Joel Schumacher's Twelve trailer online
The trailer for Joel Schumacher's Twelve runs for just over three minutes and does seem to give you a number of feelings about the direction and content of the film. Is it a film following different characters all connected but this Twelve?
Perhaps, that seems to be one of the overriding directions from the trailer, that and it is about the drug itself as well as society and youth today. It's an interesting trailer, but a far more interesting cast - Kiefer Sutherland narrating, but never appearing, Emma Roberts, Chace Crawford, Ethan Peck, Ellen Barkin, Rory Culkin. 50 Cent and Zoë Kravitz.
The trailer is intriguing, but more so because you can't really tell what it's going to be about. The musical choices seem leading, or misleading, and it's sometimes hard to make out Keifer Sutherland's voice over.
The blurb for Twelve from IMDB gives us little:
A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.
The Playlist has the trailer below, and a blurb from the Sundance Film Festival guide:
Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Nick McDonell, written when he was only 17 years old, Twelve is a chilling chronicle of privileged urban adolescence on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Set over spring break, the story follows White Mike, a kid with unlimited potential, who has dropped out of his senior year of high school and sells marijuana to his rich, spoiled peers. When his cousin is brutally murdered in an east Harlem project, and his best friend is arrested for the crime, White Mike is hurled on a collision course with his own destiny.
Led by director Joel Schumacher, a talented ensemble cast perfectly captures the obvious pain of children teetering on the brink of adulthood. Schumacher counters their overindulged behavior with operatic staging and a literary voice-over. For every decade, there are moments when youth culture is frozen in "art," to be reveled in by the generation that lived it and observed by those that didn't. That is Twelve.
Get into the trailer and see what you think.
I'm not going to be as harsh as Kevin, I think there's some interesting stuff in there, but the trailer does need a lot of work and I wouldn't be surprised if this was pulled sometime soon.
Despite this trailer, I do believe that Joel Schumacher has something to give us, there were some great parts of The Number 23 (Filmstalker review), however the whole just didn't live up to the parts.
Could Twelve do him justice, or is this going to turn out as confused as the trailer? Certainly the early commentary from Sundance was not good, not at all.