Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Coming to the Big Screen in 2012

I love summer. Being someone who stays near the Equator, “summer” is all year round. Why I like Summer? What I meant is that I like Summer because it’s when Hollywood will release all the best of movies for the year to capture the market of movie-goes during the Summer holidays’ break. Reading from the newspaper and movie trailers release by movie houses, below are some of the movies which I am eagerly anticipating in the Year 2012:-
1. The Amazing Spiderman
Tobey Maguire hangs up his Spider suit and passes on the “web” to Andrew Garfield?!? Though I don’t know much or remember watching any of his previous movie, with a surname like “Garfield”, wouldn’t this actor be a better bet for the movie about the fat, orange cat? I wonder Odie will be named as one of the villain in this latest instalment of Spiderman. Even Sam Raimi who has been directing the last 3 Spiderman movie is passing on the mantle to Marc Webb. It will be interesting to see who will be in the line-up of the baddies who will be giving Spidey a “sling of his time”. Hopefully, this Marc will not make a “cob”Webb out of one of my favourite comic character. According to its official website,
Scheduled release date : 3rd July 2012
2. The Avengers
This must the movie of the year for all the Marvel comic superheroes lovers. With such a big cast of comic heroes who accompanied us throughout our teenage years, who in his /her right mind Is going to give this movie a miss? Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army.You want to know which superheroes will be featured in this movie? How about Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye and Hulk who will be entasked to marvel us with a great storyline to glue us to the seat for the whole 1.5 hours. The same actors and actresses who acted in the earlier movie of each superhero ie. Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America) will reprise their roles in The Avengers. The cream of the crops will be watching Scarlett Johansson in her heroine role and tight outfit as revealed in the movie trailer. Boy, I can’t wait for this movie to hit our local cinema.
Scheduled release date : 4th May 2012
3. The Bourne Legacy
I just love the Jason Bourne instalment. As an avid reader who has read every single Jason Bourne’s book written by both Robert Ludlum and subsequently taken over by Eric Von Lustbader, I eagerly anticipate this movie to see how it transcend from the paperback to the big screen. Jason Bourne’s character is akin to Matt Damon’s alter ego ever since he starred in the 1st instalment of Jason Bourne in the big screen. Matt Damon’s portrayal of Jason Bourne has already captured the approval of millions of Jason Bourne’s lover. Similar to my disappointment over the change of the main actor for Spider Man, this time around Matt Damon will not reprise his role of Jason Bourne. Jeremy Renner who will also star in The Avengers will take over the role of Jason Bourne. This will be a big shoe to fit in indeed for Jeremy. Btw, Jeremy is currently acting along Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol.
Scheduled release date : 3rd August 2012
4. The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan was given a thumb’s up in his role in the previous instalment of Batman. The Dark Knight has caused a ruckus last month in China when he visited a blind activist. His action is sure to have irked the Chinese government and I am quite sure this movie will not be given a kind premiere in China. I wonder Chris will be allowed to promote the movie in China or the task will be on the shoulder of the director and the other casts. Catwoman will again appear as Batman’s nemesis along with Scarecrow and Bane.
Scheduled release date : 20th July 2012
5. Chinese Zodiac
Note: Can’t find a photo online on this movie
This movie is supposed to be Jackie Chan’s 101 movie as an actor. Does this guy ever stop? This story revolve around Jackie going around the world to look for the 12 Chinese Zodiac which were stolen from the Imperial Summer Palace. The movie has the element of Indiana Jones and Jackie’s previous movie “Armour of God”. With Jackie Chan back with his action movies, fan can be guaranteed a good show. As the story goes, Jackie will be travelling around the world to retrieve the stolen loots. So, be prepared to be mesmerised by some famous locations around the world and witness Jackie Chan performing some death defying stunts again. Question : Does this guy ever stop?
Scheduled release date : Mid Dec. 2012
6. Resident Evil : Retribution
This is a movie where the living dead lives to their names. They never die and Alice is kept ever busy, going alone or collaborating with a few survivors in the battle against the zombies. I have already lost count how many Resident Evil Milla Jokovich has acted in. 4 or 5? But I am sure Hollywood will continue to bank on this famous computer game franchise and turn out more Resident Evil movies as long as it can still rake in the cash.
Scheduled release date : 14th Sept 2012
7. The Viral Factor
This Chinese movie is about an elite counter-terrorist unit based in Hong Kong who heads to Middle East to find a deadly virus. Unfortunately, one of the team member betrays the team and the team leader is entasked to stop him from his personal agenda and unleash the virus to the world. This movie is a must see for us as the movie is shot 80% in Malaysia. Malaysians will see Nicholas Tse and Jay Chou in places like KLCC, KL Sentral, KL Railway Station etc. This movie was shot in the midst of Nicholas and Cecilia’s saga which eventually led to their divorce.
8. Underworld : Awakening
Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as a vampire slayer in this movie. How the ending goes is anyone’s guess. Good vs. Evil. Who will win? This is the answer which everyone knows. I guess Kate is the only reason I will buy a ticket to watch this movie.
There may be many more interesting movies which will be rolled out for the year. With Dec 2012 approaching, I am wondering whether there will be another movie about apocalypse to be released in the year. So, before the year ends (apparently), wouldn’t it be great to be entertained by another few more interesting movies and be spellbound by some great story-tellers and movie makers and of course, ogle your heart out over your favourite actors and actresses? I am definitely getting my tickets Smile!

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