Our Pick of the Summer 2012 Blockbuster Releases

Summer is here! Where? I hear you say. Fed up of waiting? Take a look at our guide to the top 5 Summer blockbusters

We’re half way through the year, and we’ve had success already from some big named films such as The Hunger Games, The Avengers and Prometheus. Now that we’re heading into the summer blockbuster season; we take a look at five of the big named films due for release in the next couple of months that are likely to get the excitement racing – and take some big sums at the box office.

The Dark Knight Rises

Director Christopher Nolan’s eagerly awaited third and final film of his Batman trilogy. This ‘is’ the final film, according to Nolan, he’s adamant the story finally ends here, just adding more anticipation to the conclusion of his caped hero series. The story takes place a few years after the events of the last film, as a reclusive Bruce Wayne, played by Christian Bale, must don his batsuit one last time to save Gotham City falling to the destructive hands of the crazed Bane, played by Tom Hardy. With praise already heaped on the two previous films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, this certainly looks a film destined to take its place alongside these two grand scale epics of recent cinema history. Not many trilogies have a strong third act, and with the director preferring to keep his work under wraps as much as he can, hopefully audiences we’ll be provided with something truly astonishing. (In Cinemas 20th July).

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The Amazing Spider-Man

After Spider-Man 3, studios have taken the decision to wipe the slate clean and reboot the story of Spider-Man, rather than continue on with the Sam Raimi series. Andrew Garfield, star of The Social Network, replaces Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in what appears to be a perfect choice of casting. The story will mainly follow Parker as he tries to find the truth about his close family, provide character development, along with his comic book enemy The Lizard thrown in to provide him with a worthy advisory. Hopefully audiences wont see this as an add-on to the previous films and take this as a sole piece. If it takes off, be expected for a sequel or two in the near future. (In Cinemas: 4th July).

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Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner takes the protagonist reigns in the main role of Aaron Cross, as the first of author Eric Van Lustbader’s take on the Jason Bourne series hits the big screen. The plot will look to have the ‘cat and mouse chase’ blueprint that all Bourne films have successfully had, with Jeremy Renner’s on the run from his government superiors after a failed operation, while hoping to clear his name at the same time. With a new director/actor combination that had worked so well with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, the series is moving itself into uncharted risky areas. However, with an already capable action based actor at the helm in the form of Renner, and a sprinkling of supporting cast from the previous films to add continuity, this film looks set to have that right mix of action and human drama it’s three preceding films had provided so well. (In Cinemas: 17th August).

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The most appealing family film for the summer holidays comes from the magic that is Pixar Studios. The story follows Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly MacDonald, who defies her family’s traditions to live her own life, as she seeks to help, she must overcome a curse on her family and help restore order to her home kingdom. Never before have Pixar attempted to make a film with a fairy tale feel, this coming from the studios that brought us the charm of Finding Nemo, Wall-E and of course Toy Story. There is a rich array of supporting voices such as Julie Walters, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson. But as the film title says, this is certainly a brave step from a studio with overwhelming past success. Hopefully, this will do to Pixar what the fairy tale appeal of Shrek did for DreamWorks, but it’s a fine line they’ll be walking. (In Cinemas: 13th August).

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Total Recall

Remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarznegger sci-fi film of the same name, taken from the works of the famous science fiction writer Philip K Dick. The film sees Colin Farrell take the lead role as Quaid as he begins to question whether his newly discovered memory and personality loss are part of a government exercise, in a futuristic world were two powerhouse nations fight for superiority. Remaking the original, in an age were computer graphics can provide audiences with an authentic take on a futuristic setting, seems a perfectly plausible idea, seeing as the original isn’t exactly perfect. It doesn’t have the feel of providing the cinematic weight the original version had, but potentially could provide as a sci-fi box office hit. (In Cinemas: 22nd August).

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