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Soylent Green is people!


 

We have a winner in the coveted movie-trailers-that-show-you-the-entire-plot sweepstakes. This link is safe, but if you actually click on the next link to watch the trailer, you will have seen every single plot element in what looks like it would have been an interesting movie. Why do studios do this?


 
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Soylent Green is people!

  1. I believe the explanation has been posited that given the cost of going to see a film, and that many people in general don’t like being dissapointed with films they go to see, people want to be assured that they will enjoy a film before going to it. Previewing an entire film in 2-3 mins. allows for this.

  2. Soylent Green … now there was an excellent movie my most favourite part was the bulldozer scooping up the riff raff.

  3. I like hearing buzz about a movie alone, but otherwise knowing next to nothing about the plot. It does irk me when spoilers are aired on TV without warning. Most movies are not good enough in terms of cinematography etc. to justify watching when the plot has already been ruined.

  4. That’s rather funny, because I tend to think that most movies these days are so thin on plot and originality that the only reasons left to watch them are the cinematography and spectacle.

  5. The counter-point would be “Be Kind, Rewind”. The trailers would have you think that it’s a slapstick Jack Black comedy about guys who make cheap versions of hollywood blockbusters. In reality, that’s a small aspect of the movie, and not the best aspect.

  6. Ah,Soylent Green … how many dystopian films exist of Heston realizing things with great grandeur?

    “You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”

    “Soon they’ll be breeding us like cattle! You’ve got to warn everyone and tell them! Soylent green is made of people! You’ve got to tell them! Soylent green is people!”

  7. “The counter-point would be “Be Kind, Rewind”. The trailers would have you think that it’s a slapstick Jack Black comedy about guys who make cheap versions of hollywood blockbusters. In reality, that’s a small aspect of the movie, and not the best aspect.”

    I wish more trailers were like that. I particularly like the fake trailer for ‘The Shining’ that turns it into a romantic comedy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmkVWuP_sO0

  8. I suppose the rest of the movie is just scenery and filler for the key parts in the trailer. Glad I don’t need to waste my money seeing it now. :)

  9. Since the window between the theatrical release and the DVD release continues to shrink, trailers now are just as much to reel in customers to the video stores. Giving away so much of the plot creates a sense of familiarity, so even if you don’t see it in the theatre, you might be inclined to grab it at Blockbuster.

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