10 Most Anticipated Films of 2015: Eddie’s Take

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List compiled by Eddie on 23/01/2015

2014 was a quality year for films both large and small and it looks highly likely that 2015 delivers even more so with the potential for out of this world box office receipts and pairings of famed directors and on fire acting stars.

Sometimes it’s hard to judge a film before we catch a glimpse of the project but casting a look over some of these as yet un-filmed tales it’s not hard to see why hype is justified for some of the most interesting looking stories we’ve been privy to in quite some time.

If 2015 is half of what 2014 was then we cinema goers are in for a wallet draining yet entirely awesome time of movie watching. Here’s hoping for another bumper year of movie making that continues to evolve and inspire.

Happy reading and happy watching!

Disclaimer – plot summaries from IMDB.com

10. Jurassic World

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Jurassic World

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

You get the feeling that Jurassic World is going to go one of either two ways, that way of total box office domination and critical/audience love or that more muted response eg; last year’s Godzilla where it might make some money but the aftermath is muted at best. I have high hopes that Jurassic World will be rollicking good time and the recent trailer suggests it could be popcorn cinema at its finest.

Australian Release Date – June 13th

9. In The Heart of the Sea

Directed by: Ron Howard (Rush) Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson

In The Heart of the Sea

Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.

After the relative failure of Rush (although that film has found an audience on home release) here’s hoping that everyone’s favourite red headed director Ron Howard finds some success with his adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s book of the same name. Once more working with Australian Chris Hemsworth, after seeing the trailer for this one, it looks like it could be one of this year’s most impressive big scale event pictures that also has a chance at some awards love.

Australian Release Date – TBC

8. Tomorrowland

Directed by: Brad Bird (The Incredibles) Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson

Tomorrowland

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Cinema goers have been eagerly awaiting the once Simpson’s guru Brad Bird’s next picture after the success he found with the Incredibles and also the last Mission Impossible flick. Tomorrowland sees the teaming of creative genius in the form of Bird and Damon Lindelof band together to create what looks to be one of the most original and spectacular Sci-Fi’s in quite some time.

Australian Release Date – May 25th

7. Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by: George Miller (Mad Max) Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

Fury Road

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

If the comic-con trailer from last year didn’t get your action blood pumping then I truly don’t know what will. With a reverence to practical stunts and effects over CGI, George Miller and his team look to bring back mad old Max with a huge bang! Hopefully this will be the perfect mix of nostalgia for the old fans and fresh ideas for the new, either way there will always be the spectacular car chases.

Australian Release Date – TBC

6. The Sea of Trees

Directed by: Gus Van Sant (Elephant) Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts

THE SEA OF TREES

A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.

While McConaughey is continuing to ride on his career peak wave, director Gus Van Sant needs to once more find his directional mojo that saw him create films such as Good Will Hunting and Elephant and what better way to do so that with material as ripe sounding as this. With a fine cast and with a setting in the beautiful lands of the Japanese wilderness, The Sea of Trees has every right to be one of this year’s biggest awards contenders.

Australian Release Date – TBC

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Directed by: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth

Age of Ultron

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans…

Whilst I can never deny the fact I personally feel superhero fatigue at present, there is little point in arguing that Age of Ultron should be all types of Marvel awesome. A potentially recording breaking box office haul awaits this incredibly well hyped adventure and after the amazing first entry, people have the right to be mightily excited by the prospect of seeing their favourite hero’s band together once more to save the world.

Australian Release Date – April 24th

4. The Revenant

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

Revenant

The frontiersman, Hugh Glass, who in the 1820s set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

The cold hard fact of the matter is that famed director Alejandro González Iñárritu has never made a bad film and after the success of his in many ways revelatory Birdman hope is high that the Revenant will see the auteur at the peak of his powers with this seemingly potent material. The casting of acting heavyweights Tom Hardy and Leonardo Dicaprio only strengthens this movies chances of being one of 2015 most powerful tales.

Australian Release Date – TBC

3. Silence

Directed by: Martin Scorsese Starring: Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield

Silence

In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

Anything directed by the living legend that is Martin Scorsese should be high up on any movie lovers list and with his long gestating project of Silence getting off the ground and finding its cast; this movie could be one of Scorsese’s finest in many years. The pairing of Neeson and the always good Garfield only increases intrigue in a project that should showcase a different side to the spectacle sporting director.

Australian Release Date – TBC

2. The Hateful Eight

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) Starring: Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum

Hateful 8

In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.

We should be a thankful movie loving community that we are even going to see the Hateful Eight after Tarantino threatened to bypass the project after his script was leaked to the press at the beginning of last year. Now going full steam ahead and set for release mid-year, QT’s second venture to the Wild West promises to be full of that sharp tongued dialogue that made Django Unchained such a raging success.

Australian Release Date – TBC

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Directed by: J.J Abrams (Star Trek) Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill

Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer

A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).

Little needs to be said about this pick being number one, the trailer, the J.J Abrams factor, the cast and the return of cinemas most entertaining and adored series should combine to create a Box Office behemoth that will hopefully bring nerd tingles to those long serving (and at times long suffering) fans and also herald in a new batch of aficionados that have yet to experience the thrilling joys of the Millennium Falcon’s adventures and the wonders of this galaxy far far away. Let’s hope the force is indeed strong with this one.

Australian Release Date – December 18th

Honourable Mentions – Hail Caesar, Ex-Machina, Beasts of No Nation, The Walk, Chappie, Jupiter Ascending, Inherent Vice, Knight of Cups, The Martian, Black Mass, Triple 9, Child 44, Midnight Special, Unbroken, The Theory of Everything, Birdman.

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36 responses to “10 Most Anticipated Films of 2015: Eddie’s Take

  1. oh wow..didn’t realize you hadn’t gotten all the films yet..like Birdman, Theory of Everything, Inherent Vice or Unbroken.. eeek! I was all “2015 – what are they talking about” and then I had my ‘a’ha’ moment.. oopsie! well look forward to the reviews of them all! 😀 Cheers

  2. Excellent list here! I cannot wait for The Revenant because DiCaprio. I need to say no more. Plus a Scorsese flick? I will be there, no questions asked.

  3. I am not really looking forward to Star Wars. It might be fun, but the trailer doesn’t really give me anything to be excited about. I like the look of the villain, but he does seem to be very Disney like. For the most part, it just seems to be same old same old.

    The big film for me this year is going to be Jurassic World. It looks absolutely amazing. The park makes me think a lot about the planned out park from the original Michael Crichton book.

    Please take a look at my list – https://numb3r5s.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/top-7-most-exciting-films-in-2015/

  4. It does look like an awesome year at the cinema. I saw a preview for “Chappie” yesterday (when I went to see “The Imitation Game”) that looked good (of course it did, it’s a trailer). Kind of like “Robocop,” but with a different spin.

  5. Michael Mann’s Blackhat is also one to watch out for. Co-written, directed and produced by Mann, i.e., a labour of love, and should be slick as hell.

    WAiting for The Sea of Tress and The Revenant, such lonely films!

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