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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Movie Trailers That Make Me Say "No!"

Trailer # 1: LUCY


Okay, I get that this is supposed to be science fiction, but sci-fi still has to have some basis in reality. Like, if people can build an International Space Station, theoretically, with enough technological advances, they should someday be able to construct a Death Star. Currently, a Death Star is science fiction, but someday it could very well be science fact.

This movie, however is based on the thoroughly debunked *urban legend that humans supposedly use only 10% of their brains. Which makes the entire premise of this movie incredibly stupid, no matter how much gravitas Morgan Freeman brings to the pseudo-scientific narration.

And what if it were true? What if humans only used a small portion of our brains? And Scarlett Johansson somehow was given some drug that allows her to use the other 90%? Would that enable her to learn Chinese in an hour? Maybe. Would it allow her to freeze time, knock people over with telkinesis, and change her hair and eye color at will? That's just fucking stupid.

Maybe the intended audience for this movie is people who have somehow been reduced to 10% brain function?

Trailer # 2: LET'S BE COPS


Okay, first of all, this was an episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
So now you're going to stretch out that premise for 90 minutes with exponentially less funny people?


Also, this trailer is over a minute long and there is nothing even resembling a laugh in it.


Just no.

Why would you think this was something anyone wanted to see?
Somehow the "douchebag frat boys who happen to also be turtles and know karate" thing managed to catch lightning in a bottle and appeal to a particularly obnoxious segment of 1980's children, but do you think that lightning is going to strike twice?

Just no.

Just fucking awful.

*Though an alluring idea, the "10 percent myth" is so wrong it is almost laughable, says neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. "It turns out though, that we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time," Gordon adds.


anne marie in philly said...

99% of the trailers are just NO!

lucky for me, I have 3 art house cinemas nearby from which I can choose a better quality film, and not the dumbed-down trash you feature here.

not only that, no screaming brats, no texting loud teens, no hipsters yakking thru; only respectful adults come here.

One Fly said...

Couldn't watch them PC. The 10% is a good number I believe. In that it makes us even more exceptional.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Some days I DO only use 10% of my brain.