Warner Bros. released the WonderCon trailer for Pacific Rim earlier this week, and the result was a much-needed boost of energy to that blockbuster's hype-building machine. 20th Century Fox, it seems, took notice, which explains why the studio has decided to release online a short (and sweet) trailer for this summer's X-Men installment, The Wolverine, as was presented at the 2013 CinemaCon in Las Vegas last month.
The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma), from a script written by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and Mark Bomback (Total Recall), and sees Hugh Jackman play the self-healing, metal-clawed mutant Logan for a sixth time. This time, Wolvie is on his own - after the events in X-Men: The Last Stand - and heads to Japan, where he is offered a chance to give up immortality, by an old acquaintance seeking to fulfill a life debt.
Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima play Mariko and Yukio, two very different women that help Logan on his journey, be it through emotional support or by kicking some ninja butt. Meanwhile, Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is Viper and Will Yun Lee (Red Dawn) is Kenuichio Harada/The Silver Samurai - two very dangerous members of the criminal underworld that Logan must confront along the way.
Previous Wolverine trailers have attempted to summarize the movie's storyline and themes, but the CinemaCon trailer skips all that in favor of pure atmosphere and hard-hitting, claw-slashing, action. Hence, it's naturally more exciting to watch than the full theatrical promos, with previously-unseen glimpses at Logan fighting the Silver Samurai, Viper and a battalion of ninjas (among other enemies).
However, the CinemaCon trailer also manages to do just as good a job (perhaps even a better one) than its peers, when it comes to expressing the film's neo-Noir style. The trailer footage suggests that Mangold will come closer than any director has before him (that includes Bryan Singer on X-Men 1 and 2), when it concerns him capturing the full intensity of Logan's "berserker rage" in the comic books up on the big screen.
On that count alone, there's good reason to believe this movie will make up for the failures of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (and then some, maybe).
The Wolverine opens in regular and 3D (U.S.) theaters on July 26th, 2013.
Source: AMC Theaters
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