Hancock’s not your average hero.
It’s going to be one happening season for movie-goers, as filmmakers roll out the best of flicks and after an 18-year wait, the sequel to Indiana Jones, among others. SHUIB TAIB tells us about the upcoming releases.
THE celluloid industry here is brewing loads of exciting blockbusters.
The curtain-raiser was the fast-paced Speed Racer, the first outing helmed by the talented Wachowski brothers after the phenomenal success of the Matrix trilogy. The action movie opened on May 8.
Inspired from the ’60s popular Japanese cartoon series, Speed Racer starred Emile Hirsch, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Christina Ricci.
The excitement continues with the children fantasy adventure – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – which opened yesterday followed by Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of Skull which opens on May 22.
Fans waited 18 years for the return of adventurer Indiana Jones, famously portrayed by Harrison Ford. Set during the Cold War, this latest instalment is the fourth sequel. Joining Ford is Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and Ray Winstone and Shia LaBeouf.
So, get your popcorn combo ready for you’re in for an enjoyable at the cinemas.
Below are the gist of what’s coming your way:
1 Superhero Movie (opens May 29)
Cast: Drake Bell, Leslie Nielsen, Tracy Morgan, Pamela Anderson, Regina Hall
Director: David Zucker
Synopsis: How many superheroes does it take to save the world? The creators of The Naked Gun and Scary Movie answer this question in hysterical “David Zucker” fashion. Meet Rick Riker. He’s young, cool and has superpowers which he does not know how to use.
2 Prom Night (June 5)
Cast: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis
Director: Nelson McCormick
Synopsis: Donna’s senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life. After surviving a horrible tragedy, she has finally moved on and is enjoying her last year of high school. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns deadly, there is only one person who could be responsible, a man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer.
3 The Happening (June 12)
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Betty Buckley
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
A couple goes on the run from an apocalyptic crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.
4 Made of Honor (June 19)
Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan
Director: Paul Weiland
Synopsis: For Tom (Patrick Dempsey), life is good. He’s sexy, successful, always lucky with the ladies and knows he can always rely on Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), his delightful best friend and the one constant in his life. It’s the perfect set up until Hannah goes to Scotland on a six-week business trip and Tom realises how empty his life is without her. He plans to ask Hannah to marry him but is floored when he learns that she is engaged to a handsome and wealthy Scotsman. When Hannah asks Tom to be her “maid of honour”, he agrees just so he can woo Hannah and stop the wedding.
5 Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Cast: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LeBeouf, Ray Winston
Director: Steven Spielberg
Synopsis: Set in 1957, this fourth film in the Indiana Jones series pits an older and wiser Indiana Jones against agents of the Soviet Union, led by Spalko, for a crystal skull. Indy is aided by his former lover Marion Ravenwood, the greaser Mutt Williams and fellow archaeologist Mac. Indy’s journey takes him across New Mexico, Connecticut, Mexico City, and the jungles of Peru.
6 Get Smart (June 19)
Cast: Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Anne Hathaway, Terence Stamp
Director: Peter Segal
In the all-new action comedy Get Smart, Maxwell Smart (Carell) is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of US spy agency Control, is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief (Arkin) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar, Agent 23 (“The Rock”). Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran, Agent 99 (Hathaway).
As Smart and 99 get closer to unravelling KAOS’ master plan, they discover that key KAOS operative, Siegfried (Stamp), and his sidekick Shtarker (Kenneth Davition) are scheming to cash in with their network of terror. Given little field experience and even less time, Smart armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm must defeat KAOS if he is to save the day.
6 Hancock (July 3)
Cast: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman
Director: Peter Bergman (The Kingdom)
Synopsis: There are heroes, superheroes and then there’s Hancock (Smith). With great power comes great responsibility. Everyone knows that but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic and misunderstood, Hancock’s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough. As grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn’t the kind of man who cares what other people think until the day he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Bateman) and the sardonic superhero begins to realise that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock’s greatest challenge yet and a task that may prove impossible as Ray’s wife, Mary (Theron), insists that he’s a lost cause.
7 The Dark Knight (July 17)
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger
Director: Christopher Nolan
The follow-up to the action hit Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne. In the new film, Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organisations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but can they stop the criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker?
8 21 (July 31)
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth
Director: Robert Luketic
Synopsis: An MIT math whiz is recruited by a teacher to join a specialised team, the Blackjack Team, of card counters. They break away from their mentor before casino security finally catches up with them.
Based on the best-selling book by Ben Mezrich Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took The Vegas for Millions.
9 You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (Aug 14)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider
Director: Dennis Dugan
Synopsis: A comedy from screenwriters Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), Sandler stars as Zohan, an Israeli commando who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream to become a hairstylist in New York.
10 The X-Files: I Want To Believe (July 31)
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Director: Chris Carter
In grand “X-Files” manner, the as yet untitled film’s storyline is being kept under wraps. This much can be revealed: It’s a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show’s most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulder’s pursuits.
11 Mirrors (Aug 14)
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton
Director: Alexandre Aja
An ex-cop turned night security guard at a long-closed department store ravaged by fire, discovers that the store’s mirrors harbour a horrific secret that threatens him and his family.
12 Meet Dave (Aug 21)
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Ed Helms, Gabrielle Union, Judah Friedlander, Pat Kilbane, Kevin Hart, Jane Bradbury, Elizabeth Banks, Marc Blucas, Scott Caan, Mike O’Malley, Brian Huskey, Jim Turner, Paul Scheer, Adam Tomei
Director: Brian Robbins
Looking for ways to save their doomed world, a crew of tiny, human-looking aliens arrives on earth in the perfect disguise – a spaceship shaped like an ordinary man (Murphy, the ship’s Captain). The “spaceship”, with each miniature
alien responsible for operating a particular part of the body, embarks on an adventure in Manhattan where it meets a family who teaches the acerbic and non-emotional aliens to find their humanity.
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