POWER OF POP FILM GEEK OUT! 2015: THE YEAR IN MOVIES

GEEK OUT! 2015: THE YEAR IN MOVIES

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In hindsight, 2015 has proven to be a rather disappointing year for geek movies. Despite the hype accorded to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, JJ Abrams’ reboot of the franchise proved less than satisfying but that could not stop the movie from grossing over a billion at the box office (and still going strong at time of posting).

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Considering that Minions, Furious 7 and Jurassic World were also billion dollar movies (emulating the risible Transformers: Age of Extinction last year), it is not difficult to see the direction in which geek movies will take in the foreseeable future.

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As for non-franchise scifi movies, 2015 witnessed the likes of Ex Machina, Chappie, The Martian, Project AlmanacCoherence and Jupiter Ascending earning mixed reviews from critics and audiences.

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By and large, Marvel Studio movies managed to deliver two films viz Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man that enhance the reputation of superhero movies, though 20th Century Fox took a critical and commercial pounding with the dismal Fantastic Four reboot. Pixar enjoyed a return to form with the fabulous Inside Out and George Miller defied the odds to redefined Mad Max’s relevance with the dynamic Fury Road.

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Other notable disappointments were Terminator: Genisys (yet another reboot), Disney’s Tomorrowland, Matthew Vaughn’s flawed attempt to raise Kingsman above its cliched source material and a rather limp Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The good news is that 2016 promises to be an excellent year for geek movies. Check out our forecast here.

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