This year ends with some of the biggest movies of epic proportions in terms action, setting & story...
Exodus: Gods and Kings (Dec 12-USA, Dec 26-UK, Dec 11-Singapore)
The first of the epic films is a story based on the Book of Exodus, specifically; of Moses. I had a feeling this may be of similar stature and tone as that of Noah, just earlier this year. But when I saw the trailer, I was surprised by the scale of the setting, story, and even the action. The rivalry of Moses and Ramesses as the core of the story seems to work well, and then they take it to another level with grand scale battles & kingdom wide implications. Take that, the plague, and the splitting of the red sea, and it becomes a visual wonder to behold. The visual effects team will have to work hard on achieving great results, but the trailers alone proved that they have indeed worked hard & pay attention to a lot of the details. Under the helm of Ridley Scott, and brought to life by casts like Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, and more, this is certainly one biblical epic not to be missed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-8YsulfxVI (Main Trailer) (Must See!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhCzcde8__g (Final Trailer)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Dec 17-USA, Dec 12-UK, Dec 18-Singapore)
The term epic may not even be enough to describe this defining chapter of the Middle-Earth saga. Panned out in six magical films of visual wonders, the saga is to be concluded in this Peter Jackson masterpiece that will be the centre piece that ties loose ends and connects the story past, present & future. And as far as wars & battles go, Peter Jackson may have made the best of them, but this upcoming titular battle is sure to match them & amaze audiences everywhere. While Middle-Earth films are known for their thrilling action pieces & stunning visual effects, the story will be no less significant as we previously left Middle-Earth with many matters unresolved, and implications are sure to be massive, both to this film and to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. With lots of ties to be knot, the threat of a dragon still lingering, and a great big battle to come. We will surely jump in for the ride, one last time!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSzeFFsKEt4 (Teaser) (Must See!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVAgTiBrrDA (Main Trailer) (Must See!!!)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Dec 19-USA, Dec 19-UK, Dec 25-Singapore)
Perhaps not one of the epic films I mentioned, but is sure to entertain. The final instalment in the series, Secret of the Tomb will also pay tribute to two stars, Mickey Rooney, and most notably, Robin Williams. The story takes on the idea that the powers of the tablet that allows the attractions to come to life, is dying. But the plot matters little when it comes to comedy. However, even on the entertainment & comedy side, I find it hard when judging by the trailer, as all the jokes & humour seems old & repetitive. They need to find new kinds of humour to keep it fresh, unfortunately, from the trailers, it doesn't look like it. I the film proves me wrong, and with a further cast of Ben Stiller, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, and more, it surely would be disappointing if the film does not entertain the way their predecessors did.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMKk7Dn__-Y (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0vTJeYLRnA (Trailer #2)
Into the Woods (December 25)
-A musical fantasy taking the stories of fairy tales, featuring an ensemble cast of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, and many more...
Unbroken (December 25)
-A war drama film, which focuses on the survival & resilience of an olympic athlete in a raft, and then in a Japanese POW camp...
American Sniper (December 25-Limited Release, January 16-Wide Release)
-An authentic take on the life of a sniper, emphasising the doubts & decisions, and more importantly, the consequences of his actions...