Film Previews of 2010
This is just a list of movies to look forward to in 2010. I should advise anyone reading this, that these are only some of the movies to expect to come out next year, and not necessarily all of them. Plus, I didn't get a chance to put these films into chronological order, but they do have their projected release dates, in their plot summaries. Most of them have trailers, but others haven't released one yet.
Take in mind, that some of these release dates are scheduled to change, so be sure to check your local listings for more details. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy these listings, and find them useful. Hopefully, I've put up a few that some of the readers of this article didn't know about until now.
Iron Man 2
Release Date: May 7, 2010
In a follow up to Marvel's hit film of 2008, "Iron Man" returns to the big screen to confront his new nemesis Whiplash, played by Oscar Nominee Mickey Rourke. Along the way gaining some unlikely allies in Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and War Machine (Don Cheadle). The film features an all star cast with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sam Rockwell. Jon Favereau returns to direct. Like all sequels, it's highly unlikely that we'll see as much story content as the original. As from reading about this movie, it looks like Jon plans to put in a lot more action scenes now that the daunting task of explaining the origin of Iron Man has been established. Although I could be wrong, since "The Dark Knight" turned out be so much better than it's predecessor, and I used to think "Batman Begins" was the best Batman movie to date. Therefore, "Iron Man 2" could be surprisingly better than the first one. Either way, it should be a lot of fun seeing Iron Man back on the big screen again this summer.
Alice in Wonderland
Release Date: March 5, 2010
Based off the classic novel. This film takes place years after the original story, where Alice has pretty much forgotten everything she experienced in Wonderland, but everyone in wonderland still remembers her. Upon being arranged marriage to some would be jerk, Alice runs away following a white rabbit. Only to end up back in Wonderland again after so many years. It is through wandering about Wonderland, she soon learns her destiny is to bring an end to the Red Queen's tyranny once and for all. Starring Johnny Depp, Christopher Lee, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film is directed by Tim Burton himself, as from looking at the previews for this movie, it looks like Tim Burton plans on implementing his gothic dark touch upon another movie. Should make for one entertaining experience.
Release Date: July 9, 2010
A new animated film starring Steve Carell. "Despicable Me" is essentially about a man, Gru played by Steve, that wants to become the number one super villain in the world, after getting bumped off by his rival, Vector (Jason Segel). It's then that he decides to steal all the world's artifacts around the globe, while warming up for his big job of stealing the moon. However, three orphan girls warm Gru's bitter heart, and cause him to rethink his plans. From watching the trailers, it doesn't look like a animated film that will dominate headlines like "Shrek Forever After" or "Toy Story 3" undoubtedly will in 2010. However, Steve Carell is a pretty good actor, and the film looks like it should be a pretty decent family film.
Release Date: February 19, 2010
The psychological thriller/horror/mystery film, that was supposed to come out in 2009, is finally seeing the light of day in 2010. Due to low box office sales of "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra", Paramount had to push this film back to meet its financial budget for the year. Although, personally, I think it should have been the other way around, as this film already promises to be way better than that garbage. Many will wonder, why I say that. However, whenever you have one film directed by legendary director Martin Scorsese versus a film directed by overrated Stephen Sommers, then who do you think will end up producing a better film? Anyway, to summarize what this film is about. "Shutter Island" is set in 1954, where a couple Federal Marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), investigate the disappearance who escaped from a insane asylum and is presumed to be hiding on the remote shutter island. What starts off as a routine investigation, quickly turns into a nightmare for Teddy. As the film progresses, Teddy starts to question his perception of reality and whether or not anything he believes is real. In a rather unique film noir touch by Scorsese, this film looks primed to be one of the best films of 2010.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Release Date: November 19, 2010
In the follow up sequel, to the Harry Potter franchise. Warner Bros. has conveniently decided to split the final chapter of the series into two movies. The first film coming out this year as it shows Harry going after Voldemort, whom has grown significantly stronger as he now controls Hogwartzs and the Ministry of Magic. Warner Bros has promised to make the final two chapters, the most realistic of the series. Although, it's hard to imagine witch craft and spells being realistic. However, I guess we'll have to wait and see. Indeed, the Harry Potter is coming to an end, and has already been defined as the most financially successful film franchise in cinematic history. It's probably not that much of a surprise WB would want to prolong its series by splitting it up into two more movies. However, one thing is for certain, there will never be another franchise like "Harry Potter."
