Hot trailers

Long Long Time Ago
Long Long Time Ago
Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond

LONG LONG TIME AGO

Is this the sequel to 1965? It looks like Jack Neo took over the kampung set of that film and moved into it for this nostalgic drama.

Sentiment overwhelms this trailer as it seeks to recapture the close-knit village charm of bygone days - you know, those retro things, circa 1960s, you don't know existed if you're a millennial - such as how people of all races (Mark Lee, Wang Lei, Suhaimi Yusof and an unglamorous Aileen Tan, above, as a suffering daughter-in-law, I think) live in close proximity on dusty ground in loose tropical clothes which, to the uninitiated, might look like low-class pyjamas.

This looks like an SG50 the-way-we-were wrap-up of good, old homespun rural morals and camaraderie amid teething communal problems, financial hardship, racial scuffles and Swat-style hawker inspectors.

Then suddenly, it turns into Snakes In The Rain when a giant snake pops up in a recreation of the 1969 big flood.


STAR TREK BEYOND

I was wondering what Star Trek can do to keep up with the ginormous hullabaloo of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when this trailer showed up and announced the answer: This other famous science-fiction franchise would turn itself into Fast And Furious: Sci-Fi Version.

I mean, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), even rides a motorbike on jagged rocks here. Excuse me, it's the future - hasn't anyone heard of hoverboards?

Directed by Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin, it is so slam- bang, crash-clank, high-octane frenetic and insane, it looks exactly like an action-packed music video.

The starship Enterprise seems to have crash-landed on some planet somewhere and they need help from a new kick-butt intergalactic chick (Kingsman: The Secret Service's Sofia Boutella), who looks like somebody dumped a whole tub of white paint over her.

I'm a Trekkie, but this just can't top those super-cool lightsabers from Skywalker 'R' Us.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2015, with the headline 'Hot trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe