This supernatural western starring Wesley Snipes was apparently shot more than five years ago, but is now getting its day in the sun after having been picked up by distributor Wreckin Hill. The fact that it’s been sitting on the shelf for half a decade isn’t exactly reassuring, but it’s a fun looking trailer nonetheless. I’ll be checking it out once it hits Netflix in about six months.
I have more faith in this than I do in many other remakes, if only because of the pedigree involved. I think that Chloe Grace Moretz is a great actress and will only get better with age, and it’s nice to see Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce back after a five year absence. And let’s face it: Julianne Moore as Mrs. White is damn near perfect casting.
But there’s also the main issue that I have with many remakes: What’s the point? DePalma’s film is a classic and nobody, not even an actress with Moretz’s talent, is going to be able to stand is Sissy Spacek’s shoes.
Hopefully I’m wrong about this. Hopefully Peirce chose this project because she’s got something meaningful to say. This trailer doesn’t tell us a whole lot, so I’ll reserve judgment until we get a better idea of the tone of the film.
The Last Stand is not only Arnold Schwarzegegger’s return to leading man status, but it’s the American debut of acclaimed (and awesome) South Korean director Jee-Woon Kim, the man behind A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw The Devil and The Good, The Bad, The Weird.
The Last Stand might be masquerading itself as a typical (albeit excellent looking) Hollywood action movie, but I have a feeling that Jee-Woon has a little bit more up his sleeve.
As Devin at Badass Digest pointed out, Johnny Knoxville is the weak point in his trailer, looking like he’s playing his character from The Ringer, while wearing the hat of The Good, The Bad, The Weird’s Kang-ho Song. Regardless, I’ve got high hopes for this one.
Well, this looks like fun. Sam Raimi’s films, even (or especially) his horror films, have a tendency to lean towards the cartoonish (I mean that in the most complimentary way possible), and Oz The Great and Powerful looks like a culmination of all of that.
Remember guys, just because Spider-Man 3 kind of sucked doesn’t mean that Sam Raimi isn’t still one of the best filmmakers working today. Lest we forget everything that came before that movie (or for that matter, the incredible Drag Me To Hell).
I‘ve already seen Trekkies, so it doesn’t look like we’re seeing any new territory here, but the Shat’s involvement looks like it’s gonna add an element of fun to this. I’ll be wawtching it when it premieres on EPIX (plus EPIXHD.com and related apps) on July 28th.