Trailer Talk: ‘Middle Men’ (Red Band Version)

— by ROB COX —

This clip for the upcoming “Middle Men,” is one of the longer film trailers you’re likely to see.

At five minutes in length, it’s roughly double the average size of most modern trailers. Strangely enough, though, it works (and no, I’m not just saying that because it features several bare-chested women). To be sure, this clip doesn’t, by any means, feel short; but neither does it feel longer than average. It does a terrific job of encapsulating the film without revealing too much. For me, the fact that a five-minute trailer could hold my attention without overstaying its welcome speaks volumes as to the film’s potential quality.

“Middle Men” does look like a good film, too. It’s the story of pioneering entrepreneurs Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby (Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht), the men who developed the Internet’s first online billing company. Luke Wilson plays Jack Harris, a business consultant the pair hires to help turn their failing internet pornography business around.

Wilson’s character is a family man and a legitimate businessman who bites off more than he can chew by diving into the world of online porn. He proves wildly successful, too, and helps the porn peddlers turn their flagging business into a lucrative endeavor. He might be a little too successful, in fact, and with success and money, comes all the excess, all the temptation — all the flesh — one would expect from the world of pornography.

Harris plans to make enough money to provide life-time security for his family and then get out; he wants no part of making or producing porn or living that lifestyle. As he’s pulled deeper and deeper into a sordid political and corporate web that includes the FBI, the Russian mob and international terrorism though, he finds it progressively more difficult to follow his blueprint. And then there’s the omnipresent temptation, constantly beckoning, promising endless carnal and chemical pleasure and any other vice Harris can conceive of. “Middle Men” looks like compelling stuff, with an appealing cast and a smutty, dark sense of humor.

It’s certainly not family friendly, though, and many will find even this red-band trailer objectionable. Realistically though, what else would you expect from a movie about the online porn industry?

“Middle Men” will be unveiled onto theater screens Oct. 22.

Source: Trailer Addict

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