‘Seven Psychopaths’ Trailer: Dog Nappers, Gangsters & Hollywood Screenwriters

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Oscar-winning filmmaker/playwright Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges (starring Colin Farrell) is a contemporary cult classic, thanks to its clever mix of dark, deranged humor with somber crime-drama. The trailer for McDonagh and Farrell’s Seven Psychopaths suggests they have another winner on their hands.

The Seven Psychopaths trailer features a bullet-point style rundown of the film’s eponymous nutty players and how they fit into the plot – including, Farrell as a struggling screenwriter looking for inspiration, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken as his dog-napping buddies, and Woody Harrelson as the crazed gangster out for blood after his beloved shih tzu is taken by Rockwell and Walken.

McDonagh has made it no secret that Seven Psychopaths is his own self-aware examination of the screenwriting process, and the official trailer lends further credence to that idea. That holds especially true for casting decisions, like having Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) portray “the hot girlfriend… played by a Bond girl, of course” (literally) - or casting Tom Waits as a strange old man who prefers to spend his time petting a white rabbit. There are also shades of Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction in the Seven Psychopaths trailer, with its irreverent dark humor, Tinseltown-Noir influence, and quirky criminals.

However, McDonagh (the storyteller) very much has an identifiable voice of his own, and it comes through clear and strong with Seven Psychopaths.

seven psychopaths trailer Seven Psychopaths Trailer: Dog Nappers, Gangsters & Hollywood Screenwriters

Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell in 'Seven Psychopaths'

Farrell seems most comfortable when he’s working as a character actor, in such films as Cassandra’s Dream, In Bruges, Horrible Bosses, Fright Night, and now Seven Psychopaths. We can add Total Recall to the growing pile of evidence that Farrell’s just not meant to be a successful action star (along with The Recruit, S.W.A.T., and Miami Vice). Fortunately, Farrell’s upcoming slate includes Niels Arden Oplev’s Dead Man Down and a minor role in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.

Rounding out the Seven Psychopaths cast are such talented actresses as Gabourey Sidibe (Precious, Tower Heist) and Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, Sucker Punch), in addition to the aforementioned players. McDonagh’s film screens at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, ahead of its domestic theatrical release.

Look for Seven Psychopaths in U.S. theaters beginning October 12th, 2012.

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Source: Machinima

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  1. i´ve missed this pulp-fiction style gangster movies. it was a big hype to make gangster movies which were most unrealistic but cool and in comicstyle and have become classics(pulp fiction,killing zoe,thursday,bad romance,circus etc. ) now. it was in 2005/6 where they´ve made more grounded and realistic gangstermovies. the 90s was a great period in everything for me,it was the time of new and unique movies,of course there were also a lot of crap but it was a great time of cinema movies i.m.o. .

    • Yeah, I wish they would release Thursday on Blu Ray. I tossed my VHS copy ages ago. Bad Romance and Circus? never heard of them. are they good?

      • Bad Romance is a classic. Definitely watch it.

        • Yes, listen to Joseph. Matter of fact drop everything you’re doing and watch True Romance RIGHT NOW.

  2. this looks really funny!

  3. Bad Romance ? The only movie i know of with that name is a chinese film about homosexuality. Sure you didn’t mean True Romance which is much more in style with Seven Psychopaths ?

  4. yes i mean – true romance-,not bad romance hahaha(not my type of theme) and saavik the movie -circus- is a british gangster flic with john hannah,famke janssen and tynie lister(the big black ex-wrestling guy) and is one of the last movies from that genre.

  5. And screenwriters are still tyring to figure this out: http://hollywoodandswine.com/screenwriter-spends-8-hours-trying-to-explain-to-his-son-the-difference-between-an-agent-and-a-manager/

  6. Lol, this looks funny as hell! :D

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