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What better way for all the big studios to produce guaranteed hits, than to have them marketed at one of the biggest television events of the year right? Well, 2015’s Super Bowl XLIX did not disappoint in providing copious potential summer tent-poles, that’s for sure. With extended trailers including Universal’s Jurassic World (starring the ubiquitous Chris Pratt), Furious 7 (with Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker in his last role before his untimely death), Disney’s Tomorrowland (directed by Brad Bird and written by Damon Lindelof of Lost fame), Terminator Genisys (Arnold did always say he would be back didn’t he?!) and many more. We have collected all the trailer spots from the game and pre-game and provided some commentary for each of them. So be sure to sound off with your comments, gripes, tirades and extrapolations. Enjoy peeps!

Here are 2015’s Super Bowl movie trailers:

Jurassic World

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

What do you get when you mix Jurassic Park (playing God, corporate antics, genetic tampering), The Lost World (Mass hysteria, hunting for dinosaurs, more corporate antics), and Jurassic Park III (the ‘one bad’ dinosaur concept)? By the looks of things, we are gonna get all of the best bits from all three movies mixed into a magnanimous hybrid of a movie starring our own favorite space crusader Star-Lord. We say “Bring it on!”

The Park Is Open June 12

Tomorrowland

From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, a riveting mystery adventure.

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”

Damon Lindelof seems to be like marmite among sci-fi fans, with many unhappy with his tinkering of the Prometheus script, so it will be interesting to see how well this performs at the domestic Box Office. However, having Brad Bird’s name attached to the movie should be good enough as he has a great track record including The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Ratatouille and has not directed a dud yet. The trailer has definitely piqued our interest! Could this be the movie that everyone was expecting Interstellar to be?

Disney’s Tomorrowland comes to theaters May 22, 2015

Minions

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. After accidentally killing off so many of them—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without a master to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon an adventure that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

It was only inevitable that these dudes would get their own feature length movie after becoming cultural phenomenons, featuring in everything from internet memes to emoticons. It looks set to deliver the goods for all the family (or, even just us adults…).

Seventh Son

In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

All we really have to say about this movie is that Jeff Bridges is in it and he is awesome (…and he even rocks out the ‘old-guy-in-grey-hair-and-beard’ look). But can he alone be enough to save this mediocre looking fantasy adventure? We are not so sure!

Seventh Son – In Theaters February 6th

Terminator Genisys

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

He always did say he would be back didn’t he! With the T-100 starting to show his age, and this reportedly going to be the last time Arnold appears in a Terminator movie, is he going to go out with a bang? We have Game of Throne‘s Emilia Clarke going all ‘Linda Hamilton T2’ on us, a Robert Patrick-less T-1000 looking far less constipated that Kristanna Loken in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and the rather bland Jai Courtney taking over from the extremely bland Nick Stahl. Could this fare better than McG’s Terminator Salvation? Even with Arnold back, this instalment looks like a pretty generic action sci-fi.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass was vastly overlooked when it was released in the theaters so it will be interesting to see how Kingsman: The Secret Service fares being very much in that idiosyncratic niche, and having a quintessentially British look and feel to it. Starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson a.k.a. ‘Sammy J’, if the source material is anything to go by, it looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. Whether the marketing will pay off is another question though!

Unfinished Business

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives.  But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

This years Hangover. Nuff said.

Fast and Furious

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

Furious 7 looks goddam ridiculous, but it knows it, and we are forgiving in that respect. With a cast that includes Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham (or ‘The Stath), Kurt Russell, Dwayne Johnson, and the late Paul Walker (his last starring role after passing back in 2013), and cars driving out of skyscrapers, this is going to be a guilty pleasure for sure!

Directed by Saw’s James Wan, Furious 7 will hit theaters Apr. 3.

Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water

SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

Yeah. Spongebob on dry land. Anybody going to deny that this is one of the best movie concepts ever devised? No? Didn’t think so.

SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water is in theaters February 6th.

Heroes Reborn

The saga behind the 2006 breakout series Heroes will continue as creator Tim Kring returns to the fold and develops new layers to his original superhero concept. This highly anticipated 13-episode miniseries will reconnect with the basic elements of the show’s first season where ordinary people were waking up to the fact that they had extraordinary abilities. This series will be preceded by a new digital series that will introduce audiences to the new characters and storylines that will take the Heroes phenomenon to new places.

2015 brings the return of the hit superheroshow, Heroes. The new version is called Heroes Reborn. I’m not falling into this trap again. Though, truthfully, Heroes it wasn’t as bad as people try to make it seem.

So there you have it folks. It’s going to be busy year indeed, but the question is: Do any of these films whet your appetite? Would you rather have seen more Avengers: Age of Ultron footage? Or perhaps another teaser for The Fantastic 4? Or maybe even some more footage from that little know film Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Let us know what you think fellow Nerdsters!

 

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