2011 promises to be a great year to watch out for. Like every year this year also brings a number of most awaited sequels, blockbusters, spin-offs etc. Lets cut the banter and get to the movies.
The year begins with The Green Hornet. A comic book based superhero movie with Seth Rogen playing the title role of The Green Hornet (also co-wrote the screenplay).
Plot: Son of a wealthy businessman, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) decides to take on the crime world and fight against the leader of the underworld Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz, remember him? Colonel Hans Landa from the film Inglourious Basterds). He gets help from Kato (Jay Chou) in fighting crime and build this mean car with which the become a lethal crime fighting machine.
Genre: Action and Adventure
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/thegreenhornet/
Official Site: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thegreenhornet/
Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour, Tom Wilkinson
Writers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Rango – Mar 4, 2011
An animated film from neither Pixar or DreamWorks, but from the guys who brought you the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Set in a different geography from all the animated movies we’ve seen yet, Rango does look like a movie to watch.
Plot: Rango is about a chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp), who “thinks” he’s a hero, but when he arrives in a small town he gets a reality check. Its not an easy task to be a nice guy. He then becomes the Sheriff for the town and pledges to fight the bad guys.
Genre: Action and Adventure, Family
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/rango/
Official Site: http://www.RangoMovie.com
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Ray Winstone, Beth Grant, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, Alfred Molina
Writers: Gore Verbinski, John Logan, James Byrkit
Sucker Punch – Mar 25, 2011
Sucker Punch is directed by Zack Snyder, the guy who directed 300 & Watchmen. Snyder has described the film as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns”, including dragons, B-52 bombers and brothels. And it promises to be just that and more.
Plot: The official synopsis released by Warner Bros says “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.
Need I say more? Its filled with action, great effects, amazing visuals, typical of Zack Snyder movies. Definitely one to watch out for given Snyder’s past films.
Genre: Action and Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/suckerpunch/
Official Site: http://www.sucker-punch-movie.com
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, Oscar Isaac
Writers: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
Your Highness – Apr 8, 2011
From the director of the crazy hit comedy The Pineapple Express comes Your Highness.
Plot: Thadeous (Danny McBride) is a lazy, arrogant prince whose brother, Fabious (James Franco) must go on an epic quest in order to save their father’s kingdom. Natalie Portman plays a warrior princess who is also the lazy prince’s love interest. Zooey Deschanel plays Belladonna, Fabious’ virginal bride. Justin Theroux plays Leezar, the evil wizard who kidnaps Belladonna. Michael Clarke Duncan plays the Giant Troll.
Genre: Comedy, Action and Adventure
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/yourhighness/
Official Site: http://www.yourhighnessmovie.net
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Danny Mcbride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Toby Jones, Damian Lewis
Writers: Danny R. McBride, Ben Best
Fast Five – Apr 29, 2011
Fast Five aka The Fast and the Furious 5. The Fast and the Furious series is back!
Plot: After Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is freed by Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), they flee the country and assemble a team of their friends and fellow elite drivers to confront a corrupt businessman (Joaquim de Almeida) who wants them dead, while at the same time avoiding capture by a relentless federal agent (Dwayne Johnson).
Chronologically, Fast Five is the sequel of Fast & Furious and the prequel of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. It probably explains how Dominic met Han. Movie also has familiar faces from the first two movies in the series. The trailer looked good, and promises the well shot car action scenes the series is known for.
Genre: Action and Adventure
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/fastfive/
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Elsa Pataky, Joaquim De Almeida, Dwayne Johnson
Writers: Chris Morgan
Thor – May 6, 2011
These days its almost unimaginable to even think of a summer without a Marvel movie. This time we’ve got more than just one! Marvel has been introducing these popular comic heroes over the years. They started out with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and the sequel to Iron Man, Iron Man 2. And this year its Thor and Captain America. This all will lead to the much awaited The Avengers movie in 2012.
Plot: The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Genre: Action and Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/thor/
Official Site: http://thor.marvel.com
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, Colm Feore
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – May 20, 2011
Plot: Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
The last POTC film, At World’s End, was the end of the trilogy, so On Stranger Tides is a spin-off and hence Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley from the trilogy aren’t here in this film. The trailer looks good, funny, and should be a decent watch. Penélope Cruz brings a fresh feel to the movie.
Genre: Action and Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/piratesofthecaribbeanonstrangertides/
Official Site: http://disney.com/pirates/
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin R. McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sam Claflin, Geoffrey Rush
Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
The Hangover Part II – May 26, 2011
The sequel to the huge hit The Hangover. Not much is known about the movie as the trailer is not out, but the cast is same, setting looks same, and so its safe to assume the fun factor would be same. In short should be a fun ride again!
Plot: Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding.
