Trailer: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander in ‘The Light Between Oceans’

Derek Cianfrance has quickly made a career out of moroseness and tragedy. Both Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines were deeply emotional melodramas, and The Light Between Oceans looks to hit many of those familiar beats.

Here is the trailer:

The synopsis is fairly straightforward: A lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) find a baby in a rowboat and raise the child as their own after suffering their own loss. Rachel Weisz looks to be playing the child’s biological mother, and familial strife definitely ensues.

The Light Between Oceans is certainly aiming for Oscar gold with the September release date. Cianfrance is a true talent in my opinion. Blue Valentine was a slog of heavy emotions, but a fascinating examination into a crumbling marriage. The Place Beyond the Pines is great, despite its bloated narrative; I’ll die on that hill.

Vikander has to be the busiest actress in Hollywood these days. The Oscar winner is also in this summer’s Jason Bourne, she’s just been tapped to reboot Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, and she has three more films in some form of production.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry is the managing editor for Monkeys Fighting Robots. The Dalai Lama once told him when he dies he will receive total consciousness. So he's got that going for him... Which is nice.