Film Releases In March 2012
Find below a selection of the films on offer in the month of March. The release dates are for the UK and if the CERTIFICATION is missing it is because it is not available at this time.
Obviously not a comprehensive list of the full set of delights that you could go and see in your local cinemas, but probably a collection of the ones that feature most heavily in the choices of the regular film goer. Thanks for taking a look and please tick the poll if you do have a particular one that you are looking forward to seeing this month!
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Written by Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon and Edgar Rice Burroughs (Novel - A Princess Of Mars)
Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe
Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs story, A Princess Of Mars, written in 1912. It centers around John Carter a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War. Whilst prospecting for gold he falls foul of an some Apache Indians and hides in a cave, here he is mysteriously transported to the magical world of Barsoom, what we know as Mars.
Here he becomes involved in a Planetary dispute between two warring factions. Disillusioned and war weary on Earth, Carter is elevated to a position of hero on Barsoom and discovers a new found lust for life.
This film looks like a must for anyone out there with a love for heroes and villains, and is an opportunity for someone to deliver a 3D film that really works! With the anticiaption of huge battle scenes and giant monsters around every corner, it seems to have all the ingredients of being the years early blockbuster!
This Means War
Directed by McG
Written by Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg and Marcus Gautesen
Starring Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine
Two CIA agents (Hardy and Pine) have made it to the very top of their chosen field and are the vest of friends. This close knit relationship is about to be put to the test when they find out that they are both dating the same woman (Witherspoon).
With all of the CIA's toys and staff at their disposal, they wage war on each other to win the hand of the girl.
I don't think we can expect a great deal from this one apart from a couple smirks every now and again as the two guys come up with every more ingenious ways to out do the other. I have become a huge fan of Tom Hardy as he has progressed impressively through the acting echelon, but I don't think this one is going to see climb any rungs of the ladder! From what I have seen this film lends itself far more to the on screen persona's of Witherspoon and Pine.
Wrath Of The Titans
Directed by Jonathon Liebesman
Written by Dan Mazeu and David Johnson
Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Rosamund Pike
Set 10 years after Perseus' triumph over the Kraken, the demigod lives a quiet life as a fisherman as the sole parent to his 10 year old son, Helius. But in the world of the God's, nothing stands still for long. As devotion from the human race wains ever further, their ability to keep a strong hold over their adversaries, The Titans, is seriously deteriorating.
Perseus is called upon again to reset the balnce and ensure that that mankind is not set to slavery at the hands of Kronos, father of Hades, Zeus and Poseidon.
Expect more epic sword and sandal exploits from this one as Sam Worthington tries to out do his first effort in Clash Of The Titans. More Gods, more Titans and longer hair! Again another candidate for the early blockbuster and another chance for 3D to make a mark, maybe?
The Hunger Games
Directed by Gary Ross
Written by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Bily Ray
Starring Jenifer Lawerence and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
Based on the books written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games depicts a future, not too distant from our own. In a country where the economy has collapsed due to fire, famine, war and drought, the new Panem is divided in to 12 districts and the Capitol. Every year 2 young people are selected by a lottery process to represent their particular districy in The Hunger Games.
When Prim Everdeen is selected to participate her older sister, Katniss elects to take her place. along with her male counterpart, Peeta are forced to compete against opponents who have been training to participate in The Games all of their lives. The competition is brutal and final.
Having not read the aforementioned series of books, I'm not familiar with the story, but I do like the look of this film. There will obviously be a hardcore of fans looking to compare and critique every missing element or change to storyline. And again this is another chance for the youth of Hollywood cinema to come to the fore and display their blooming talents to the world!
Directed by James McTeigue
Written by Ben livingston and Hannah Shakespeare
Starring John Cusack, Alice Eve and Luke Evans
John Cusack plays the role of the, at the time, struggling author, Edgar Allen Poe, who's works seem to be being mirrored in a series of brutal murders. Poe is at first thought to be responsible for the murders, but when another is committed whilst he is in custody, it becomes clear that someone else is using Poe's works as a basis for the grizly acts. At this point Poe agrees to team up with Emmet Fields, a young detective from Baltimore to hunt down the perpetrator of these terrible crimes.
As the the crimes escalate, it appears that someone close to Poe may become the next victim and the author starts to draw on his own sleuthing abilities to find the killer before it is too late.
I've always been a fan of Cusack's straight and sometimes blunt style of delivery, perhaps I'm in a minority here? But for one, I'm looking forward to this latest piece from this actor and McTiegues interpretation of one of history great dark authors.