Trailer Park–New summer sci-fi previews


We’ve previewed the first trailer for Matt Damon’s science fiction film, Elysium, earlier this year.  Writer/director Neill Blomkamp offers his next entry in the science fiction as social commentary vein following his very successful District 9, one of the few films ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.  This second trailer for Elysium reveals a far more layered and interesting film than that shown in the first preview, however, it suffers from the problem on the other side of the spectrum:  It just reveals too much.  It’s possible the marketing folks think they need to show more to get people interested and into the theaters, but you wish there was a better, middle ground to be found.  Still, it looks great.

Check out the second trailer released for Elysium:

Elysium arrives in theaters August 9, 2013.

Europa Report takes a different approach to science fiction, clearly attempting to connect the reality of today’s aerospace programs and blending them into an exploration story involving astronauts on a voyage to a moon of Jupiter, showing us almost palpable risks, that suffers from some catastrophic event.  As the trailer states, it looks like it is taking the path of Moon and 2001: A Space Odyssey.  That could be a good thing as far as visuals go, but could be a bad thing if the story is similarly convoluted.  Unlike Elysium, this will appeal to a smaller audience, but it will be interesting to see how it is received by critics and the mass audience.

Check out this very cool looking preview for Europa Report:

Europa Report hits theaters June 27, 2013.

The final preview for today actually isn’t for a movie at all.  It’s the CBS TV mini-series Under the Dome.  Written by Stephen King and comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan, Under the Dome just screams made-for-TV Stephen King.  Set in a small town in Maine… about a town experience strange occurrences… odd local characters… it also has the comic book story feel of something like the series Revival or a classic William Shatner Twilight Zone episode.  It definitely looks like something worth giving a try.

Here’s the trailer for the mini-series Under the Dome:

Under the Dome begins June 24, 2013 on CBS.

C.J. Bunce

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