There are a ton of films that will be releasing this year, which can make it hard on moviegoers everywhere. Given this economical climate, its clear that we cant afford to watch every single film that has a good trailer, so I decided to make things a little easier on you. The last thing you want to do is pay good money to watch a bad, terribly bad
Twilight film. You want to watch something good; something that will keep you entertained and is worthwhile. It should allow you to lose yourself in the wonder, adventure and amazement of a thrilling ride. With that here’s my list of 10 blockbuster films to budget for in 2014.
10. UNDER THE SKIN
Well, I’m kind of cheating with this one considering it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in August last year. It then went on to play at two more film festivals, winning over both audiences and critics. With many saying once the film gets a full release it would probably become a cult classic.
The film is about an alien who has been sent to earth to prey on hitchhikers.
If it sounds weird it’s because it is weird, and judging from the trailer, which plays like a kaleidoscope of awe, horror, amusement and creepy, it is. Under The Skin certainly looks to be unnerving and with Scarlett Johansson as the lead, it certainly has a one-up of being one of the most intriguing, interesting and different movies of the year.
Release Date: 23 May 2014 (TBC)
Based on one of the most celebrated Bible fables of all time, comes Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, the man behind one of the best psychological thrillers in recent times, Black Swan.
This is a film that has been in Aronofsky’s mind for at least 5 years, and his been fighting to get it made ever since.
With a cast that includes Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins, Aronofsky looks to recreate this legend in epic unique way. Its been a few years since we got a large scale epic Bible story, so it goes without saying that this is one that should not be missed.
Release Date: 28 March 2014
8. BIG HERO 6/ HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
I couldn’t make up my mind between these two films so I decided it’s a draw!
Firstly, Big Hero 6 is a Marvel-Disney co-production film, with Marvel providing the story, and Disney doing all the animation and, you know… funding.
Set in a fictional metropolis called San Fransokyo (a combination of San Francisco and Tokyo), Big Hero 6 will be centered on a young prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his self-created robot Baymax, both of whom uncover a criminal plot and must join a team of inexperienced crime fighters.
There certainly is a Disney flavoured relationship between Hiro and Baymax but with the Marvel badassery.
On the other hand, we have How to Train your Dragon 2, which I’m quite excited for. I never bothered with the first film when it released but I was forced into watching by my little cousin when she finally got the DVD and I was pleasantly surprised by just how good it was. So this time around I think I’ll treat my little cousin to catch it when it releases.
Big Hero 6 Release Date: 7 November 2014 (TBC)
How to Train Your Dragon 2: 13 June 2014
7. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, looks to be quite possibly the best Marvel film of Phase Two, as well as the best Marvel film to date. The film looks to have a perfect combination of espionage, suspense and comic book flavor to it that manages to elevate itself out of the margins that people place on comic book movies.
It certainly looks to show the world just how intriguing these properties can be, when taken out the confines of the comic book panels and what people come to expect from it. Besides Robert Redford is in a comic book film! That alone is reason enough to not miss this!
Release Date: 4 April 2014
6. EDGE OF TOMORROW
From the stellar Japanese novel, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, comes the white washed American adaption that actually looks pretty good.
The film revolves around Lt Col. William “Billy” Cage, who is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to be a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again.
Japanese manga and anime has been at the bad end of Hollywood adaptions for years, while this looks good, the film could miss its mark when it comes to the story as Hollywood has shown its completely incompetent of understanding why fans love these stories.
The reason I have faith in this is because for all Tom Cruise’s zany/crazy/antics, he always delivers a strong performance and when it comes to sci-fi, apart from Oblivion, the stories always tend to be engaging and fascinating.
Release Date: 6 June 2014
After the abominable 90’s Godzilla film, it’s crazy to think that the next film will actually be good… but the truth of the matter is that it will be.
It’s a re-imagining of epic proportions, with the filmmakers striving to give us the sense of awe and wonder that accompanied the original, while lending a voice to certain social issues that we are facing today.
I remember the excitement this film conjured up at San Diego Comic Con in 2012, when the producers and directors of the film just brought some concept art and images. Since then every little tidbit of news that surrounds Godzilla seemed to be received positively from all and looks to be one crazy epic film.
With quite the international cast, including some notable Japanese stars mixed in with the likes of Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen, this certainly has all the potential to be one of the biggest international hits of the year.
Release Date: 30 May 2014
When a wormhole (which hypothetically can connect widely-separated regions of space-time) is newly discovered, a team of explorers and scientists embark on a voyage through it to transcend previous limitations on human space travel.
In true Christopher Nolan fashion details on his next big film is kept under wraps. We know that there might be some time travelling and alternate dimensions involved but even that’s not a certainty.
One thing we do know for certain is the fact that Nolan has once again assembled a STELLAR cast, which includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, David Oyelow, John Lithgow and Juliette Binoche amongst others.
This is Christopher Nolan directing! Mark it down in your calendar!
Release Date: 7 November 2014
3. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Truth be told when I heard Rupert Wyatt wasn’t going to be returning for the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I thought the franchise was going to die along with him.
Looking at the first teaser trailer that has released thus far, I have to admit that I was so wrong. Director Matt Reeve’s certainly stepped up to the plate and seemingly hit it out the park. The studio is so pleased with what he did that they already signed him on for the third film in the series and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hasn’t even released yet.
I’ll admit that teasers can definitely be misleading when it comes to the quality of films, but this one was different. If anything, it was reassuring; it reminded all of us why we loved “Rise” and why we should be excited for “Dawn”.
Release Date: 22 August 2014
2. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
When it comes to the X-Men franchise, it’s really been some what of Hit or Miss with Fox. X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: First Class and the Wolverine were all great, but X-Men: Last Stand and X-Men: Wolverine Origins are memories I’d like to burn with fire.
However, with Bryan Singer, whose responsible for two good X-Men films, back at the helm with the original cast and First Class cast returning in one film, Days of Future Past looks to be an ambitious venture by Fox that looks to challenge Marvel’s The Avengers as a Nerdgasmic experience.
Not only do we get the best of both worlds in terms of the cast for the experience but we will also get some cool new additions with one fan-favorite in Bishop as well. The Sentinels will finally be introduced in the film to give us some colossal action scenes that have been missing from this mutant powdered franchise.
Recently we learned that Rogue’s scenes have been cut from the film, which is a shame in itself but that still cant derail the potential and excitement that Days of Future Past has conjured up.
Release Date: 23 May 2014
1. THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN
The final film in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings folklore will arrive at the end of the year. This one is kind of bitter sweet. While I want to see the last installment of The Hobbit, I wish there were more stories for Peter Jackson to salvage from the Middle Earth.
It goes without saying that the There and Back Again is a must see for every Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, fantasy and film fan. Its seldom one experiences a film series that has been developed so impeccably as this series of films. Each film immediately transports you into the world and for 3 Hours or less. You experience a film that’s simply an awe inspiring, larger then life adventure.
I will be sad to see this one go, but I’m sure I will be enjoying this series for many years to come.
Release Date: 19 December 2014
What films will you be watching this year??