Monster Trucks And Yoga Hosers

Looking through trailers today I came across a couple of interesting titles that got me wondering have we run out of ideas or hit a new level of creativity?

Watching the trailer for Monster Trucks (2017) I’m definitely in the run out of ideas camp. If like me you were thinking it would be about a maverick monster truck driver (even this is a bad idea for a film) taking on all comers think again. Here’s the synopsis.

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Yes his truck is a monster truck, because it literally has a monster in it! The trailer starts off all serious with random holes in vehicles and men wearing army style gear looking for something mysterious, welcome stage left cute CGI monster. Oh and from stage right comes the girl he’s always really liked and now wants to spend time with him because of the cute CGI monster! To say the trailer tells you everything you need to know is an understatement.

The next title to catch my eye was Yoga Hosers (2016) the latest from Kevin Smith. From the trailer this does seem to have some out there ideas, Bratzi’s for one, who happen to be 1 foot tall bratwurst nazis dressed as Canadian Mounties. Here’s the synopsis for this one.

Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.

OK so Kevin Smith can be hit and miss but at least with this he seems to be trying something, rather than just going, hey wouldn’t it be great to put a real monster in a truck, people will definitely pay to see that!

This isn’t the real word but Canada, or at least how Kevin Smith sees it. This seems like more of a fresh take on an idea than a regurgitated formula, at least it’s trying to do something a bit different even if it does turn out to be a terrible film.

Assassin’s Creed: First Thoughts

I’ve played all the Assassin’s creed games, so was excited when I heard they were going to make a movie. The story lines are usually really interesting, weaving fictional characters into historical time periods with important figures from each era. In the last game Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, I got to have a chin wag with Winston Churchill and go on paranormal investigations with Charles Dickens! It’s the mix of the fictional and the factual that appeals to me, that and stabbing people through the neck with a hidden blade!

As we all know the film studios don’t have a great track record of adapting computer games for the silver screen. It was reassuring to know that Ubisoft wanted to make sure they were involved through the whole process and that Michael Fassbender was set to star.

This is what we know about the film from the Fox website.

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

The first trailer dropped this week and I have to say I’m a tad concerned.

Sure the costumes look spot on, I want one of the hidden blades and the free running and leap of faith are present and correct. The Templar’s scenes has the futuristic look and oppressive feel you’d want from a secret organisation trying to take over the world, but there was something missing, any idea that there’s any story.

From the trailer all I can surmise so far is Fassbender’s going to be running around as an Assassin stabbing people and jumping off things. Sure we all want that, but I can go watch YouTube videos of people free running, or play the game if I want to get into some ultra violence. There needs to be something more than the movie summary, that’s all we’re going to get if the trailer is to be believed.

I hope we haven’t seen everything there is in the trailer and it’s not another entry into the game adaptations that should’ve been great list. There’s so much to mine from the Assassin’s Creed franchise, hopefully they release some more footage soon that will allay my fears.