The Raid 2: Berandal

March Movie Preview: Trailers

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The third month of the year is upon us, we are out of the winter slump and headed for a spring of BIG and EXCITING movies. Check out the films in theatres this month.

1. Non-Stop

While technically released on the last day of February, this film still makes the cut because it’s playing in theatres during the first week of March. Plus, action-thriller-mystery mid-flight on an airplane, I’m all up for it. The film stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and the synopsis reads as follows –

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

Check out the trailer below, which also reminds us of a certain Jodie Foster film, Flightplan, but nonetheless looks exciting and full of action.

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2. 300: Rise of An Empire

The much awaited sequel to 2006’s blockbuster 300 releases on March 7, 2014, with Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro reprising their roles as Queen Gorgo and Xerxes respectively while adding Eva Green, Jack O’Connell and Sullivan Stapleton to the rosters. The film’s synopsis reads –

Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Check out the trailer below, which is reminiscent of the action and cinematography that made it’s predecessor a hit.

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3. Need for Speed

Remember when we posted about the first trailer for this film back in Septembe – yes, we are THAT excited for this film adaptation of the popular video game series. The film releases on March 14, 2014 and stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton. The film’s synopsis reads as follows –

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

Check out the trailer below, filled with high speed car chases and action sequences and the film will hopefully go on to become a successful franchise.

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4. Divergent

We’ve been covering the upcoming film adaptation for the last few months and the release is finally upon us! Out on March 21, 2014, the film stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James in leading roles as well as Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Zoe Kravitz in supporting roles. The film’s synopsis reads as follows –

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Check out the trailer below, which mirrors the book VERY closely, a recipe for any book-to-film adaptation’s success. In fact, the studio is so sure about the success of the film, that they’ve set release dates for the sequels Insurgent (March 20, 2015) and Allegiant (March 18, 2016) and has hired Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman to work on a previously drafted version of the script for the sequel.

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5. Noah

This take on the Biblical prophet, Noah, releases on March 28, 2014 and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins along with young and rising stars (and certain to attract younger audiences) Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth. The synopsis for the film reads –

The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

The film has faced some controversy due to religious groups resulting in the producers adding an “explanatory note” stating that artistic license was taken in the making of the film. The trailer, however, promises a mixture of epic, period film with disaster movie thrown together and at the very least, offers a few hours of entertainment. Check out the trailer below –

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6. The Raid 2

The sequel to the hit 2011 Indonesian action movie The Raid: Redemption, the film has Iko Uwais returning as Rama on March 28, 2014 in a limited release in North America. Originally titled “The Raid 2: Berandal”, the synopsis of the film reads as –

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force

Check out the action packed trailer below that promises more punches, gunshots and blood spilling, and if you haven’t watched the first film yet, watch it NOW – you won’t be disappointed.

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Which films are you excited to watch in March?