Another week, another round of intriguing trailers, and this time around we’ve got a lot of punching and running from the likes of Jason Statham, Tom Cruise, Joh Hamm, and even Tom Hanks. Plus, the darling of Sundance 2017.
Check out some of the best trailers of the week below.
Jason Statham returns for this sequel to 2011’s The Mechanic in a role he was born to play: a contract killer who gets pulled back into the game just when he thought he was out. This time around, he has to achieve a specific number of kills with a ticking clock over his head, or his lady love (Jessica Alba) dies. Add in Tommy Lee Jones, and this feels like a perfect Dude Movie.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher are a normal suburban couple with a nice house and a fairly routine life, until their new neighbors (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) show up. They’re both impossibly good-looking, gifted, and very, very mysterious. The “our neighbors are secretly spies” comedy isn’t exactly new, but I can’t say no to this cast.
JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
Tom Cruise returns for his second run as Lee Child’s war hero turned vigilante Jack Reacher. Honestly, it’s kinda hard to tell what he’s up to this time around, but it’s a cool two-and-a-half minutes of Cruise punching his way out of one situation after another. Love him or hate him, the man still has that movie star glow.
Tom Hanks and Ron Howard have re-teamed for their third adaptation of Dan Brown’s series of page-turners starring academic “symbologist” Robert Langdon. This time, Langdon teams up with a beautiful doctor (Felicity Jones, who will hit a new level of stardom in 2016) to solve the mysterious of a devastating plague that governments around the world are vying for, and it’s all somehow tied to the symbolism of Dante’s Inferno. I’ve always found the Langdon films a little underwhelming, but there are few directors on the planet better at slick action sequences than Howard, and Hanks is still perpetually watchable.
THE BIRTH OF A NATION
This powerful drama about the true story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831 was the toast of this year’s Sundance film festival, and it’s poised to get a lot of attention come awards season. Nate Parker, who seems destined to be a star, wrote, directed, and stars in the flick, and you’re going to be hearing a lot more about it in the coming months.