Since I know you'll just skip right to the trailers anyway, so will I.
Star Trek: Into Darkness. (May 17th from Universal. Directed by J.J. Abrams.)
First up, in order of release is a sequel to a reboot. And one of the year's most promising, and likely profitable, movies. The newest trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness gives more of a hint at the story than ever before.
The trailer was released just yesterday as an Apple Movie Trailers exclusive so it was tough to find a copy not slammed with ads. The copy below was the least offensive available. (As a reminder, Moviedozer will never add advertising to any of the videos presented on the site.) Here's one of the last glimpses you get of the new Star Trek before it lands in theaters and on IMAX screens next month.
Hopefully it's enough for fans to feel they've come along for a great ride rather than feeling they've been ridden for one last trip to the studio bank. The first Hangover, from 2009, was one of the biggest breakout comedies in contemporary movie history and made stars of most of its cast. Here's a glimpse of the end of the story.
Perhaps more telling are the producer credits. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the power house team that have been swelling studio bank accounts by getting their hands into film franchises like Mission Impossible, Transformers and Star Trek, and television properties like Fringe and Hawaii Five-0. With three more titles in production and some fifteen listed in development, you'll be "seeing" them for lots of years to come.
Oh yeah, when you make all of that money, the next time out you get to have stars in your cast as well. In this case, that buys you the services of Matt Damon and Jodi Foster.
The budget is evident in the trailer with elaborate sets and effects. And there's a familiar nod to District 9 with the look and feel of the world the regular folk are forced to live in. Perhaps the plot echoes the Directors own interest in moving up the ladder a few rungs.
In any case, Elysium is just starting to crank up its marketing campaign so they'll be more to see before its August release.
Kick-Ass 2. (August 16th from Universal. Directed by Jeff Wadlow.)
The cast also returns intact from the earlier hit with one noteworthy exception. The surprise of seeing Nicolas Cage masked as Big Daddy is replaced with... well, if you don't know yet I'll leave it as another surprise - at least until the end of the trailer. (That's him below in the camos.)
For me, the real fun will be seeing Chloë Grace Moretz reprising her break-the-rules breakout performance as Hit Girl from the original three years ago. Moretz is a star actor and her career looks to have strong potential for delivering on the promise she reenforces with each new project.
Box-office numbers courtesy of IMDb.com. Thanks as always to the studios for their trailers and posters.