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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Surrogates,' 'Pandorum' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
September 22nd, 2009 10:27am EDT
SurrogatesI'm curious to see the reception of "Surrogates," at the box office this week. People I have spoken with seem to have mixed opinions about whether they think the movie will be enjoyable or not.

Their interest level in the movie seems to be linked to which trailer they have seen. Trailer 1 appears to be rather bland and doesn't do much to entice the viewer. Folks who have seen Trailer 2 however, agree that it does a better job of selling the concepts present in the film, as well as emphasizing Bruce Willis' struggle without his surrogate.

In addition to the sci-fi thriller "Surrogates," there are six other movies opening this week, including "Fame," "Pandorum," "Coco Before Chanel," "Paranormal Activity," "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," and "Astro Boy."


Imagine a future where humans live in isolation and interact completely through surrogate robots. A cop (Bruce Willis) who has spent years relying on his own surrogate is forced to leave his home to investigate the murder of other surrogates.

The team behind this film has already done futuristic movies about robots. Director Jonathan Mostow directed 2003's "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," while his writing team Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato wrote 2009's "Terminator Salvation."

Watch "Surrogates Theatrical Trailer"




WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Sci-fi geeks who appreciate a dark interpretation of the future and technology gone awry should see this. Jonathan Mostow and his writing team's connection to the recent "Terminator" films indicate fans of those movies will enjoy "Surrogates" as well.


"Fame" is a modernization of the 1980s musical of the same name, focusing on the teachers and students at the renowned New York City High School of Performing Arts.

Kevin Tancharoen, known primarily for work in television, directs his first feature length film with this high school musical drama. Brushing up the 1980 screenplay by Chris Gore is Allison Burnett, the scribe for 2008's "Untraceable."



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Theatre nerds and wanna-be actors will flock to see an update of the classic movie that symbolizes their angst. Fans of musical movies will also be entertained by the singing and dancing this film promises.


A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship awakens from sleep to discover they no longer remember their mission or their identities. In an effort to find the ship's missing passengers Corporal Bower (Ben Foster) ventures into the ship, while the Lieutenant Payton (Dennis Quaid) stays behind to guide him. As he explores the ship, Bower stumbles onto dark deadly secrets that start to explain what happened to the missing passengers.

German filmmaker Christian Alvart, the man behind this year's thriller "Case 39," delivers this science fiction thriller set in the isolation of space. Alvart developed the story with Travis Milloy who penned the screenplay.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that enjoy the shivers they get from science fiction horror mashups like "Event Horizon" and "Sunshine" will appreciate this film. Dennis Quaid admirers should also see this movie.


Based on the book by Edmonde Charles-Roux, this biographical tale tells the story of "Coco" Chanel and her rise from humble beginnings to the height of the fashion world.

Anne Fontaine, helms this French-language biographical film while sharing the writing credit with her sister Camille Fontaine.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fashion aficionadas and lovers of foreign language period pieces, will want to see how Coco Chanel got her start. Followers of the book will want to see how it compares to the movie.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

While getting adjusted to her new home, Katie (Katie Featherston) is harassed in her sleep by a mysterious presence. Katie's husband (Micah Sloat) tries to ease her fear by installing video cameras to capture strange behavior, but this turns out to be a big mistake.

A one man band, Oren Peli is responsible for writing, directing, editing, and producing this low budget horror film.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Minimalist horror junkies will be glad to see a spooky film made on a small budget. Those who like documentary-esque style movies like "The Blair Witch Project" would find it appealing the way the trailer adds a certain element of realism, by showing audience reactions to the movie.


Graduate student Sara Quinn (Julianne Nicholson) stages a series of conversations with a variety of men in an effort to understand the male psyche and to apply her new-found knowledge to a recent breakup of her own.

John Krasinski, best known for his role as Jim on "The Office," directs this male centric comedy. Krisinski wrote the screenplay for this film based on a David Foster Wallace book. Prominent men Sara Quinn interviews include Timothy Hutton, Chris Messina, Will Arnett, and Krasinski himself.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Those who enjoyed John Krasinski's performance in "Away We Go" and people who watch Krasinski as Jim on "The Office" regularly will find this film funny. Its release which will only be in New York City won't make it easy to catch this movie.


Set in the futuristic Metro City, "Astro Boy" is about a child robot with super powers created by a brilliant scientist (Nicolas Cage) in the image of his lost son. Unable to satisfy a grieving man's expectations, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) sets out off on an adventure in search of acceptance, where he experiences betrayal in the land of robot gladiators, before returning home to save Metro City and reunite with the father who rejected him.

A storyboard artist for "Chicken Run" and "Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit", David Bowers directs this animated film. After a long absence from writing movies, Timothy Harris who wrote 1996's "Space Jam," also writes "Astro Boy."



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Followers of the Astro Boy comic series by Osamu Tezuka should check out this CG animated adventure that brings him to life. Families looking for an inoffensive animated movie should see this together.

Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.