Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Wish You Were Here

I first caught the still photo from this film at the I Luv Cinema site and it reminded me of a market setting of my homeland Indonesia. Since this is an Australian production, it’s very much possible. Turns out the film is set in Cambodia.

Check out the trailer:

Here’s the plot:

Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and Alice return home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy’s mysterious disappearance. When Alice’s sister Steph returns not long after, a nasty secret is revealed about the night her boyfriend went missing. But it is only the first of many. Who amongst them knows what happened on that fateful night when they were dancing under a full moon in Cambodia?

I must say the trailer looks pretty gripping and I like the fact that they don’t give too much away. Mysterious trailers are really the way to go, especially in a thriller like this. It kind of reminds me of Brokedown Palace a bit that was set in Thailand, which also dealt with drug smuggling. But of course this one might have its own twist.

The only actor I’m familiar with here is Joel Edgerton and I actually have not seen anything he’s in, apart from the Animal Kingdom and Warrior trailer. I’m hoping to see both of those soon, and the 37-year-old Aussie looks pretty compelling in both. I know this is probably a silly comparison but he strikes me as a cross between Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe, not so much in looks but in the way he acts. He’s got a quiet grace about him, that still intensity, that I find appealing. I’m looking forward to seeing him as Tom Buchanan in the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby due out next year.

Anyway, I probably won’t catch this on the big screen as small indies like this might not even make it to my neck of the woods, but definitely a rental.

What do you think folks? Any interest in this one?

Happy Birthday Eric Bana!

One of my favorite Aussie actors Eric Bana turns 42 today! I just want to pay a quick tribute to the handsome and talented actor who began his career as a stand-up comedian, he even had his own TV show The Eric Bana Show Live in Australia.

The first time I saw him was in Ang Lee’s Hulk, and I immediately took notice. The film tanked but that was hardly his fault as he made a terrific Bruce Banner with his sympathetic portrayal of the Marvel hero. The following year, 2003, he was cast in the Wolfgang Petersen’s swords & sandals flick Troy as the valiant and righteous Hector. Apparently Brad Pitt recommended him to the producers after he liked Bana’s performance in a crime biopic Chopper, his feature film debut. Thanks Brad, as Bana really was the best thing about the movie for me.

The movie itself was just ok, nowhere near the ‘epic’ quality that was Gladiator, but some scenes stood out to me (mostly when Bana’s on screen really). One of them is this fantastic duel between the two bitter enemies. The ending broke my heart, especially when Achilles dishonored his body 😦 He may have been the legendary Greek warrior, but because of Bana’s affecting performance, I will always root for Prince Hector!

Bana can be seen in the upcoming thriller Hanna, alongside Cate Blanchett and Saiorse Ronan, due out next April.

Counting down to James Cameron’s AVATAR

Less than a week to go until I get to see one of my most anticipated movies this year. Ever since Avatar Day back in August, I’ve been following all the buzz surrounding the James Cameron’s most ambitious project to date. Not all of it has been positive of course, lots of people have actually slammed the trailers and even dubbed it ‘Dances with Wolves with blue people.’ Cameron himself was tounge-in-cheek in his response about why the Na’vi people are blue: “… we were down to blue and green basically — and green had been taken by all those Martian movies with the little green men… So, we have big blue women, not little green men.” But one thing for sure, like the Rotten Tomatoes article said, no one can deny that the uber director sure knows how to make an entrance. The site begs the question if Avatar will live up to its hype, and ultimately make up for the reportedly $300+ million production budget, PLUS the $150 million more to market it.

So far though, the reviews have been positive. As of today (12/13), it’s earned 90% on Rotten Tomatoes with 39 reviews counted, and Cinematical also compiled some reactions coming from Twitter that’s also generally positive. For me, this is the kind of movie that would defy the critics. I will go see it regardless what they say. I liked what I saw on Avatar Day, and though I’ve resisted posting anything on the movie since the full trailer was released in October, I’m pretty darn excited to finally see this!

I’ve also resisted seeing any more movie clips as not to spoil the experience,  but I did check out this interview with the star Sam Worthington on making the film. It makes me respect Jim Cameron even more and hope his hard work pays off.

No doubt Worthington is on the brink of stardom and pretty soon lots of people (including journalists!) will know his name. Just earlier this week, Yahoo news printed his name as STEVE instead of Sam (see below). Tsk, tsk, tsk, I know he’s not a household name yet but come on, with all the hype around Avatar, you’d think they’d get the lead actor’s name right. In any case, I have not seen enough of his work to judge his acting ability, but one thing I can say is he reminds me a lot of fellow Aussie Russell Crowe in that he’s a no-nonsense dude who works hard professionally, but personally doesn’t care about being a ‘likable’ force in Tinseltown. If he plays his cards right — and makes the most of all the roles given to him — he just might be Hollywood’s hottest import working today.

US actor STEVE Worthington?? Great journalism, Yahoo!

Anyhoo, come Friday, you’ll find me & my hubby at the IMAX to see Avatar in its 3D glory. So, how about you, folks? Are you going to see this movie?