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It's brother versus brother in the latest Ben-Hur trailer

07.25.2016

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It won't be long before another BEN-HUR is in the marketplace - the fourth such adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel but the first projected in 3-D. Timur Bekmambetov is in the director's chair this time, marking his first feature since the disappointing ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, and he has Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell has his leads, which typically isn't a bad place to start. 

Paramount has released a new trailer for this reimagining of the source material, and it certainly doesn't look half-bad. Visually, it's going to be able to do things that the 1959 couldn't, even if it did capture an Academy Award for Best Picture for the overall package, and with a strong story foundation to begin with, BEN-HUR could be a surprising bit of fun. I mean, Morgan Freeman is involved, so it's at least got that going for it. 

I wouldn't expect another Best Picture nominee here, but an entertaining summer romp? Not out of the realm of possibility. 

BEN-HUR opens in theaters on August 19.

 

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