I loves me a good dumb action movie. I like it when guns blaze, when bones break, when people get hacked up with samurai swords, when heroes ride the blast waves of the same explosions that incinerated their enemies. So you can imagine my joy when I came across these two trailers — for a Gerard Butler sci-fi shoot-’em-up called Gamer and a manga adaptation called Blood: The Last Vampire. I present them both for your approval:
Firstly, it’s nice to see 300‘s Gerard Butler doing manly stuff again — I’d had just about enough of him in romantic comedies. Sure, Gamer has a bit of a Universal Soldier–Running Man vibe…but that is in no way a bad thing. And Dexter’s Michael C. Hall as a Southern-fried reality-TV impresario who uses convicts as puppets in a massively multiplayer real-world war simulation? Campy, scenery-devouring genius. I expect to have as much fun with Gamer as I did with last year’s Death Race — which was 31 flavors of craptastic.
Blood: The Last Vampire runs the risk of taking itself a little too seriously. What makes movies like Gamer or Crank or Doomsday such fun is that they know exactly what they are and aim to deliver as robust a B-movie experience as possible. Coming, as it does, from “a producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Blood feels like it wants to be more than just a good time — despite the fact that it’s about a young woman in a school-girl outfit who slays demons.
Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with a little cheese. It is, after all, a staple of a balanced diet.
What about you? Do either of these trailers entice you? Or will you wait for the inevitable basic-cable premieres?