Action Movies 2010 – Guide14.02.10 # Movie Releases # 94 Comments
Iron Man 2
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 7th May 2010
The red and gold suit didn’t see all that much combat in the first movie so expect that to be ramped up this time. Rourke (Whiplash), Johansson (Black Widow) and Rockwell (Justin Hammer) are the new trio of villains. With an expanded role too for Don Cheadle as Rhodes/War Machine, it seems like there’s one major character too many? Still, can’t wait.
Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Danny Huston
Director: Ridley Scott
Release Date: 14th May 2010
It’s the 13th century and Robin Hood is an archer in the army of King Richard fighting against the French. When Richard dies, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering under a despotic sheriff. There he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion. Hoping to earn her hand and salvage the village, Robin assembles a mercenary gang to prey upon the indulgent upper class and correct injustices. …This story is too well worn for me. Originally it was going to be from the sheriff’s point of view – much more interesting.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina
Director: Mike Newell
Release Date: 28th May 2010
Hollywood finally makes an Arab the good guy. Oh wait, he’s Persian. Doesn’t count. Jake Gyllenhaal gets a tan for this adaptation of the long running, and jumping, video game series. He plays an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a world-destroying sandstorm. Also thrown into the mix is a dagger that can manipulate time. Producer Jerry Brukheimer is hoping this is another Pirates Of The Caribbean, i.e. a big budget much-loved pantomime.
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Catherine O’Hara, Tom Selleck
Director: Robert Luketic
Release Date: 4th June 2010
From the director of The Ugly Truth, 21 and Monster In Law comes this action-comedy-thriller. Ashton Kutcher stars as an
annoying hitman at the top of his game who falls for an annoying computer tech (Heigl) and decides to quit his job. Years later, he finds out that there’s a hit out on him, forcing him and his wife to run. Tom Selleck plays Katherine Heigl’s dad. Sources are unable to confirm if he will have a moustache.
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Jason Patric
Director: Sylvain White
Release Date: 4th June 2010
After being betrayed and left for dead (a popular theme this year), members of a CIA black ops team root out those who targeted them for assassination. Based on the DC comic. The trailer was underwhelming. Think The A-Team lite. Which unfortunately is out one week later.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Jessica Biel
Director: Joe Carnahan
Release Date: 11th June 2010
It’s been a long time coming. I remember reading casting rumours for this when I was at school. That was 15 years ago. In the end they simply cast the stars of 2009′s sleeper hits, Taken (Liam Neeson), The Hangover (Bradley Cooper) and District 9 (Sharlto Copley). But they fit. The plot sees a quartet of Iraq War veterans looking to clear their name with the U.S. military after being framed for a crime. ‘Rampage’ Jackson has an almost impossible task trying to fill the shoes of Mr. T, but he has plenty of charisma on offer. The picture above looks like four guys on their way to a fancy dress party, but I’m excited to see this.
Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Release Date: 18th June 2010
Jonah Hex, a scarred bounty hunter in the Wild West, first appeared in DC comics back in the 70s and a movie version has been talked about for just as long. The plot here sees him tracking a voodoo practitioner who’s bent on liberating the South by raising an army of the undead. John Malkovich is the one on madman villain duties – back where he belongs. Putting Josh Brolin opposite Megan Fox feels odd as they are literally at opposite ends of the acting ability scale. Meanwhile the director is an ex-Pixar animator whose only previous feature is Horton Hears A Who, and he’s currently being forced to do reshoots under the eye of a more experienced director (Francis Lawrence) thanks to an obviously concerned studio.