Since everyone is writing blogs on their favorite films of the Noughties I thought I would write about my favorite trailers instead. Now please bare in mind I'm judging the trailers themselves and not how the films turned out to be. Some trailers over the decade left me so pumped to see the actual film that I would watch them over and over again almost memorizing every shot in them, in hope of forming in my mind anyway what the story would be. So without further adieu I present my top ten trailers of the last ten years.
Now normally I hate Uwe Boll movies (although in complete honesty I've only seen Alone in The Dark and I turned the DVD off within the first 15 mins of the film which is bloody rare for me cause even I like a good bad film so I can poke fun at it later. I also don't like the man himself. It seems he is intentionally making these films and not giving a shit if they are good or not which says alot about his character. Here is a man in a fantastic position of being a film director, a job that alot of people would kill for to even have the chance of making films at all but he seems to always be taking the piss with his good fortune and continually making these shitty films. And he KNOWS they're shit but he does it anyway. I can at least sympathise with Ed Wood, God bless him, because he wasn't trying to make a bad film. But I can go on about Uwe Boll all day so I'll move on.
Like I said I normally hate Uwe Boll movies so I wasn't holding my breath when I saw the trailer for his new film RAMPGE which he released at Fantastic Fest in 2009 but shockingly for the first time ever...I wanted to see an Uwe Boll movie. I was intrigued because it looks as if he has finally moved on from making terrible video game based movies and has instead made an original film that actually looks good. A film where our main protagonist goes around murdering innocent people. That's bold for any filmmaker let alone bloody Uwe Boll! Now I haven't seen the film so I wouldn't be surprised if I was disappointed but judging on the trailer alone, this deserves a place in my top ten list.
RAMPAGE TRAILER 2009
America! Fuck Yeah! Coming in...to destroy other country's cultures! Haha at a time when the war on terror was still fresh on everybody's mind especially following one year later after the invasion of Iraq for Weapon's of Mass Destruction comes this brilliant film. After watching the trailer I immediately was thanking the good fortune and, quite the frankly, the balls it took to bestow this on us. After years of the news telling us how we are the good guys and we have to thwart the forces of the evil terrorists, this action comedy comes along and turns everything we saw and read on its head. And it was all done with puppets! After almost a decade of seeing ridiculous special effects I had grown almost numb to it. So much so that when Trey Parker and Matt Stone decide to make a film that takes a step backwards that to many people, including myself, it was a huge sigh of relief. Especially coming from the geniuses of South Park. Watching the trailer at the time, we didn't see much content from the film but I knew this was because whatever the film contained would be too inappropriate and that got me all the more excited.
TEAM AMERICA TRAILER 2004
Kidulthood has become one of my favorite films of all time and it is quite rare to find a film that is even better than the amazing trailer you just watched and this is it. When I found out about this film it was in 2006 when I was heading to school and I saw the poster first (the one above) in the London Underground. I couldn't get this image out of my head all day and as soon as I got home I looked it up. The trailer simply blew me away, showing me the first glimpse of a groundbreaking new film about London Urban Ghettos. Before, British gangster films were usually about the Cockney criminals. This trailer with it's fast paced editing and even faster hard hitting visuals forces the eyes of people to realize the reality on the streets of London. Plus for the first time the music in the trailer and the film were all written by British Urban musicians rather than America standard Hip Hop which was applied to Bullet Boy. Ever since then the UK Pop Charts have been topped again and again with Grime singles. This trailer also introduced me to British Hip Hop which back then was still underground based and today just marks how fresh and original this new style of music was due to the success and popularity it has today.
KIDULTHOOD TRAILER 2006
When I first watched this trailer I was like, "What the fuck was that?!" I had no comprehension that I would be seeing a potential Zombie film. Before 2002 Zombies didn't run. They were slow buggers that didn't pose much threat unless you allowed yourself to be surrounded by them, yet we were scared of these monsters. Ever since 28 Days Later it's laughable to think we ever were. But back to the trailer, like I said I had no idea what I would be watching. All I could make out was something devastating happened to my home city. I had never seen London being so empty and growing up I had become to used to seeing American cities getting destroyed time and time again in films than when finally one came out where it showed my own city in ruins it actually moved me. Plus the shooting of the film in digital which was brand new at the time made it feel even more real to me. That's why this trailer deserves a place in my top ten.
28 DAYS LATER TRAILER 2002
Now I don't normally read comic books, except for Tin Tin when I was little but he rules, so when people were going on and on about, "Oh My God they're making Sin City in to a movie," I was like, "You what?" I had never heard of Sin City or Frank Miller so I wasn't particularly interested in another comic book movie cause I was getting pretty tired of them (you can blame the Spider Man movies because they all suck) unless it was another Blade film. But when I heard that it was being worked on by both Robert Rodriguez AND Quentin Tarintino...that was when I became intrigued. And words couldn't express the awe I felt watching it because I had never seen anything like it before. I was enveloped by both the beauty and ugliness of this piece of what looked like a Hollywood independent film. Combined with an all star cast of great actors, I had to see this film. For me this trailer marked the beginning of the change that was to come with the comic book film industry where we could expect perhaps intelligent works of art instead of the bollocks of the pussy Spider Man series (Fuck You TOBEY MAGUIRE!!!)
