Even though the scorching weather may tempt us all towards beaches and barbecues, this month also brings upon the height of the Summer blockbuster season at the cinemas. This year’s collection brings us the return to the big screen of a familiar Viking and dragon pair, fighting robots and rampaging armies of apes. So here at Inside Media Track, we’ve selected our pick of five movies to see this July:
Four years after the Viking/Dragon team of Hiccup and Toothless brought huge success to Dreamworks, the pair are reunited for their sequel and the biggest animated event of the Summer. As years of peace exists between the Viking village of Berk and the habiting dragons, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) has matured from years of adventures together, but once a conqueror by the name of Drago is collecting dragons to build a personal army, huge trouble looms large. Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler and Cate Blanchett all add their voice to the franchise and look set to provide big adventure in time for film 3 coming in 2016.
In amidst the chaos of blockbuster season, you can’t ignore a new Richard Linklater movie hitting screens. The director behind the Before.. trilogy and School Of Rock sends us on a story over the course of 12 years of Mason, a young boy living with his mother and sister, after his dad (Ethan Hawke) has left the family, as he grows from boy to man. A 12-year film making process itself for Linklater, this looks to involve the warm down to earth approach we’ve come to see in his previous films and showcase further more he’s one of the most versatile directors in Hollywood today.
Transformers: Age Of Extinction (In cinemas: July 11th)
Fourth film in the massively loud and expensive Transformers franchise sees its former star Shia LaBeouf out and Mark Wahlberg in, as director Michael Bay provides us with a multi million dollar display of crashing metal and dinosaur robots to add to his Transformers venture. Wahlberg plays down and out inventor Cade, whose latest search for scrap metal encounters him with Transformers leader Optimus Prime, all before they are entangled with corrupt scientists and ancient threats looking to harness their advanced technology. Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, and Nicola Peltz all star.
Sequel to the fairly average but solid 2011 hit Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, picks up the story as the fully genetically evolved Caesar sets out to over throw the human race and lead an ape army to become the dominant species on the planet. Capturing the impeccable motion capture skills of Andy Serkis and directed by Matt Reeves who made Cloverfield, Dawn looks to expand and build on the rebooted promise and bring a desolate and scary vision of the future as a growing rift between humans an apes threaten war. Also, bringing in Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman as the heads of the human resistance could form this into a bigger hit than it’s predecessor.
Quite possibly Marvel’s biggest cinematic gamble and one of the year’s long-awaited venture into space finally arrives, as the studios ever growing movie universe introduces us to new team of intergalactic heroes. Aside from the Fantastic Four and the success of The Avengers, this looks to widen even further Marvel’s hold on superhero superiority at the cinema with an inevitable tie in to the upcoming Avengers sequel set for next year. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, plus the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as a mad raccoon and talking tree respectively, team together to track down a powerful orb before it falls into the wrong hands. Expect action, expect madness!