer, a new Blade Runner 2049 image, A Cure for Wellness, and more…

Rings Trailer

Here is the latest Rings trailer. The film is a new chapter in the horror franchise. From the synopsis, Rings does not appear to be directly linked to the characters from 2002’s The Ring, or its sequel. The cast includes Matilda Lutz, Jonathan Galecki, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Rings will hit UK screens on 3rd February 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 Image

Above is a new Blade Runner 2049 image. Not much has been revealed about the characters yet – is Ana de Armas’ character a replicant? Is Ryan Gosing’s? Who knows. Also starring Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto, Blade Runner 2049 is due open in UK cinemas on 6th October 2017.

A Cure for Wellness Trailer

A Cure for Wellness has to be one of this year’s most anticipated movies. This trailer reveals a little more about the plot, which concerns a young executive who is sent to retrieve his CEO from a mysterious “wellness” centre. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the film stars Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs. A Cure for Wellness is due for release in UK cinemas in early 2017.

Mute Image

Here is a brand new image from Netflix’s upcoming Mute. Directed by Duncan Jones, the film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux. Set in the near future, the film is about a mute bartender and his search for his missing girlfriend. Mute will be released by Netflix in all their territories later this year.

Beauty and the Beast Video

Here is a short video featuring the leads from the upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie. If follows the clip of Emma Watson singing ‘Something There’, which was released a few days ago. Beauty and the Beast also stars Dan Stevens, and features the voices of Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The film is out in UK cinemas on 17th March 2017.

The LEGO Batman Movie Poster

I am thrilled to see that the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie features Harley Quinn. The film also sees appearances from Robin, The Joker, and Batgirl. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, and Jenny Slate, The LEGO Batman Movie will hit UK screens on 10th February 2017.

Patriots Day Trailer

Patriots Day is the latest film from director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Battleship). The film concentrates on the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Mark Wahlberg heads up a cast that includes John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, and J.K. Simmons. Patriots Day will be released in cinemas on 23rd February 2017.

Coco Image

Here is the first look at Coco, the latest animated film from Disney Pixar. The movie is about  a young boy who sets of a chain of events relating to a centuries-old mystery. Coco is directed by Pixar stalwart Lee Unkrick and Adrian Molina, who also wrote the film. Featuring the voices of Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt, Coco is due to be released in UK cinemas in December 2017.

Film Review: Source Code

Source Code, unlike its namesake in the film, does not have the ability to change the world. It does, however, provide a hugely enjoyable ninety minutes of entertainment.

Soldier Colter Stevens wakes up on a commuter train in Chicago, sitting opposite a beautiful young woman who seems to know him. He has no idea where he is and how he ended up there. Just as Colter begins to get his bearings, there is a huge explosion. Colter wakes up in a dark chamber, desperate for some answers…

Source Code is a well-written and well-executed movie. Its intriguing sci-fi premise retains the interest, but is comprehensible to all. The film balances this science fiction with action and suspense to produce a memorable race-against-time thriller with a twist.

The film’s premise necessitates that the same events reoccur. This could have become sluggish and repetitive, but in Duncan Jones’ capable hands the film is sharp and engaging. There is the all-important tension, but Source Code offers more than just this.

The wider implication of the technology on display is explored in Source Code. However, the film never dwells too much on the big picture. This works to Source Code‘s advantage; the fact that the focus is on the immediate story gives more weight to the fate of the protagonists. Time is permitted to give Stevens depth, and allows the audience to engage with the character and his background. Whilst a more thorough scrutiny of the technology depicted in the film may have been fascinating, this is not what Source Code is about.

The art design and cinematography in the film are great, as is the editing in the more dramatic sequences. Effects are also good, except the explosion images tend to look a little artificial. This is the only real negative in an otherwise well-produced film.

Jake Gyllenhaal is a capable action hero in Source Code. Nevertheless, it is Vera Farmiga as Carol Goodwin who gives the film its heart. Farmiga offers an understated performance, bringing a subdued but powerful quality to her character. Jeffrey Wright is convincing as Rutledge, the scientist whose concern is stereotypically on the big picture rather than the plight of Stevens. Michelle Monaghan has little to do but look pretty.

Source Code is not astounding in its originality, or likely to change the face of contemporary cinema. The film is simply a slick, enticing sci-fi thriller that successfully entertains from start to finish.