List compiled by Eddie on 10/1/2014
With 2013 done and dusted it’s time to look ahead at what the year of 2014 will hold for us as filmgoers and pick my personal top 10 most anticipated movies with releases set for this year.
2013 was a somewhat lacklustre year for films with the over saturation of comic book movies and book adaptations reaching nearly unbearable levels. 2014 has much the of the same coming out so before people bemoan the lack of Captain America, X-Men, Spider-Man or Guardians of the Galaxy I have to say those films really do not excite me at present time and I wait to see where comic book adaptations go in the future. I am looking forward to original and daring movies, ones that look to aim for the stars and hopefully reach them and in the case of Godzilla hold a fresh take on a beloved cinema staple by an exciting up and coming director.
Here’s hoping that 2014 is a grand year for movies and movie fans, happy reading and happy watching!
Disclaimer – Plot summaries from IMDB
10. A Million Ways to Die in the West –
Directed by: Seth McFarlane Starring: Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson
A cowardly farmer seeks the help of a gunslinger’s wife to help him win back the woman who left him.
With Ted his first live action feature length film Family Guy maestro McFarlane has proved he can handle working with real life actors and with this new venture it seems all the elements are aligning to create an original and potentially laugh out loud hit set in the underused setting of the wild west.
9. Knight of Cups –
Directed by: Terrence Malik Starring: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman
A man, temptations, celebrity, and excess.
Filmed purportedly without a script Terrence Malik’s secretive project is supposedly set around the business of movie making and actors in the bright lights of Los Angeles. Whatever the film may be one thing for sure is it has a reliably talented cast and Malik is never far away from brilliance as a filmmaker.
8. Edge of Tomorrow –
Directed by: Doug Liman Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.
As witnessed in the first trailer, Bourne Identity director Liman’s big budget Sci-Fi looks to be full of action and hopefully a beating heart. Tomorrow could be this years must see popcorn action flick and a reminder that Cruise can still deliver the goods.
7. Fury –
Directed by: David Ayer Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
A crew of Americans in Nazi Germany toward the end of World War II embark on a brave mission.
I am holding out hope that David Ayer’s World War 2 tale will be a gritty affair full of ace performances from his very eclectic cast lead by the ever green Brad Pitt. With only a few on set photos and info released the project is already looking to enter into the echelon of great war movies.
6. Noah –
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Russell Crowe, Emma Watson
The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.
With anyone else behind the helm of Noah I would be treating the movie with the same disdain as a leper but with the master that is Aronofsky behind proceedings one can only imagine the visual wonders he will use to tell the well-known biblical story. With an intriguing cast on board one hopes that this one meets the hype.
5. Inherent Vice –
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson
In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fuelled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Paul Thomas Anderson does not a bad film make and with a cast that can only be described as the cream of Hollywood’s crop, Inherent Vice has every right to be a new American classic.
4. Godzilla –
Directed by: Gareth Edwards Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla appears to wreak destruction on mankind.
For anyone who has not seen director Edwards stunning low budget debut Monsters get out there now and find a copy. On the strength of that effort Edwards was given charge of rebooting one of the most beloved cinema creations ever created and judging by the team he has assembled and the footage we have been teased he is onto something big.
3. Gone Girl –
Directed by: David Fincher Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike
A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Based on the novel, “Gone Girl.”
Gillian Flynn’s book on which this film is based was a worldwide smash and with a proven track record of fantastic adaptations who better to take the project on than David Fincher. With a solid cast and big budget Gone Girl could be this year’s sleeper box office and awards hit.
2. Raid 2: Berandal –
Directed by: Gareth Evans Starring: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian
The plot is unknown, however, the story begins two hours after the first movie ends.
Anyone who has witnessed Evan’s original Raid film should be putting this follow up near the top of there must see list for good reason. The Raid was a sucker punch to all action films and a breath of fresh air for the genre. With an increased budget and freedom to stage some truly epic set pieces The Raid 2 should be one of if not the most enjoyable films of the year.
1. Interstellar –
Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
With Nolan again on original movie duties after the final bow of the Dark Knight Trilogy how can one not be excited? Written by screenwriter and brother Jonathon, Interstellar aims to be a thinking man’s Sci-Fi and with a great cast attached could be a certified classic of the genre and this years must see big screen event eg; the Gravity of this year.
Honourable Mentions – Her, Jupiter Ascending, Monuments Men, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Immigrant, Child of God, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 300: Rise of an Empire, Locke, The Expendables 3, Lone Survivor, Joe, Transcendence, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
How does this list compare to your anticipated movies of 2014? Have we missed any? If so let us know in the comments below.