Trailer Hitch

By Eric Hughes

October 1, 2008

This script is like *100* pages. I can't read all of that.

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Welcome to Trailer Hitch, BOP's look at the latest movie trailers to hit the Internet. This week: Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio finally team up, Bernie Mac makes a huge mistake and Adam Sandler enters a dream world.

Body of Lies – Opens October 10th

It's probably a stupid question. But you enjoyed The Departed, right? Well, then, feast your eyes on Body of Lies, the subsequent film project from rising scribe William Monahan. Based on a 2007 novel of the same name by David Ignatius, Body of Lies stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a CIA operative who is sent to Jordan by his boss (Russell Crowe) to track down a notorious terrorist. In Jordan, DiCaprio's character strikes an alliance with the country's covert operations head. At the same time he also grows increasingly suspicious that his boss is not who he seems.

DiCaprio and Crowe look like they work well together here, with both men taking on their respective roles and running with them. Though I'm not a fan of a goateed DiCaprio, Crowe assumes an aura of mystery with his thick, black glasses and graying, somewhat spiked hair.

Grade: A-
Also expected to be released on this date: City of Ember, Quarantined, The Express, Ashes of Time Redux, Breakfast with Scot, Saving Marriage, Happy-Go-Lucky


The Elephant King – Opens October 17th

Previously known under the working titles of Summer in Siam and The Cool Season, The Elephant King marks writer-director Seth Grossman's feature debut, which stars Ellen Burstyn, Jonno Roberts, Tate Ellington and Florence Faivre in the lead roles. In a film about Americans lost in a world they may not understand, Oliver (Ellington) is sent by his mother (Burstyn) to fetch his brother, Jake (Roberts), who abandoned his life Stateside to enjoy new adventures in Thailand. There, Oliver is quickly swept into his brother's exhilarating lifestyle and ends up falling for a bartender named Lek (Faivre). As Oliver begins to understand Jake's self-destruction away from home, he must make the choice whether to save his brother's life or his own.

The trailer to The Elephant King, which is finally seeing the light of day in theaters after winning a number of awards in film festivals two year ago, is beautifully shot. It makes great use of slow motion pans and imagery, and is interjected with enough regular motion dialogue so as not to become jarring.

Grade: B+
Also expected to be released on this date: Max Payne, W., Sex Drive, The Secret Life of Bees, What Just Happened?, Filth and Wisdom, Morning Light, Tru Loved, The 2 Sides of the Bed

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