Okay, here’s my 2012 movie preview. It looks like a good year for movies. I likely won’t end up seeing all of these when they are in theaters, but right now I am planning to. Enjoy.
January 13, 2012
Contraband – Mark Wahlberg stars in this good old fashion heist movie. I really enjoyed the trailer. Before that I didn’t plan to see it. Also starring Kate Beckinsale, who is always good.
Beauty and the Beast 3D – In my opinion, Disney’s greatest animated feature, much better than The Lion King, Toy Story, or even my second favorite, Sleeping Beauty. I haven’t seen it in a long time, but do have the Blu-Ray. I’ll have to watch it in 2D before I see it in 3D. I hope it’s done well. There are a number of older movies coming back in 3D, and I have my doubts about how it will work out. Fingers crossed.
January 20, 2012
Underworld Awakening – I loved Underworld and Underworld Evolution, but Underworld: Rise of the Lycans really didn’t do much for me. Probably because Kate Beckinsale was so good in the first two and wasn’t in the third. Fortunately, she’s back for the fourth installment. Looks like it should be good. It’s nice to see a movie with werewolves and vampires that won’t make you want to throw up. 🙂
Haywire – Gina Carano of American Gladiators stars in her first movie, an espionage thriller about an undercover operative who is double-crossed by someone within the agency. I don’t know anything about Carano, but they have surrounded her with an all star cast that includes, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, and Michael Douglas. The trailer certainly looks good. I think this one has a lot of promise.
Red Tails – A movie about the Tuskegee Airmen starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrance Howard. Lots of old planes flying around trying to shoot each other down. Need I say more? I’m in.
January 27, 2012
Man on a Ledge – Sam Worthington plays a fugitive who goes out on a ledge of a building so that his allies can try to prove his innocence. Interesting concept for sure. The trailer had one glaringly silly thing though, as he throws money from the ledge in order to distract everyone from an explosion in an adjacent building. Somehow that seems a bit hard to swallow.
The Grey – How exactly did Liam Neeson become an action star? He was surprisingly good in an action role in Taken, and then again in Unknown. Now he’s out in the frozen wilderness trying to escape wolves? Sounds like fun!
February 3, 2012
Chronicle – This one is about some high school students who develop powers. Did somebody say X-Men rip-off?
February 10, 2012
Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D – Okay, let’s be honest. This is the weakest of all five movies, but ever fan knows they are going to flock to the theater to see it again in 3D, if for no other reason to make sure they don’t dump the project before they get to A New Hope. I will be going to see it. I just hope, as I said with Beauty and the Beast that it is done well. I am pretty sure Lucas wouldn’t do it if he didn’t think it would do justice to the series.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Okay, I have a problem with this one. They are using a character from the Journey to the Center of the Earth movie in this to make it a sequel even though the books had nothing to do with each other (as far as I can tell, I never reda them). Um…okay, I guess. Dwayne Johnson is always good, and Nerfighters will understand what I mean when I say “PUPPY SIZED ELEPHANTS!” Looks like this could be fun. I just wish they hadn’t bothered to make it a sequel.
Safe House – Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, and Robert Patrick star in this action thriller. Tobin Frost (Washington) is a CIA agent who went rogue and has been on the run for almost ten years. When he is brought to a safe house maintained by Matt Weston (Reynolds) for debriefing, they are attacked. They end up on the run, not knowing whom they can trust. Anything with Denzel in it is bound to be good.
February 17, 2012
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – I can’t wait! I don’t know why it’s taken five years to make this movie. It’s certainly the first “big” movie of the year. I can’t say I recognize any other names from the cast, but Nicholas Cage is awesome. I loved the first movie, and this is high on my list of movies I’m really looking forward to in 2012.
February 24, 2012
Gone – I don’t know too much about this one. A girl escapes from a kidnapper only to have her sister abducted a year later. I liked the trailer, but this might be a candidate to wait for video. We’ll see.
Act of Valor – This is a movie about Navy SEALs. There have been a lot of movies about Navy SEALs. What makes this one different is that it stars actual active duty Navy SEALs. The movie takes them from mission to mission as they discover clues to a much larger plot. Now, the question must be asked, can the Navy SEALs act? We know they can shoot and blow shit up, but usually in movies they leave that to the special effects guys. The trailer certainly looked good though, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
March 2, 2012
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Well…Famke Janssen is in it. Other than that…I don’t know. I guess we’ll see when the trailer comes out.
March 9, 2012
John Carter – I have never read the book, but from the first time I saw the trailer, I knew I had to see this one. Taylor Kitsch, who played Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, stars, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he does headlining a big movie. His most notable previous movie appearances were in Snakes on a Plane and as fan favorite Gambit in X-Men origins: Wolverine. (I’ve still got my fingers crossed for a Gambit movie.)
