Watch John Cusack And Adrien Brody Throw Their (Dwindling) Careers Away In DRAGON BLADE Trailer. God Knows What Jackie Chan's Doing ...

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Watch John Cusack And Adrien Brody Throw Their (Dwindling) Careers Away In DRAGON BLADE Trailer. God Knows What Jackie Chan's Doing ...
Here's the thing about the three leads of upcoming period set martial arts film Dragon Blade: Jackie Chan doesn't give a shit about his English language work, hasn't for a very long time, and doesn't even bother to hide this fact in interviews. Why should he? Mainland China alone makes him one of the world's biggest stars which means he can view the English stuff as a lucrative sideline without any concern for actual quality. John Cusack and Adrien Brody, however? They haven't been doing so hot lately and they are - for lack of a better term - very much violating the age old wisdom that you shouldn't shit where you eat with this one.

Daniel Lee directs the upcoming big budget - a reported 65 mil - spectacle starring Brody and Cusack as Roman soldiers somehow lost in China. Whoops! Sorry about that, Rome! The trailer for this one has arrived and it is every bit as gloriously stupid as you might hope for. Good lord, I would love to have been in the room when someone decided that putting swords in Cusack and Brody's hands was actually a good idea ...

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Michael LangDecember 29, 2014 7:15 PM

Oh my goodness....that looks just awful.

Joe9altDecember 29, 2014 7:36 PM

This can't be serious. It's gotta be like a Funny or Die skit.

benuDecember 29, 2014 9:24 PM

I love how it just says "Brody".

CJDecember 29, 2014 11:03 PM

I guess there's good money in Chinese co-productions for established stars slightly past their prime. Perhaps not their full quote but I'm sure the likes of Cusack and Brody would make a decent chunk of change.

I think Bruce Willis is in on this game as well, so don't be surprised to see him show up for five minutes in something like FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3.

QinlongDecember 30, 2014 5:18 AM

I don't get the bad reception this trailer gets. Sure the dialogue sounds stilted and Brody looks hammy (but still quite visually convincing as a Roman general). But it does looks visually stunning, the subject is interesting (and really, since when do people care if a film is historically accurate) and while we're not used to seeing John Cusack in costumed roles, that doesn't mean he can't do it. Plus the guy is an accomplished martial artist who's been trained by Benny Urquidez, so chances are he won't look ridiculous when fighting.
I don't know why they went for English, as the film's box office outlook in China is much brighter than in the US. But all in all, I'm really looking forward to it,

YojimboDecember 30, 2014 5:40 AM

I love the Bling Gold armour, do they also sport Louis Vuitton saddlebags?

marshy00December 30, 2014 8:23 AM

I bet 90% of this movie is in Chinese and Jackie Chan recorded a Chinese language version of all his scenes at the same time. Either way this looks awful, but may well take a boatload of cash when it opens in China. But I'll definitely be seeing it.

Todd HarringtonDecember 30, 2014 9:39 AM

While I agree (a little) with Qinlong and, like marshy00, will no doubt be watching this at some point, the gist of Todd's point is still valid: even more so than a throw-away Direct-To-Video, sell it at AFM or MIPCOM title, the fact that they mean enough internationally to be cast in a project this big underscores the fact that in Hollywood -- for these two talented but (allegedly) supremely unpleasant and difficult actors -- most execs and producers have put them into the "life's too short" category as it is unlikely anyone would anchor $65M + P&A around them at this point. It may be time for some self-reflection, gentlemen.

Lou LouDecember 31, 2014 6:10 AM

Todd is reflecting a negative viewpoint similar to someone who is incapable of thinking outside the box. And someone who is not able to think outside the box closes his mind to different cultures expressing themselves through art. Interesting too is that someone like Todd is able to influence the rest of the apples in his cart. I for one am planning to watch this movie - and with an open mind. I am bored with the routine and unsurprising plots and movie making approach that we seem to be experiencing more than we should be paying for. I welcome new expressions. Congrats to Brody and Cusack for being part of this project - both are very talented !

mercyDecember 31, 2014 11:50 AM

Actors, who do not have any place in Chinese / Japanese war films: John Cusack and Adrien Brody. Cusack plays a good psycho mercenary / villain, Adrien Brody was excellent in Houdini and The Pianist. Nicolas Cage was surprisingly trash in asian war film Outcast, but Hayden Christensen was fantastic! :D How come?

Lou LouJanuary 1, 2015 12:10 PM

Looking forward to seeing Brody and Cusack in this film !

Todd BrownJanuary 1, 2015 1:57 PM

Todd is reflecting he negative viewpoint of someone who has had that trailer inflicted upon his eyeholes and is familiar with both the overwhelmingly awful output of Cusack and Brody over the past decade plus along with the consistently mediocre output of Daniel Lee. No boxes required. And where, exactly, is the 'new expression' or 'art' here? These is pure commercialism, very poorly executed.

Martin WagnerJanuary 1, 2015 2:45 PM

Uh... yeah.

Production values are great, but they'd better be for $65 million. But Brody and Cusack are about as miscast as they can be, Chan is slumming and acts like it, and the written dialogue is the sort of thing that would get you laughed out of Screenwriting 101. In short, this is an Asian Michael Bay film, and will be one of those movies that rakes in insane money but that no one will admit to liking.

DenvoJanuary 1, 2015 6:54 PM

Cusack has been a lost cause for a while now but I'll be happy if Brody turns up every couple of years in a Wes Anderson joint - he was great in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Todd BrownJanuary 1, 2015 7:04 PM

Yup. Anderson is responsible for the overwhelming majority of non-crap on Brody's resume since The Pianist.

Lou LouJanuary 3, 2015 8:20 AM

Sometimes being miscast is what makes a movie appealing and I'm not sayin' B & C are miscast at all. Just that predictability can be boring.