A brand new year, a brand new excitement...
January, as usual, isn't the biggest of months, but we have a mix of (what I'd like to call) B-Class Action Movies and some Oscar contenders that start their wide release...
Underworld: Blood Wars (Jan 6-USA, Jan 13-UK, Dec 1-Singapore)
One of those B Action Movies. You can always feel it from the trailers (or past movies in the franchise) that these are movies made with a smaller budget & with less big names. And usually these movies also come with either generic plot or with weak characters.
More about this franchise, specifically...I have never watched any of the previous films because they never intrigue me, anyway. And judging by the looks of the trailers, I can definitely tell you that I'm not excited about this film as well. But I did ended up checking it out because I was bored anyway (it was out earlier in December in Singapore), and if you want, you can check my review of this film to help you decide whether to watch this film...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6FxROAHJH4 (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSlaWHDu5WU (Trailer #2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y74du0Ex_g ("Blood" Trailer)
Live by Night (Jan 13-USA, Jan 13-UK, Jan 12-Singapore)
Now, Live by Night, on the other hand, is not a B Action Movie, and is in fact a likely Oscar contender and a movie I am so really looking forward to. Ben Affleck has proven himself to be one of the best directors in recent time with such excellent movies like the Gone Baby Gone, The Town & the Oscar winning Argo.
And this next movie of his is another of the crime genre - which is surely right up his alley. So, I have all the faith that this is going to be an excellent film, and I really look forward it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bBqqGnLTNo (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Z1E4XFucE (Trailer #2)
XXX: Return of Xander Cage (Jan 20-USA, Jan 19-UK, Jan 19-Singapore)
I would probably classify this as one of those B Action Movies because of the style of the movie, and because of the plot of the movie. But I would also say that I am somehow quite excited with this movie. I know it will probably be a bit cheesy and just end up being plain stupid fun. But I like the look of this film, and plain stupid fun can be quite entertaining sometimes...if done right.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQEFmHsseaU (Trailer #1)
Split (Jan 20-USA, Jan 20-UK, Jan 19-Singapore)
I have to be honest with you...the trailers of this movie creeps me out. And that means it did its job well, being a psychological horror thriller. I am not a fan of horror, as many of you would know, but this movie looks brilliant. The idea that a person harbours 23 different personalities is already enough to intrigue me...and then you look at that performance from the brilliant James McAvoy...and I am left speechless. I am not a person to jump in to a horror thriller, but this film looks brilliant. Mr Shyamalan has a few misses in the past decade, and this film looks to put his record straight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84TouqfIsiI (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJXACd2zAx8 (Trailer #2)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Jan 27-USA, Feb 3-UK, Feb 2-Singapore)
Yep, a B Action Movie, this is. I have watched all the previous movies in this franchise, and I always feel the same coming in and out of each one. I came in with low expectation, and I came out always with a partial disappointment that my expectations were spot on. They always have cool moments here & there, but overall the movie is a simple action movie with a zombie apocalypse plot that originated from the video games. So, yes, I know what to expect coming into this film...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfby7XwoBl0 (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxo0aoetVAo (Trailer #2)
T2: Trainspotting (Mar 10-USA, Jan 27-UK)
I would usually put movies basis their release in the US. But given that this is a British film and that it comes out in most countries before the US, I'd like to give it a mention here. Yes, this film is the sequel to the hit black comedy crime drama Trainspotting by Danny Boyle 20 years ago. And given that all of the original cast returns, along with one my favourite actor Ewan McGregor, what is there not to be excited about?
(The only trailer out there is a red band trailer...you can find them on YouTube)
For more of the likely Oscar contenders, we have A Monster Calls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Xbo-irtBA) which is a fantasy drama by director J.A. Bayona. This film has a strong cast and looks to have a powerful & emotional plot. It will have its wide release in the US on January 6th.
Next up, we have Patriots Day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLJp96zInUQ) which has its wide release on January 13th - and this is yet another collaboration of director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg, after their recent outing Deepwater Horizon which was critically acclaimed, but not a box office success.
Also, we have a film by the great Martin Scorsese called Silence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcNKM4TI41E). It is one of his passion project, and if Scorsese has a project thats borne out of passion, you can bet its going to be a brilliant film. This comes out on January 6th.
And finally I just want to point out that another movie also comes out (on January 13th) and that would be the action comedy Monster Trucks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQGawWqJdfs) - a film of which I have no interest at all.