Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Stoker

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Stoker – Opening March 1, 2013

Here’s a film that I think looks extremely fascinating but I’m not sure I’d ever see. The reason for that is that it may have some freaky undead horror content, though it’s not quite clear from the trailer. It’s possible that this film fits into my ideal genre, which is a dark thriller about a murderer, or, it seems, two. I’m most impressed by the cast, which includes not one but two Australian actresses playing Americans. Nicole Kidman’s last good movie was 2010’s “Rabbit Hole,” for which she earned an Oscar nomination, and this looks much more like her career-boosting part in her banner year 2001, “The Others.” Mia Wasikowska, who catapulted to stardom after a season of “In Treatment” with the eclectic trio of “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “Jane Eyre,” is dabbling in a new genre with this part, which appears to have inclinations of evil in a previously innocent young girl affected by the death of her father. Matthew Goode has earned my admiration for “Match Point,” “The Lookout,” and “A Single Man,” and I’m thrilled to see him in a fitting part here. Throw in Jacki Weaver from “Animal Kingdom” in a supporting part and you have a recipe for unnerving success. What’s most intriguing about this movie is the director-writer combo. Chan-wook Park, who directed the highly acclaimed “Oldboy,” teams up with, of all people, Wentworth Miller, best known for playing Michael Scofield on “Prison Break,” with his writing debut. It’s an odd pairing to be sure, but it will definitely produce interesting results. Whether or not I’ll be brave enough to find out for myself is another question altogether.

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