Paramount Pictures has released the second trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest, The Dictator. Unlike the first trailer (which mainly focused on unveiling Cohen’s next over-the-top character) this one actually sets up the plot. Along for the ride are Megan Fox, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, and John C. Reilly, among others.
Check the trailer out below:
The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
The character comes off as a type of bizarre Adam Sandler’s Zohan-Borat lovechild, and it somehow actually works. Well most of that could be because of the fantastic supporting cast, but it’s a huge leap from the shallow, one-note characters Cohen has given us in the past, with a much larger plot to boot. Of course it’s just a trailer, but it seems Cohen’s stepped up his game from the gross-out shock factor to delivering some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, most likely due to the focus on a much more standard, linear film, rather than the “mocumentry” approach. Although I can’t see Cohen straying away from his usual shtick too much, but we’ll just have to see for ourselves!
The Dictator hits theatres May 11, 2012.