5 Movie Trailers That Signal a Promising New Year

Now that we’re wrapping up 2013, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what we can expect from the the movie studios in the early part of 2014. If you’re a fan of action films, it looks like there’s a lot to look forward to. Here’s a look a five new movie trailers giving promise to the new year.

The Raid 2: Berandal — Trailer 1

The Raid 2: Berandal is an upcoming Indonesian action film directed Gareth Evans. The sequel to the 2012 action film The Raid: Redemption, which has become a cult hit since its release last year, has been praised for it’s astonishing action sequences, top notch directing, and a strong performance by the film’s lead, Iko Uwais, who is back for the sequel. Evans, a Welsh director based out of Indonesia, last impressed with the strongest of the four segments in the horror anthology V/H/S/2 and is now set to direct an untitled action-heist film for Universal.

Continuing right where the previous film left off, The Raid 2: Berandal follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover in order to infiltrate one of the most ruthless Jakarta crime syndicates in order to protect his family and stamp out corruption in his own police force. While the first trailer for the film doesn’t reveal much of the story and acts much more like a teaser, the images and sequences seem to reveal a widened scope and increased budget that should bode well for director Evans who has proved very skillful in creating high-octane action sequences even on lower budgets.

RoboCop — Trailer 2

Considering that the original RoboCop series, which first began in 1987, is considered one of the classics of the action genre, there has understandably been some apprehension aimed at the upcoming RoboCop reboot — even considering the sizable talent involved, both in front of and behind the camera. But if the first trailer for the film started to ease some of the fears that this was a “get rich, quick” scheme from Hollywood, the second trailer for RoboCop has definitely started to get action and sci-fi fans excited that this could be a worthwhile addition to the RoboCop legacy.

RoboCop takes place in 2028 as multinational conglomerate OmniCorp attempts to push their robotic drones for use in the United States after years of seeing the controversial technology adopted overseas. When detective Alex Murphy is critically injured in the line of duty, Omnicorp sees an opportunity to achieve its goal of getting to the market at home by placing Murphy inside a robotic machine as a part-man, part-robot police officer.

While Brazilian-born director Jose Padilha is not well-known in the states yet, that’s likely to change once RoboCop is released and Padilha starts work on the upcoming Netflix series Narcos — a 13-episode series based on the rise and fall of Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Featuring actors Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, the second trailer for RoboCop ups the ante on action while also introducing us to the interesting socio-political landscape that the film exists in.

Lone Survivor — Trailer 1

Lone Survivor is an upcoming war-drama written and directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, Friday Night Lights). Based on the real events and book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrel, Lone Survivor stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Alexander Ludwig.

Lone Survivor tells the true story of SEAL Team 10′s failed mission Operation Red Wings on June 28, 2005, in which their goal was to capture or kill a high-level Taliban target during the War in Afghanistan. But when the team is ambushed, it must fight for survival in the dangerous Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.

The Lego Movie – Trailer 2

While the The Lego Movie can be viewed as another attempt by Hollywood to bank off of a known property, it looks like this one might actually be worthwhile. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors behind the hit animated children’s film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie features an all star cast of voice talent including Chris Pratt, Will Armett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum.

When Emmet (Pratt) is mistaken as being Special — the one destined to save the Lego universe — he goes on a journey with an old mystic named Vitruvius (Freeman), a woman named Wyldstyle (Banks), and Batman (Arnett) to defeat the evil Lord Business (Ferrell) who plans to destroy the Lego universe by gluing it together.

With Warner Bros. seemingly pulling out all the stops for the film — including allowing Lord and Miller to use popular DC Comics characters like Batman and Superman – The Lego Movie looks poised to be the kind of film that will delight both children and their parents.

Winter’s Tale – Trailer 1

Winter’s Tale is an upcoming 2014 supernatural drama based on the novel of the same name by Marl Helprin (not the Shakespeare play, which it might be confused with). Written and directed by Akiva Goldsman in his debut as a feature film director, Winter’s Tale has been described as Goldsman’s passion project and stars Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Will Smith.

Winter’s Tale takes place in both 1916 and present day Manhattan and follows Peter Lake, a thief who falls in love with Beverly Penn, a dying girl who lives in one of the houses he breaks into. Lake is later saved by gangster Pearly Soames and Athansor, a mysterious white horse that becomes his guardian angel. But when Lake wakes up in modern day Manhattan, he sets out to figure out what happened.

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