Thursday, June 5, 2014

Movie Trailer Review

Title: Lone Survivor
Genre: Action | Biography | Drama
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster

Review: The movie trailer I chose to review is 'Lone Survivor'. It is a story of four navy seals whose mission to wipe out a high-level Taliban group fails and they are then ambushed without support from above. It is a story that truly shows the characteristics of brotherhood and exemplifies the concept of coming together as a whole. It is directed by Peter Berg; a well known actor, director, and writer who also directed Friday Night Lights (TV Show), Friday Night Lights (Movie), and Hancock to name a few. The trailer puts a great amount of visibility on Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Ben Foster. I feel the reasoning behind this is to grab viewers attention as they are the most well-known actors in the film and they are extremely recognizable from their past jobs. In the beginning of the trailer, it seems as if it is just another war movie with no specialization whatsoever. However, at minute 1:20, when Ben Foster's line reads "I care about you, I care about you, and I care about you" is when I feel their use of pathos to grab viewers emotions really capitalizes and accesses our deep emotions toward brotherhood and unity with another. There are a substantial amount of action scenes in the trailer that I think drastically grab the male population hoping to see some blood shed, while at the same time, it includes a good amount of down scenes that leave the viewer with a sense of hope for what is to come and they show compassion within the trailer as well that I think could easily cause increasing interest within the female population. Our readings state that ethos can be created "through the reputation [a company] brings to the table and through the language, evidence, and images [a company] uses." The trailer created ethos in a couple of ways -- through the casting of good, well known, highly recommended actors and by an incredibly impressive picture with an obviously very high budget for explosives and action scenes. Logos in our readings is "based on what we call hard evidence and those based on reason and common sense". Logos is shown in the trailer by expressing that it is based on a true story, with the same names, with the same setting. Fun fact, in the first scene of the actual movie, one of the soldiers the story is based on actually plays a small part and says no words, but it is interesting to see him in there. Overall, I found this trailer to be incredibly inspiring and the soundtrack by Explosions In The Sky was a great addition as it fit the mood that I feel the director was trying to accomplish here.


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