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My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

2012 promises to be a year of superhero summer blockbusters, sequels to favourite franchises and some potential hidden gems. James Bond’s Skyfall, the Amazing Spiderman, Safe House, The Hunger Games, The Cabin in the Woods, The Bourne Legacy, Life of Pi, and Resident Evil: Retribution are just some of the movies I’m excited about.

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

5. Promethesus

Release Date: June 8, 2012

Director: Ridley Scott

Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982) are a couple of the most revered scf-fi movies of all time, and almost 30 years later director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) has finally returned to the genre he helped popularize. The Promethesus trailer is defintely an homage to the original Alien trailer with the movie title letters slowly being revealed and contains many Alien references which should clear any doubts whether the movies are set in the same world. The film will star Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, 300), Charlize Theron (Monster) and Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), who has an uncanny resemblance to Sigourney Weaver, as a “crew of humans making contact with an alien cilivization that may have a clue to the origin of mankind.” Although not a direct prequel and featuring entirely new characters and story, Promethesus “shares Alien’s DNA, so to speak” according to director Scott. The original Alien, which had the memorable tagline “In space, no one can hear you scream”, was a dark claustrophobic horror movie about an acid bleeding creature terrorizing a spaceship crew and become a blueprint for many sci-fi survival monster films.

My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

4. Kill Bin Laden (Unofficial Title)

Release Date: December 19, 2012

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

In development for many years, Academy Award winning director Kathyrn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker, Point Break) next movie was originally focused on the hunt for Bin Laden however the ending has been rewritten due to the successful mission last May that killed the al Qaeda leader in a compound in Pakistan. There has been some controversy that screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and director Bigelow have received “top-level access to the most classified information in history” from the Obama White House and that the original release date of October 2012 would have helped the U.S. President in his re-election campaign.  Tenatively titled “Kill Bin Laden”, this feature film will be a fact based account told from the prospective of US Navy Seals. Bigelow’s last movie, 2008’s thriller The Hurt Locker, won the Academy Award for Best Picture and is cited as a realistic yet poetic portrayal of a US bomb squad in Iraq.

My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

3. The Avengers

Release Date: May 4, 2012

Director: Joss Whedon

The Avengers is the ultimate superhero ensemble movie featuring Marvel’s Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hulk and Iron Man. Despite all the star power and hollywood hype, undertaking such a movie could easily result in a mindless spectacle of special effects and ultra-tight costumes. When announced that Joss Whedon (TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly) was set to write the screenplay and direct The Avengers, it was met with both skepticism and joyful squeals. With only one feature film director’s credit in his resume at the time, it’s a surprising choice to have Whedon take on a movie that is rumored to have one of the biggest budgets in motion picture history. However, Whedon has a track record of crafting stories with meaningful character development in his TV series and has already developed a solid working relationship with Marvel as writer of the critically acclaimed Astonishing X-Men comics.

One of the biggest challenges of The Avengers is to give each character a real purpose in being a part of the story and to find a villain that could credibly threaten the superheroes. In a recent interview, director Joss Whedon discussed that the story will be told mainly from the viewpoint of Captain America, the first avenger, “since he’s the guy that just woke up and sees this weird-ass world” rather than trying to dilute multiple perspectives into one movie.  New to Marvel’s franchise, is actor Mark Ruffalo who is taking on the role of the “you won’t like me when I’m angry” Hulk. Ruffalo’s characterisation will reportedly follow the TV show’s version of helping people in need rather than the other two feature film versions that had Bruce Banner obsessed with finding a cure for himself. Reprising his role as Iron Man/Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr. and judging by the trailers it will be a lot of fun seeing him deliver Whedon’s classic one-liners and snarky witticisms. Early reports had Loki, Thor’s brother, as the “big bad” however there will be a secondary villain not yet featured in the trailers.

My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

2. The Dark Knight Rises

Release Date: July 20, 2012

Director: Christopher Nolan

There has been some controversy over the muffled voice of the villainous Bane in the Dark Knight Rises prologue clip and the casting of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, however director Christopher Nolan has earned the benefit of any doubts. 2008’s Dark Knight is one of the top grossing movies of all time and set the bar for comic book heroes on the silver screen. It’s also easy to forget that there were a lot of complaints when Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain, A Knight’s Tale) was originally announced he was taking on the role of the Joker. With all due respect to Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger IS the Joker. Nolan’s last movie, sci-fi heist film Inception (2010), was a fascinating exploration of the unconscious mind and the power of illusion.  In fact, several actors from Inception (Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cottilard) will star in Dark Knight Rises, the final movie in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy.

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My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

1. The Hobbit: An Expected Journey

Release Date: December 14, 2012

Director: Peter Jackson

After watching the Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy, I read the novel, The Hobbit about the journey of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and thirteen dwarf companions to win the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. While on this quest, Bilbo finds a mysterious ring and faces off against Gollum, a strange tormented creature with a fondess for riddles. When reading the book, I was surprised how I was able to quickly solve many of the riddles before Bilbo and realized I had actually read The Hobbit many years ago in elementary school. Although the events in The Hobbit, take place many years before LOTR, we can expect to see some cameos from fan favourite characters. This film, is part one, with the second movie The Hobbit: There and Back Again to be released in 2013.

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