Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Wrath Of The Titans,' 'Mirror Mirror' & More

March 26th, 2012 2:00pm EDT

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies Last week I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of the Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon horror flick “The Cabin in the Woods,” which took SXSW by storm. I won’t comment on it just yet, but I will say that I’m excited to be interviewing two of its stars, Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz, in the coming days. Keep your eyes peeled for my write up.

Big budget franchise season arrived last week with the premiere of “The Hunger Games,” and continues this week with the release of the Greek action sequel “Wrath of the Titans.” Also coming out this week are the light-hearted Snow White picture “Mirror Mirror,” the hockey enforcer comedy “Goon,” the boogeyman style thriller “Intruders,” the controversial documentary “Bully,” and the tropical documentary “The Island President.”



Perseus (Sam Worthington) travels to the treacherous underworld in order to rescue his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) from his brothers Ares (Édgar Ramírez) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes), who have unleashed the ancient Titans upon the world.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle Los Angeles,” “The Killing Room”)

Co-Writers: Newcomer Dan Mazeau and David Johnson (“Orphan,” “Red Riding Hood”)

Based On: A story by Dan Mazeau, David Johnson, and Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern”)

Notable Supporting Actors: Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy

ORIGINALITY RATING: Low. As the sequel to a remake, it’s hard to find any originality with “Wrath of the Titans.” After watching the trailer, all I see is more of the same: Perseus fighting against mythical creatures sent to destroy humanity, because his half-human/half-god lineage makes him the only one capable of winning. Not even the aggressive cover of “Sweet Dreams” playing in the background during the action is enough to get me excited for this movie. Probably the most alarming aspect of this film is their insistence on releasing it in 3D after the headache inducing effect that “Clash of the Titans” had on me. I seem to recall “Clash” as a primary reason for many to argue that Hollywood had gone off the deep end with 3D.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers who appreciate epic battle flicks featuring fantastic monsters from Greek mythology. If you enjoyed this movie’s predecessor, the 2010 remake “Clash of the Titans,” and you want more 3D action, then you should watch “Wrath of the Titans.”

WHEN TO SEE IT: Wait a week, so you don’t have to fight the crowds.


An evil queen (Julia Roberts) seizes control of a kingdom, forcing an exiled princess (Lily Collins) to enlist the help of seven resourceful rebels, so that she can reclaim her birthright.

Director: Tarsem Singh (“Immortals,” “The Cell”)

Co-Writers: Newcomer Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller (“Machine Gun Preacher”)

Based On: The fairy tale of Snow White by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Notable Supporting Actors: Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Sean Bean, Danny Woodburn

ORIGINALITY RATING: Medium. Even though this fairy tale has been adapted many times before, AND another adaptation “Snow White and the Huntsman” will be coming out later this year, it’s clear from the trailer that director Tarsem Singh’s unique visual flair spices things up. There are plenty colorful costumes and sets, along with equally lively characters played by Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer. My biggest concern however, is with the dialogue, which seems just a tad too playful and outlandish to be sustained for an entire film.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Parents searching for a movie that’s family-friendly this weekend. If you love the vibrant colors and visual styling of director Tarsem Singh, then you should see “Mirror Mirror.”

WHEN TO SEE IT: Opening night.


Dismissed as an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer (Seann William Scott) leads his team of misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, while beating the crap out of anyone standing in his way.

Director: Michael Dowse (“Take Me Home Tonight,” “Fubar”)

Co-Writers: Actor Jay Baruchel (“She’s Out of My League”) and Evan Goldberg (“Superbad,” “Pineapple Express”)

Based On: A novel by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey

Notable Supporting Actors: Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel, Eugene Levy, Alison Pill

ORIGINALITY RATING: Medium. “Goon” seems like a combination of hockey movies like “Slap Shot” and “Youngblood.” While both of those flicks focus on minor league hockey players who must learn to be scrappy in order to face the competition, this one hilariously takes the reverse angle. Seann William Scott’s character is a dude who already knows how to fight, but has no clue how to play hockey. I’m not a major sports fan, though I do love a good sports comedy, and I’m pretty excited to see how “Goon” stacks up considering it has “Superbad” writer Evan Goldberg involved.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Hockey fans that love the brutality and fighting involved with the game. If you enjoy sports comedies like “Slap Shot,” then you should catch “Goon.”

WHEN TO SEE IT: Opening night.


Two children living in different countries are haunted nightly by a faceless boogeyman who wants to take possession of them.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”)

Co-Writers: Nicolás Casariego (“Just Run!”) and Jaime Marques (“Twelfth Night”)

Notable Actors: Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl

ORIGINALITY FACTOR: Medium. We’ve seen plenty of movies involving boogeyman-type creatures hiding under the bed or in the closet, but this one seems to distinguish itself with its concentration on two different children. Normally monsters just attack one person or a group of friends, since this one targets children in multiple places, it makes the villain scarier. As a thriller, “Intruders” looks decent, building intensity in the trailer with the creepy music and rapid cutting. Thankfully it doesn’t ruin any surprises, saving a very brief glimpse of the bad guy for the very end.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Horror junkies that dig tales about monsters in the closet. If you loved Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s “28 Weeks Later,” then you should seek out “Intruders.”

WHEN TO SEE IT: Wait a week, so you don’t have to fight the crowds.


This documentary focuses on peer-to-peer bullying in American schools.

Co-Directors: Lee Hirsch (“Act of Honor”) and Alicia Dwyer (“The Calling”)

Writers: Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen (“Open Book”)

ORIGINALITY FACTOR: High. This trailer does an extremely effective job of promoting “Bully” despite its grim subject matter. It shows you the dark impact that bullying can have on children and the angering denial from administrators about its presence in schools. Using that frustration though, it pushes you to take a stand against bullies, and channels the negativity into a positive message at the end. I’m definitely interested to see this documentary at some point.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Anyone who has ever felt bullied or parents of children who have been the victims of this horrendous behavior. If want to support this documentary’s cause and play a part in spurring change, then you should check out “Bully.”

WHEN TO SEE IT: Opening night.


After he brings democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives takes up the fight to keep his homeland from sinking into the sea.

Director: Jon Shenk (“Lost Boys of Sudan”)

ORIGINALITY FACTOR: High. The trailer for “The Island President” paints President Nasheed as a revolutionary and a trailblazer. He braved imprisonment and exile to become his country’s leader, and now he’s taking on global warming since rising sea levels threaten to destroy the island. From the clips of his speaking events, Nasheed seems like a charismatic leader with strong beliefs, who will stop at nothing to make his voice heard. For these reasons, the trailer indicates that he deserves respect, and your support.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Environmental activists who believe that global warming has large and widespread consequences. If you have been following President Nasheed’s quest and you want to learn more about him, then you should find “The Island President” this weekend.

WHEN TO SEE IT: Opening night.

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