Written by: David Brook
Director: Tarsem Singh
Cast: Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, John Hurt, Mickey Rourke
Famous for his sumptuous visuals Tarsem Singh (The Fall & The Cell) looks to be channeling a little too much Zach Snyder here for my liking. 300 definitely springs to mind in both setting and style which doesn’t fill me with excitement as the trailer for The Fall originally did. What doesn’t help either is the poor delivery of the big ‘dramatic’ lines. I’m sure it’ll still look pretty and 300 fans will lap it up, but I’m not convinced.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Anil Kapoor
I was intrigued about this simply by the fact that Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant & Ratatouille) is in the director’s chair. After an amazing run of animated films, it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with live action. The trailer looks pretty much as is expected from a Mission: Impossible film; plenty of action with some huge set pieces in exotic settings. The Mission: Impossible films have never been perfect (and I didn’t care much for the second one at all), but they’re generally an entertaining watch and I’ll be catching this at cinemas when it comes around.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell
Now I’m a big Spielberg fan, I grew up watching his classic early run of films and I think some of his more recent work is underrated too (Munich especially), but I’m not so sure about this. It looks very pretty and epic, but so schmaltzy and ‘worthy’ that I’m not sure I’ll be able to sit through it without vomiting. Richard Curtis co-writing doesn’t help. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong, but it’ll take some convincing to tell me that War Horse isn’t going to be a melodramatic, Oscar-baiting cheese-fest.
Director: Gary McKendry
Cast: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski
Jason Statham continues his quest to be this generation’s prime action hero with an uber-cliched ‘man on a mission’ movie. Yes, it doesn’t look remotely original but I’m still going to watch it. I have a widely acknowledged soft spot for action movies and I think Statham does a good job of being Van Damme for the 21st century, so all I care about with a film like this is that they direct and edit the action properly and pace it out effectively. Plus when you throw Robert De Niro and Clive Owen into the mix I’m going to be even more interested than usual. Call me shallow, but this is a film I’ll be quietly looking forward to.