We’re in a decidedly curious time in the life of movie trailers (something we’ve talked about repeatedly during the podcast recently), and Keanu Reeves‘ new film generation Um… may turn out to be one of the prime examples of this trend.
Sure, the idea is that we’re trying to visualize the kinetic pace of a particular sub-section of New York’s party lifestyle, and we’re obligated to include the fact that Reeves’ character will be filming people talking, but is the trailer actually conveying anything substantial? Or, if you really think about it, anything at all?
Of course, I don’t know if the film is good or bad at this point, and I wouldn’t say I have huge hopes for it even if the trailer was put together in a way that better relayed information, but I’m forced to wonder, because the plot synopsis sounds pretty interesting.
My suggestion is to take a look at the synopsis first, to have that in the background as you check out the trailer, but that seems like something you just aren’t supposed to have to say.
What do you think of this one?
The world is downtown New York City, present day – from the point of view of a driver for an escort service. John (Keanu Reeves), a quietly sexy withdrawn guy, is finally ageing out of his young, trendy neighborhood, dealing with the beginnings of the next chapter of his life.
John’s friends are the party girls he works for – Violet (Bojana Novakovic), an unstoppable entertainer whose weathered beauty and self-proclaimed wisdom are matched only by her lack of audience; and Mia (Adelaide Clemens), the new girl with the dark past, whose traffic-stopping sensuality has brought her nothing but victimization. Both survive on their ability to manipulate men, and don’t know how to live any other way. But John, they trust. And through their relationship, all three find a comforting and humorous refuge from the downward spiral of their self-destructive but entertaining lifestyles.
The end of another night out for this odd family of circumstance sets the stage for an all too familiar day spent coming to terms with and reveling in the lives they have unintentionally created for themselves.
When John impulsively steals a camcorder, he decides to capture the sights, sounds, and senses of New York – or rather, his sights, sounds, and senses. He records nature, people, himself. Today. John’s experiment takes a new turn when he pans the camera’s attention to his Party Girls. Violet is gung-ho, ready at a moment’s notice to become the center of attention before the focus fades away. Mia is less enthused, but finds herself opening up to the promise of a spectator.
John’s camcorder unravels the girls’ lives, as both Violet and Mia find themselves attempting to outdo one another’s secrets and opinions.