Release Date: June 18, 2010
Based off the D.C. Comics character, about a western bountry hunter, named Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), as he hunts down a infamous voodoo man, whom is bent on liberating the south by raising an army of the undead. Set in the old western times, with a bit of sci-fi/fantasy element to it as you can probably gather from reading that brief plot summary. The film stars Josh Brolin and Megan Fox, whom plays Leila a prostitute that serves as Jonah's love interest, in the movie. It's hard for me to speculate how well this film will do seeing as I know nothing about this character, outside of a few cameos on "Justice League: Unlimited" and "Batman: The Brave and the Bold." Yes, I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to super heroes, so get used to it. I don't read comics anymore, but I do like watching comic based movies to remind me of my youth. Anyway, it sounds like a pretty decent film from what I've reading about this. However, with Megan Fox involved, you can bet you'll see more various cover girl style poses throughout the movie, like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" did.
Release Date: April 9, 2010
Based off the D.C. Comics series, "The Losers" is essentially about a group of CIA black ops being betrayed and left for dead. When they somehow survive the ordeal, they hunt down the people that targeted them for assassination. This film sounds like it has a lot of promise considering it shouldn't require a lot of special effects, for WB to handle. As long as WB doesn't try to turn it into a PG-13 movie, then it should be one of the biggest action films of 2010.
Release Date: April 16, 2010
"I may not have super powers, but I can kick your ass!" Some would be hapless nerd, that nobody hardly notices in high school, just happens to love reading comic books. Then one day, just decides to become a super hero for no reason at all. No training, powers, or a strong motive, just for the pure hell of it. Then forms the new identity of Kick-Ass. Going around quoting various phrases like, "I can't fly, but I can kick your ass!" It doesn't take long until the rest of the world starts to copy him eventually, as Damon Macready (Nicolas Cage) aka "Big Daddy" and his daughter, Mindy/Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) decide to join in on the fun. Doesn't sound as epic as other super hero films, but it does seem to offer the most originality than we've seen for a long time within the genre.
Release Date: April 22, 2010
This film is essentially Disney Nature's follow up to the hit documentary, "Earth", where Disney shows audiences with various displays of some of the ocean's most exotic and rare creatures like we've never seen them before. Displaying rare close up scene with some of the ocean's most intriguing yet dangerous creatures like the great white shark or a school of jelly fish. For those, who enjoyed "Earth", will certainly want to see this new visual masterpiece in the making.
Toy Story 3
Release Date: June 18, 2010
One has to wonder, how could Pixar possibly top what they've done in "Toy Story" 1 & 2. Both films were perfectly executed that it's hard for me to imagine them topping themselves yet again. However, I've been wrong before. The story is essentially about Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang surviving a day care center, after they've been donated there when their previous owner, Andy departs for college. Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, and Blake Clark. Oh and did I mention this film will be in 3-D as well? Indeed, it should be interesting, to see Pixar try to top themselves yet again with this franchise.
Prince of Persia
Release Date: May 28, 2010
Based off the popular video game series, that has the would be prince team up with a rival princess to thwart the effort of an angry ruler that tries to unleash a sandstorm, that could potentially destroy the world. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, and Alfred Molina. Personally, I have my doubts about this film as all video game based films tend to be mediocre. And yes to those wondering if I'm including the successful Resident Evil franchise, as I'm basing that assessment off quality, and not how much money they've made. Plus, like Disney's other action packed franchise, "Pirates of the Carribean", was primarily carried with special effects and Johnny Depp's performance. It looks like for this film to be successful, Jake Gyllenhaal is going to have to do the same. We already know that it'll have big special effects because it is Disney we're talking about here. However, Jake is going to have to really shine for this movie to do well.
