[UPDATE: Check out a Second Clip from Underworld Awakening!]
With the 2012 Movie season officially underway, studios are rolling out the promotional campaigns for the big films that will be keeping us warm throughout the frigid winter season. Today's promos share the distinction of being new entries in action movie franchises centered around supernatural anti-heroes clad in black leather; moreover, both Underworld Awakening and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance share the further distinction of being gimmick-heavy 3D flicks that are being realized by (non-related) two-man directing teams.
But will two heads at the helm prove to be better than one, in either case?
Kate Beckinsale is back as Selene, the death-dealing vampire huntress caught in the middle of an ancient war between her own bloodsucking brethren and their hated foes, "the Lycans" (a.k.a. werewolves). In this fourth installment of the franchise, Selene awakens from a twelve-year cryogenic sleep to find that the world is a vastly different place: instead of waging their war in secret, both vamps and Lycans have become the targets of humanity, which hopes to see both species wiped out. But when a vampire/Lycan hybrid child gets thrown into the mix, only Selene can protect her from those that would use and/or harm her.
Check out the latest TV spot and a brief clip from Underworld Awakening below:
Swedish directing duo Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein look to have captured the dark Goth aesthetic of the Underworld universe, while also throwing in some shiny futuristic elements that will distinguish this latest chapter from its predecessors. As far as the 3D goes: this film certainly seems to be having fun with the format, judging from the way that Selene jumps, kicks, neck-breaks and tosses things out at the screen. Hopefully the experience is as fun for the viewers as it was for the filmmakers.
Underworld Awakening will be in theaters (2D and 3D) on January 20, 2012.
Ghost Rider 2
Like Underworld 4, Spirit of Vengeance advances the story of Johnny Blaze (Nic Cage) forward in years, to a point where we find the anti-hero hiding out in Eastern Europe, trying to manage the "curse" that transforms him into the demonic entity known as the Ghost Rider. When a warrior priest (Idris Elba) implores Blaze to save a young boy (named Danny Ketch - hint, hint) from becoming a vessel for the Devil (Ciarán Hinds), Johnny resists at first - but the suggestion that this mission may break his curse compels him to action.
Check out the first TV spot for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance below:
While a certain contingent of action and/or superhero movie fans are going to probably be entertained by this flick, it doesn't seem like Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have done much more than make a semi-mindless, stunt-heavy, non-stop action romp, filled with a flimsy script and some rather obvious and conventional story beats (hint: don't be surprised if we end up with Cage passing the baton to a certain young Mr. Ketch). Then again, that combination is all that some people will (wisely) expect from this film, and in that sense, it should deliver.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will be in theaters (2D and 3D) on February 17, 2012.