We love to share movie trailers. Aside from music videos, album trailers, tour teasers, and all the other video content bands typically supply us with, movie trailers are probably the thing we watch the most online. You may have noticed a few news posts with trailers in recent weeks, and you will no doubt see many more in the weeks and months ahead, but if we made a new post for every trailer that hit our inboxes we would never have time to post about anything else. So, to simplify your life and ours, we’ve compiled our five favorite trailers of the week from everything we haven’t previously covered into a single post. Enjoy!
Inferno (October 28)
I wouldn’t mind watching Tom Hanks play Robert Langdon for the rest of his life. His ongoing art history meets mystery thriller franchise with filmmaker Ron Howard has delivered high-class entertainment for adults since The Da Vinci Code hit theaters in 2006. Inferno, based on Dan Brown’s book of the same name, challenges Langdon to save the world without the use of his memory. I’ll be first in line. Will you follow?
Synopsis: Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.
War On Everyone (TBD Fall 2016)
I am not big on franchises, but I think I will want this to become a franchise. Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña is a pairing I never would have imagined working, but now that we’re seeing them together in action it seems meant to be. This film looks to offer new challenges to everyone involved, and I for one hope they pull it off.
Synopsis: War on Everyone follows two corrupt cops in New Mexico who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?
American Pastoral (October)
This is one of the more artistic trailers we’ve seen this year. It’s also the directorial debut of Ewan McGregor, and that alone is certain to sell some tickets. If you haven’t read the source material it looks like you won’t be in the dark, but as an avid fan I have to recommend you go to your library sooner than later and pick it up.
Synopsis: Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.
Mechanic: Resurrection (August 26)
Jason Statham doing Jason Statham things. That said, the opening shot of this trailer is absolutely bonkers. I also think Tommy Lee Jones’ soul patch deserves a standalone credit.
Synopsis: Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman (Jessica Alba) force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.
The Birth Of A Nation (October 7)
Let’s cut to the chase: Nate Parker is easily going to be one of the safer bets for awards season nominations as the unofficial race to the Oscars begins at the start of the fall. The Birth Of A Nation has been the talk of Hollywood since its premiere at Sundance, and this trailer offers ample proof why that will likely continue to be true through the end of the year.
Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities—against himself and his fellow slaves—Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.