Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg
Release: February 1
Synopsis: After becoming infected with the virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist, Syd March must unravel the mystery surrounding her death to save his own life.
Sitting at a very comfortable 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, Antiviral looks to be slightly uncomfortable viewing. Directed by the son of David Cronenberg and starring Caleb Landry Jones, who has a very creepy screen presence about him, Antiviral should hopefully provide a good horror kick by making everyone’s skin crawl.
Wreck-It Ralph, Rich Moore
Release: February 8
Synopsis: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
Straight up adaptations of video games to films rarely, or ever, work. Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Hitman, Super Mario Brothers to name a few are simply God awful films which should never have seen the light of day. Now, whilst Wreck-It Ralph is not an adaptation of one particular video game it is still nonetheless a film based in the world of video games. It’s basically like Toy Story but instead of toys coming to life, it’s the video game characters which come alive once we stop playing their game. Currently rocking a score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes this promises to be an animated film to be enjoyed by both children and adults.
Warm Bodies, Jonathan Levine
Release: February 8
Synopsis: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
Warm Bodies is an unusual but intriguing concept. Telling the story of a Zombie by the name of R, played by Nicholas Hoult, who falls for a human as he begins to learn again and in a sense de-zombify. If the trailer is anything to go by this looks like a fun and alternative attempt at the zombie genre, sharing a kindred spirit to Shaun Of The Dead, which is no bad thing at all.
A Good Day To Die Hard, John Moore
Release: February 14
Synopsis: John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.
I am immensely excited about this film as I’ve shown here and here. I’m not sure I can really keep harping on about my love for John McClane and the Die Hard films without starting to annoy people, so I won’t carry on, until it’s time to post my review on number five in the series that is. Yippee Ki Yay.
Honorable mentions: Cloud Atlas, Flight, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, This Is 40, Dark Skies, Bullet To The Head.