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Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
« Reply #30 on: July 01, 2012, 12:32:46 pm »
cont...

Medium-to-Big-Budget Films

The Watch
What it's about: Formerly known as Neighborhood Watch, this is the film about surburban dads who form a neighborhood watch and then confront an alien invasion. The cast includes Richard Ayoade from The IT Crowd.
Status: It comes out July 27, 2012, when it will no doubt knock The Dark Knight Rises right off the box office charts.
Prognosis: Probably depends on whether "Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill" sounds like a dream come true to you.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
What it's about: From an idea by Frank Zappa's son Ahmet. A couple who can't have a child of their own bury a box in the back yard, with all their wishes for a child. And then a 10-year-old appears and claims to be their son but he's even more unusual than they realize. Trailer at left.
Status: Comes out August 15.
Prognosis: Dirt baby! You should probably have some sort of drinking game, involving shots every time the kid lifts his arms to the skies or Jennifer Garner does that frowny-smiley face that she used to do when the plot twists on Alias made no sense.

Looper
What it's about: Director Rian Johnson reunites with his Brick star Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a movie about hitmen and time-travel. Bruce Willis plays Gordon-Levitt's older self from the future.
Status: Coming out September 28.
Prognosis: If this can live up to Brick, it should be one of our favorite movies this year.

Gravity
What it's about: Alfonso Cuaron set a new high-water mark in dystopias with Children of Men, and now he's making a space movie, in which Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut who's lost in space.
Status: Delayed from this November to some time in 2013.
Prognosis: The first test screening yielded mixed reports. Some people say it's gorgeous but not that thrilling but others say Bullock gives the performance of her career.

Elysium
What it's about: District 9 director Neill Blomkamp returns with another super-political movie, in which the rich live on a space station, ruled by Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster). Matt Damon is a cyborg who's backed into a tough corner.
Status: Coming in March 2013.
Prognosis: It sounds very much like another film in the same super-political mold as District 9.




Oblivion
What it's about: Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) gets to direct an original project. Tom Cruise plays a soldier who's one of the few humans patrolling a desolate planet (which may be Earth), and he's fighting off warlike aliens.
Status: Coming sometime in 2013.
Prognosis: Between this and We Mortals Are, Tom Cruise is going to be our alien-killing mastermind next year. What little we know sounds sort of great, but it's too early to say much.


After Earth
What it's about: M. Night Shyamalan directs a post-post-apocalyptic film starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. It's been 1,000 years since humans abandoned Earth, but a father and his son crashland here, and the father is injured leaving the son to fend for himself.
Status: Coming June 2013.
Prognosis: It sounds like it's mostly a vehicle for Jaden Smith, with Will Smith getting injured and thus sidelined. The screenplay is by The Book of Eli's Gary Whitta and Shyamalan himself, although Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) polished it. It really depends on whether you want to give Shyamalan one more chance.


Pacific Rim
What it's about: Guillermo del Toro makes a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters, with Idris Elba. (What accent do you think Elba will have this time?)
Status: Coming in July 2013.
Prognosis: Last year at Comic Con, del Toro was very effusive about saying this would have the finest ****ing monsters and the greatest ****ing robots ever. Follow it here...

Singularity
What it's about: Roland Emmerich (2012) changes gears a bit, from disaster movies to something that's arguably the opposite of a disaster: The Singularity. A nanotech pioneer saves his injured son by transferring the son's consciousness into a swarm of nanobots but then an evil corporation wants to do evil things with them.
Status: Bumped from May 2013 to November, 2013, at least in part because of script problems.
Prognosis: Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, has been consulting on the script. So this should be interesting, in any case.

Jupiter Rising
What it's about: The Wachowskis direct their first original project since The Matrix. According to a plot synopsis, Mila Kunis is an immigrant who's scrubbing toilets but doesn't realize she shares the same DNA as the Queen of the Universe. A super-evolved bounty hunter is sent to get rid of her, but they fall in love.
Status: Hasn't started filming yet, possibly coming in 2014.
Prognosis: Let's just hope that plot synopsis was garbled in translation.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2012, 07:23:37 am by Mac »
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