Thursday, April 8, 2010

Unoriginal

Since Deep Impact and Armageddon were released within 8 weeks of each other in 1998, movies have been strangely coming in unoriginal pairs (or trios, or...quad...whatever).

Case in point: Three trailers I recently viewed back-to-back prior to watching the mediocre Clash of the Titans:
  1. The Expendables: A team of highly trained mercenaries fight bad guys while trying to clear their name.
  2. The A-Team: A team of highly trained mercenaries escape from prison, then fight bad guys so they can clear their name.
  3. The Losers: A team of highly trained former CIA agents-turned-mercenaries fight bad guys in order to clear their name.
There's the attractive female character to give a feminine side to all the testosterone. There's the intense African-American character. There's the crazy tech guy. There's the uber-masculine team leader with scruffy facial hair and cliche dialogue. It's the exact same movie, just different actors, directors, and producers.

I have no further thoughts or insights on this one. Just interesting to note how there's nothing new under the sun.

4 comments:

  1. Cool site! Great layout and good mix of text and pictures.

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  2. Don't forget Predators: A team of highly trained mercenaries fight a merciless alien race while trying to clear their name. I think.

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  3. Cam, totally true! Pretty sure the cast has all the same characters I mentioned too, only Adrian Brody doesn't seem to have facial hair.

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