2012 Movie Highlights29.01.11 # Top Ten # 78 Comments
Starring: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Rade Sherbedgia
Director: Olivier Megaton
Out: October 2012
In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan (Neeson) and his wife (Janssen) are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper he killed while rescuing his daughter (Grace). This time it is down to the daughter to help free Bryan and set him loose on the gang. The director of Colombiana takes charge, which might be a concern, although he’s pretty much cut from the same cloth as the previous helmer. The plot has the potential to be too far-fetched, not least if the daughter has turned from a total wuss Britney wannabe into a bad ass. As long as they focus on Neeson, he’ll deliver his usual highly-watchable gravitas.
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Steven Spielberg
Out: 9th November 2012
Based on a recent biography, this drama will focus on the last few months of Lincoln’s life, the ending of slavery and the Union victory in the Civil War. Spielberg says the story he wanted to tell was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment that permanently ended slavery. He plans to show “Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books…arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world.” He’s still capable of making great movies. This is expected to be a strong Oscar contender, with Day-Lewis aiming at another Best Actor win.
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane
Director: Mark Andrews
Out: 22nd June 2012
In the mystical, rugged Scottish Highlands, Merida (Macdonald) is an accomplished archer and the unruly daughter of King Fergus (Connolly). When she defies a sacred custom of the land bringing turmoil she must seek out an eccentric old Woman (Walters) and deal with the three lords of the kingdom (Coltrane, Ferguson, Kevin McKidd) to put things right. Brave is the first Pixar movie to have a woman as its lead character. After their critical misstep with Cars 2, this is a chance to prove they’re still the best in the business.
21 Jump Street
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco
Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Out: 16th March 2012
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. Advance buzz says this is the year’s most pleasant surprise – It could easily have been a cookie-cutter comedy but doesn’t follow the obvious paths. The gags flow fast, sappy-chick-flick regular Channing Tatum turns out to be excellent at comedy and with Hill they have a genuine bromantic chemistry.
Cabin In The Woods
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz
Director: Drew Goddard
Out: 13th April 2012
Five college students take a vacation at a remote cabin, but when they unwittingly unleash horrifying dangers they start to suspect there’s some kind of puppet-master pulling the strings. Postmodern horror co-written and produced by Joss Whedon. This promises to be a cliche-breaking horror-comedy that’s immensively clever and fun, making you experience a warped creative process from an unusual perspective. To say any more would spoil the twists. Avoid the trailer if you can.