How To Train Your Dragon
Release Date: March 26, 2010
In dreamworks newest 3-D film, it shows a young boy set in the Vikings era, as he befriends a dragon and goes off on a magical adventure, for the family to enjoy. The animation looks fairly impressive from the trailers, and the storyline although simplistic, does seem to carry a lot of weight in terms of character development and tone.
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Nightmare On Elm Street
Release Date: April 30, 2010
First it was "Friday the 13" and then "Halloween" that got remade, now it looks like it's Freddy's turn to get a reboot now. The film pretty much goes back to Freddy's roots as it shows his origin of how he became to be, and showing him terrifying a bunch of new set of teens. "Nightmare On Elm Street" was once one of the most prominent horror film franchises ever made. Sadly, it fell into commercialized mediocrity during its later days. For horror film fans, lets hope Samuel Bayer will do what Rob Zombie did for the "Halloween franchise, and give this series new life again.
Clash of the Titans
Release Date: March 26, 2010
The mortal son of the god Zues engages in a perilous journey to stop the underworld and it's minions from conquering the Earth as well as the heavens. Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes, and directed by Louis Leterrier. With many epic films coming out about mythology like Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to make this one.
Release Date: April 9, 2010
In a case of mistaken identity, Phil Foster (Steve Carell) and his wife, Clara (Tina Fey), find themselves on the run in an epic adventure that leads them down a path full of adventure and danger, in a feeble attempt to spice up their love life. Featuring an all star cast with Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Ray Liotta, and many others. Directed by Shawn Levy, whom many might be familiar with in his previous movies such as "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsionian", "Cheaper by the Dozen", and the recent remake of "Pink Panther" starring Steve Martin.
The Last Airbender
Release Date: July 2, 2010
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan whom directed such films as "Unbreakable", "Sixth Sense", and "The Village." In this newest film he directs is based off a highly successful animated series, on Nickelodeon, "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Not to be confused with James Cameron's current "Avatar" film of the same name. As this story revolves around a fictional universe where the world is divided by four elemental kingdoms: fire, water, earth, and wind. Aang (Noah Ringer) plays a young wind avatar, that happens to be the last of his kind. With no wind avatars left in the world to maintain order and peace between the four nations, the Fire nation takes it upon itself to dominate and conquer the other three elemental kingdoms. However, according to prophecy it is said that one day the last wind avatar would return to restore balance to the planet. Needless to say, when the fire nation learns of Aang's existence, they mercilessly hunt him down.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Theif
Release Date: February 12, 2010
A young teenager discovers that he's a descendant of a Greek God, and embarks on an adventure to settle a long feud between the gods. Based off the book by Rick Riordan. Directed by Chris Columbus, whom directed such films as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Starring Uma Thurman, Logan Lerman, Rosario Dawson, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Keener, and many others.
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Release Date: January 22, 2010
In a rather unique "Terminator" style of a biblical apocalypse, where an angel is sent to protect the mother, whom carries the only possible savior of all mankind. A young pregnant waitress is forced to fend off a legion of angels along with a group of strangers inside a small diner, that become humanity's last line of defense. Which begs the eternal question. What happens when god grows tired of greedy and selfish humans of the world and decides to start over? Well, judging from the legion of angels, it can't be a good thing, at least according this film. From looking at the trailer it looks rather promising, but it may be a bit graphic for most viewers. Starring Dennis Quaid, Paul Bettany, Doug Jones, Kate Walsh, Tyrese Gibson, and Kevin Durand.
