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2012's Most Anticipated Movies: Part 1

Monday, 26 December 2011

The Dark Knight Rises

Release Date: July 20th 2012 in United States, Canada and United Kingdom

Budget: £250m

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman and Michael Cane.

Probably the most highly anticipated superhero movie of all time, thanks largely to the powerhouse that is Christian Bale.  Batman has been reinvented since Bale took the role in 2005’s Batman Begins (Reviewed here).  I ran a superhero pole a while back and voted for Spiderman, Batman and Spiderman came out on a draw if I remember rightly, following the poll I watched Batman Begins for the second time and then took back my vote.

As far as watching The Dark Night (2008), well I have the movie but am in the process of getting a new Blu-Ray player, so I figured I would hang off until then and watch it in the best effect possible.  The Dark Knight Rises sees new bad guy Bane (Tom Hardy) as the chief protagonist, the terrorist leader arrives in Gotham City with a whole new challenge for Batman pushing him to breaking point and beyond.

The Expendables 2

Release Date: August 17th 2012, United States no dates for UK as yet
but will probably be a week or two later.

Budget: £100m (est)

Director: Simon West

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Chuck Norris

Oh and Tennis player Novak Djokovic will play himself in a cameo role. I’m actually really looking forward to this one, I really enjoyed the first instalment you just don’t get kick ass action like this anymore, straight out the 80’s.  Your only hope nowadays is to watch a Jason Statham movie.

There really are not to many details out about the plot just yet, but if the first one is anything to go by then The Expendables 2 should be an action packed blood thirsty kick ass action movie which you must not miss, think like John Rambo and The Expendables (2010).

The Bourne Legacy

Release Date: August 17th 2012, United Kingdom no dates for US release
probably a couple of weeks before

Budget: Unknown but probably £100m +

Director: Tony Gilroy

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen and Scott Glenn

It’s hard to pick a favourite in any of the Bourne movies, you would probably have to say that The Bourne Ultimatum edged it just slightly followed very closely by the first movie.  I mentioned my new Blu-Ray above, I intend watching them all again in this format but I wouldn’t expect my opinion to change much, they are all pretty kick ass movies.

The biggest surprise with the Bourne Legacy is the fact there will be no Matt Damon, the man who pretty much made the first three movies what they are.  They are some tough boots to fill that’s for sure, but I’m sure Edward Norton and Jeremy Renner can handle that.  Will it be as good as the previous three movies?  I hope so.


Release Date: October 26th 2012 United Kingdom probably a week or two
later in the US.

Budget: £200m (est)

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Finnes and Ben Wishaw

We can go back to the Dark Knight Rises really, I have said it before that Daniel Craig and Christian Bale have made both Bond and Batman cool again, before Daniel Craig came along I was not really to hot on Bond movies, especially ones which starred Pierce Brosnan, nothing against him I just don’t think he is that cool.  Casino Royale was released in 2006 I loved that I loved Quantum of Solace just as much.

In Skyfall we are stepping off into a one off storyline which has nothing to do with the previous two movies, there certainly has been plenty hype up to now and for the first time starring Daniel Craig we will see the character of “Q” return.  In the movie Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her, MI6 comes under attack and Bond must do everything in his power to stop it no matter what the personal cost.

Men In Black III

Release Date: May 25th 2012 United Kingdom probably a couple of weeks
before in the US.

Budget: Unknown but the first movie was around £140m, that was in 2002
so this will be a lot more.

Director: Barry Sonnefeld

Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Josh Brolin, Emma
Thompson, Rip Torn and Nicole Scherizinger.

You have to admit all the previous instalment of this franchise have been enjoyable, ok I didn’t go to the cinema to see them but they are very funny which is helped along by Smith's wise cracks and Jones’ dark and dry sense of humour.

I can’t give you to many details because there aren’t any as yet but I’m sure we can all hazard some sort of guess as to what we should be expecting, I probably won’t be seeing it at the cinema but I do think this is going to be a very good movie, it certainly has been long enough in the making.

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