The Other Guys – August 6
Synopsis: Two mismatched New York City detectives (Mark Whahlberg, Will Ferrell) seize an opportunity to step up like the city’s top cops (Sam Jackson, Dwayne Johnson) whom they idolize — only things don’t quite go as planned.
Our Take: We’ve already been called “leftist media” for saying the trailer made us chuckle – do we dare go see it? Yep, we think so .
Step Up 3D – August 6
Synopsis: More street meets elite dancing, this time in 3D.
Our Take: For fans of the Step Up franchise, it’ll be a treat to see sick dance moves pop (and lock) in the third dimension. For the rest of us: Pass.
The Expendables – August 13
Synopsis: A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator. Sounds simple, but add the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin and cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and you have one kick-ass throwback action flick on your hands.
Our Take: The scene in the first trailer of Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger on screen together was enough to get ME in the theater. The awesome 80s-style action movie feel is just icing on the cake.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – August 13
Synopsis: Lovable loser Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat his new girlfriend’s “seven evil exes” in order to win her heart and find true happiness. Based on the popular graphic novel series.
Our take: The trailer – with its classic comic book conventions and arcade game sound effects – has sent the fanboy nation into a frenzy. Cameos from the likes of Chris Evans (Captain America), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) only add to our prediction that Scott Pilgrim could be the hipster sleeper hit of the summer.
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang – August 20
Synopsis: Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman’s children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.
Our Take: Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith and Rhys Ifans make for an impressive ensemble cast for this kids movie. The kids should enjoy it – and learning lessons doesn’t hurt either.
Piranhas 3D – August 20
Synopsis: A tremor under the surface of Lake Victoria unleashes scores of prehistoric piranhas, an event which rallies the local sheriff (Elisabeth Shue) who will risk everything to save her townsfolk.
Our Take: Director Alexandre Aja initially impressed with his French horror/thriller High Tension, but his Hill Have Eyes and Mirrors remakes have been downward spirals. Add in the requisite faded stars, grindhouse trademarks and cheap 3D gimmick, and Piranhas has B-movie written all over it. We suppose it could be some midnight movie fun?
Priest – August 27
Synopsis: A priest (Paul Bettany) disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.
Our Take: This could be the next Blade or it could be the next Legion. Let’s hope the Priest leans more toward the former than the latter – don’t want to end the summer on a bad note.
That’s it for Screen Rant‘s Summer Movie Preview. What has you watching movie trailers in excitement this summer? The epic action of Iron Man 2? The mind-bending awesomeness of Inception? The childlike nostalgia of Toy Story 3? The big boy nostalgia of The Expendables? Let us know!