This is a big year for films, yes I’m sure people say that every year, but I really do feel this could be a very good year. January alone has brought us Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty, two big hitters both with Oscar nominations. February and March could be fairly lean spells with not much coming our way, but once April gets here I feel we have a lot to look forward to.
My list isn’t definitive, it is just simply my most anticipated films due for release this year. Shall we begin?
A Good Day To Die Hard, February 14
John McClane’s first outing outside of the United States takes him to Russia to find and help his estranged son Jack, who just happens to be a highly trained CIA agent attempting to stop a nuclear weapons heist. Oh come on, as if John McClane’s son was going to be anything short of a total bad ass. The trailer makes this look a lot of fun and hopefully the fifth installment in the franchise will keep up the good work of the previous four.
Evil Dead, April 19
The first Evil Dead was released in 1981 has a huge cult following and is regarded as horror classic, The Evil Dead remake has a big act to follow. Sam Raimi, director of the original Evil Dead, has a writing & producing credit with the remake and there has been a promise of no CGI in this film. Those elements coupled with a brutal but brilliant trailer have completely sold me.
Iron Man 3, April 26
Marking the seventh film in the Marvel movie universe and starting Phase 2 of their master plan, which will culminate with The Avengers 2 in 2015, Iron Man should kick things off in style. Shane Black will take over directing duties from Jon Favreau, hoping to make up for the slightly tepid Iron Man 2 and remind us why we love Tony Stark.
Oblivion, April 12
Tom Cruise plays a drone repairman appointed to Earth after a war with an alien race has left the planet devastated, and who comes across a cargo on earth that brings everything he believes in into question. The trailer has impressed already and has helped to mark this out as one of the more visually stunning films to be released this year.
Star Trek Into Darkness, May 17
It’s been four long years since Star Trek hit our screens and now we can finally get to see what took JJ Abrams so long. Draped in secrecy, we know very little about this film. Only this synopsis from the IMDB: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. We also have this epic trailer. I simply cannot wait for this film.
Man Of Steel, June 14
Bringing Superman into the modern era will be no easy task. That’s why Warner Brothers have created a dream team of talent to fulfill the task. Directed by Zack Snyder of 300 and Watchmen fame, written by David S. Goyer & produced by Christopher Nolan and featuring a stunning cast. Man Of Steel should dispel any bad feelings Superman Returns left and do for Superman what Nolan did for Batman.
World War Z, June 21
Telling the story of a UN employee, played by Brad Pitt, as he tries to prevent the zombie apocalypse. Yes Brad Pitt is slightly annoying right now & some of the CGI did look a little rough in the trailer, but I’m a sucker for end of the world zombie apocalypse films. Count me in.
Pacific Rim, July 12
From the mind of Guillermo Del Toro, earth finds itself on the brink of extinction after an alien attack. Of course the only way to combat these aliens is to build giant robots to battle back. I think this may be the surprise hit of the year.
Honorable mentions: V/H/S, Cloud Atlas, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Wreck It Ralph, Welcome To The Punch, RED 2, 300: Rise Of An Empire, White House Down, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Thor: The Dark World, Monster University, The Wolverine, Kick ass 2, R.I.P.D