Riddick’s Trailer is Ridiculously Entertaining

“You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?”

Bringing back that classic line from Pitch Black is an indicator of where creator/director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel are going with Riddick, the third film in the deep-space franchise.

As this ass-kicking debut trailer suggests, Riddick is going back to basics: battling bounty hunters, mercs — and especially monsters that go bump in the dark. We’re back to goggles and the shine job that lets Riddick see in the dark. An all of it with a hard R rating.

Star Trek’s Karl Urban reprises his role as Vaako, while BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff heads the new cast, which includes Jordi Mollà and former wrestler Dave Bautista.

I can barely wait until Sept. 8, when Riddick is slated to hit theaters.

Here’s what the studio wants you to know about the flick:

Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx).  Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless.  Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.  The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal.  With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.”

Star Trek Into Darkness: First Teaser Trailer(s)

The teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has done its job well, making me want to see the movie, but it accomplishes that feat by showing what I consider to be a lot of great stuff; more than usual in “teasers.” We are able to piece together the bones (no pun intended) of a story.

And, as if this great teaser isn’t enough, the Japanese version contains an extra scene, and it is a gobsmacker, hinting at a reprise of something major that happened in a previous movie. I will place that clip after the jump, because it could be considered spoilery…

Here is the American trailer:


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Dredd Trailer Lays Down the Law!

Attention, citizens: The first trailer for Dredd, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the legendary British comic strip from 2000 AD magazine, has been released, and it is packed with blazing, rollicking — slow motion!

Yeah, there’s a lot of firepower on display, but what’s likely to catch your attention is how many scenes are shot in glorious slo-mo. That’s probably because the film’s plot sees a new designer drug called “Slo-Mo” taking over the mean streets and mile-high block towers of Mega City One — a future metropolis that stretches from Boston to Washington, D.C. Into that world steps Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), a legal one-man judge, jury and executioner!

Dredd opens Sept. 21.

Behind the Scenes With Judge Dredd

This is shaping up to be a big week for Dredd, the forthcoming adaptation of legendary British comic strip Judge Dredd, from the long-running weekly anthology 2000 AD. We have new behind-the-scenes photos from the set, and we’ve been told to expect the first trailer Thursday. (It’s likely to be just a teaser, but I’ll take it.)

Today’s offerings show Karl Urban as Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson shooting a couple of scenes. That could be Deobia Oparei, who plays Judge Alvarez, next to Anderson, but I’m not sure. We can’t really tell what’s going on, but the uniforms look cool.
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Don’t Dread the Coming of Judge Dredd

Anderson and Dredd

We’re starting to get glimpses of the new film adaptation of the legendary British comic series Judge Dredd, called simply Dredd, and while I am… er, still waiting to be impressed, I am buoyed by the newest images. This latest, depicting Judges Anderson and Dredd, is excellent. I know it’s early, but Dredd‘s September release date will be here quickly, and the intervening summer will boast the big-budget, big-name The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, so this rather obscure in the USA (but wildly popular in Great Britain) property needs to build some name recognition quickly.

The movie stars Karl Urban – who turned heads as Dr. McCoy in 2009’s rebooted Star Trek, but he established his action cred as Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick – playing Joe Dredd, a legendary judge in futuristic Mega-City One.
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