It's Only Monday, But the Trailer for Arena May Be The Best Worst Thing You Watch All Week
Back in April of 2010 -- the same day Paramount started looking for a writer to reboot Mighty Mouse (true) -- it was announced that Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz would co-star in Deathgames, about a "young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire." Sounds like Gamer. How did it turn out?
Like Gamer! Only waaaaaaaay worse. Retitled Arena, the film will get released on Tuesday, Oct. 11, likely forgoing any theatrical run and arriving on DVD instead. For all parties involved, that's probably a good thing -- especially Lutz; he doesn't need another Love Wedding Marriage -- though it is a bit disappointing to think that precious few will get to see Jackson eat scenery like cotton candy. "How [dramatic pause] is he still STANDING?"
Watch below, and pay special attention to the dance Jackson does at 1:25. You won't be sorry. Or maybe you will; as the Movieline tipster who forwarded this trailer along warned, "It is very TERRIBLE."
VERDICT: Game over.