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WTF trailer for Joe Johnston's Not Safe For Work is simply not good

Feb. 20, 2014by:

Man, this just looks awful.

This has to be seen simply for the fact that veteran director Joe Johnston was at the helm, which begs the question: what the hell happened here? Not because the whole thing looks awful (which it does), but why in the hell did Johnston ever sign on to direct this in the first place? A low rent thriller about "an office worker trapped inside a building where a killer is on the loose" is as generic as they come and yet the director of films like CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THE ROCKETEER, JURASSIC PARK III, THE WOLFMAN, etc. is at the helm. It just doesn't add up. The film is produced by Jason Blum who had great success last year with THE PURGE, but this one is obviously a dud (and squeaking through a VOD release no less). I'm just kind of baffled that this is made by the same director as the aforementioned pics.

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We've seen aging director's fall out of touch with their work throughout the years, which is often a sad thing to witness when you look at their prior work. Guys like John Carpenter or M. Night Shyamalan are easy examples, but Johnston has been mostly steady with his work, never really falling into a sharp decline. Perhaps this was an experiment or something, I don't know. It should serve as a sort of cautionary tale, really. Thankfully, Johnston is getting back behind the camera for a more high-profile project next with GOTTI: IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER with John Travolta and Anthony Hopkins, but after NOT SAFE FOR WORK I'm more than a little concerned.

NOT SAFE FOR WORK, starring Max Minghella, is slated to disappear into obscurity sometime this year.

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2:28AM on 02/21/2014
Die Hard: with no Budget
Die Hard: with no Budget
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12:27AM on 02/21/2014
It'll probably be much better than the new Fantastic Four reboot.
It'll probably be much better than the new Fantastic Four reboot.
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9:41PM on 02/20/2014

YIKES!

Okay, if it wasn't Joe Johnston I wouldn't blink, but this looks like they didn't even get good actors (no offense to Max Minghella, he was great in "The Social Network"). Either that or the dialogue was JUST THAT BAD.
Okay, if it wasn't Joe Johnston I wouldn't blink, but this looks like they didn't even get good actors (no offense to Max Minghella, he was great in "The Social Network"). Either that or the dialogue was JUST THAT BAD.
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9:40PM on 02/20/2014

Doesn't look awful

Low budget and average is more like it.
Low budget and average is more like it.
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8:30PM on 02/20/2014

Definitely one of my must see's of 2014!

But, seriously, what the fuck was that? That looks like a joke. Or a very bad A&E Original Film.
But, seriously, what the fuck was that? That looks like a joke. Or a very bad A&E Original Film.
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6:41PM on 02/20/2014
It could be the same situation as when "name" actors take on role in a crap project: Cash and an opportunity for work. Actor cases in point: Gene Hackman and Michael Caine. They took some major crap roles because it was work and nothing better was on the horizon.
It could be the same situation as when "name" actors take on role in a crap project: Cash and an opportunity for work. Actor cases in point: Gene Hackman and Michael Caine. They took some major crap roles because it was work and nothing better was on the horizon.
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5:34PM on 02/20/2014
His next movie is a John Travolta movie... and you think that's a good thing???
His next movie is a John Travolta movie... and you think that's a good thing???
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2:06PM on 02/20/2014

Well...

At least the villian seems threatening and in no way clearly a British guy try to play cool and calculated but coming off as well...not straight. "There's only one way out and I have the keys"...terrifying!!! The guy who writes the "So Bad It's Good" column should start collecting his ideas because this looks like a classic!
At least the villian seems threatening and in no way clearly a British guy try to play cool and calculated but coming off as well...not straight. "There's only one way out and I have the keys"...terrifying!!! The guy who writes the "So Bad It's Good" column should start collecting his ideas because this looks like a classic!
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2:08PM on 02/20/2014
J.J. Feild, the guy playing the villain, is an American who is coming off as, well... not straight.
J.J. Feild, the guy playing the villain, is an American who is coming off as, well... not straight.
2:02PM on 02/20/2014
How did he go from Captain America to this???
How did he go from Captain America to this???
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1:33PM on 02/20/2014
Well, to be fair, that list of Johnston's previous directorial efforts isn't exactly a bastion of tremendous filmmaking.
Well, to be fair, that list of Johnston's previous directorial efforts isn't exactly a bastion of tremendous filmmaking.
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2:14PM on 02/20/2014
I agree, Captain America is solid but his direction is one of the last things that stands out in that movie. October Sky is probably his most accomplished directorial effort, and Wolfman is probably his most technically sound work (although supposedly there was all kinds of turmoil on that set and nobody knows how much of the final cut is actually his work). None of those movies are amazing cinematic masterpieces...in fact I would say he is pretty mediocre even with quality material. But I
I agree, Captain America is solid but his direction is one of the last things that stands out in that movie. October Sky is probably his most accomplished directorial effort, and Wolfman is probably his most technically sound work (although supposedly there was all kinds of turmoil on that set and nobody knows how much of the final cut is actually his work). None of those movies are amazing cinematic masterpieces...in fact I would say he is pretty mediocre even with quality material. But I think all Schmoes can agree this is a new level of shit and looks like his worst effort yet...even with Macaulay Culkin's The Pagemaster already on his resume.
1:13PM on 02/20/2014
It doesn't look THAT bad. Generic, tired concept? Sure. Some questionable looking acting? Yeah, probably. But it looks better than a lot of direct-to-dvd horror movies (and the producer's other credit, The Purge). Will watch whenever it makes it's way to cable.
It doesn't look THAT bad. Generic, tired concept? Sure. Some questionable looking acting? Yeah, probably. But it looks better than a lot of direct-to-dvd horror movies (and the producer's other credit, The Purge). Will watch whenever it makes it's way to cable.
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1:07PM on 02/20/2014

Looks horrible.

Are those actors or people they pulled off the street? Looks extremely predictable. And I hate when the main protagonist looks like someone that could be dropped with one punch.
Are those actors or people they pulled off the street? Looks extremely predictable. And I hate when the main protagonist looks like someone that could be dropped with one punch.
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1:17PM on 02/20/2014
Looks can be very deceiving, size means nothing, and this is coming from a 6'2, 250lb fighter. Bruce Lee was about 135lbs lol
Looks can be very deceiving, size means nothing, and this is coming from a 6'2, 250lb fighter. Bruce Lee was about 135lbs lol
4:12PM on 02/20/2014
Skinny British guy with a gun. Whoop Dee doo. He looks 150 lbs tops.Just hide in a closet until he leaves.
Skinny British guy with a gun. Whoop Dee doo. He looks 150 lbs tops.Just hide in a closet until he leaves.
1:00PM on 02/20/2014

I can see how this could get made.

The premise isn't that bad. In fact, if everything else was average, at best, I would check this out via rental. But it's not. The acting and execution in this is atrocious.

Joe Johnson is obviously not putting his best effort into this. What do I think? I think someone owed someone else a favor.
The premise isn't that bad. In fact, if everything else was average, at best, I would check this out via rental. But it's not. The acting and execution in this is atrocious.

Joe Johnson is obviously not putting his best effort into this. What do I think? I think someone owed someone else a favor.
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