Sci-Fi Movies 2012 – Guide24.11.11 # Sci-Fi # 14 Comments
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Liam Neeson
Director: Peter Berg
Out: 18th May 2012
A small fleet of naval ships on exercise off the Hawaiian islands finds itself pitted against an alien force intent on building a dangerous power source in the ocean. The movie will apparently show the battle from both the human and alien perspectives, which sounds ballsy. The set-up and visual style do everything they can to appear like a Michael Bay movie, hoping to catch a fraction of the Transformers crowd. It’s based on the board game, but would actually be getting people more excited were it not. 1985′s Clue showed that you can make a good movie based on a board game, and Pirates Of The Caribbean was based on a theme park ride, but this seems sillier because it’s not being played tongue in cheek. Also casting Rihanna isn’t helping its credibility. At least a futuristic war movie set at sea is original and offers a spectacle not seen before.
Men In Black 3
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Rip Torn, Emma Thompson
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Out: 25th May 2012
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return, as does 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). Emma Thompson is an agent in the modern day, a secretary played by Alice Eve in the 60s. Jemaine Clement and Nicole Scherzinger are villains. Bill Hader is Andy Warhol. There have been numerous rumours that the production has been a bit of a mess. Let’s pray it’s a MIB, not a MIB II. The concept is still a great one and there’s no reason it can’t have some wild and inventive storytelling. Can’t believe it will have been 10 years since Men In Black 2.
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba
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, or that they appear in recognisable form only toward the end because it’s a story about how the species came to be. Regardless, 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 explorer Charlize Theron. Michael Fassbender will play an android. Scott has said it’ll be set 30 years before Alien and include the origins of the ‘space jockey’ creature seen near the alien eggs in the original.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel
Director: Len Wiseman
Out: 3rd August 2012
With a story lying half way between the 1990 version and the 1966 novelette, this sees a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on (between nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai). Incredibly (unless I’ve missed something) the movie does not involve Mars in any way, which for me is an enormous letdown. It’s also going to be PG-13, throwing out the wonderful bloody violence of the original. Colin Farrell can lead a good remake, as shown in the entertaining Fright Night redo. Unfortunately he is poison at the box office, and since this reportedly has a massive $200 million budget, there’s an even chance this might be one of the biggest money losers of the year. The director of Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard will need to step up his game in every respect.
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Jason Cope
Director: Pete Travis
Out: 21st September 2012
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, Judge Dredd (Urban) teams with trainee Anderson (Thirlby) to take down a ruthless clan leader (Headey) who’s pushing the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. On the plus side, this script was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later), the movie’s co-produced by Britain’s great DNA Films, and everyone’s determined not to repeat the mistakes of the Stallone version. On the potential downside, Karl Urban doesn’t look the part so far, it’s directed by the man responsible for pedestrian thriller Vantage Point (who landed the gig after Duncan Jones (Moon) turned it down) and there are rumours he’s been locked out of the editing room by the producers. Judge Dredd and the 2000AD universe deserve a great movie, hopefully it’ll work out.