– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Usually, if you have someone like Tom Hanks in your movie, your movie likely has something big to offer audiences.

This upcoming film, A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, seems to have tall the pedigree for a great film. It’s based on a novel by Dave Eggers, stars Tom Hanks, and is co-directed by Tom Tykwer, one of the co-directors of CLOUD ATLAS. However, if the trailer is any indication, it definitely seems like a paint-by numbers sort of film. 

Take a look at the trailer below!

“Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury).”

As you can see, the trailer isn’t very well put together, and in many ways it comes across almost as a parody of a typical trailer of the 1990s. Some may argue that it’s because the movie is garbage. While that can be true, that’s not to say that’s the only reason the film looks bad. Sure, this movie looks like one of the most predictable of films, but so was EDDIE THE EAGLE, so going for cliché isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think regardless, the marketing team took a really bad approach to putting this trailer together. Here’s hoping the next one is better, if there is one.

What did you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING hits theaters on April 22, 2016.

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SOURCE: Fandango

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.