Action Movies 2011 – Guide17.12.10 # Action Movies # 48 Comments
Starring: Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, John Hurt, Kellan Lutz
Director: Tarsem Singh
Release Date: 11 November 2011
3D Greek mythology epic. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Warrior Theseus (Henry Cavill from Stardust) embarks on a quest to stop Hyperion’s armies finding a mythical bow and using it to release the Titans from their mountain prison. The movie reportedly has a massive $115m budget. Visual master Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) looks poised to finally break through into the big time. This will be far superior to Clash Of The Titans.
Sherlock Holmes 2
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris
Director: Guy Ritchie
Release Date: 16 December 2011
Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes was fast-paced, humorous and had great interplay between the characters. Robert Downey Jr got to be Robert Downey Jr (nothing wrong with that) only this time with an English accent, and Jude Law got to shine for once in his supporting role as Watson. Now in the sequel the less-impressive Rachel McAdams is sidelined in favour of Noomi Rapace from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Stephen Fry will play Holmes’ smarter-but-lazier older brother (great casting), and Jared Harris has been cast as Moriarty, despite persistent rumours that it would go to former Snatch collaborator Brad Pitt.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway
Director: Brad Bird
Release Date: 16th December 2011
Remember the sofa jump and Cruise’s public dumping by Paramount? Well, they made up. JJ Abrams, who directed the third movie, stays on board as producer, giving helming duties to Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille). It’s a risky choice of director, the last live-action leap made by a Pixar pro gave us Jonah Hex. The villains are played by Michael Nyqvist (09′s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds) and Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire). Hopefully Mission Impossible 4 will remember it’s about the team not the individual (M:I2) and not get sidetracked by boring girlfriend issues (M:I3).
The Killer Elite
Starring: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic Purcell
Director: Gary McKendry
Release Date: TBC 2011
Based on the Sir Ranulph Fiennes book The Feather Men, which controversially claimed to be based on real events, this concerns a series of assassinations of members of the British SAS by a hit squad called “The Clinic”, backed by an arab Sheik. Statham plays one of a group of vigilante special forces members who, over the course of 14 years, take on the hit men to protect members of their regiment. Statham’s last 80s-set based-on-a-true-story action-drama, The Bank Job, turned out great. With an intriguing premise, this will hopefully come together in a similar way.
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