Jason Statham is back, fighting and killing his way through another of his bread-and-butter action films. The man has established a firm place in the genre, appearing in some of the most violent, action-packed films of the last fifteen years, and Mechanic: Resurrection looks to be aimed right at his core audience.
The wide world of films have long held a place for the meandering soul-searcher. They’re characters that move aimlessly through the world with no end goal in sight. Perhaps they’ve become disillusioned with the world as it is, or perhaps, like in American Honey, they are too young to know all the directions they could go.
Captain Fantastic will likely live or die based on Viggo Mortensen’s performance, as his character is the only one that understands both the isolated world he established for his children and the regular world they must now enter. The hope of what he and his wife were trying to accomplish must be communicated through him, and whatever ramifications come from their decisions will fall squarely on his shoulders. It’s a lonely role in a movie populated by a ton of characters, and it’s hard to come up with a guy more likely to pull it off than Mortensen.
How many people were having flashbacks to the Toy Story series during this trailer? I mean, the supermarket was very reminiscent of Al’s Toy Barn, and the whole premise of giving inanimate objects complex emotional lives that humans eventually wreck is Toy Story as a whole. Except the things we do to our food is way more messed up than simple abandonment, so I guess Jessie doesn’t earn a sad song until Emily pulls a knife on her now.
A new Disney princess is coming our way in Moana, and it looks like she’s continuing Disney’s efforts to make their female characters more reflective of modern women. The film is about Moana’s adventure to find a fabled island, and while she’s accompanied by her pet pig and the demi-god Maui, it’s her skills as a navigator that allow the journey to take place. This teaser, sadly, focuses more on Maui than Moana.
Returning to the bountiful setting of World War II era Europe is The Innocents, being released in a few countries under the title Agnus Dei. The latter is more indicative of its focus, following a French Red Cross doctor who must treat pregnant nuns near where she is stationed in Poland. It seems that no one was left unscathed in the war-ravaged country, hence the unwanted and potentially disastrous pregnancies that are based on real occurrences.