Here we go again, as 2014 wraps up, let’s take a look at the geek movies coming our way in the first half of 2015 and examine which are the ones we must watch and the ones we might need to avoid.
Alien Outpost (30 Jan)
Typical alien invasion flick with the look and feel of those recent Iraq/Afghanistan war movies. The aliens (heavies?) looked really silly in the trailer though. Not essential whatsoever.
Jupiter Ascending (6 Feb)
The Wachowskis are back with an original screenplay, their first since The Matrix trilogy. With Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis as the leads, this movie will appeal to the young adults set. For the rest of us, it’s hard to tell at this stage but The Wachowskis have still enough goodwill left for geeks to give this film a chance.
Seventh Son (6 Feb)
Nothing to do with the Orson Scott Card novel, this movie is adapted from a fantasy book called Spook’s Apprentice. Looks like generic fare though even with heavyweights Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in the cast. Trailer looks extremely CGI heavy though so if you dug the Hobbit trilogy, this one’s for you.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (13 Feb)
First comic book adaptation of the year has two main things going for it. Director Matthew Vaughn and a superb supporting cast that includes Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. Too close to creator Mark Millar’s Wanted for my liking but still essential viewing.
Chappie (6 March)
After the relative disappointment of Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp returns with a movie that is more in keeping with the tone of his sleeper hit District 9. With a solid cast on board (Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver), this one’s a must watch, geeks!
Ex Machina (10 April)
Not, as it turns out, an adaptation of the wonderful Ex Machina comic book series (by Brian K Vaughn) but an original screenplay written and directed by Alex Garland. An A.I. based flick is quite often hit or miss but hopefully, this one will justify my recommendation.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (1 May)
The big one. Nuff said!
Mad Max: Fury Road (15 May)
Not really a reboot but the 3rd sequel in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic fable arrives with Tom Hardy now in the lead role. Co-written by Tank Girl creator Brendan McCarthy, this film looks highly promising.
Tomorrowland (22 May)
Based on the Disney theme park of the same name (like Pirates of the Caribbean), this scifi film was co-written by director Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof and stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. Looks interesting. Let’s go!
Jurassic World (12 June)
Seriously? C’mon. Dinosaur theme park opens and then things go horribly wrong. Add to that a ‘new’ genetically engineered dinosaur (??) and even with Chris Pratt, this one’s gonna bomb. Mm.
Look out for Part Two.
… still there’s more …