SIN CITY TRAILER 2005
It was 6 years later after watching 28 days that I found another trailer that completely befuddled me as to what was going on. And finding out it was a monster movie I was even more on the edge of my seat. When I was growing up while most of my friends watched Martial Arts movies I grew up on giant monster films whether it would be the original Godzilla, Clash of the Titans or Them. But nobody had released a giant monster film since the Roland Emmirich Godzilla Remake which we will not talk about. The only thing I wished for from these classics was tension. As great as they were..they were also as cheesy as fuck. You never were worried about the characters but you had a great time. All of a sudden this bloke from Lost came along with this trailer and for the first time it was a monster movie that looked real. The same method they used in 28 days later shooting in digital worked. And instead of showing us the monster like we wanted they refused to give out any knowledge of the film, whatsoever...not even the bloody title. And instead of us losing interest we were hooked in. I'm guilty of watching that trailer a dozen times trying to spot the monster in one of the stills leading up to the actual release of the film.
CLOVERFIELD TRAILER 2008
Just like when Sin City came out I had never heard of this comic book. When it was announced on Spill, there were some still shots from the film, Spill members were going ape shit about it and all I could see was what looked like, a smurf on steroids and a bad batman rip off so I simply refrained from looking it up again..until I saw the trailer. The same excitement I felt from watching the Sin City trailer happened all over again. The imagery was simply gorgeous and looked like nothing I had ever seen before. But what got my attention the most was that it didn't feel like I was watching a trailer for a Comic Book Movie. It felt like a dark science fiction film that Alex Proyas would have made back in his hey day. Plus the trailer was constructed like no superhero trailer I had ever seen. There was no clear narrative, no plight to save the world (America) from destruction at the hands of a villain. From the other trailers to come later it felt more like a detective story. This is at my number 4 spot because this trailer not only kicks arse but convinced me to read the comic book which I never do. And I don't regret it.
WATCHMEN TRAILER 2009
The Dark Fuckin Knight! Duh it's a no brainier that it was going to be here. That trailer had one of the best reveals of a villain I had ever seen. When I was growing up, to me there was no other Joker than Jack Nicholson. So when I heard that Heath Ledger was going to be playing the joker I was like, "that bloke from A Knight's Tale? Really?"
But how wrong I was. The moment Heath Ledger was shown in the trailer I immediately shut my mouth. Well only after I said WOW. Unlike the other two comic book trailers I reviewed earlier where the directors created a unique world that the characters lived in, Christopher Nolan managed for the first time to bring these characters into our world. For once a Comic Book Movie felt...real. I don't think I would even blink if the Joker came and started terrorizing our lives. In a world as insane as ours...would you?
DARK KNIGHT TRAILER 2009
Before I say anything I want to make it clear that I'm not a huge fan of this film. It wasn't amzing and it certainly wasn't as bad as Terminator 3...which isn't exactly hard. However I did enjoy it and I do own this on DVD. The thing is that this is one of the common cases where the trailer turned out to better than the movie..but what a trailer! Aside from using a song from one of my favorite bands, after all these years of waiting for John Connor to become the warrior we knew he was gonna be. He finally turns into Christian Bale..looks like his mum gave the right advice on those tapes. And we also get the war we've been longing for in all these films and at the same time from the trailer we are shown a new kind of Terminator we have never seen before. The performance Sam Worthington gave in this trailer of a terminator who discovers he isn't actually human is much more powerful than the actual film itself. It was that moment that gave me goosebumps in the trailer and in the end it was quite a shame to see that moment I had been looking forward to in the film was passed over quickly. Nevertheless this is and will remain one of my absolute favorite trailers of all time
This is without the doubt the BEST trailer I have ever seen. I must have watched it 100 times in one night when it was first released online. And this was back in 2003 when there was no YouTube and it took fuckin forever to load it up on the site's quick time player. It had been 4 years since I had watched the first matrix film and there had been no other action film apart from Equilibrium that had matched the amazing action scenes that the first one had given us. So when I watched this trailer of the upcoming sequel I had even higher excited anticipations than when I was waiting for the Phantom Menace but we wont go into that. Everything in the trailer, from the perfect editing, epic music to the jaw dropping action scenes pumped me for this film more than any other film previous or since. And although the film was not as perfect as I was expecting it to be I still consider it a great action movie.
MATRIX RELOADED TRAILER 2003
So that's my top ten best trailers of the Noughties. I hope that the new decade will bring even better ones.