After a fairly slow past couple of months, March seems to be picking up the pace as we ready ourselves for the summer blockbuster season. The Oscars will be out of the way and we can finally concentrate on what matters at the cinema; superheroes, fast cars and OTT thrillers.
Take a look inside at my picks released at the cinema for the month of March.
Non-Stop, February 28th
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o
Liam Neeson reunites with his Unknown director, Jaume Collet-Serra, in the this ridiculous sounding action-thriller. Neeson plays US Marshall Bill Marks who is called into action while on board a transatlantic flight from New York to London, when he starts to receive text messages informing him that the passengers are now at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million to an offshore account. Sounds absurd right? Well yes it does, but with a current IMDb rating of 8.1/10 Non-Stop could be the sort of leave your brain at the door nonsense we all secretly crave. Plus, if it ends up being Taken on a plane then everyone wins.
Need For Speed, March 12th
Director: Scott Waugh Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Scott Mescudi
The video game to film adaptation has generally so far proved a tough nut to crack, with most films coming off as a lot worse than the, usually, fine games that came before them. DreamWorks are looking to put an end to that particular trend with the release of Need For Speed, which stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul as a former convict and street racer who enters a cross-country race to confront his best friends killer. The action looks great in this one, and comparisons to the Fast & Furious franchise so far seem lazy. Need For Speed also has a great cast to its name with the previously mentioned Aaron Paul alongside Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton. Keep an eye on this one, it could well surprise a few people.
Under The Skin, March 14th
Director: Jonathan Glazer Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell Hughes and Paul Brannigan
Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien temptress who preys upon hitchhiker’s in Scotland. Based upon the novel of the same name, from author Michael Faber, Under The Skin is a beautiful looking film and promises to look at society and the role we play in it. As well as that, questions are raised about sexuality, identity, big businesses and the way the government tries to shape what we do on a daily basis. This may all be a bit too much for some, especially those seeking a quick thrill ride. Those seeking something a little more intellectual however may well benefit from, potentially, one of the better films released so far this year.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, March 28th
Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Frank Grillo & Scarlett Johansson
Well, I’m not sure I have to really try to persuade anyone to see this movie. It looks great and the hype has built up to an extent that I just want to see it right now! For those of you who may be unaware, the plot features Captain America still struggling to adapt to the new world he has found himself in post Avengers: Assemble, while also having to battle a new/old threat from the Soviet Union known as The Winter Soldier. This movie is also said to be the one that has the biggest connection to the next Avengers movie, Age Of Ultron. Things look tense in this one, and it looks to have a great political thriller vibe going for it. I wouldn’t bet against it featuring on many people’s best films of the year list come the end of 2014 either.