Fall Forecast 2009
April means just one thing to film fanatics: It’s time to stop catching up on LAST year’s films and watch something new. Which movies look good enough to put down on the calendar? Here’s my will-see list for the next four months:
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (May 1) – The “X-Men” franchise continues with this exploration into Wolverine’s past. When I first saw the trailer, I wasn’t all that excited. It also doesn’t help that the film has a romantic angle – puke. But I have hope for this project. Not only did David Benioff (“Stay”) write the script, but it also stars Hugh Jackman, one of my favorite actors. I’ll admit, too, that fight scenes, especially cool CGI ones, entice me more than they should. And “Wolverine” appears to have plenty of characters who look ready to rumble, especially Sabretooth (Live Schreiber). Let the showdown begin.
“Star Trek” (May 8) – Here I go all nerd on you. My mom is a huge “Star Trek” fan, therefore, we, as children were forced to see every film the minute it hit the cinema. Even though I resisted it, “Star Trek” triumphed over me, and in my youth, I got into “Star Trek: Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” It goes without saying that a reboot of the franchise by J.J. Abrams makes my legs go wobbly. All I can say is that I hope it does well, and will “live long and prosper” for many decades to come.
“Dod Sno” (June 12) – The synopsis should tell you if you are “in” for this Norwegian horror flick: “A wintry vacation turns horrific for a group of young people when they find themselves confronted by Nazi zombies.” I’m definitely in.
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (June 24) – The first half of the first film should have been left on the cutting room floor, so I’m hoping that this sequel focuses less on the humans and more on the Transformers blowing things up. The trailer looks very promising. Decepticons smash!
“The Hurt Locker” (July 11) – Set in Baghdad, this Iraq war drama marks a return of director Kathryn Bigelow, probably the only female who can make an action film. OK, so her best known effort, “Point Break” wasn’t Shakespeare, but I enjoyed it. Another plus is the film stars Jeremy Renner (“The Unusuals.”)
“All Good Things” (July 24) – The only thing I need to know about this drama/mystery is that it stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”) and Ryan Gosling. The only drawback is the inclusion of Kirsen Dunst and a romantic angle.
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (Aug. 7) – Director Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy”) brings the popular military “hero” to life in this live action film starring Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum and Christopher Eccleston. I’m getting a lot of grief from my friends for being excited about this film. But I don’t care. The trailer makes me giddy. And it has Ray Park in it, so expect plenty of cool stunts. I’ll probably end up eating my words, but “G.I. Joe” looks pretty action packed with many “wow” moments.
“District 9” (Aug. 14) – There’s already a “Cloverfield-” like buzz being generated by this sci-fi film about aliens who are marginalized on Earth. It sounds sort of like “Alien Nation,” which was so popular it spawned a TV series. Who knows if this will do as well.
First week of September
“Citizen Game” (Sept. 4) – Another sci-fi film, this one starring Gerard Butler as a “star player” in a very violent online gaming environment. Could this be “Rollerball” or “Running Man” meets “Tron”?
“Pandorum” (Sept. 4) – From the trailer, this sci-fi horror film looks stylish and trippy, kind of “Event Horizon” meets “Resident Evil.” The synopsis – a pair of crew members on a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or identities – takes me to my happy place. The presence of Ben Foster guarantees an unusual film.