Sunday, April 26, 2015

More tales of two trailers: Jurassic World and Mad Max

In the first tales of two trailers, I posted the first theatrical trailers for the upcoming Star Wars and Jurassic World sequels.  I updated the progress of Star Wars twice since then, first in December, then in last week's Three Star Wars trailers: movie, television, and video game reviewed the latest trailer for Star Wars VII.  This week, it's Jurassic World's turn as its second theatrical trailer was released last week.

Like all the previous movies, this one serves as a cautionary tale about not being able to control the effects of our technologies.  I hope it's also as good a monster movie as the previous ones as well.  So far, I like the Mosasaurus, but I'm disappointed that the raptors are still scaly instead of feathery.  That's a change that was among those mentioned in Jurassic Park 20 years later and other paleontology news, so it should have been included.  I hope the movie justifies this omission.

Follow over the jump for another science fiction movie franchise being revived this summer, the post-apocalyptic Mad Max series.

One of the great post-apocalyptic movies was Mad Max: The Road Warrior.  It explored what would happen in a post-nuclear war world in which gasoline was running out.  Mind you, I now think that the post-oil world would look a lot more like Revolution than Mad Max, but at the time the idea was novel.  It was also a lot of fun, if one is into punk rock violence in the great outdoors.  If so, one can revisit the post-apocalyptic vision of 35 years ago in the wake of the first oil crises in Mad Max: Fury Road.

In case one is wondering how this version compares to the original, look no further than Mad Max: Fury Road Official Legacy Trailer (2015).

A apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Yes, the new movie looks exactly like what one should expect when the original is updated to account for 35 more years of violent big-budget spectacle and more advance technology.  Here's to hoping it gets the audience its makers think it deserves, even if the post-oil world isn't really going to look like this.  After all, Hollywood is about the fantasy, not the reality.


  1. "The post-oil world isn't really going to look like this"

    It will not be making guest post status on Club Orlov. Some of are full up with fantasy. What is happening in the real world is every bit as twisted as the evil warlords of big budget epic distraction and demands our attention.

    That said; there is some damn cool shit in those trailers.

    1. That's for mentioning Club Orlov. I need to read Dmitry's site. I know he reads Greer's, because I saw a comment of his there last week.

      And, yes, those trailers do have a lot of cool stuff in them.