First Kite Trailer Features Violence, Bright Colors And Samuel L. Jackson

By Nick Venable 2014-01-05 13:23:27discussion comments
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Itís a good week for Samuel L. Jackson fans, who already got a first look at the actor in the upcoming action comedy Barely Lethal. People looking for something similar but far more extreme are going to be pleased with the above trailer and series of clips from the upcoming action drama Kite, the live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsuís 1999 anime A Kite. At least, I think theyíll be pleased. Iím not quite sure what I saw up there, but I know part of it was pink.

Itís admittedly nice to get a trailer with a handful of clips behind it, plus Jacksonís intro, although it reeks of "leaked video" rather than official studio output. (Thanks to Bloody Disgusting for seeking it out.) In any case, itís a long look at South African director Ralph Zimanís first film since 2008ís impressive crime drama Gangsterís Paradise: Jerusalema, but it looks like Kick-Ass as viewed through the prism of Zack Snyderís id. Violence and awkward sexuality are on full display, as are lines of dialogue that would sound a lot better coming out of animated mouths in Japanese.

The film centers on the schoolgirl orphan assassin Sawa (India Eisley), who sets out to avenge the death of her father (Liam J. Stratton) with the help of his ex-partner (Samuel L. Jackson). And this plan involves blowing holes in peopleís hands and heads, plus loads of flipping around and leaping from tall things. The simplified story is obviously taking a backseat to Zimanís visual style and color motif. The film was originally going to be directed by Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis, who passed away before production could begin. I think itís safe to say this would have been a much different movie in his hands. Ziman also wrote this script, so even that would have been different.

The trailer does make the film look exciting enough, but the clips donít really do it for me. It makes me think of The Spirit, from the green-screen look to the bizarre tonal shifts and performances. Admittedly, Iím a sucker for a purse that dispenses guns. This isnít a movie that works in out-of-context chunks; one needs to be coaxed into this kind of an anti-Shakespearean drama. But thereís potential for cheesy entertainment with this one, and Iím looking forward to the film getting a release date. Iím also looking forward to hearing the polarized comments you guys have to offer about this flick.

Need a comparison? Check out the original animeís trailer below.


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