Get your new calendar and mark off these great films that are going to be released this year.
Taken 3 – January 8 (UK)
You would have thought the bad guys would have learnt by now, do not mess with Liam Neeson; after all
But still they are trying for one last time, as all movies have to come in trilogies. So what happens this time? His wife dies. Nope this is not the time for a spoiler alert. It is in the trailer. His wife is murdered and he is framed for her murder, so he outruns the law to find the real killer and well… Do what he does best.
The first Taken was fantastic, brutal and a real film made just for adults, a bit like Die Hard was back in the 80’s. They then tried to tone this down in Taken 2 to make it appeal to a wider audience and make more money. The result was a lacklustre film that had no drive, punch and tension as the first movie. With this one also being a PG-13 (12A in the UK) I doubt that this film will return to it’s roots and pack the same punch. However it will still be a success at the cinema with people excited to see it, and I will be joining them in a screen soon.
Fifty Shades of Grey – February 13 (US)
Based on the best-selling book series this film is one of this years most anticipated films. Released on Valentines weekend (I see what you did there) this romantic drama is sure to be this years hottest film. I am trying to be as unbiased here as I can be, as in my opinion this is the worse book series ever written. Ever. But a lot of people did like it. The trailer is subtle and shows off Beyonce’s fabulous new version of Crazy in Love. But I do prefer the kitten version of the trailer.
Cinderella – March 13 (US)
Disney has remade it’s classic from 1950 into a live-action version with all your favourite characters reappearing in this one too. Cate Blanchett looks like she is going to be a fabulous Lady Tremaine (Wicked Stepmother) to Lily James’ Ella, or Cinderella as her stepsisters call her. With some twists and turns that divert from the original movie to make it original, this should be a wonderful family film with that same familiarity of a happily ever after.
Insurgent – March 20 (US)
Shailene Woodley stars once again as Tris in this sequel to Divergent. Based on the Divergent trilogy of books, many fans have been counting down the days to the series coming to the big screen, and this eagerly awaited sequel. Originally auditioning for Katniss in The Hunger Games and not getting that part, Shailene wasn’t sure if she should be Tris, but after some persuasion from Jennifer Lawrence she is now a worldwide star, and rightly so. After also being in The Fault in Our Stars, this is one actress you need to watch out for, making heartbreak come to life on screen. And as I have read the books, I know a lot of heartbreak is due to come in this film series and no one is better to bring this to life.
Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1 (US)
The first Avengers film was big. Really big. Massive. And that had nothing to do with the Hulk being part of the team. It was a huge box office success, it grossed $1.158 Billion worldwide. This makes it the highest-grossing comic book adaptation, superhero film and highest-grossing film ever released by Walt Disney Studios.
So expect this to be just a huge.
Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) returns to write the screenplay for it’s sequel, which means we will have laughs as well as action, and the whole cast returns. Expect more banter between Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), more Thor being a bad ass alien and more Hulk smash. But also expect disaster, and tears, the trailer hints at some pretty big action scenes and features Captain America’s shield smashed on the ground. It also has a creepy rendition of ‘I’ve Got No Strings’ from Pinocchio as sung by the bad guy himself, Ultron.
Jurassic World – June 12 (US)
Ok I am going to make a couple of things clear before I talk about this film. I grew up on this franchise, I was 4 years old when I first watched Jurassic Park (1993) and I fell in love. The film was fantastic, cheesy, amazing special effects, robotic dinosaurs, and it sparked my life long love for paleontology. I even wanted to be a paleontologist, until I realised I had to be good at science and biology, so now I just read news reports about new dinosaurs and any related scientific discoveries.
So I was really really excited when they announced this film. Crazy excited. New film, new dinosaurs, feathered dinosaurs! How creepy would a feathered T-Rex be all covered in blood, way scarier than the scaled one. But no, the director Colin Trevorrow said nope, no feathers, because I don’t think it will be as scary and won’t stick to the science like the other 3 films have.
I am not bitter, honest.
So a trailer finally appeared and I warmed a bit to the film, I mean look at those pods! How amazing would that be?! Then they mention they make up a new dinosaur, scepticism creeps back in, why would they do this? Then I realise, this is about the fictional company Masrani Global Corporation, wanting to make more money, and I calm down again.
Chris Pratt does look like he will be amazing in this film, his role almost seems to be like Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), slightly sceptical, all about the science and sarcastic. Only time will tell if this film lives up to its predecessors (I am discounting Jurassic Park 3 from this) and hopefully another trailer will appear soon.
Minions – June 26 (UK)
If you don’t know what a Minion is, where have you been the past 4 years? These little yellow creatures have stolen the hearts of the world with their cute, cheeky and funny natures. Minions must serve a Master, and after accidentally killing a few of theirs they hide out in Antarctica, but soon become depressed. So Kevin, Stuart and Bob decide to go to a Villain’s convention and find a new master! Expect a lot of bananas, fart jokes and silly hilarity.
London Has Fallen – October 2 (US)
In 2013 2 films were released, White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen, both about the White House being attacked or taken over by terrorists. London Has Fallen is the sequel to the latter, starring Gerard Butler once again as the world leaders look to be assassinated at the funeral of the UK Prime Minister. There will be explosions, fist fights, gun fights, big planes, big guns and some cheesy one liners.
There is no trailer yet for the film, so instead watch the Olympus Has Fallen trailer and then go watch the film.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – November 20 (US)
It is fair to say The Hunger Games franchise has been a phenomenon. The books are best sellers, the films box office hits, fans create stupid ship names for Peeta and Katniss (You can guess what that is…), the protagonists. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is about to lead an all out revolution against the Capitol and destroy the District System and The Hunger Games forever. This film is going to be heartbreaking, I also read these books and lets just say, I didn’t see it coming and I was shocked.
The last film didn’t have any of the game elements the previous 2 did, mainly because Katniss has escaped the District System and riots are happening across the country of Panem. However this film will bring back some of those elements, with the Capitol and President Snow using their skills and knowledge from running the games to help protect the city. Take tissues, trust me.
Once again, no trailer for this yet, but here is the previous trailer for you to enjoy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – December 18 (US)
Possibly one of the most eagerly awaited films of all time. Finally Star Wars fans can have their sequel to the original trilogy and leave the horrible prequel behind them. George Lucas has sold the rights to Disney and will not be directing, JJ Abrams who brought Star Trek back will be in that chair. It is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and we know that we get to see the original cast members, although they don’t appear fully in the trailer.
There are 3 new leads with John Boyega as Finn, alongside Daisy Ridley as Rey and Adam Driver as an unknown character amongst faces you will recognise.
Just watch the teaser trailer, and then watch it again, and again, and again…
What did we miss?
Are there any other films you are excited for this year? Ant-Man? Fantastic Four? Let us know!