Friday 20 June 2014

Looking Forward: JULY 2014

The less exciting month of this summer, with just the few movies to really look forward to...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11-USA, July 17-UK, July 10-Singapore)

          Three years back, and its predecessor was a big hit with both critics and movie-goers alike, and successfully launched a reboot of a well-known franchise. This time around, the story is set 8 years after, and from the trailers, we can already feel the post-apocalyptic setting. Though the human cast are entirely different, the apes are reprised from the first film, and it will be interesting to see where they take the story next. With strong casts, and boasting excellent looking visuals & action, let us hope that this film will provide our dose of blockbuster in the month of July.

Trailers: (Trailer #1) (Trailer #2) (Final Trailer)

Planes: Fire & Rescue (July 18-USA, Aug 8-UK, Sept 4-Singapore)

          Planes isn't a particularly strong outing by Pixar, yet they had utmost confidence even before it was released, and planned a sequel for just a year after. It's a bold move, and one where I feel a bit critical, and now even more so. Here's why. Firstly, its predecessor wasn't particularly very good, so there is a weak justification to come out with a sequel immediately. Secondly, the story suggests the main character leaving life as a racer (because of damaged engine) and go into firefighting instead. This again, is a very drastic turn, and one that I don't really fancy. Firefighting doesn't seem to provide a potentially good narrative, and not even a possible villain I can think of, which could ultimately be a huge letdown for the story. It's unclear as of now, but if this film is to work, they'd better bring a strong dramatic narrative to sustain the film.

Trailers: (Teaser) (Trailer #2) ("Thunder" Trailer) (Extended Trailer)

Hercules (July 25-USA, July 25-UK, July 24-Singapore)

          I don't have a lot of comments for this film as I don't have insights about them. But based on what I know and what I see in the trailers, this film is looking cool with the action & visuals, but I doubt the credibility of the director, as well as some of the actors too. This movie has potential, but as of now I am a bit skeptic about it. I do hope they prove me wrong, and again, give us some extra taste of blockbuster for a rather quiet month of July. One thing though, we have already seen a failed Hercules film earlier this year, so surely this film could do no worse than that.

Trailers: (Teaser) (Trailer #2)

Other Movies:

Earth to Echo (July 2)
-An adventure film with intriguing plot...(oh, and it's handheld perspective)

Lucy (July 25)
-A supposedly "superhero" film, by French director Luc Besson, and starring Scarlett Johansson...

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