Mr. Rogers & Me
Release Date: TBA 2010
An MTV producer's life is changed when he meets legendary public access channel star, Fred Rogers, from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Having felt touched by Mr. Rogers words of wisdom, "It's better to be deep and simple than to be shallow and complex", before he died. This young MTV producer decides to go on a journey to interview that folks that new him best, to find out exactly what he meant by that. Unfortunately no official release date is set for this film, but it's scheduled to come out in 2010.
Release Date: May 14, 2010
We all know the story as the tale of Robin Hood is constantly being remade much like "Christmas Carol", so I won't bother going into too much detail about this. Based off the legendary hero, Robin Hood, Russell Crowe decides to portray his version of the folk hero that robbed from the rich, and gave to the poor. Featuring an all star cast with Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Kevin Durand, William Hurt, Danny Huston, Scott Grimes, and Oscar Isaacs. In this newest remake, Crowe promises that this version will be a lot closer to the original story, and delve deeper into the character than any of the previous incarnations. Although I thought Kevin Costner did a great job doing that in his version, but it should be interesting to see if Russell Crowe can top him in this.
Release Date: January 22, 2010
"You want the tooth? You can't handle the tooth!" In this newest family comedy by Dwayne Johnson, he portrays a rebel minor league hockey player that gets sentenced with an unusual punishment for a bad deed: He must serve one week as a real life tooth fairy. In the usual Disney style comedy, Dwayne is portrayed as the would be boob that gets to be the butt of the jokes in this comedy, while learning some type of moral lesson in the end. Featuring an all star cast with Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, and Billy Crystal.
Release Date: November 24, 2010
Very little information is given about this movie, as Disney has yet to even release a trailer for it. Although it is noted as an animated musical, so it's reasonable to presume that this is Disney's newest animated fairy tale follow up to "Princess and the Frog." For those who aren't familiar with the story, a long haired princess, Rapunzel, has spent her entire life locked away inside a tower. However, when she falls in love with a bandit that's passing by, she decides she must venture off into the outside world, for the first time, to find him. The film stars Mathew Gray Gubler, Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, John Goodman, David Schwimmer, and many others.
Release Date: October 22, 2010
Detective Hoffman is the last man standing, Jigsaw's work is now complete. That is until some old detective comes in to close in Jigsaw's accomplice. However, one last game is already set into motion that will allegedly reveal the fate of John Kramer's master plan. Although I've never seen any of the Saw films, I think the simple fact that it took seven freaking movies to reveal this long waited master plan, is ridiculous to say the least. It does surprise me that they're even bothering with this new one, since the last movie didn't do that well in the box office. However, I guess like all the other great horror film franchises like "Child's Play", "Nightmare On Elm Street", "Friday the 13th", and "Halloween"; they'll probably milk this franchise into the ground until it dies. Then wait a few years later and reboot it like we saw Hollywood do to "Halloween." Gotta love capitalism.
The Karate Kid
Release Date: June 11, 2010
In this modernized remake of the classic "Karate Kid", it features Jackie Chan taking on the role of Chinese mentor, Mr. Han, training new pupil Dre Parker, played by Jaden Smith (Will Smith's son), whom is the new "Daniel Son" so to speak. According to the film's new story line, a work pressed mother is forced to move to China, due to her job. It's there that her son Dre embraces karate, taught to him by a master of self defense. Not much else is known beyond this point about the movie. However, it should be interesting to see how well this remake pans out in theaters.
The Book of Eli
Release Date: January 15, 2010
A post apocalyptic tale of a man wandering and fighting his way across America to protect a sacred book, whom legend has it where it holds the secrets to saving the human race. Starring Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, and Malcolm McDowell.
