Most of you have probably not seen the movie trailer for The Children of Huang Shi, a war drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell and Chow Yun-Fat. The movie is about a war journalist in China in the 1930′s who decides to help transport a bunch of children over a dangerous mountain pass to spare them from violence.
The look of the film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, is quite nice; it has a very crisp, rich look to it. That being said, the movie trailer isn’t very exciting. It’s constructed well enough, but is rather slow and uneventful. Better use of music and proper pacing would have done wonders for what otherwise looks like a pretty intriguing story.
The release date for the picture is a bit suspicious; if this were very good, I would think Sony Pictures Classics would launch it later in the year as award bait. Considering that the film arrives in theaters in May, that does not bode well.