This year's Sundance Film Festival has only just kicked into gear, and has already launched some of the more interesting, and some of the strangest, prospects for the future of film. The Park City celebration of cinema has hosted several trailers for upcoming projects, with the trifecta of edgy subject matter: topics range from BDSM pornography (sex), to inebriated law enforcement officers (drugs), to the musical majesty that is Muscle Shoals (rock and roll). Check out a small collection of some of the trailers Sundance has yet to debut!
Notable creative forces: James Franco (producer)
Premise: This documentary explores the lives and work of the men and women who run the BDSM fetish website kink.com, pulling back the curtain on a subculture that, even in the pornography industry, is considered taboo.
Notable creative forces: Quentin Dupieux (writer/director); Marilyn Manson, Eric Wareheim, Grace Zabriskie, Ray Wise (actors)
Premise: The offbeat filmmaker behind oddball features like Rubber, Nonfilm, and Wrong delivers a story about a gang of incompetent, amoral police officers who aim to cover up an accidental shooting.
Notable creative forces: Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, Alicia Keys, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Cliff, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman (featured subjects)
Premise: A celebration of Muscle Shoals, Ala., from where record producer Rick Hall's FAME studio launched new waves of music as well as countless artists throughout the 20th century.
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The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.