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong
Kung Fu Panda 2 – May 27, 2011
Sequel to the DreamWorks hit, Kung Fu Panda, Po is back as The Draggon Warrior protecting the valley and fighting evil. If you loved the first one, this one should be a one to watch as well! More Awesomeness awaits!
Plot: Po (Jack Black) is now a kung fu master, fighting alongside Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and The Furious Five—Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross), Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Mantis (Seth Rogen). They have to join forces with another group of kung fu masters—Skunkman (James Woods), Thundering Rhino (Victor Garber), Soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) and Croc (Jean-Claude Van Damme) to defeat Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), a peacock, who plans to use a secret weapon that can destroy kung fu forever.
Genre: Family, Comedy
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/dreamworks/kungfupanda2/
Official Site: http://www.kungfupanda.com
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffm, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber
X-Men: First Class – Jun 3, 2011
Another one from Marvel this year, X-Men: First Class is about how Professor X and Magneto came into being. Its more like a prequel to whatever we’ve seen yet about X-Men.
Plot: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.
Cast: Alice Eve, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender
Director: Matthew Vaughn
The Green Lantern – Jun 17, 2011
Not much is known about this popular DC Comic character, but those who know Justice League should be familiar with him. Seems like DC is doing a Marvel by releasing movies of its lesser known characters. Green Lantern should be able to do a Iron Man here, but it depends a lot of the script of the movie. Trailer looks great, Ryan Reynolds looks good, and the movie should be able to prove entertaining.
Plot: In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
Genre: Action and Adventure
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/greenlantern/
Official Site: http://www.greenlantern.com
Director: Martin Campbell
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Jay O. Sanders, Temuera Morrison, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins
Cars 2 – Jun 24, 2011
Its a norm of the summer to see DreamWorks and Pixar rival each year with their releases. And fight for the coveted Best Animated Film Oscar. And this year both have pitted against sequels to good movies. Pixar pits Cars 2 against DreamWorks’s Kung Fu Panda 2. Cars was fun to watch, and Cars 2 shouldn’t be any different.
Plot: Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.
Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.
Genre: Action and Adventure, Comedy, Family
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/cars2/
Official Site: http://www.disney.com/cars/
Director: John Lasseter
Cast: Owen Wilson, Larry The Cable Guy
Transformers: The Dark of the Moon – Jul 1, 2011
The third movie in the Transformers franchisee is coming minus Megan Fox. But the rest of the cast is still there, and Dark of the Moon should improve from the previous one. The first one was great, second disappointed and if this one fails, it will kill the charm the franchisee has. The teaser hasn’t been that revealing except from the fact that much of it is on some incidents on the moon, as also the title suggests.
Plot: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft on the Moon and must race against the Decepticons to find it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers’ final battle.
Genre: Action and Adventure
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/transformersdarkofthemoon/
Official Site: http://transformersmovie.com
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen, Tyrese Gibson
Writers: Ehren Kruger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II – Jul 15, 2011
The second of the two-part series in the seventh and the last installment of the Harry Potter franchisee.
Plot: The film will continue Harry, Ron and Hermione on a search to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, as Harry prepares for the final battle against Voldemort.
Official Site: http://www.harrypotter.com
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Helen McCrory, Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright
Writers: Steve Kloves
Captain America: The First Avenger – Jul 22, 2011
Another one from Marvel to introduce their characters from their vast universe. As mentioned before, like Thor, Captain America will introduce this popular character and become the final character introduction for the next year’s The Avengers.
Plot: In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is deemed too physically unfit to enlist in the U.S. Army and fight the Nazis in World War II. Volunteering instead for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation, he is physically transformed into a super-solider dubbed Captain America. With sidekick Bucky Barnes, he fights the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a seemingly magical object known as the Tesseract.
Genre: Action and Adventure
Official Site: http://captainamerica.marvel.com/
Director: Joe Johnston, Cast: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell
Cowboys and Aliens – Jul 29, 2011
Now this is interesting. Jon Favreau as director, Steven Spielberg as executive producer. And based on a graphic novel, Cowboys and Aliens is a never heard of storyline on a battle between Cowboys and Aliens. Starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, the trailer looks impressive and definitely a whole new thing to watch.
Plot: In 1873 Arizona, a loner named Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. He enters the town of Absolution where he learns he is a notorious criminal wanted by many people, including Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), a harsh leader who rules the town with an iron fist. But Absolution soon faces an even greater threat when mysterious forces attack the town from the sky, taking anyone in their path. While Jake’s shackle holds the key to defeating them, he must align himself with Dolarhyde and other former enemies to make a stand against this mysterious and more powerful new foe.
Genre: Action and Adventure, Science Fiction
Trailer Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/cowboysandaliens/
Official Site: http://www.cowboysandaliensmovie.com
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof
So these were a few of the most awaited releases of 2011. Ofcourse Hollywood has a lot more in store for us in 2011. A lot of rom-coms, comedies, action, romantics, animation movies would make a year to watch out for.