Shrek Forever After
Release Date: May 21, 2010
After winning the heart of Fionna and settling down, what's an ogre to do? Longing for the old days, when Shrek felt like an ogre. He's duped by fast talking Rumplestiltskin, who tricks Shrek into signing a contract that puts Shrek into an alternate reality. In which ogres are hunted and Rumplestiltskin rules the kingdom; Fionna and Shrek have never met. Now it is up to Shrek to restore his reality back to the way it was, and win back the girl of his dreams. With the entire cast coming back for this final chapter, in the franchise, it looks like this film should redeem most of the folly's of "Shrek the Third." Plus, the fact that it's in 3-D doesn't hurt either. Let's just hope that this final chapter captures the magic of the first one again.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Release Date: July 16, 2010
It's not everyday that a sorcerer and his apprentice get caught in a epic battle between good and evil; especially in modern day New York City. Nicolas Cage plays a wise elderly sorcerer whom recruits an average kid, to help defend the city from the forces of evil. His reluctant protege must first learn the art and science behind the sorcerer's magic. Easier said than done. Add to that an epic cat and mouse game between the sorcerer and his arch nemesis, whose plans don't bode well for humanity.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Release Date: June 30, 2010
Lovestruck Bella must choose between her vampire boyfriend, Edward, and her werewolf friend, Jacob. For those wanting to know what exactly team Edward and team Jacob is, there essentially isn't any. In fact, you never saw Edward and Jacob fight in the "Twilight Saga: New Moon." All it is a public scheme to glorify a love triangle. I can't say I'm much of a fan of this but if you love seeing a chick flick disguised as a fantasy movie, with guys taking off their shirts in slow motion, then this new film might be right up your alley.
Release Date: February 12, 2010
Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American gets bitten and subsequently becomes cursed by a werewolf. Starring Hugo Weaving, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, and Benicio Del Toro. This film is looks to be primed to be one of the best fantasy epics of the year.
The Lovely Bones
Release Date: January 15, 2010
The film focuses on a young girl who was murdered and raped, who now watches over her family and killer from a magical world, called the "in between." A place that's between heaven and earth. During this film she becomes forced with a moral issue of weighing her desires for vengeance or for her family to heal. Directed by Peter Jackson, whom has been known for such legendary films as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the remake of King Kong.
Release Date: December 17, 2010
In what was originally thought to be a live action adaptation turns out to be a full length animated film starring Hannah Barbara's legendary, "smarter than the average" type bear. Anna Faris voices a documentary film maker that chronicles the wild life around Jelly Stone Park until she runs across Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Ranger Smith. Featuring the voices of Anna Farris, Dan Akroyd, Justin Timberlake, and Tom Cavanagh. Sadly, not much else is known about the movie as the studio has yet to release any pictures or trailers for the movie, at this time.
Release Date: December 17, 2010
In the long anticipated sequel to the film, "Tron", Disney comes out which is promised to be a slightly darker take in this one. The story is about a man named Sam Flynn, whom is a tech savvy computer whiz. Sam starts to investigate into his father, Kevin's disappearance, but ends up being sucked into the same fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been residing for the past twenty five years. Along with Kevin's confidant, both father and son journey through a life and death journey across a visually stunning cyber universe that has grown to become far more dangerous.
Release Date: November 5, 2010
In a satirical take on super hero films, in which a villain loses his oomph after he kills his nemesis. Megamind was once one of the most notorious villains, Metro City, yet he was also one of the least successful. Having each and every scheme foiled by Metro Man, his arch nemesis and champion of Metro City. Metro Man was seemingly invincible until Megamind actually managed to kill his adversary once and for all. Now one would have to think that if a super villain did succeed in killing the hero, then what would be next? Naturally, some might think that world domination maybe a good idea. However, not to Megamind. He suddenly loses his purpose in life as he misses battling wits with his nemesis. It's then that Megamind decides to create a stronger and more powerful hero, named Titan, to pose as his new adversary. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long until Titan decides it's much more fun to be a villain than a hero. However, Titan doesn't have any ambition to rule the world.....no...no...no......he merely wants to destroy it. It's then that Megamind must decide whether he can defeat his new powerful creation and save Metro City.