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Smells Like Japanese Pre-Sell Spirit

mi3.jpgI guess Transformers is being made after all.

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30 Responses to “Smells Like Japanese Pre-Sell Spirit”

  1. PandaBear says:

    Is this an animation flick??

  2. joefitz84 says:

    The teaser trailer looks pretty decent.

  3. jeffmcm says:

    I can’t wait for MIW! My cat will love it.

  4. Chucky in Jersey says:


  5. James Leer says:

    Wow, how much does Michelle Monaghan look like Katie Holmes in that teaser trailer?
    If they had cut to Tom Cruise right after PSH asks, “You got a wife? Girlfriend?” why do I think I’d hear snickering from the audience.

  6. sky_capitan says:

    Yeah you’ll hear snickering. That MI3 trailer sucks, and not because I think Tom Cruise has become one of the most annoying people on earth.
    I mean, no one could come up with a better line for Hoffman than “and then I’m going to kill you right in front of her.” No one???

  7. Crow T Robot says:

    – Hoffman as a super villain? I guess if McG can make one out of Crispin Glover…
    – The breakout scene looks lifted almost exactly from “License to Kill.” Where’s Robert Davi when you need him?
    – In ten years we’ve gone from Cruise exploding off a helicopter inside the Chunnel to him getting knocked a foot in the air onto a Dodge. LOL

  8. Josh says:

    Why can’t Hoffman be a great villian? Not like he’s not one of the GREAT actors working today or anything. Nah.

  9. Wrecktum says:

    Hoffman was originally to do the voice of the baddie in The Incredibles (eventually going to Jason Lee) so, yeah, he can be bad.

  10. Sanchez says:

    After seeing Capote, there is not much Hoffman can’t do when acting.

  11. Crow T Robot says:

    Hoffman WAS a pretty good asshole in Punch Drunk Love.
    (I can’t believed I just paid that movie a compliment)

  12. joefitz84 says:

    Michelle Monaghan turned down Tom. She was wife to be #6 before Katie was asked.

  13. martin says:

    looks OK, could go either way. Feels somewhere in the middle of MI1 and MI2 style. Getting knocked into the car is a cool shot, not because it’s spectacular in any way but because it looks real, like cruise actually got fucked up (or his stunt double). REst of the trailer pretty much left my mind and the music was weak. Some moments in there definitely hit a little too close to home though, chick looks just like Holmes.

  14. Josh says:

    I’d rather see Hoffman give his take on a villian than one of these Euro baddies we see in every action film or some bland actor with no range. It’s funny. The people ragging on Hoffman now would be ragging on MI 3 for not taking a risk and casting out of the box. Such pessimism.

  15. jeffmcm says:

    I agree that it’s nice to see Hoffman take a part that I’m sure brought him a hefty paycheck. Another P.T. Anderson success story!
    On the other hand, the trailer itself has absolutely nothing interesting in it. It looks vastly less stylish than either previous installment. At least Michael Giacchino’s score will probably be good, though.

  16. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Well, MI2 was really bad, so…
    But it’s got Michelle Monaghan, who was great in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang so that’s a plus.

  17. Chucky in Jersey says:

    MI:2 did spawn CR:1. For those not aware of franchise/remake/sequel jargon CR:1 means “Chicken Run”.

  18. bicycle bob says:

    hoffman is great offbeat casting and will give a new spin on a baddie role. who isn’t excited to see him do this?

  19. Krazy Eyes says:

    I think Hoffman is a great choice for the villian but even an actor such as Hoffman can’t salvage that groaner of a line they give him the trailer. Regardless, after MI:2 I have zero interest in this franchise.

  20. Bruce says:

    These are just fun action flicks. If PS Hoffman can make it a tiny bit interesting I’m all for it.

  21. Mr. Emerson says:

    Jeffmcm, you just made me really want to see this. I was intrigued by the cast and the possibilities regarding locations, but I had no idea Michael Giacchino was doing the score. My ears drool at the possibilities…might even get him the Oscar nod he was shamefully denied for The Incredibles.
    And Hoffman can and should be a great villain.

  22. Scooba Steve says:

    This is a spy movie from the guy who did Alias.
    Hoffman will be dead by the second act and the REAL villain will reveal himself.
    Maybe Jon Voight will pop up with a helicopter blade lodged in his ear.

  23. jeffmcm says:

    I don’t know for 100% certain that Giacchino is doing the score…but a friend of mine works for his music editing house, and they’re the ones who just mixed this trailer.

  24. bicycle bob says:

    i’m liking the jj abrams pick as a director. gotta give cruise credit. he does work with the best.

  25. Mr. Emerson says:

    I like Abrams as well…he knows how to tell a story. And according to IMDB, Giacchino IS doing the whole score.

  26. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Whoa, i saw the trailer tonight attached to King Kong… i ain’t feelin’ it. But there’s room for something good. I liked the bit where Tom Cruise got flung unto the car and then hit the ground with a thud… mainly cause I hate Tom Cruise, and that bit looked like it would’ve hurt.
    is that wrong of me?

  27. Blackcloud says:

    My Kong crowd snickered at the trailer, but not as much as they snickered at the Miami Vice trailer.
    I must say, I was surprised how easy it was to get a great seat to Kong ten minutes before the show. And not just at any theater, but the big event theater in town, the one that gets Star Wars, LOTR, Harry Potter, etc. Kong may build, but on the first day it was definitely lacking the vibe the latest outings in those series had.

  28. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    That’s weird, I had the exact same thing. We got to the screening 30 minutes early so we’d get a good seat (on opening night) and in the cinema that holds 650odd people there were only about 150. Crazy. On opening night.
    Maybe not that many thought it was out, because movies are usually released on Thursday, but Kong opened on Wednesday. Still strange though.

  29. Bruce says:

    The Vice trailer could be much stronger.

  30. JBM... says:

    Excising the terrible music might help. Looks great, though.
    I have no worries about the film itself. C’mon. It’s Michael Mann.

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