Top 20 Best Movies Of 2012 …So Far13.07.12 # Top Ten # 18 Comments
Starring: Alex Russel, Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan
Director: Josh Trank
Released: 3rd February 2012
Three high school friends discover an alien object underground that gives them slowly-developing superpowers. Soon the fun of their abilities takes a darker turn and their friendship is pushed to the brink. This is a found-footage movie, so think ‘Cloverfield’ meets ‘Unbreakable’. It’s an inventive script, creatively shot and they were wise to focus on the character they did. It’s let down a bit by too much forced laughter and ***SPOILERS*** mishandling its two major character death scenes (one could have had great impact if we’d seen it properly, the other was oddly timed given all he was doing was smashing glass and pushing people).
14th. The Grey
Starring: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts
Director: Joe Carnahan
Released: 27th January 2012
A handful of Alaskan workers are stranded in the freezing wilderness when their plane crashes. Soon a blood-thirsty pack of wolves is on their trail. Liam Neeson has got better with age and he’s superbly watchable here. The movie was mis-sold though, he doesn’t really ‘fight back’, it’s an extremely bleak movie, as they get picked off, dying in agony. While the atmospherics, and the message that ‘nature sucks and there is no God to help you’ do leave a lasting impression, the plotting is predictable once it gets going and the ending somewhat unsatisfying.
13th. Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Talking Heads: Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, Seth Rogen
Documentary from the director of ‘Super Size Me’ that follows a wannabe comic-book artist, an aspiring costume designer, a desperate comic-book retailer, and other types at Comic-Con. If you don’t know what Comic-Con is then skip this but if you’re curious to find out more about the event and get a different insight into geek culture then you’ll thoroughly enjoy it. Even if the talking heads are a bit repetitive.
12th. John Carter
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe (voice)
Director: Andrew Stanton
Released: 9th March 2012
An American Civil War vet accidentally transports himself to Mars, where a war rages between two human-like settlements and a native species. There he meets a princess who begs him to fight for her dying cause. The movie is disjointed in places, sometimes boring, sometimes touches on Flash Gordon cheese and the native species are too cartoony and hard to tell apart. But Disney put one of the biggest ever budgets behind this and much of it can be seen on screen. It is a grand, old-fashioned sci-fi adventure that many will get a kick out of. Risk-taking filmmaking should be rewarded.
11th. Men In Black III
Starring: Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Released: 25th May 2012
Agent J (Smith) travels back in time to the 60′s to save his partner and prevent a world invasion. No, it’s not a necessary sequel but it actually holds together well and is much superior to the second movie. There’s invention in the storytelling and the visuals, the villain is entertaining and it’s fun watching Brolin doing a young Tommy Lee Jones impression. The twist ending works. A mainstream movie that is interesting and coherent until the end seems to be a bit rare these days.
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green
Director: Ridley Scott
Released: 8th June 2012
An expedition lands on an alien planet in hopes of discovering who created mankind. A mixed bag of a movie that’s worth seeing for the beautiful cinematography, (some) great acting, a tense build up, and several excellent sequences. As a whole it doesn’t hang together, due to lazy plotting (the biology for one, sucks) and it doesn’t tie into the first 20 minutes of Alien in a satisfying way.