Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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I wonder how they celebrated? Smoking Aces director, Joe Carnahan, has hired Edgar Ramirez (right) for his Colombian nose candy kingpin, Pablo Escobar, in the true-crime epic Killing Pablo. Ramirez plays the revolutionary, Ciro Redondo, in both of Steven Soderbergh’s Che biopics, and he previously starred in The Bourne Ultimatum and Vantage Point. Our friends at CHUD got the scoop from a clearly amped Smokin’ Joe…
“…I couldn’t be more fired up by the prospect. He’s coming at it with boundless enthusiasm, conviction to the role and and the understanding that he’s going to have to pack on anywhere from 35 to 40lbs.”
My favorite part in the book, Killing Pablo, is when an especially tubby Escobar is at wit’s end, his crime syndicates fragmented or sniped, and he’s juggling phones and smoking joints by himself in bed. Carnahan’s going to rock this material, and I’m confident in his casting choice. Earlier this month we reported that Javier Bardem had dropped out of the titular role. CHUD didn’t discuss Christian Bale‘s involvement, but he remains attached to play Steve Jacoby, the U.S. authority who lead the agonizingly complex hunt for Escobar. In a twist, on IMDB Ramierz is listed to play Escobar in Antoine Fuqua’s competing 2009 film Escobar, produced by Oliver Stone. I wonder how this switch played out?
The International teaser trailer for The Bourne Ultimatum (poster) is now online. While the new trailer doesn’t reveal/show much, but one can’t argue that it’s not intense.
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“This summer Jason Bourne comes home”. That’s right, the theatrical poster for The Bourne Ultimatum shows Jason Bourne looking at the New York City coast. Click on the picture for a higher resolution version.
Until now we’ve known very little about the plot for the third Bourne film. While the film is “based on Robert Ludlum’s bestselling novel of the same name,” the movie is expected to have an almost completely different plot.
Here is what we know: “Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) continues to trace his past in order to find a future. He must travel from London, Madrid, Moscow, and Paris to NYC and Tangier as he continues his quest to find the truth of his life—all the while trying to out-maneuver the scores of federal officers, Interpol agents, and police officers with him in their crosshairs.”
The co-stars include: Joan Allen, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Julia Stiles, and David Strathairn. And the film is directed (again) by Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy).
Poster photo courtesy of LatinoReview.
And check out Patrick’s photos below, from the New York City set:
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