First look at Olympus Has Fallen trailer

The first trailer has arrived for Antoine Fuqua‘s Olympus Has Fallen, in which Gerard Butler goes badass with guns trying to save the president and the White House.

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Aaron Eckhart plays the president of the US, while Gerard Butler is his closest bodyguard. After an accident that sees Butler try in vain to save the first lady (potential short screen time for Ashley Judd) he’s stood down from active service, until he is called on to save the day.

Morgan Freeman then steps in to help co-ordinate the carnage from outside The White House walls, as a the action gets ramped up in every way possible. It’s the kind of scenerio that you might find Stallone or Arnie in, but Butler fits the hero mold very well by the look of things.

Check out the trailer…

There is an equally cool poster to go along with the trailer…

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Co-starring Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd and Angela Bassett, Olympus Has Fallen will open in the UK on 19 April 2013.

Source: Collider

Coriolanus – 2012

Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome.

DirectedRalph Fiennes

StarsRalph FiennesGerard Butler and Brian Cox

What we think: A directorial debut  for Fiennes, as he puts a contemporary spin on this adaptation of Shakespeare’s own work.

Fiennes looks just as menacing as he did as Voldermort in the Harry Potter films and sharing the screen opposite Gerard Butler will not do the film’s credibility any harm whatsoever.

Coriolanus switches the Rome togas for military fatigues to adapt Shakespeare’s story of civil war tragedy and betrayal into a contemporary Serbia.

The trailer packs a punch and with an additional British supporting cast including James NesbittVanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox expect some big things from this one.

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Potential Rating: (4/5)

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Released: 20 January 2012 (UK)

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Machine Gun Preacher poster

Gerard Butler, a gruff talking action hero with a softer side (see P.S. I love You) takes on a new role in his upcoming film Machine Gun Preacher.

Butler plays Sam Childers who is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy whose found God and has become a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been forced to become soldiers.

Directed by Marc Forster of Bond fame its based on a true story, check out the poster below!

Source: Live For Films

How to Train your Dragon – 2010

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

DirectedDean DeBloisChris Sanders

StarsJay BaruchelGerard Butler and Christopher Mintz-Plasse

What we think: With a visually stunning opening sequence which revolves around a small Viking fishing village coming under the attack of dragons, DreamWorks set the tone for what is an exceptional warm hearted tale of friendship and loyalty.

The film features Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel, who is desperate to follow in the footsteps of  the Viking clan by finally being able to kill a Dragon. However the only thing that he does succeed in is continually being a disappointment to his father and chief of the village Stoick (Butler).

Hiccup does get a chance to redeem himself after shooting down and capturing the infamous and mystical Night Furies, something that no one else has been able to do, of course he’s not strong enough to kill it and instead forms a bond that will tug at the heart strings of all and is the backbone of the narrative.

The relationship is developed ever so gradually as the newly named dragon Toothless and Hiccup test the boundaries of each others trust, like a new born puppy and its owner the pairs bond grows stronger and stronger. The surrounding characters are a colourful bunch with voice talents aplenty including Jonah HillCraig Ferguson and America Ferrera, and add great support throughout, as well as the injection of comedic value.

The range of dragon species are well crafted along with each of their characteristics. You can see that a lot of time and effort has gone into making sure that this film is as real as it can be, just as if these reptiles walked the earth millions of years ago.

It’s a film that really cannot do any wrong, the story is well told but it is always going to fall back to the CGI effects that really raise its profile. The 3D aspect is also a deal clincher, and the attention to detail in everything is sublime, you could almost feel the wind in your face and taste the salt of the ocean as both dragon and boy skim the surface in one of the films many aerobatic scenes.

With a sequel already planned for 2013 it is going to take something extra special to top this.

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Potential Rating: (5/5)

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The Bounty Hunter – 2010

A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.

Directed: Andy Tennant

Stars: Jennifer AnistonGerard Butler and Gio Perez

What we think: Jennifer Aniston is the queen of the rom-com no one would disagree with that.

But she is running the risk (if not already) of becoming so type cast we wonder if she’ll ever be able to leave the genre again. It’s not all bad, but one can sometimes have too much of a good thing.

In The Bounty Hunter she is paired along side heart throb Gerard Bulter who is no stranger to the more sensitive side of his persona having ventured into romance with Hilary Swank in P.S. I Love You. (a better film I would say).

It’s a fun filled plot and for sheer entertainment value its good, but the storyline is weak using Aniston’s reporter to scrape together a story surrounding a mysterious suicide while at the same time avoiding her bounty hunting ex husband (Butler) is clutching at comedy straws.

The on screen chemistry between the pair is one of the few positive things to come out of the film, both look like they enjoyed each other both played well off each other. The problem is that from the off you know exactly what the ending is going to be and how the pair will reach the conclusion by way of slightly un funny dialogue and poorly executed action.

Directer Andy Turner brings us nothing that we haven’t already seen, and nothing unique that we would have like to have seen. If you’re an Aniston fan then it might be worth the run time, but it certainly doesn’t warrant a place at the top of any list.

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Rating: (2.5/5)

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