As part of its promotional campaign for the inspired Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, New Line’s web site allows you to send friends a personalized crank call from George W. Bush (who, yes, is featured in the film). In related bush news, there’s unfortunately no tie-in promotion of the movie’s “bottomless party” scene (yes, what it sounds like) that allows you to send your loved ones photos of naked ladies. Well… you still could, I guess. I’m not the boss of you. At any rate, to personalize a Bush call, click here.
Egads, is there anything at all notable and special about the trailer for Bangkok Dangerous, the collaboration between Nicolas Cage and filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang, that makes it any different than all the Prague-set, anonymous actioners that Wesley Snipes’ career has devolved into? I watched it twice to make sure… and yep, it sucks that bad. And I just noticed the second time around, after typing the above, that it actually opens in Prague! Sigh… but of course.
From the morose voiceover narration (“I’d like to meet someone, but it’s tough when you live out of a suitcase…”) to all the spoken and visual clichés of the hitman-opening-his-heart tale, this looks like a giant yawn, and a disservice to the Pangs’ 1999 original flick. And for the record, “We had an arrangement… political assassination wasn’t in the contract!” may rank as one of the stupidest lines of righteous indignation ever peddled in an action trailer. Bangkok Dangerous opens August 22, from Lionsgate.