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Michel Gondry Kicks Some Ass (trailer)

by Jonathan Simrin

23 June 2010

The unlikely pairing of Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen produces a superhero movie tricked out with all the standard features.
 

A Michel Gondry-directed, Seth Rogen-written action comedy at first seems like a pretty random collaboration. Is it random enough to work? Well, the trailer does not seem to give an aye or nay. It has all the staples of a big budget superhero film, with a tragic origin story, city corruption, car-mounted machine guns, a generous dose of comedy, and Cameron Diaz as a sexy secretary. Rogen certainly brings his signature lovable loser style of humor, but there’s not a bong to be found here. Rogen stars as an heir to a media empire, who finally makes something of himself when he crosses paths with Kato (Jay Chou), who brings all the gadget-savvy know-how to their vigilante operation. It’s unclear how good the film will be, since the trailer is really just showcasing what’s expected of an action comedy (Christoph Waltz as villain—check!). Still, it’s hard to believe this is the same director who made The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind.

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