A Crazy 'Three Musketeers' Trailer Features Explosions, Sword Fights and Airships

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Well, that wasn't anything like the book we read in high school.

The trailer for the latest incarnation of "The Three Musketeers" has hit Apple and, while it seems to contain most of the characters from the book, is certainly not your run-of-the-mill period action movie. Disney's 1993 walky, talky "Musketeers" film, this is not.

Paul W.S. Anderson, the auteur behind such adrenaline-pumping, visually over-stimulating works like "Alien vs. Predator," "Mortal Kombat," and the Resident Evil franchise, appears to have crafted his "Musketeers" movie for the MTV age.

That is, the trailer is chock full of action set pieces, gorgeous people and lots of fading to black. The cast is an insane array of familiar faces, all flashing before your eyes in the quickly paced montage: Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz as the evil Richelieu, Orlando Bloom as the Duke of Buckingham, Milla Jovovich as M'lady De Winter, Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson") as D'Artagnan and Ray Stevenson ("The Other Guys"), Matthew Macfadyen ("Robin Hood") and Luke Evans ("Clash of the Titans") as the three, sword-wielding soldiers in the title.

Shot with the same 3-D system Anderson used on "Resident Evil: Afterlife," "Musketeers" promises to blow your retinas away with a barrage of 17th century action, everything from sword fights to flame throwers to spike-ball booby traps to enormous air ships. If Anderson's goal was to make the classic story into a high-ocatne video game, mission accomplished. "The Three Musketeers" may not end up translating the wit and charm of the novel, but it won't give your brain time to realize it misses those qualities either.