So far this year, we’ve had superheroes smashing box office records with Iron Man 3, audiences split over plot holes of Star Trek Into Darkness and the whizzing mayhem of The Great Gatsby, whilst The Place Beyond The Pines became a real gem of the first half of the year. But more is still to come and June looks to provide apocalyptic action, mafia thrillers and a long-awaited superhero reboot.
Staring the father-son team of Will and Jaden Smith, this futuristic tale from the mind of Will Smith himself, looks to provide large-scale sci-fi with a similar feel to the recent Tom Cruise film Oblivion. A thousand years into the future sees our two main stars return to an uninhabitable Earth following large-scale disasters. But whilst they’ve been gone, nature has continued to evolve dramatically to the point survival in the wild is key. M. Night Shyamalan directs who has yearned to return to the phase of his better quality movies, whilst seeing Will Smith back in huge summer blockbusters is always a welcome.
Based on the life of a real serial killer Richard Kuklinski, Michael Shannon leads the cast in this mafia thriller which has already provided indie attention. Following from his early days in the mob to the point his killing spree becomes out of control to his conviction of over 100 victims. Supporting cast includes Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and Chris Evans but the main draw is that of Michael Shannon. Fast becoming the go-to guy for derangement and psychotic temperament, films like Revolutionary Road and Take Shelter have showcased that mellow yet dangerous quality he can do perfectly, similar to which Christoph Waltz can brilliantly convey. Seemingly perfect for this role.
The red cape is back! Henry Cavill becomes the newest star to wear the famous Clark Kent glasses in what looks to be a more darker and grounded version of the Superman tale. This newest reboot looks back through the origins of Superman’s life, from his arrival to Earth, his younger days, his relationship with Lois Lane in the form of Amy Adams, and the confrontation with the evil General Zod played by Michael Shannon. Penned and produced by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, this looks to give Superman the Batman Begins treatment. Whilst Zack Snyder, whose known for “all-surface no-depth” with films like 300 and Watchmen, needing to up his directorial game to deliver his version of the All-American superhero.
It seems unavoidable to see the trailers and posters in recent months for Brad Pitt‘s new film, based on a book of the same name, as he plays a UN official Gerry Lane, as he investigates an escalating worldwide pandemic that is turning the population into savage, blood lust zombies. Coming across as a more grander expensive version of the likes of 28 Days Later and I Am Legend, the postponement of the release, the ever-increasing budget and constant production changes could make this a prime example of a studio influencing the filmmakers to almost breaking point. No guarantee of this being a major success makes this an interesting gamble, also with Marc Forster directing, known mainly for dramas, making the success or failure firmly in the balance.
Even more apocalyptic adventure to end the month, this time in the comedy genre. Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and James Franco play themselves as they team up when their LA suburb begins to fall apart around them as they are housed up together, seemingly awaiting the inevitable end of the world. On paper, this could come across as just another comedy but the main draw is the reuniting of Rogen and Franco who made Pineapple Express, one of the more funnier comedies of Judd Apatow‘s long collection. Along with another half a dozen notable comedy stars thrown into the mix with the likes of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, this could defy logic and make a surprise hit.