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Miles Teller as Reed Richards in 20th Century Fox's 'Fantastic Four' (2015)

‘Fantastic Four’ (2015) trailer #2

It’s safe to say that it’s been a brilliant couple of weeks for the world of trailers, particularly if you are a fan of a good comic/science fiction film. We’ve seen releases of more footage for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and had our very first glimpse of the upcoming ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ almost 12 months prior to its release.

In amongst all of those hotly anticipated trailers came the release of the second trailer for Fox’s upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot by ‘Chronicle’ director Josh Trank. Billed as a ‘contemporary reimagining’ of the team which debuted in Marvel comics back in 1961 ‘Fantastic Four’ (2015) is sadly not high on the must-watch lists of any of us here at GYCO tower.

This film does not look ‘bad’. What it doesn’t appear to be however is very ‘Fantastic Four’ in tone. The trailer confirms one of the major changes to the origin story of the team that has been long rumoured. Instead of a trip in to outer space leading to the events that give them their powers Reed Richards and co will be venturing to another dimension in order to get their powers.

I don’t want to dwell too much on the changes so let’s instead look at the trailer as it is: there’s some standard setup for the origin here with a boardroom of execs giving major props to the genius of Reed Richards and the development of technology to allow inter dimensional travel. There’s brief introductions to all of the major players aside from Von Doom and then we dive in to the action.

There’s some repeated footage from the previous trailer as the team go off on their misadventure but in this extended trailer we get the first footage of each of their powers. All look fairly standard and appear as expected. The biggest moment of the trailer if the final reveal of The Thing who looks substantially better as a mo-cap than he did in the rubber suit of the previous films.

There’s room before the trailers climax for an ominous shot of Doctor Doom’s face in the classic green hood but little time to uncover his motives or any changes to his character from that of the comics.

Aside from leaked details there’s very little to be gleaned from this trailer about the story beyond the origins of the titular team.

Don’t get us wrong we will go see this film at the cinema but we’re not going to be expecting anything groundbreaking. It is worth noting however that this trailer is playing in front of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in the UK.

‘Robocop’ 2014

‘Robocop’ 2014

TRAILER REVIEW: ‘Robocop’ 2014

Due for a USA release date of February 4th 2014 this ‘Robocop’ reboot sets out to stand on its own merits against the nostalgic and cult success that was the original franchise.

From the outset the trailer sets out to show the level of special effects that will be on show in the final movie. The opening shots of the flying drone and the destruction being rained down on the city setup the dystopian nature of the future without relying on a voice over to set the scene.

There’s a similar ambience to the recent ‘Dredd’ movie which has shown a level of cult success that this film will clearly want to match.

We’re introduced to lead character Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) before we’ve even reached the 20 second mark and we use establishing shots of him helping a fallen colleague to show the compassion of the character.

What follows is a quick montage of shots which setup both Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman’s characters (nice to see Batman and Gordon together again… sort of…) and also gives us a brief look at Samuel L Jackson as Pat Novak introducing us to the technology that will eventually become Robocop.

It’s instantly obvious that this film will have a level of gloss to it that the budget of the original franchise could never reach but within that there is a danger that this film could come off as too slick. Part of the charm of the older movies was that they had a level of gore to them that was cheap to produce but effective to the audience. In an era where we’re now handed massive amounts of SFX movies filled with gore and violence that this reboot could become generic.

There’s a slight change to the mythos in seeing Murphy blown up by his car exploding outside his house but it feels organic to the footage we’re seeing in the trailer. Fanboys will be outraged for now but I’ll hold of on passing judgement until the film comes out.

After the MGM logo we jump in to some of the transformation footage as Murphy is brought back from the brink of death to become the titular character. Again the music is eerily reminiscent of ‘Dredd’ but nobody can fault the team working on the trailer for trying to engage a similar audience.

Some major criticism was heaped on this movie after set photos began to leak which showed the Robocop suit to be black rather than the original silver look from previous iterations. The trailer takes great care in showing us that upon first becoming Robocop the suit will be the original silver but with a slightly less bulky 80s look allowed by the use of CGI.

In a very ‘Batman Begins’ moment Michael Keaton quickly says ‘let’s go with black’ and with that we are introduced to the new and improve 2013 Robocop.

A further montage of shots featuring both costumes show off all the character aspects of Robocop that we have come ti know over the years including the gun in his leg, the visor etc… before bringing us to a point where we learn that Murphy is overriding his programming and bringing back his free will.

Aside from showing us that the franchise has been well and truly overhauled for a modern audience we don’t learn a lot about the potential story the film will feature outside of the Robocop origin.

The visuals and the music in the trailer work together well to make sure that the trailer packs the kind of punch that will bring fans of the franchise to theatres for the full movie but I’m not sure that it’s going to be enough to capture the casual viewer.

There’s clearly a strong origin in play in this movie but we need to see more character moments before ‘Robocop’ become more than an average reboot.