Sci-Fi Movies 2012 – Guide24.11.11 # Sci-Fi # 14 Comments
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano
Director: Rian Johnson
Out: 28th September 2012
In the future, time travel is banned but the mob still uses it to send targets back in time where they are eliminated by waiting assassins. When one of the mob’s killers (Gordon-Levitt) recognises his next target as himself (Willis), he’s presented with an obvious dilemma. The movie’s talented director brought us Brick and The Brothers Bloom. Early reviews say it’s great, with well-presented time travel rules, strong characters and uniquely shot action. Sounds like a
rip-off tribute to the short story ‘The Hit’ from 2000AD years ago.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant (below right)
Directors: The Wachowski Siblings, Tom Tykwer
Out: 26th October 2012
R-rated adaptation of the 2004 novel which consists of interconnecting stories exploring how the actions of individual lives impact on others in the past, present and future – as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Most of the movie’s stars have multiple roles. Tom Hanks has at least four. The Wachowskis (‘The Matrix’) and Tom Tykwer (‘Run Lola Run’) are taking a big risk on this $160 million epic and refusing to play by the rules. The trailer is pretty stunning and even though it will be a difficult sell I hope it’s good enough to get awards attention.
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Jayne Heitmeyer
Director: Juan Diego Solanas
10th December 2012 - Pushed To Next Year
Romeo And Juliet influenced sci-fi romance about a man (Sturgess) searching a parallel universe for a long-lost love from his youth (Dunst). They begin separated by opposite worlds, one universe upside down directly above the other, always out of reach. That world is populated exclusively by the rich, whereas the poor live doomed to walk the floors rather than the ceilings. Visually the movie looks pretty spectacular and is certainly an interesting premise. The leads are generally likeable, so this could be something special.
Under The Skin
Starring: Scarlett Johansson
Director: Jonathan Glazer
TBC 2012 - Pushed To Next Year
Based on the dark and slightly surreal book, described by reviewers as “audacious, fascinating, and repellent” this is about a lone female who scouts the Scottish Highlands for men ‘of the right proportions’. Why does she have such extensive surgical scarring? Why fake glasses? And who exactly is working at the farm she’s staying at? To reveal the reason spoils the mystery part of this story. You can bet the trailer will ruin it though. This is from the director of Sexy Beast, which was excellent, so I expect this to be interesting, even if it’s not a success. It’s definitely going to be an odd one.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
TBC 2012 - Pushed To Next Year
A space mission to repair the Hubble telescope meets disaster when satellite debris collides with the space station, destroying most of it and killing all but two astronauts. The remaining pair must now fight for survival and try to find a way home. This will be shot in the same style as the director’s Children Of Men, and anyone who saw that will know just how visually amazing it should be in a space setting. In fact, it’s said to be even more ambitious with new rigs to create subjective immersion in space – James Cameron says it’s “5 years ahead of its time” on a technical level. That’s some hype. Can’t wait to see it, even if Sandra Bullock isn’t the most interesting leading actress.
What are your top 3 picks?