||January 31, 2003
||Colin Farrell's Eyebrow of Power,
kung-fu fighting, handguns, laser-scoped sniper rifles, car
bomb, fist, foot, VW Bug
|"In a world where..."
||"A secret world where nothing is what
is seems. "
||Seems like 50%
||25% (some computers, cool simulations,
||Borderline, seems like a generic action
||Depends on how much you like Al Pacino
and Colin Farrell.
"Nothing is what it seems," says CIA recruiter extraordinaire,
Walter Burke (Al Pacino) to a roomful of recruits. This trailer appears
to have a lot of Brad Pitt parallels, but it only seems that way.
This trailer appears to reveal a lot about the plot, but maybe it
only seems that way (at least I hope).
"The first rule of CIA training - is do not get caught," continues
Burke. Funny, I thought the first rule was to not talk about CIA
training. Wait, that's Fight Club starring Brad Pitt, forgive
me. Burke, a CIA old timer, recruits James (Colin Farrell) top of
his class at MIT and Lord of the Eyebrow of Power. It only seems
like this trailer could be a prequel to Spy Game which of
course starred Brad Pitt.
You'll be quick to notice that Colin Farrell went to the Brad Pitt
school of acting. Every mannerism, every look reminded me of Pitt.
I guess those that can't do, teach.
Back to the trailer - James has to go through rigorous CIA training
which includes torturous "picking up chicks in bars" tests.
James snickers, "I have the Eyebrow of Power. Behold, I will
stick my eyebrow out the window and the babes will flock." Pacino
wants them to pick up 5, but it's unclear if he wants the Eyebrow
to get 5 by itself or if the other guys need to get some too. I'm
betting on the Eyebrow getting five, or maybe it just seems that
After training is complete, life becomes more complicated for James
and the Eyebrow. Burke informs him that a fellow trainee, Layla,
who's got him on his knees, is actually a mole, but for whom?
James, the smartest guy at MIT, seems to have a bit of trouble with
this mission as he thinks it's a test, then he doesn't think it's
a test, then he does. He ends up in a world of hurt, or maybe it
just seems that way.
course, the trailer is not as it seems either. The actual movie is
a Pixar animated adventure with a talking moose named Gabe voiced
by John Goodman. If only we were all tops at MIT then we could've
figured that out. Why they spent so much money to get Pacino and
Farrell for the trailer I'll never know. But I digress.
After actor introductions, we get the standard quick-cut action
trailer finale. Then the generic quick-stop with a battered Pitt,
I mean Farrell, telling us, "Everything is a test." A test
of whether Brad Pitt is going to sue you for stealing his act maybe?
Conclusion on Trailer: The laser sights on the chest and
Pacino's acting overcome the generic action plot to make this trailer
worthy of a download.
Conclusion on Movie: Could be a fun movie with some popcorn,
but I'll wait for the DVD and drink some wine instead.
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