Here's a look at some upcoming films to the movie theater.
The Day (2012)
Here’s one of those random movies that slips through the cracks. It’s not part of a franchise or an adaptation (Spider-man, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) so ironically an original movie can be forgotten at the bottom of the pile of summer blockbusters. I discovered the trailer on IMDB.com.
The film’s description almost reads like a documentary: “Open war against humanity rages. 5 survivors; lost and on the run. The pursuit is relentless, the bullets are dwindling and the battle is everywhere. This is a 24hr look into their lives. Fight or die” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1756799/)
It looked almost like a copycat zombie movie when I viewed the trailer, because zombies have been very in vogue for cheap filmmaking since The Walking Dead brought them back into popularity. It does look to be an independent film but with some good production qualities. It could be interesting, popcorn munching fun. You can view the trailer on its IMDB page and make your own assumptions.
The Day comes to theaters on August 17, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has a title like a picture book or perhaps a direct to DVD cartoon release. Conversely, this is one of those franchises that doesn’t seem to have petered out yet, and may be a huge success.
The trailer’s purpose doesn’t lie heavily in telling you the plot, except for the bare bones of “This is a LOTR prequel with Bilbo Baggins--don’t bother making fun of the name because there’s a ton of other funny names in a minute.” This is, however, a film meant to appeal to one of two people: Fans of the movies, and fans of the books and the movies.
That being said, the trailer gives some glimpses into some beautifully CGI constructed scenery. It’s going to be pretty, but since I haven’t read the books and didn’t care for the movies, it won’t hold anything for me.
The movie comes to theaters December 12th, 2012.
Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)
This one’s being released next year, but is worth a mention now. Yep. It’s a prequel to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and stars James Franco as the title character.
I have to say, I’m one of many who complains about the lack of original films in Hollywood’s repertoire, but I still get excited over certain films related to things that I already like. The Wizard of Oz is one of those classics I’d never dare replace, but I feel bringing the story up to the modern day isn’t a terrible idea. I like what they did on the SyFy channel with the mini-series Tin Man, a science-fictiony retelling, and this upcoming prequel may have a lot to offer.
The visuals looks stunning. I also got a geeky delight out of the fact that the circus in the opening of the trailer is “Baum’s Circus” (a reference, of course, to writer Frank L. Baum) and the fact that the beginning of the film starts in black and white.
As long as they don’t go nuts with making everything 3D and get some story in there, I’ll be happy.
This film will be hitting theaters in 2013.
What movies are you looking forward to? Comment below.