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Friday, October 8 12:00 AM ET

Trailer Review: Team America: World Police

By Brian Briggs


Trailer Quicktime

Trey Parker
Matt Stone

Director Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Official Site Link
US Opening

October 15, 2004

Rated R
Genre Comedy, Marionette
Trailer Clichés Quick-cut title splash, "From the creators of...", slow-motion hero walk
Explosions 10
Weapons Missiles, handguns, rocket launcher, fighter jets, machine gun, feet-of-fury, briefcase of mass destruction, falling debris, helicopter, sword, Karate Kid
Voiceover Yes
"In a world where..."

"The world is on the brink of disaster..."

Déjà Vu
Thunderbirds, Austin Powers
One Word Review Wooden
Spoilage Factor 20%
Geek Factor 15%
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Yes

Wooden American heroes as the world's police. No, it's not a neocon convention. It's the latest movie from South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (What kind of name is Trey anyway?) Moving a step up from poor animation, Parker and Stone expand their skills to marionettes.

The world is on the brink of disaster, and Team America is our only chance. Kim Jong Il has devised a plot to plunge the world into chaos. Team America needs an actor to act like a terrorist to infiltrate the evil organization. If it weren't for the marionettes, you'd think this one was a straight-up action film.

And that frightens me.

Does America want to see an action movie starring marionettes? I know Thunderbirds is making a comeback, but still. Yes, there were parts of the trailer that were funny ("I've got five terrorists going southeast on Bakka Lakka Dakka Street"), but not enough to reassure me.

The marionettes do look well crafted, and have more expressions than the actors in Attack of the Clones, but we go to a Stone and Parker film for the biting satire. Except for a quick-cut of Michael Moore dancing in front of Mount Rushmore and a Cartman-sounding Kim Jung Il, there wasn't as much biting satire in the trailer as I expected. I hope the real funny parts were cut out of the trailer, because of the G-rating of the trailer.

Team America
Why do marionettes always
have such big eyebrows?

Quite possibly, I'm missing the point. Maybe, an action movie with marionettes is the whole idea. I hope it turns out more a satire on the War on Terror though. The "Hey terrorist! Terrorize this!" line does give me much hope.

Conclusion on the Trailer: There are a couple of funny moments, but this makes it look more like an action movie with marionettes than a comedy. I hope that's not what they were going for.

Conclusion on the Movie: If this turns out to be more action than comedy then I think everyone will be disappointed. Let's hope Parker and Stone are successful in skewering the war on terror. However, this trailer leaves some doubts.

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