Sure, that new ‘Captain America’ preview was nice, but perhaps the most exciting trailer released over the last couple of weeks is a sneak peek at Marvel’s next mutant adventure.
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’
The two ‘X-Men’ movie timelines will finally be bridged together via this adaptation of one of the most popular storylines from the comic book. It’s also one of the darkest and gloomiest stories from the comic series, where mutants of the future are forced to live in concentration camps. From the trailer, it’s immediately apparent that the movie makes a big change in having Wolverine travel back in time to the single moment that led to such an ominous future, rather than Kitty Pryde, who did it in the comics. Personally, I rather like this switch, mostly because Kitty (Ellen Page) has never played a significant role in the film adaptations. Besides, it makes more sense to see Wolverine, considering what he’s attempting to stop and the challenge of actually doing it.
Also, the preview is pretty cool. The music (borrowed from John Murphy’s score for ‘Sunshine‘ and Hans Zimmer’s score for ‘The Thin Red Line‘) is a tad emotional and overtly sentimental, but I think it gives the proper tone of what audiences should expect from this particular story. After the events of ‘First Class’, I can only assume that we’ll see the creation of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants. Young Charles Xavier falls into a depression because he feels like he failed Erik and lost his adopted sister Raven. The trailer makes me very excited to see this. I hope that Bryan Singer can actually pull it off. We’ll have to wait until May to find out. I’ll definitely be there to see the outcome.
‘The Raid 2: Berandal’
In 2012, ‘The Raid‘ was a great surprise of non-stop action and martial-arts awesomeness. Picking up after the events of the first movie, this direct follow-up looks to be just as exciting – though we’re not given enough information to understand where the filmmakers will take audiences next. Iko Uwais returns as young rookie cop Rama, but is he now leading a squad of officers into a prison? And how did that wall insult or hurt his feelings, because he seems really pissed at it? If I miss it in theaters, I’ll at least catch this on Blu-ray for sure.
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