If you’re looking for a biopic to get excited about this year, then look no further. Well, I mean wait until August when it actually comes out, then look no further. One of the high points of this year’s Grammy Awards was the suggestion by universal that they would be releasing a trailer for Straight Outta Compton, a film about revolutionary rap group N.W.A.. Fortunately, those suggestions didn’t turn out to be fruitless. The films follows the group from their inception and explosion, during the 1980’s and one of the most dangerous times in history for Compton, California.
Don’t be so quick to turn a blind eye if rap isn’t your thing. I couldn’t be less of a fan of rap but this biopic couldn’t be further from a jukebox musical. It looks to be as much a historical drama as a musical one. Take a look, courtesy of Universal:
The film is set to include a whole flock of notable characters, including the founding members of N.W.A (obviously), legendary manager Jerry Heller, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight and Warren G. Directed by The Negotiator helmsman F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton stars Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown, Jr. and Paul Giamatti. The film is set for release on August 14th, 2015.
A couple of days ago we saw a few photos from the set of Dwayne Johnson’s latest action film San Andreas. The photos were pretty unsurprising and showed little promise of a film that broke from the pack. But now we have a teaser trailer to sink our teeth into and therein lies a surprise too. Not in plot as much as tone. For an action film, especially a Dwayne Johnson action film, especially a Dwayne Johnson action film directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), the teaser shies away from in your face action shots and instead opts for atmosphere. Take a look at the trailer, straight from Warner Bros:
As disaster films go, the trailer is pretty quiet, with a sombre “California Dreaming” cover floating around in the background. As refreshing as this is, it doesn’t guarantee that the film will follow suit. We still see wide-shots of unbelievable feats of destruction and Johnson seemingly commanding streets-worth of people to “get down!”. But if the film is in-keeping with the trailer, maybe we’ll get to see a new level of performance from Mr Johnson. San Andreas is in theatres May 29, 2015, and also stars also stars Carla Gugino , Alexandra Daddario , Ioan Gruffudd , Archie Panjabi , Hugo Johnstone-Burt , Art Parkinson and Paul Giamatti.