In the media of today, we are all bombarded with the extreme and sometimes over the top marketing for big blockbuster movies. I mean if you haven't heard of The Avengers or Harry Potter then the chances are that you are most likely living under a rock. Seeing all this promotion for great movies can remind us of the great time we had consuming the amazing work, but it can sometimes push out other films that have as much potential as the latest Avengers movie does.
Today, I really wanted to enlighten you guys (whilst in the middle of an Avengers: Age of Marketing frenzy) on some of the best looking films that are to be released this year. Some of these films have familiar faces and some don't, which is sometimes the best part of movie going, venturing into the unknown and sometimes discovering something that you love.
London Has Fallen
So, does anyone remember that action film that was surprisingly released in the same year of White House Down, where both films have pretty much the same damn plot! Olympus Has Fallen was admittedly the better action film and although it had many cliches and had a Die Hard feel to the action and plot, it still portrayed a great concept and the USP (unique selling point) definitely fulfilled its purpose with an AC-130 raining fire down on whats considered to be one of the most secure bases in the world.
This sequel, as you can probably tell, is now set in London. Here's the synopsis:
In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
The most notable original cast of the original are set to return, including Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.
I really like the idea of different capital cities around the world being taken over and having that battle zone to them. Hopefully this will be more explosive and exhilarating than the original with more locations instead of being confined to the White House. These films don't have to include logic, they just need to be enjoyable!
London Has Fallen has a set release of October 2nd.* *Has now been pushed back to January 22nd, 2016.
Bridge of Spies
Let's make this perfectly clear, this movies stars Tom Hanks, who is arguably one of the best actors of all time, and is being directed by Steven Spielberg, who is also arguably one of the best directors of all time.
The film synopsis is as follows
An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.
Now, if any of you are familiar with our history, you might remember that an American Spy Plane was shot down over Russia, during what is considered one of the closest moments to World War III and a potential all-out nuclear war. I think this concept has real potential to be another Captain Phillips (2013), that film had me at the edge of my seat and heart beating rapidly just begging for the safety of Tom Hank's character.
I feel like this could be the same for the fate of the pilot if done well enough, but with the people already involved with the project, I am sure we will not be disappointed no matter the outcome. Lets just hope it's not another The Judge (2014), because as cute and sentimental as that film was, it had a lot of fat and was way too long.
The movie stars Tom Hanks, Alan Alda and Billy Magnussen.
Bridge of Spies has a set release date of October 16th, 2015.
This movie was originally going to be directed by Gone Girl (2014) Director David Fincher with his personal choosing of Christian Bale as the main role, yes you guessed it, Steve Jobs! Fincher eventually left the project and 127 Hours (2010) Director Danny Boyle then took his place. So many different big actors were rumored to have roles in the movie, including Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck and so many others!
The finalized and main cast for the movie is now Michael Fassbender as Steven Paul Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak and Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman.
His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple inc. Steven Paul Jobs.
This looks really good, I mean it looks like a much more serious take on the story of Steve Jobs than the Ashton Kutcher version of the story and even more so, Michael Fassbender is a much more talented actor, so it's okay to set our expectations higher than the previous film.
Check out the trailer!
Jobs feature Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet.
Steve Jobs is set to release on October 9th.
Now, I didn't even know this story existed until I saw it listed on IMDb, but if you've lived long enough, and were alive in 1974, you may be aware of Phillippe Petit, the man who walked from one World Trade Center to the other, ON A FRIGGIN' WIRE.
Yes, that's right, this story, as you may have gathered, is a true story and whether or not Mr. Petit completed this mission is unknown to me, so don't worry about spoilers as even I, the writer, am not aware of this ending!
The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale and is directed by a classic and one of the best, Robert Zemeckis! He directed the Back to the Future trilogy, Cast Away, The Polar Express and many more classics!
This film looks like it has a lot of potential, especially with all the suspense and tension, I mean, look at those heights. Forget about what happens to Petit right now, the height is both incredible and horrible!
This film is definitely on my watch list and hopefully after checking this out, it will be on yours too!
The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley and Ben Schwartz.
The Walk is to be released on October 2nd.
Admit it, we all got emotional when we watched 2008's Marley and Me. That film tugged at our heartstrings and now the producer of that heartfelt film is bringing us yet another sad story of our K9 friends.
A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.
Whilst watching the trailer, at least at the start of it, the narrative and tone seemed quite emotional and that it was really going to be one of those dramatic movies that consisted wholly of a grounded story depicting the traumatic experiences of Max. Unfortunately, the addition and the climax of the film seems to consist of a group of teenagers, with Max going up against a group of trained soldiers. I was left a bit disappointed, but none the less everything else leading up to this seems to be a great and inspiring story.
The movie stars Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham and Justin Wincott.
Max is released on the 26th of June.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E
Out of all the films I have mentioned, this is probably one of the most anticipated movies for me this year, I mean the trailer had me at the opening. It was great, it was cool and it was slick. This '60s spy film is exactly what we need more of, especially with Henry Cavill at the helm. The movie resembles 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service, however the action doesn't look as over-the-top but it still looks amusing, stylish and the action looks badass!
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
Although this film is more known than the rest of the films on this list, I do believe that a lot of people haven't even heard its name, let alone have seen the trailer. The characters remind me of the hit dark-comedy animated comedy, Archer and that is great!
The movie stars Henry Cavill, Hugh Grant, Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E is set to release on August 14th.
Now this, this looks like a really interesting concept and I actually love post apocalyptic films, well, as long as they are grounded in reality. Don't get me wrong, I'm all up for the sci-fi stereotype of having to move worlds etc, etc, but when they're grounded it just seems so much more interesting to watch. There haven't been any trailers so far, besides one still image.
Who stands out most is Shia LaBeouf, although he has come so far from the Even Stevens days, his performance in both Lawless and Fury impressed us all. Even though he can come across as a bit of a douchebag, I am happy to see him in this film.
In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.
I believe that with this concept, the setting of The Walking Dead and the realism of reality (duh) it could be a cool concept and interesting story to follow, and I for one would love to see a strong drama like this. Another strong example of this would probably be The Rover (2014).
The movie stars Jai Courtney, Shia LeBeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman.
Yet another release in October, Man Down comes out on 30th of October.
Jake F*ckin' Gyllenhaal everybody! I don't need to say anything else. If you saw his performance in Nightcrawler (2014) then you know what I'm talking about. It was creepy, it was breathtaking and it was damn right exhilarating. This takes his performance in Nightcrawler and steps it up a notch, as this seems 10x better.
A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.
I think this is really going to push the bar with Gyllenhaal, he's impressed me once and I'm completely certain he will do it again. In every scene in the trailer he is showing a new and believable emotion, it's spine chilling. Whether he is screaming at the camera or be irresponsible, the editing, dialogue and non diegetic sound persuades me to feel for the character, to feel his pain and how devastating those turn of events could have truly been.
SouthPaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker.
See this movie on the 24th of July.
Thanks for reading guys, I really enjoying make this and the sad thing is: I left so many movies out!
There so many more great looking movies to be released this year and I hope you can enjoy them just as much as I think I will
Have a good day,