The second full trailer for Jumanji: Welcome the Jungle has arrived and it’s pretty much the same as the first trailer, showing off the wacky body swapping premise as Jumanji gets upgraded in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. A group of high schoolers in detention find an old video game system in the school basement and, upon playing it, they find themselves sucked into the world of the game and into the bodies of the four avatars, played by The Rock, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. It’s still not clear what exactly their overall goal is but they do get help from characters played by Nick Jonas and Rhys Darby and there appears to be evil mercenaries(?) and dangerous animals to contend with. Jake Kasdan, who directed Bad Teacher and Sex Tape and is a producer on New Girl, Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless, is directing and it’s out on December 20th. Check out the new trailer below.
Tiger Chen, Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais, even one of those guys would be enough to take down a small army but they are unbelievably teaming up together in the upcoming action movie Triple Threat. The trio are down and out mercenaries who come to protect a billionaire’s daughter (Celina Jade) from a crew of assassins that includes Michael Bisping, Jeeja Yanin Scott Adkins(!) and Michael Jai White(!!). That cast is unbelievable and it seems like hopefully the action will live up to them. It’s directed by Jesse V. Johnson, who’s directed the likes of Adkins and Dolph Lundgren in things like The Package and Savage Dog and it should arrive either late this year or early next year. Check out the bone crunching trailer below.
The last time we saw Antonio Banderas in some old school action was as the comic relief of Expendables 3 but he’s up against an intimidating Ben Kingsley in the upcoming action movie Security. Playing an ex-special forces soldier who’s down on his luck and desperate for work, Banderas takes a job as a security guard at a local mall but, unfortunately, his first night involves a key witness to crime seeking shelter at the mall when her police escort is attacked. Kingsley plays the head of the gang trying to kill the girl and they’ll take out everyone in the mall to accomplish their mission. It’s essentially Paul Blart played straight as an old school 80’s action movie and it looks solid. Spartacus himself, Liam McIntyre and Cung Le co-star and, while the movie doesn’t have a solid release date, you can check out the trailer below.
We’re fans of the gigantic budget action movies that hit every summer but we also like to check out and support indie action as well, such as the upcoming Mercs. Directed by Michael Morris, Mercs features the classic setup of a ragtag team of mercenaries recruited to storm the fortress of a mad villain to stop them from trying to take over the world. While it doesn’t have the budget for huge explosions or tons of CG, it makes up for it with the cool solution of using comic book style sequences instead. There’s not a solid release date yet but it should be sometime this year and you can follow https://twitter.com/MERCSMOVIE for more info and check out the trailer below.
Following up 48 Hours, director Walter Hill was basically given carte blanche based on the success of that film and decided to make a “Rock n Roll Fable” that he thought was the perfect movie dreamed up by his teenage self, Streets of Fire. In “another time, another place”, Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) and her band The Attackers are the hottest music act in the world but she’s kidnapped by Raven (Willem Dafoe), leader of the motorcycle gang The Bombers. Ellen’s ex, Tom Cody (Michael Pare) is called back to town by his sister to go rescue Ellen and he’s joined by Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), Ellen’s manager and boyfriend, and McCoy (Amy Madigan) a fellow ex-soldier like Tom. Although it’s not a musical per se, it does feature a ton of music, including it’s most famous song “I Can Dream About You” by Dan Hartman, which hit the Billboard Top 10 and Stevie Nicks, Ry Cooder and Jim Steinman contributed songs as well. Hill was hoping to get the Bruce Springsteen song that inspired the title but Springsteen pulled the rights to use the song after he found out it would be done with new vocals. Check out most of the songs from the soundtrack below.