The Raven – In 19th century Baltimore, a mad serial killer is using the works of Edgar Allen Poe to commit murders. Poe (John Cusack) and a detective (Luke Evans) attempt to hunt down him the murder before someone close to the author can become his next victim. Sounds interesting. I’ve always liked John Cusack, and Luke Evans was superb as Zeus in Immortals.
March 16, 2012
Mirror Mirror – This is the first of two movies based on the Snow White fairy tale. Starring Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Priest, Abduction), Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer (The Social Network), and Nathan Lane, this is most definitely a comedy. The trailer looks hysterical, and will be a nice contrast to the more serious Snow White movie coming later in the year.
March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games – The second “big” movie of the year, perhaps bordering on “mega-big”. The book blew me away and the trailer makes me think I won’t be disappointed. This is the story of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a reality TV show where twenty-four 12-18 year olds fight to the death. I want this movie NOW! It feels like an eternity until the sequel in November of 2013.
March 30, 2012
Wrath of the Titans – Ten years after the events of the first movie, Perseus is trying to live a quiet life, but the gods are losing a struggle versus the Titans. Perseus must fight to save the gods from the Titans. Funny, I think I just saw a movie about the Gods and Titans, but what the heck, the Greek Gods are always good for an action packed movie.
April 6, 2012
Titanic 3D – I really hope they don’t re-release every big movie in 3-D. It just doesn’t make THAT much of a difference. Still, I sat through it one for 3 and a half hours to watch the ship sink, I guess I’ll have to do it again. One note though. I have not heard about any changes being made to the movie beyond the 3-D. I really wish they would make some CGI changes to the sinking of the ship since we now know it didn’t quite break apart the way everyone thought it did back when this movie was made. One of the hard things about writing historical fiction is that sometimes the historical part changes over time. As I understand the current theory behind the sinking, it might be possible to alter it with CGI. Somehow I don’t think it’s going to happen.
The Cold Light of Day – Starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver, this is about an American whose family is kidnapped in Spain. He must decipher the connection between their kidnapping and his father’s secrets to save his family. Any action movie starring Bruce Willis is automatically on my must see list.
April 13, 2012
Bullet to the Head – This is based on a graphic novel and stars Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater, and Holt McCallany. It tells the story of a New Orleans hit man who teams up with a NY City cop to hunt down their partners’ killers. Sounds interesting.
April 20, 2012
MS One: Maximum Security – This is one where I know it’s exactly the type of movie I like yet even I think the plot sounds farfetched. Violent prisoners aboard an outer space prison take the president’s daughter captive. An innocent man convicted of espionage is offered his freedom if he can rescue her. One question. Why is the president’s daughter at an outer space prison that houses violent inmates? Wasn’t there a mall opening she could attend instead?
April 27, 2012
Safe – Typical Jason Statham movie. No more needs to be said.
May 4, 2012
The Avengers – The “mega-big” hit of the summer! What do I need to say about Avengers? Captain America! Thor! Iron Man! Hulk! Hawkeye! Black Widow! Nick Fury! Ever since Iron Man came out in 2008, everything Marvel has put on the nig screen has been leading up to this movie. I also like how they are continuing this year’s Thor and Captain America stories by including both Loki and the cube. We know exactly what Iron man has been up to from the end of the second movie and the end of Incredible Hulk. I just hope they fill us in on what the Hulk has been up to, as well as give us some back-story on Hawkeye. I can hardly wait!
May 11, 2012
Dark Shadows – Johnny Depp is going to play a vampire. That’s all I need to hear.
May 18, 2012
Battleship – I’m not sure what to make of this movie to be honest. We know why it was made. After the success of Transformers and the lesser success of G Joe on the big screen, Hasbro is trying to capitalize on its other big name properties. Problem is, as near as I can tell, this movie has little to do with the game beyond some of the action taking place on and around battleships. Essentially it’s an alien invasion movie from what I can tell. It looks good. Don’t get me wrong, but they could have named this any number of things that have nothing to do with Hasbro. It almost feels like Hasbro bought the naming rights to a movie they had nothing to do with. Of course, maybe there are things not revealed in the trailer that make the game more relevant, but I doubt it. It does have a decent cast, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Asano Tadanobu, and Liam Neeson. I guess we’ll see what happens with this one.
May 25, 2012
Men in Black III – Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back! I don’t know why it took so long. It was five years between the first two movies and ten between the second and third. I do hope the fourth comes in before 2027. But, whatever the reason for the wait, they’re back, and it should be awesome.
June 1, 2012
Snow White and the Huntsman – The second of this year’s Snow White stories, this one is handicapped by the casting of Kristen Stewart in the title role. Now, it is possible that she will be great. It may be the source material that makes her seem like an emotionless lump devoid of any character and personality in the Twilight movies. So…if she can act, then this looks great. If not, well, let’s really hope she can act. Chris “Thor” Hemsworth plays the huntsman and Charlize Theron the evil queen.
