Coming Soon Trailers: Don’t Breathe, Hands of Stone, Mechanic Resurrection.

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Coming Soon Trailers:  Don’t Breathe, Hands of Stone, Mechanic Resurrection.

A trio of new films grace the box office, and we’ve got a plethora of VOD coming to the small screen.

Coming Soon Trailers: Don't Breathe
Si, El Guapo. I would say you have a plethora.

A wicked horror film from Sam Raimi, a boxing biopic and the return of Jason Statham to stylishly punching people in the throat lead the charge at the box office, which will be wide open this weekend after all of the middling mid August releases.  At home, we have a documentary about a iconoclastic animator, Mel Gibson as an angry violent man, a black comedy from Norway, and two less than great comedies.  Lots to choose from, so lets get cracking.

Wide Release

Don’t Breathe

A young woman desperate to escape her broken family gets pulled into a petty robbery targeting a blind man.  Unfortunately for the three teens, this particular blind man is a sightless killing machine.  Any sound they make may be their last.

See It?:  Yes.

This looks great.  The characters are a little stock, but the visuals, style and aesthetic are all incredible.  Can Don’t Breathe (by our hero Sam Raimi) unseat last years It Follows as my favorite horror movie of the decade?  Let’s see!

Hands of Stone

The mostly true sports biopic of the tumultuous rise, fall, and return of legendary boxer Roberto Durand, starring Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro, and Usher.

See It?:  Yes.

There’s undoubtedly a rock solid boxing movie anchoring a biopic that features revolution, war, politcal prejudice and racial tension.  You’re getting two movies for the price of one here.  Good to see De Niro has one more good boxing movie in him after the lackluster Grudge Match.

Mechanic:  Resurrection

As is par for the course, a hit-man who has left the business is forced back into action by an old enemy.  He has 36 hours to arrange the death of a dozen dangerous men in order to prevent his own personal tragedy.  Starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, and Tommy Lee Jones.

See It?:  Rent it.

The action looks decent, though a few CG issues pop there head up here and there.  This film looks like a classic Statham flick from when he was at the top of his film career, which means it will probably be an action soaked good time that is lacking in dialogue and character (as shown in the trailer.  Egad, has Jessica Alba forgotten how to deliver lines?)

Video on Demand

Blood Father

An ex-con gets a suprise visit from his estranged daughter who has a posse of angry drug dealers on her heels.  She’s killed their leader, her boyfriend, in a botched robbery, and made off with some of their drugs.  Her father only cares about keeping her safe, and uses all of his old talents as a tough guy to kick every ass that comes his way.  Starring Mel Gibson and William H. Macy.

See It?:  Maybe.

What a conundrum.  This film looks good.  Mel is certainly channeling his earlier work in Lethal Weapon, Ransom and even Mad Max.  Is that enough to make fans forget all of the nasty things he’s said and done?  I’m really on the fence with this one.

The Intervention

Four couples escape to an idylic summer home in order to stage an intervention with mutal friends who are tearing their own marriage apart.  Internal squabbles, jealousies and sensitivities make it nearly impossible for them to help their friends without destroying their own relationships.

See It?:  Nope.

This trailer did its job.  It introduced the premise and the cast and let me decide.  I decided the premise was un-engaging first world rich people crud.  I hated every character, which is a pretty good indicator that I’m not going to give a crap about how they fumble around in this comedy for an hour and change.

In Order of Disappearance

A quiet Norwegian plow driver, beloved by his community, discovers that this son was murdered by a powerful drug lord from the city.  He sets out to bring rural justice, served ice cold, to the killers of his boy.  Starring Stellan Skarsgard.

See It?:  Maybe.

The premise is fun, and apparently channels some of the more notorious grind house aesthetics of American cinema in a novel setting.  Stellan Skarsgard is always rock solid.  The laughs just don’t seem to add up.  A black comedy needs to have some comedy, and all I see here is riotous (though stylish) action.  The rest of the cast is a bit of a liability as well.

Ace the Case:  Manhattan Mystery

A young girl witnesses an abduction and tries to get the police involved, but nobody, not even her older brother, believes what she saw.  She takes the matter into her own hands, trying to catch the heirs apparent to the Sticky Bandits as she travels around NYC.

See It?:  Nope.

Ahem, let me rephrase that.

Nope.

The child star is awful.  Susan Sarandon looks sheepish that she’s even here.  The plot is a touch dark for the wacky humor that is being offered.  This is kids movie, for parents who think their kids are stupid.  Skip this and watch Home Alone 2 instead.  Seriously.

Floyd Norman: an Animated Life

Floyd Norman was the first African American at Disney, and helped to shape many iconic films such as The Jungle Book.  He went on to pioneer work on television and other media before landing at Pixar.  He was unceremoniously canned by Disney for being a maverick, but he refused to leave.  This is his story.

See It?:  Yes.

This man probably made your childhood great, all while smashing down barriers across the board.  The trailer is brisk and well shot, full of art and style consistent with Norman’s work.  If it also sheds light on the dark underbelly of the craft while celebrating Norman’s work, it will be a smashing success.

Uncle Kent 2

In 2011 a young director made a film nobody saw, Uncle Kent.  Now, he’s going on an existential journey reminiscent of a Terry Gilliam film in order to get the sequel to the film nobody watched made.

See It?:  Yes.

This film gets everything right that last week’s 2 Jennifer got wrong.  Apparently making a film about making the sequel to a cult film is now a genre.  This one sets itself apart by being filled with nods to iconic film makers like Gilliam, Coscarelli, and Kubrick while displaying the sensibility of Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe.  That’s a winning ticket.

 

 

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