Killing Gunther Trailer
The first movie trailer for Killing Gunther (2017) from Saban Films.
Like many observers, I rolled my eyes when I first heard the premise of Killing Gunther: a group of assassins plot to kill the world’s best hitman, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and take his title for themselves. To me, it sounded like a cheap attempt to cash in on Schwarzenegger’s status as an icon of action cinema, but after seeing the trailer, I see the film in a new, very different light.
Partially taking the format of a “making-of” documentary, the trailer features character profiles and talk portions where they directly address the camera as if they were doing an interview. This adds a level of self-awareness that heightens the satirical aspect of the movie and prevents it from becoming that which it parodies.
Indeed, the film I found myself thinking of most when watching the promo was not Commando or any of Schwarzenegger’s other movies but Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther Strikes Again, with its scene where a group of assassins from around the world try (and fail miserably) to kill Inspector Clouseau. Those are some big shoes to fill, but I think Killing Gunther may be up to the task.
Taran Killam‘s Killing Gunther (2017) stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, Hannah Simone, Taran Killam, Allison Tolman, Steve Bacic, Aaron Yoo, Bobby Moynihan, Peter Kelamis, Elizabeth Bowen, Joel Labelle, Alex Duncan, Amir Talai, Ryan Gaul, and Amitai Marmorstein.
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