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47 Ronin: First Trailer for Keanu Reeves’ New Samurai Flick

47 Ronin, the long waited and twice delayed samurai film starring Keanu Reeves, is finally getting its first official trailer. Newcomer Carl Rinsch is at the helm of this epic, marking his feature film debut. Universal has apparently went all in on this tale, putting forth upwards of 170 million dollars towards its budget. Aside from starring in the great documentary Side by Side, Keanu Reeves has yet to have a major hit since his Matrix days. Samurais. Fantasy. Badassum. This could be that major hit.

The premise is a fantastical take on a said to be true story of the forty-seven Ronin, which of course it takes its title from. The basic story is a group of samurais set out to avenge the death of their master, who’s life was taken by a ruthless leader. Sounds like a simple revenge flick, but from the looks of the scale and fantasy elements, this could easily be much more than that. Additional to Reeves, the film stars Tadanobu Asano (Thor) as the villainous leader, and Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim review) as his samurai servant.

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47 Ronin is due out on Christmas Day this year, right in the thick of other holiday season films looking to be in the awards hunt. Check out what is sure to be an Oscar contender with this 12 Years a Slave trailer.

Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ – First Trailer

After a five year hiatus from theaters, Guillermo Del Toro explodes back onto the scene with the first trailer for the highly anticipated Pacific Rim. Humans always expected aliens to come from the skies, so what happens when the aliens come from a portal in the ocean? We build giant mechs and kick their asses, of course!  Something about this reminds me of the old Godzilla movies…but with more insanity!

After the aliens destroy the coastal cities and leave much of humanity in ruins, a program is started to create giant mechs called Jaegers to combat the monsters. (Insert Jaegerbomb joke here.) But seriously folks, look at this trailer and tell me that doesn’t look like the next great summer monsterfest:

The film has an all star cast including Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, Burn Gorman and Clifton Collins Jr., already seems to be at a scope of epic proportions. (Side note: Charlie Day is in this? As in, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Charlie? I’m sold just on that alone.)

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Scheduled for release July 12, 2013, Pacific Rim promises to be a badass trip with insane special effects.

Post Production 3D Forced on Pacific Rim

Guillermo del Toro stated time and time again that he would not film Pacific Rim in 3D. While he stuck to his word and did not, thanks to Hollywood executives, that doesn’t matter because the film will be getting the same post-production 3D added to it that Clash of the Titans did (Oh what a yippy doodah day). They didn’t, however, give bullshit excuses though and basically pointed out that it’s for money reasons, which I can accept as long as they don’t pretend it’s for the viewers because they could have forced del Toro into filming it in 3D from the beginning. I am watching it in 2D IMAX and would urge you to do the same as it’s what the director wants it to be seen in.

For more information on the film check out our previous articles:

‘Pacific Rim’: Giant Robots Vs. Giant Monsters!

Warner Bros. to Showcase ‘Man of Steel’, ‘The Hobbit’, and ‘Pacific Rim’

So what are the real reasons for post-production 3D? The main reason is because of sweet, sweet money. Having a film in 3D bumps the price of every ticket by about $3 (depending on where you live of course) so we probably won’t see this fad going away anytime soon. Also, some foreign big markets only show films that are in 3D, mainly China which only show American films which come over in 3D. Now why would executives want to sell a film to China? Maybe the 1.3 Billion potential customers that China can provide an answer to that. With a larger budget than most, I would have been very surprised if this film didn’t at some point go to 3D because they will want to make as much off such an expensive project. The film will need to make around $500M to be considered successful and although The Dark Knight Rises didn’t need 3D to break the $1B mark, a monsters vs. robots film might not be a big pull for all audiences and they will try and make as much money as they can. Especially considering it is not a billion dollar franchise with a built-in fan base like the Batman Trilogy.

My personal view on 3D is a little complicated but I thought the Grizzly Readers might like to know what they are. First, the only time I think 3D really works is if a film is filmed in 3D and shown in IMAX. Personally, that’s the only time I have been impressed with a film’s 3D effects. Second, I hate post-production 3D and since Clash of the Titans, I have tried to avoid any film that is shown in post-production 3D (sadly that can be hard to do nowadays). Although it has improved a bit, I still think it does nothing but add to ticket prices. While 3D will be around for the near future, it feels more like a gimmicky fad that will fade until the next big thing arrives.

Here are some of the images we have been able to find so far below:

Lastly we would like to know your thoughts, do you like 3D? What are your views on Pacific Rim Conversion to 3D? Will 3D ever go away? And if 3D isn’t the future what do you think is? (Holograms, IMAX, live action performances,  ha no!)