Trailer: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

I loved M.R. Carey‘s The Girl With All the Gifts. I read it shortly after it was published, and consider it to easily be one of the best books of 2014. Above is the first full trailer for the movie adaptation, which will arrive in theatres soon. It is directed by Colm McCarthy, and stars Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine. Here’s the synopsis:

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second- generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.

The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.

When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

The novel is published by Orbit Books (UK/US), and is a must-read. You can read my review here. Carey’s latest novel, Fellside, is also published by Orbit, and is out now (UK/US).

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Trailer: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (Paramount)

BarkerK-TalibanShuffleI think this looks pretty great. I learned that the movie is based on Kim Barker’s biography, The Taliban Shuffle (Anchor), which I’ve picked up. Here’s the synopsis…

When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter — her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.

The movie is released by Paramount Pictures in March 2016.

Trailers, Trailers Everywhere, So Much Time to Wait…

Many new trailers unveiled over the last few days/weeks. Including a bajillion Force Awakens trailers, although I’ve left those off because I’ve been avoiding them (it would be nice if some of the movie was a surprise on Friday). Anyway, here are a few trailers for interesting-looking upcoming movies…

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

I kind of loved the original Independence Day. Haven’t watched it in years, but I thought it was big, bombastic, funny and quite, quite silly. I can’t wait to see this!

STAR TREK: BEYOND

This looks extremely action-packed. Which could be fun. I’ve enjoyed the re-booted franchise, although I don’t get all of the references to the original series (I always far preferred Star Wars…).

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Well, yeah. This is probably going to be huge. And I’m cautiously optimistic that it’ll live up to expectations. Darker Batman and Superman? Eh, I actually prefer the bleaker image over the all-American Supes, or campy/lighter Bats. I wonder how much of the world they’ll destroy this time…?

CAPTAIN AMERICA 3: CIVIL WAR, Pt.1

Of course I’m interested in this. I’ve really enjoyed the previous two Cap movies, and the Iron Man and Avengers movies.

BIG SHORT

Something a little different, but Michael Lewis is one of my favourite authors (of any genre), so I’m very much looking forward to this. (Lewis also wrote the books behind Moneyball and The Blind Side.)

HIGH-RISE

Haven’t read Ballard’s novel, but I do want to. This looks great, too.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2

The first Now You See Me movie was a surprisingly fun film. I’m intrigued to see how they follow it up.

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First X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Trailer

The first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. I think it looks pretty good (obligatory BWAAAH aside). I wasn’t sure about the look of the movie Apocalypse, but it seems to look better in the clips than he has in the stills that I’ve seen. Will be interesting to see how the movie shapes up.

Latest FORCE AWAKENS Trailer (Tingles…)

Looks fantastic. Great to see a little bit more of the new characters (and Han Solo, of course). I’m cautiously optimistic — more so each time they release something new. Except for one possible snippet, though, where’s Luke Skywalker…? As with the poster released this week, he seems noticeably absent. Mark Hamill is in the behind-the-scenes video that aired at Comic-Con 2015 (and in the above-linked-to post), so we know he is in the movie.

I wonder if Force Awakens is about bringing the old band back together?

New STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Poster

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I’m very much looking forward to this movie. Very, very much, in fact. I wonder why Luke isn’t in the image, though. Also, does anyone else wonder if John Boyega’s character, “Finn”, is Leia and Lando’s child…? Here’s the trailer (again):

And the Comic-Con 2015 Reel — an all-too-short making of clip, featuring a few cameos from the stars and crew: