2012 Movie Highlights29.01.11 # Top Ten # 78 Comments
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant (below right)
Directors: The Wachowski Siblings, Tom Tykwer
Out: 26th October 2012
R-rated adaptation of the 2004 novel which consists of interconnecting stories exploring how the actions of individual lives impact on others in the past, present and future – as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Most of the movie’s stars have multiple roles. Tom Hanks has at least four. The Wachowskis (‘The Matrix’) and Tom Tykwer (‘Run Lola Run’) are taking a big risk on this $160 million epic and refusing to play by the rules. The trailer is pretty stunning and even though it will be a difficult sell I hope it’s good enough to get awards attention.
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly
Director: Larry Charles
Out: 11th May 2012
The heroic story of a dictator (Cohen) who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppresses. Specifically, he is exiled to New York after being secretly replaced by a lookalike goat herder. The project is inspired by Saddam Hussein’s romance novel ‘Zabibah and the King’ which was a story about a nice dictator set 1300 years ago, that was really about himself. The movie is scripted, rather than another Cohen mockumentary, though it comes from the director of Borat and Bruno. It all sounds like potentially hilarious subject matter.
The Hunger Games
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks
Director: Gary Ross
Out: 23rd March 2012
In the future, 12 districts select a boy and a girl to fight to the death on live TV. When her younger sister is chosen, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to replace her. This is the next Twilight, so far as crazed fan following and huge box office go. The books have a massive, largely teenage, following. While I expect it’ll be a much better series, it does look like they’ve
stolen borrowed the central premise of Battle Royale and made a teen-aimed Hollywood friendly version of it. I’m not really on board, but fans are completely excited about it.
Men In Black III
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Rip Torn, Emma Thompson, Alec Baldwin
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Out: 25th May 2012
I remember crying out for sequels after seeing Men In Black. Then Men In Black 2 happened and that cry stopped abruptly. Now this seems like flogging a dead horse, but hopefully the concept should still bring us some inventive and wild storytelling. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back, as is director Sonnenfeld. This one’s a 3D time travel plot with Agent J (Smith) having to go back to the 60s to visit, and protect, a younger Agent K (Brolin playing Jones). Can you believe it will have been 10 years since Men In Black 2?
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Piper Perabo
Director: Rian Johnson
Out: 28th September 2012
In the future, time travel is banned but the mob still uses it to send targets back in time where they are eliminated by waiting assassins. When one of the mob’s killers (Gordon-Levitt) recognises his next target as himself (Willis), he’s presented with an obvious dilemma. The movie’s talented director brought us Brick and The Brothers Bloom. Early reviews say it’s great, with well-presented time travel rules, strong characters and uniquely shot action. Sounds like a
rip-off tribute to the short story ‘The Hit’ from 2000AD years ago.