Action Movies 2011 – Guide17.12.10 # Action Movies # 48 Comments
Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon (Transformers 3)
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey
Director: Michael Bay
Release Date: 1 July 2011
Megan Fox’s public insulting of Michael Bay has led to her getting fired from the series and replaced by newcomer-model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who plays Carly. The plot revolves around the space race and how The Transformers were involved in it right from the beginning. So real 60s history is being rewritten. Will it turn out Megatron assassinated JFK? I was left exhausted and bored by Transformers 2, this series is so inherently cool I’m waiting for someone else to take charge and concentrate on the interplay between the Transformers rather than Shia LaBeouf trying to score and hiding under a table.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, John Hurt
Director: David Yates
Release Date: 15 July 2011
Expect this to be a rousing finale to one of the most spectacular film series ever made. Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort’s final horcruxes, but when ‘Ol Snake Nose finds out about their mission you can expect to see school totally trashed by Harry and foe firing enough bolts at each other to keep local glaziers in work for years. In fact their fight sequence will reportedly expand on what’s witnessed in the book. Even though Part 1 missed out on 3D, Part 2 will probably be converted in time.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci
Director: Joe Johnston
Release Date: 22 July 2011
During World War II, Steve Rogers (Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. His enhanced body enables him to survive being accidentally frozen for several decades. He is thawed in the present day, where he continues his fight with skull-faced Nazi ‘Red Skull’ (Weaving). This is Marvel’s first period movie then, at least in part. Chris Evans was a surprising choice, since he was already known for playing the much-more-physically-suited-to-him Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four. Most now accept Evans as Cap. But not all. I’d be more relaxed if director Joe Johnston’s last movie The Wolfman wasn’t an expensive mess. Why isn’t this being released on July 4th?
Cowboys & Aliens
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 29 July 2011
In 1873, a loner (Craig) awakes with no memory and wanders into the town of Absolution, to discover he a wanted criminal. As the town’s mean authority figure (Ford) is ready to string him up, mysterious forces attack from the sky. Former enemies must now stand together against a more powerful foe. The movie has actually been in the works for 13 years, with the graphic novel being published only when it looked like it was stuck in development hell. If you can get past the silliness of the title (I have no problem with it), then this has all the talent involved to suggest a cracking sci-fi adventure. Instead of being jokey/camp in tone, it’s all being played straight – which definitely is the right way to go.
Conan The Barbarian
Starring: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan
Director: Marcus Nispel
Release Date: 19 August 2011
Sword and sorcery reboot. After his father is murdered and village destroyed, the mighty Conan survives as a thief, pirate, and warrior. On his path of wanton adventure and women, he chances upon the warlord responsible for his tribe’s destruction. As he tracks him, he must battle monsters, henchmen, and a powerful witch. From the director of underwhelming fantasy epic Pathfinder. How do you recast Schwarzenegger? Basically impossible, but Jason Momoa from Stargate Atlantis / Game of Thrones is gonna try. Nichols is the love interest, Perlman is Conan’s father, McGowan is the witch. It will be converted to 3D in post production. Shame the King Conan project (with Schwarzenegger as a wise old Conan on the throne) got canned when he was elected to Governor.