Summer is finally here and that means lots of big tent pole pictures being released by every major film studio. From dark thrillers, to comic book blockbusters and family friendly sequels this summer will deliver something for just about everyone. In this my 2012 summer movie preview I take a look at a few of the films that I think will draw people into theaters over the summer.
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
Opening June 22nd
The title is so ridiculous you can not help but shake your head but rest assured the filmmakers were quite serious in making this dark tale of one of the most memorable presidents of the United States. Produced by Tim Burton and directed by Timur ( yeah i cant spell his last name ) the man behind WANTED this film has great potential.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
Seeking a Friend at the End of the World
Opening June 22nd
Steve Carell is one of my favorite actors and given my soft spot for dark comedies this is one film I am looking forward to more then most. The film is about an asteroid named Matilda that is about the destroy the world and how a man and his neighbor ( played by Keira Knightley ) become friends at the end of the world and set out to accomplish some incomplete tasks.
The film has an outstanding cast of stars and as an interesting side note Steve Carell’s wife Nancy Carell has a role in the film.
Opening June 29th
TED is a brand new buddy comedy that stars Mark Wahlberg and is directed by the always hilarious Seth McFarlane. True to Seth’s penchant for being original this is not your casual buddy flick since one buddy is in fact a magical teddy bear named Ted. Now a grown man Mark’s character John must deal with what to do with his cherished teddy bear.
The trailer is absolutely hilarious and if the film is half as funny this is definitely the must see buddy comedy for the summer. It co-stars the always tempting Mila Kunis.
The Amazing Spiderman
Opening July 3rd
When Sam Raimi told the studio he was not able to turn in Spideman 4 in time the studio did the next best thing and just decided to get rid of everyone and remake the film franchise. Seriously what is the film industry coming to when we are remaking a movie that has not even had a chance to age yet?
As much as I am a huge Sam Raimi fan I am actually pleased he did not make Spiderman 4 since 3 was absolutely horrendous. The new Amazing Spideman stars Emma Stone ( Zombieland ) and Andrew Garfield as Spiderman. It has a great secondary cast that includes Martin Sheen and Sally Field with Rhys Ifans playing the villain The Lizard. I am not sold on why it needed to be remade but I can not deny it looks to show some promise and is a much darker more brutal telling of Spiderman taking a page from the new Dark Knight films.
Oliver Stone’s Savages
Opening July 6th
Savages is the latest film from Oliver Stone and it looks to take the revenge thriller and turn it on its head. It is about two friends who sell marijauna and get into business with a Mexican Baja Cartel led by Elena played by Salma Hayek. Unfortunately for them when they decide to turn down a deal with the Mexican Cartel the business truly gets savage.
Blake Lively co-stars as the love interest in an interesting love triangle and Benicio Del Toro and John Travolta also co star as a vicious enforcer and a dirty DEA agent. Savages looks to have some great potential with a unique take on the age old story of revenge as two friends go to war with a Mexican Cartel for the woman they love.
Ice age : Continental Drift
Opening July 13th
Ice Age has spanned a slew of sequels so it should come as no surprise that once again the Ice Age is upon us. Normally I would bag on a series running its course but when it comes to the films for the youngsters you can not go wrong with Ice Age. They are always well produced and a perfect treat for the family.
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.
The Dark Knight Rises
Opening July 20th
Set eight years after The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises see’s Batman and Bruce Wayne face the biggest physical and mental challenges as he goes up again Bane.
This is the last film in the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise and will be the biggest movie of the summer bar none. When The Dark Knight Rises I will be there and so should you. Along with Bane Catwoman also makes an appearance played by Anne Hathaway.
Opening August 10th
I am a huge fan of Zach Galifanakis’s and Will Ferrell he is not so bad either so its a safe bet The Campaign is on my summer watch list. The trailer below is really solid and funny and as it gets to the end it really drops the hammer and had me laughing so hard it hurt!
When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center.
At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other.
The Expendables 2
Opening August 17th
The Expendables 2 is going to blow the doors off the original and the reason is simple… Chuck Norris! The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal…Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries.
But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time — six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.
Resident Evil Retribution
Opening September 14th.
Milla Jovovich is back as Alice and once again she is taking on the Umbrella corporation. Once again shot in 3D it see’s the introduction of some new key characters from the video games and also brings back characters from the first film in the franchise.
I bought the original movie for $4 in a discount bin and count it as one of my favorite video game film adaptations. The sequels however have been reasonable but never quite held up to the first. I have high hopes that the next one Resident Evil Retribution can capture the magic of the first.
Now that you have read my highly anticipated summer movies for 2012 what are yours? Sound off in the comments!