These are the DROIDS we’re looking for.
written by Audy Elliott
You can see that for a sci-fi thriller this trailer is made out of some good things: Oscar Isaac, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors, to a claustrophobic, scenic environment where things are not as attractive as they seem, in Nathan’s mono-chromatic fortress of solitude/Resident Evil “Umbrella” research lab. But the main draw is Ava. She is the oil tin-can woman wild card to this movie. The more she becomes “real” and enticing, the more we are perplexed and awed. Clearly, it’s established that manipulation is going to be a precursor to Gleeson’s character before, during and possibly after all of the shrapnel of metallic bullshit resides. He cannot determine, if he is being manipulated by Nathan or Ava or both. Maybe, it’s the trailer that is manipulating us. Isaac looks as he is continuing to string together quality roles that show him off to people without shoving him into the lime light. This movie also comes together with the anticipation, of two principal actors for the upcoming Star Wars Episode 7. I feel it’s a nice added bonus in which I can see if they have chemistry or not, and how that might (probably will) translate to Abrams over-agreeable franchise operatic hypebeast. Isaac, who is small in stature, comes across like a whopping Teddy Roosevelt bull-like intensity that may be good natured, but is more than likely insincere, or again, this is what an impressive teaser trailer is showing us. Gleeson in contrast, plays the same character he did in the wildly off-beat Frank as a young, impressionable but likable kid that is the right combination of “gee whiz” and “oh gosh” with a little of his father’s acidic reactionary wit.
Questions are delivered all through the trailer, curious, analytic, psychological questions fireballed at Caleb, that are being asked to be planted in his head or is a decadent way of trivializing what is his existence in the house is to begin with. Either way, for me this is the first movie of the upcoming year that I’m graciously anticipating. This is the movie William Eubank’s under achieving The Signal should have been and there are sci-fi thriller tropes from that movie in this and vice-versa but in a completely coincidental way. There is a perverted titillation with this movie in terms of seeing two different characters form a uncontrollable bond that goes beyond logic – the very bread and butter law, that needs to be broken to have a compelling sci-fi movie. It’s a code that is held to the highest of standards, like in assassin/hitman thrillers, where the main guy has one last hit, fails to kill the target, either protects that target, and now becomes the new target, with the caveat being it’s his last job and then out of the game. Sci-fi does that too, and within this trailer we need that in order to derive our tension or struggle to effectively become part of the message Ava is saying, with an empty breath.
0:57 | Insane amount of post-its on walls = cray cray.
1:05 | A close-up of Ava's face, bringing the viewer into an extremely intimate space, urging us to feel sensitive to Ava and her possible plight... aaaaand then suggestions of a sexual nature begin.
1:27 | Red lighting portion of the trailer adding to the haunting and uneasy feeling.
1:37 | And then you add Oscar Isaac dancing kinda kooky crazy-like, you know something more than what we're allowed to see is at play.
1:41 | Who's that pounding on the door in a fast forward time-lapse edit?!
1:43 | This was the scene I mentioned could be a slip.