July 17th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Terminator Salvation, Spirit, Flash of Genius, Outlander, Battle in Seattle

Terminator Salvation     HD480p 21MB   HD720p 50MB
First short teaser for the attempted reboot of the Terminator franchise. Set in post-apocalyptic 2018 John Connor (Christian Bale) is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. Also part of the cast are Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Helena Bonham Carter and Moon Bloodgood. Directed by McG (Charlie's Angels, We Are Marshall).
The producers gained instant credibility with the surprise signing of Bale who apparently isn't content with heading just one blockbuster franchise. Not much can be seen yet but it'll sure be interesting to see how this will turn out.

The Spirit     HD480p 42MB   HD720p 107MB
As someone who's unfamiliar with the graphic novels for the most part this looks more like a stylish new Axe (aka Lynx) commercial with a Zorro impersonator than the official new (teaser) trailer for the big screen adaptation by Frank Miller (creator of 300 and Sin City) of the comic book series created by Will Eisner. But apparently it's the latter. It's the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: he's going to wipe out Spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality.
Further characters are the whip-smart girl-next-door (Sarah Paulson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen (Scarlett Johansson), a murderous French nightclub dancer (Paz Vega), a phantom siren (Jaime King), a sexy young cop (Stana Katic) and a jewel thief with dangerous curves (Eva Mendes).

Flash of Genius     HD480p 46MB   HD720p 111MB
Drama based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) who together with his wife (Lauren Graham) and six kids tried to live his version of the American Dream in the 1960s in Detroit. When he invents a device called the intermittent windshield wiper that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants who embraced his creation unceremoniously shunned the man who invented it. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, he's haunted by what was done to his family and their future. Dermot Mulroney and Alan Alda are also part of the cast.
Probably a little too much "by the numbers".

Outlander     8 MB
A second, more coherent trailer for this somewhat strange action adventure. During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan (James Caviezel), a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry. Ron Perlman, Sophia Myles and John Hurt are also part of the cast.

Battle in Seattle     14 MB
US trailer version for this dramatic movie about what happened in 1999 in Seattle at the meeting of the World Trade Organization where tens of thousands of activists protested the meeting. What began as a peaceful protest intended to stop the WTO talks quickly escalated into a full-scale riot and eventual State of Emergency that squared off peaceful and unarmed protestors against the Seattle Police Department and the National Guard.
Extensive cast includes Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Martin Henderson, Michelle Rodriguez, Rade Sherbedzija, Andre Benjamin, Connie Nielsen, Isaach De Bankolé, Channing Tatum and Joshua Jackson. Directorial debut of Stuart Townsend.