June 8, 2012
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman, and the Penguins are back! I’ve enjoyed these movies, though story-wise they are nowhere near as good as Kung Fun Panda or How to Train Your Dragon. Still, very enjoyable, and I’m looking forward to the third installment.
Prometheus – A Sci-Fi epic directed by Ridley Scott, who directed Alien and Blade Runner. Yes. Seeing that.
Jun 15, 2012
Jack the Giant Killer – Animated film about a boy who inadvertently opens a gateway between worlds. The giants who lost the war long ago will try to retake the land they lost. Sounds interesting.
June 22, 2012
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Um…sure. Why not? I guess this is based on a book. I am assuming its fiction. 🙂
Brave – A Disney Pixar movie about the daughter of a Scottish king who doesn’t really like tradition. Sounds like Mulan in Scotland. Aye!
June 29, 2012
GI Joe: Retaliation – Another “big” movie. I enjoyed the first one, but it was far from a masterpiece. Adding Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis to the cast certainly can’t hurt.
July 3, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man – The summer’s second “mega-big” movie this year. I must say that I am sorry they rebooted, but from the looks of things, the reboot will be great. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field, they have certainly assembled a great cast. I hope this time they won’t stop at three movies. I don’t like continuous reboots.
July 13, 2012
Ice Age: Continental Drift – This is one of my favorite animated movie series. I can’t wait for this one.
July 20, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises – Rounding out the year’s “mega-big” three comic book movies, it is billed as the final movie. That’s unfortunate, but if the previews are any indication, they are going out with a bang.
August 3, 2012
The Bourne Legacy – Another Bourne movie. I wonder if it will be different than the last three. 🙂
Total Recall – This is a re-imagining of the original. Funny thing is, I never thought the original was that good. I had to see it several times before I figured out was actually happening in a lot of it. They have assembled a good cast including Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and John Cho, so I’m hoping this is good.
August 17, 2012
The Expendables 2 – Let’s review the cast for a moment, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Without question, this is the greatest action movie cast of all time. All they need are a few truck loads of explosives, guns, and knives, a little dialogue and something resembling a plot and you’ll have the greatest action movie of all time.
September 14, 2012
Argo – Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Kyle Chandler, this movie is based on true events, chronicling the rescue of six American citizens during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979.
September 21, 2012
Dredd – Every great actor has at least one (often more than one) major turkey on their resume that they would like to forget. For Sylvester Stallone Judge Dredd was that exactly. Now it is being remade with Karl “Dr. McCoy” Urban in the title role. I hope it fares better this time around.
October 5, 2012
Taken 2 – Liam Neeson reprises his roll as Bryan Mills, this time kidnapped along with his wife by the father of one of his daughter’s kidnappers. I look forward to seeing him use his “particular set of skills” to get his wife to safety and make their kidnapper pay for what he’s done.
October 12, 2012
Parker – Typical Jason Statham movie. I think I’ve said that already.
October 19, 2012
The Gangster Squad – A 1940’s gangster movie. Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn.
November 2, 2012
Red Dawn – This one’s different. Am American city becomes the beachhead for an invasion by a foreign power. Starring Chris “Thor” Hemsworth, who looks to have a big year at the box office.
November 9, 2012
Skyfall – James Bond returns. I must admit. I still miss Timothy Dalton. Daniel Craig is great though. I just hope it’s better than Quantum of Solace. (Though in all fairness, QoS suffered only from it’s plot being such a direct continuation of Casino Royale that it didn’t really have a plot of its own.)
November 16, 2012
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part II – Mercifully it will end.
November 21, 2102
Rise of the Guardians – If the sequel is half as good as the original, it will give everyone something to hoot about. Sorry…couldn’t resist. 🙂
December 14, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – I’ve never read the books, but I love the animated movie. (Yes, I know, they cut lots out.) Still, it’s a prequel, and that means you already know how it is going to end. I don’t think being done in two parts helps either. Most likely it will be the biggest movie of the year, but The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises will all be better. Not that it won’t be good, but I just really wish they had made it first.
December 21, 2012
Hunter Killer – A Russian general stages a military coup and a US submarine with an untested Captain is sent to evacuate the Russian President. Who says the end of the cold war means the end of cold war movies?
World War Z – Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, and David Morse star in a zombie movie. I’m in.
December 25, 2012
The Great Gatsby – I vaguely remember reading the book when I was in high school. It wasn’t good enough to remember. However, I keep hearing very smart people online talking about how good it is, so while I’m not about to read the book again, I’ll certainly see the movie.
Well, that about does it for 2012. I’m sure there will be more movies coming out that I will see some that have not been scheduled yet. I hope that the world does not end as prophesized by the Mayans, but if it does, at least we got to see Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Batman on the big screen one last time. 🙂
Thanks for reading!