Eight months in and 2012 is proving to be a memorable year for movie releases.
A flurry of big-budget films have already come out and a string of upcoming summer blockbusters are causing excitement levels to surge around the world.
Here we pick our 2012 movie bucket list of must-see films.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Peter Parker returns to our screens after a five-year absence and it’s all change in terms of the cast. Out goes Tobey Maguire and in comes Andrew Garfield as the gravity-defying Spider-Man, who finds out about his past and has to battle a formidable foe in the form of The Lizard, played by Welshman Rhys Ifans.
Pitt a load of your favourite Marvel characters together as they try and thwart an evil plot to take over the galaxy and it’s a real recipe for success in Avengers Assemble, which is thought to have grossed well over $1billion at the box office already.This film has pretty much got it all –amazing special effects, cracking fight scenes and plenty of funny one-liners courtesy of Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man.
The Bourne Legacy
Jason Bourne’s back – only he isn’t! That’s because Matt Damon’s character doesn’t actually appear in the fourth instalment of the Bourne franchise. Instead, the film centres around yet another cover up as two people involved in all the previous goings-on fight to stay alive and the CIA attempt to get rid of some unwanted evidence.
The Dark Knight Rises
Undoubtedly THE movie event of the year will see Christian Bale and Tom Hardy clash in the roles of Batman and Bane respectively in The Dark Knight Rises.DirectorChristopher Nolan didn’t disappoint in the 2008 smash-hit The Dark Knight and hopes are high that he can give the trilogy a fitting finale. Michael Cain, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are back once more as Gotham City becomes a battle ground again.
Any Quentin Tarantino film is greeted with great excitement – and Django Unchained is no different! This western sees the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx star alongside Christoph Waltz, who was spine-chilling villain Hans Landa in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Expect a fantastic soundtrack and Tarantino doing what he does best.
The Expendables 2
Bring together some of the greatest and most iconic action movie stars ever and a budget of somewhere in the region of $100million and the result will be explosions, explosions and more explosions. The kill count will be off the scale when Bruce Willis, Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and friends reunite as a bunch of freelance mercenaries. It’ll be fun, it’ll be fast paced and it’s guaranteed to put bums on seats at the cinema.
Another much-anticipated 2012 movie release is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, which will be released in two parts. The first part is due out later in the year and the concluding part will follow in 2013. Plenty of familiar faces from The Lord Of The Rings feature as the focus switches to a youthful Bilbo Baggins, played by Englishman Martin Freeman. If the Rings trilogy was anything to go by, film fans are in for a treat.
The Hunger Games
Grossing over $600million at the box office, The Hunger Games has gone from successful novel to successful movie.The sci-fi action thrillertakes place in a post-apocalypticfuture as a collection of youngsters compete in the Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death. Read the books – there are three in total – and make sure you watch the film version.
Thirty years in the making, Prometheus is another Ridley Scott masterpiece. It was initially billed as the prequel to the Alien films and it has since been dubbed as an Alien spin-off instead. Why not form your own opinion by going to watch it yourself? You’re unlikely to be disappointed as it’s visually stunning.
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