2012 Movie Highlights29.01.11 # Top Ten # 78 Comments
Snow White And The Huntsman
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Ian McShane
Director: Rupert Sanders
Out: 1st June 2012
This reimagining sees the Huntsman (Hemsworth) ordered to take Snow White (Stewart) into the woods to be killed but instead winding up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen (Theron). The dwarves are a who’s who of British acting talent – Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Eddie Izzard, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost – and yes there are eight, which means one gets killed probably. Tonally, this is a dark fantasy adventure movie. There’s another Snow White movie out in March called Mirror Mirror, which is a ghastly-looking kids’ version. This actually has an excellent trailer and may well surprise the doubters. Part of a planned trilogy.
The Raid: Redemption
Starring: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah
Director: Gareth Evans
Out: 23rd March 2012
Indonesian action movie (directed by a Welshman) about a SWAT team who become trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. Advance word is that this is a highly inventive action piece, expertly paced and edited, the best martial arts movie in years (a rare genre these days), even if the characters aren’t all that deep.
The Expendables 2
Starring: Stallone, Statham, Arnie, Willis, Li, Lundgren, Van Damme, Norris, Couture
Director: Simon West
Out: 17th August 2012
The general feeling about the first movie was that it wasn’t as good as its line-up. That may change here with Stallone handing over directing duties to Simon West (Con Air, Tomb Raider). This time Schwarzenegger will do a full week’s shooting, Bruce Willis will do two weeks as the expected villain. With the addition of Van Damme and Chuck Norris this is now the greatest action cast ever assembled. Let’s hope they can do it justice with a compelling story or at least some stunning fight scenes.
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong
Director: Andrew Stanton
Out: 9th March 2012
Civil War vet John Carter (Taylor Kitsch – Gambit in Wolverine) is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians (one of whom is played by Willem Dafoe). Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter the ‘Princess of Helium’ who is in desperate need of a savior. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel first published in 1912, this, astonishingly, went in pre-production in 1931 and has been in and out of development hell ever since. Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E), it all sounds slightly Avatar. The first trailer wasn’t too impressive, but perhaps the movie will be better, once bigger fx are completed.
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce
Director: Ridley Scott
Out: 8th June 2012
Ridley Scott returns to the Alien universe, but somewhere in development this turned from a straight prequel into ‘something else’. Indeed it sounds like the Aliens we know may now turn out to be little more than cameos. Still, Ridley Scott’s directing a deep space thriller and that’s something to relish. Rapace (Girl With’ Dragon Tattoo) will play a scientist on board the ‘Prometheus’ alongside corporate explorer Charlize Theron. Michael Fassbender will play an android. Scott has said it’ll be set 30 years before Alien and focus on the origins of the ‘space jockey’ creature seen near the alien eggs in the original. Scott isn’t the director he was, but still has great visual style.
Also Of Note: Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables, Will Ferrell in The Campaign, Seth MacFarlane’s Ted
What are your top 3 picks?