Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Double Dose of Damon

Two new trailers premiered within 24 hours of each other, both of which star busy-man Matt Damon. The first trailer was for Green Zone, which essentially looks another Bourne film, only set in the Middle East (not that that's a bad thing). That comparison, aside from the Damon connection, is mostly due to director Paul Greengrass's presence as he brings his signature hand-held, kinetic style that he supplied in the Bourne sequels. The film's story, based on the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, involves a search for weapons of mass destruction. Other than that, I don't know that much about the plot, but that matters very little at this point. With Damon and Greengrass, as well as co-stars Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan, Brendan Gleeson, I'm already sold based on the talent involved. Green Zone premiers on March 12, 2010.

The second trailer was for the latest Clint Eastwood film, Invictus. Based on actual events, the story follows Nelson Mandela’s first term as president of South Africa, and how he held hopes for uniting the country on the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Morgan Freeman plays Mandela, which is no big surprise. Not only does he seem like a natural for the part, he's worked with Eastwood in the past. Matt Damon plays South African team captain Francois Pienaar.
The trailer certainly looks like the Oscar-bait material that people have come to expect from Eastwood, especially of late. I'll definately see it, but the potential level of sentimentality has me slightly skeptical. Invictus will premier on December 11, 2009.

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