Tuesday January 1, 2013
Movies to watch out for in 2013
By MUMTAJ BEGUM
NOT surprisingly, the new year will provide moviegoers with plenty more superhero movies and sequels. Yes, those.
While we wonder how there could be more stories to tell in movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Fast And The Furious 6, The Hangover Part III, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Cloudy 2: Revenge Of The Leftovers, Grown-Ups 2 and The Smurfs 2, we are kind of looking forward to the next chapter in other films.
You know, like Kick-Ass 2, A Good Day To Die Hard, Monsters University, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Iron Man 3, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Thor: The Dark World, Riddick, The Wolverine and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The new year will also see some of the old movies getting either the 3D treatment (Jurassic Park, Monsters Inc., 2012 and Independence Day) or a more modern take (Evil Dead and Carrie). There are also a couple of fantastic reimagining of fables, among them Hansel And Gretel Witch Hunters, Jack The Giant Slayer, Frozen, Epic and Oz: The Great And The Powerful.
That’s a lot of repackaging, so what are some the films that may just give the big screen some of its cred back? Well, here are 13 features in 2013 that we are hoping would do just that.
> Beautiful Creatures (Feb 14) – For all the teens suffering from the Twilight withdrawal, here’s another franchise to sink your fangs into. Things kick off with the arrival of a new girl in the school – Lena Duchannes. Lena comes from a long line of witches, and when we meet her, she is about to make a very important decision in her life. Newcomer Alice Englert, daughter of director Jane Campion, leads the cast.
> Flight (Feb 21) – Denzel Washington is an airline pilot in this film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Whit Whitaker (Washington) lands a plane under impossible conditions (the plane malfunctions in mid-flight). At first, he is commended but pretty soon the blame game begins and this puts him smack in the middle of a court case. Co-starring Nadine Velazquez and Bruce Greenwood.
> Lincoln (Feb 21) – Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg are involved. Do we need to say more? Oh, OK, Day-Lewis plays the 16th president of the United States at a time when the nation is at war and he wants to abolish slavery. Sally Field and David Strathairn co-star. It’s almost a guarantee that the film, the director and the actor are going to be heavily nominated at the Academy Awards.
> Django Unchained (March 14) – Quentin Tarantino’s latest is already buzzed to be in this year’s Best Picture category at the Oscars. Bad news is, we have to wait a whole three months before watching the film (it was released in the US late last month). Good news is, it looks fun and violent in that totally Tarantino-esque way. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington star.
> Bola Kampung (March 21) – This local 3D animated feature sees Iwan and his friends sucked into a virtual world after they try to help a princess get back to her world. If they are to get back to their own dimension, they have to take on three challenges involving a football match. While these boys are football-crazy, they find out too late that their opponents are giant robots. Bring it!
> Star Trek Into Darkness (May 16) – Come on, this is the sequel we are all waiting for (J.J. Abrams, you’d better not let us down). James T. Kirk finds his place as the captain of Enterprise, with Spock as his right hand man. But not all is good within the organisation. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana reprise their roles, and Benedict Cumberbatch joins them.
> The Great Gatsby – Baz Luhrmann takes a stab at the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) sets out to chase his American dream by leaving the Midwest, arriving in New York in the spring of 1922. His neighbour is Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), a millionaire who provides Carraway an insight into the world of the rich. Co-starring Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton.
> Man Of Steel (June 13) – Truth be told, after Sucker Punch, Zack Snyder should’ve been the last director asked to helm the story of Clark Kent/Superman. But here we are, sigh. The only consolation is, Christopher Nolan is producing it. At least the recent trailer looks good as it has a depressed Clark Kent on a very dark road. Also, thankfully, actor Henry Cavill looks the part.
> World War Z (June 20) – Who doesn’t love zombies? This movie is based on the brilliant book by Max Brooks that details what happens when a deadly zombie outbreak occurs in different parts of the world. We follow a UN employee (and a family man) who tries to install a plan that would give humans a chance of surviving the pandemic. Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox and David Morse.
> The Lone Ranger (July 4) – The film may be called The Lone Ranger, but it’s obvious it revolves around Tonto (played by Johnny Depp). After all, it is Tonto who narrates the story. Yes, Tonto is sharing the tale of how one John Reid, a man of the law, becomes a legend of justice. But, erm, who is Arnie Hammer next to Depp, eh?
> Pacific Rim (July 11) – A portal opens up and gargantuan aliens come through to launch an attack on humans. Well, director Guillermo Del Toro tells us that humans in this world are far from puny because they’ve got gigantic robots – controlled by men and women inside – to fight against these raging aliens. Apocalypse beware. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba.
> Elysium (Aug 8) – Director/writer Neill Blomkamp, who got us so invested in one Wilkus Van De Nerwe in District 9, weaves another poignant tale. He takes the audience to the year 2159 when people are segregated to two main categories, the rich and the poor. One man decides to bring equality into the picture. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley and Diego Luna.
> 47 Ronin (Dec 24) – How does Keanu Reeves fit into a story set in the 18th century about a band of samurai who avenge the death of their master? We have been waiting for an answer to this question for more than a year as the release date has been delayed twice. The official reason is to allow time for reshoots and work on the 3D visual effects. With the exception of Reeves, the samurai ensemble are made up of an all-Japanese cast, including Hiroyuki Sanada and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.