This weekend, Paramount has rereleased World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness as a double feature. The two films don't have a lot in common to warrant such a pairing, other than they're by the same studio and feature people who've been on Doctor Who. My local drive-in has regular two-for-one groupings that fit better together. STID might be better off with Pacific Rim or Man of Steel, only they don't share a distributor. WWZ, meanwhile would be better linked up with Elysium, if not reaching back earlier for Warm Bodies. It could also go with Pacific Rim. Call it the "Walls Failed Us" deal.
As far as potential double features involving this year's movies go, there are actually a lot of obvious yet fine pairings. First off, there were two White House-set Die Hard knockoffs, but Olympus Has Fallen also opened too early to go specifically with this summer's releases. The most perfect selection with that specification has to be the two insanely funny apocalyptic comedies This Is the End and The World's End. One is focused on drugs and the other on alcohol, one is American and the other is British, both are distinctly brilliant.
Here are 10 other golden opportunities (not necessarily with great films) if any studios want to join forces:
The Great Gatsby and Elysium
Aftershock and This Is the End
The World's End and Drinking Buddies
Fast & Furious 6 and Getaway
Epic and Turbo
The Purge and You're Next
R.I.P.D. and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Kick-Ass 2 and Violet & Daisy
20 Feet from Stardom and One Direction: This Is Us (and A Band Called Death for the bonus/alternate)
The Internship and Jobs (and Downloaded for the bonus/alternate)
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