I’ll give you a second to Wikipedia what The Bang Bang Club is…go on. You good? Well in short they were a group of photographers who took controversial pictures during the Apartheid period in South Africa, specifically around the early 90s. One of their most famous photographs is this (I won’t post it on here for the faint of heart), which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. The man who took it committed suicide in 1994 because of many reasons, the biggest being the images he saw and photographed haunted him and he couldn’t take it anymore.
In 2006 Dan Krauss made a documentary about Kevin Carter (the man who committed suicide) and it was nominated for an Academy Award. Now 5 years later South African documentary filmmaker Steven Silver is making a feature length film about The Bang Bang Club starring Ryan Phillipe, Taylor Kitsch and Malin Akerman.
Here is the trailer:
So what do I think? Well while I’m not the biggest Ryan Phillipe fan, I must admit he’s grown as an actor in the past couple years. While his accent seems a little hinky (or at least when I hear it) I think he delivers some good emotion into the performance and he could be potentially pretty good. And I’ve always been a giant Ackerman supporter so she already has my vote of confidence. Honestly this movie could either be a really good eye opening drama or it could be a heavy handed message for peace. I’m hoping for the former.
Next is Captain America-
If you are a frequent reader of T 3 then you will know that I already covered the 30 second Super Bowl ad for this movie. But 30 seconds wasn’t enough for me and I’ve been waiting with bated breath for a feature length trailer to arrive. Considering the Cap’s terrible luck with film so far, the feature length trailer could have been terrible or epic. It is the latter most definitely. I don’t know what it is but there is something about this trailer that screams awesome. The nods to other comics (look for Stark Sr), Hugo Weaving as a villain (yay) and the overall sense of scale and importance in this film makes it one to watch out for this summer.
If you want more information on the movie or the horrid history of the Cap then check my previous Trailer Talk Thursday post about him.
But as usual these are just my opinions. Leave a comment in the section below and tell me what you think and I will see you all next week on Trailer Talk Thursday.