The Expatriate trailer channels Bourne and Taken
Watching The Expatriate trailer you get a feeling for two major franchises, Bourne and Taken, all rolled into one. That's not a bad thing though as they both work well together and Aaron Eckhart does look good as the leading character.
Plus what follows in the trailer looks like they've taken, if you'll pardon the pun, the best of both and rolled them into one new story. The Expatriate and Eckhart look pretty damn good.
The Expatriate is written by Arash Amel and directed by Philipp Stölzl. Amel has recently written the script for Grace of Monaco and is down for I Am Legend 2 and while Stölzl may not be well known his films do seem to have been well received. Judging from the trailer itself they both have made a strong action film.
An ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter are forced on the run when his employers mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy.
Here's the trailer for The Expatriate through TrailerAddict:
What I like about the blurb and the trailer is there really isn't that much messing about from the CIA, they aren't bumbling fools in comparison to the man set against them, it looks like they mean business and killing the entire company seems to send that message loud and clear.
It does feel a lot like Bourne but then there's that element of the lead character having a life and being a deadly agent and his family being used against him, just like Taken. While there are comparisons and they are very strong in the trailer I do hope that the film sets itself apart.