‘Air’ Trailer: Robert Kirkman Takes on a New Kind of Apocalypse

Published 1 month ago by , Updated July 27th, 2014 at 1:48 pm,

The first trailer and poster for Air were revealed at the Skybound Entertainment panel at Comic-Con Saturday afternoon. Air reunites The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (who was on hand to host) with one of that show’s stars, Norman Reedus, who stars alongside Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as two custodial workers who tend to a cryogenics facility containing the last of humankind in suspended animation.

The trailer opens with Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh from Battlestar Galatica) giving a very presidential speech about protecting our way of life from global tyranny. And then nuclear war apparently wipes out life on the planet and renders the surface and the atmosphere unlivable. It’s okay, though, because a small piece of humanity has been cryogenically frozen, tasked with repopulating the planet once things are viable again.

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Air is the first film produced by Skybound Entertainment, Robert Kirkman’s publishing company, which puts out The Walking Dead comics with Image. Air is also Kirkman’s first foray into film production, and writer/director Christian Cantamessa’s first feature film as well (having previously worked on the video games GTA: San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption). But with Reedus, the breakout star of The Walking Dead, and two-time Oscar nominee Hounsou as his leads, the film seems to be in pretty good hands.

Air has the feel of some of the great psychological science fiction films of the past, like Sunshine, the russian epic Solaris, the quieter moments of Alien, or the Sam Rockwell sleeper hit Moon. From the trailer, it seems that the movie may just be Reedus and Hounsou standing next to each other for an hour-and-a-half, not talking and trying desperately to hang onto their sanity. And somehow that’s okay.

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It’s oddly refreshing to see a nuclear fallout Armageddon movie. Since the end of the cold war, almost all of our cinematic end-time scenarios have been fantastical to some degree (the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road notwithstanding). Humanity has been wiped out by everything from asteroids to global warming to the Aztecs to aliens to other asteroids to the opposite of global warming to more aliens  to the rapture to monkeys to even more asteroids; not to mention Kirkman’s cataclysm of choice: zombies , zombies, and more zombies.

Nuclear war and the subsequent radioactive fallout can be a much more chilling prospect. Not only is it still a very real and conceivable form of mayhem that could strike at any moment, but it has the added bonus of being an entirely man-made force of destruction. If earth gets destroyed by an asteroid or taken over by aliens, that’s really not our bad. If we all die from nuclear war, well, that’s on us. It’s the bleakest, emptiest, most depressing way of killing off humanity.

Which is exactly what the trailer for Air is: bleak.

Air is currently filming. There is no announced release date. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more details.

Source: Skybound Entertainment

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  1. Oh boy, I only get this excited when they say the name of the movie in the movie.

    • He said it! Right at the end! “You go no AIR!”

  2. Somehow John Carpenter came to mind !
    Is it the Music ?

  3. “From the trailer, it seems that the movie may just be Reedus and Hounsou standing next to each other for an hour-and-a-half, not talking and trying desperately to hang onto their sanity. And somehow that’s okay.”

    and somehow that’s okay? no, it ain’t okay. these types of movies, of mostly silence, DON’T do well at all. No one liked Solaris. No one watched All is Lost. Unlimited came and went without notice. even the 2001 and 2010 space odyssey are lost on anyone born after 1989.
    and the writing is pretty bad, with the president there. and even the trailer sucks.

    this movie is full of hot air.

    I wish I didn’t even watch the trailer. which if you think about it, trailer means to go behind something. come after. it is actually a preview. to view before. not a trailer. trail. I don’t know why people bandy about words without any thought into what they say or write.

    as for the two actors, well, to be honest, Norman Reedus is great on walking dead. not so great in films.
    the other guy, Honsou, (I am not looking at the spelling) is alright on film, but still not someone who can be a lead in a film.
    and again, the writing is just plain bad and the premise is even worse.

    let’s just wait for Season 5 of the Walking Dead. that’s Kirkman’s forte.

    • I meant Sunset Limited. not Unlimited

    • Seriously? You saw a minute and a half teaser of an hour and a half movie and based on that you can already say it will suck? Are you a wizard?

    • A trailer or preview is an advertisement or a commercial for a feature film that will be exhibited in the future at a cinema. The term “trailer” comes from their having originally been shown at the end of a feature film screening.[1] That practice did not last long, because patrons tended to leave the theater after the films ended, but the name has stuck. Trailers are now shown before the film (or the A movie in a double feature) begins.

      • As a former booth operator for many years, technically a trailer can “trail” off of a splice from either end of a celluloid film, so having them be before reel one is also correct.

        • Actually, in practice, it was a pain in the ass to attach them to the end of a film anyway since one would have to run the last reel to it’s end in order to perform a manual splice.

    • “I wish I didn’t even watch the trailer. which if you think about it, trailer means to go behind something. come after. it is actually a preview. to view before. not a trailer. trail. I don’t know why people bandy about words without any thought into what they say or write.”

      As TrueDat pointed out, trailers used to come after movies. Now they don’t. The name stuck, and that’s just what they’re called now. Welcome to the English language, where the meanings of words change over time. Did you know that melodrama used to literally mean music drama? As in, a musical. Now it doesn’t.

      I’m not really sure what your point is beyond just trying to be annoying.

    • Go watch a Michael Bay Film FgT

  4. You want a great show dealing with the fallout of a global nuclear war? The 100. Was blown away by it. Its post-apocalypse meet lord of the flies and everything in between.

  5. This just leaked off the soundtrack; amazing!

  6. Was I the only one who had a Lost flashback there?

  7. I was at the panel. Norman Reedus was very friendly and accommodating to the fans. As for the movie their enthusiasms for the project was clear. The story could provide a lot of drama. It all hinges on an unknown director’s ability to bring it across. From the trailer alone it does have a low budget feel.

  8. Is it just me or does this sound a bit like a rip off of the Fallout games?

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