The Bourne Legacy. Due for release August 3rd. Directed by Tony Gilroy, writer for the previous 3 Bourne films, starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen & Albert Finney. Plot Summary: stepping away from Jason Bourne, this film follows the path of an entirely new CIA operative in the universe we’ve already experienced based on Robert Ludlum’s novels. If it can deliver the gripping thrills of the previous 3 films this will be an enjoyable contender to the Bond machine.
Total Recall. Due for release August 3rd. Directed by Len Wiseman (who seems to be solely responsible for his wife’s continuing film career), starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Ethan Hawke, the predictable appearance of Kate Beckinsale & John Cho. Plot Summary: unlike the original 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, this Philip K Dick novel adaption remains contained on just the 1 planet, set against the dramatic backdrop of a power struggle between Euromerica and New Shanghai, we follow the story of a factory worker who begins to suspect he’s a spy who’s unsure of which side he’s spying for. I’m interested in seeing how Len handles this remake attempt. I’ll admit I’m concerned about Colin Farrell being involved as he seems to have a gift for choosing films that are prime candidates for the Golden Raspberry Awards at the Razzies, and throwing in Ethan Hawke (his last good role being a voice in the 2007 season of Robot Chicken) and Kate Beckinsale doesn’t seem like the best recipe for success.
Warm Bodies.Due for release August 10th. Directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Teresa Palmer, Nicholas Hoult, the irrepressibly camp John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Rob Corddry & Cory Hardrict. Plot Summary: based on the debut novel by Isaac Mario, which was described as a ‘Zombie Romance’ akin to Romeo & Juliet, we follow the story of monosyllabic Zombie R and see the post zombie apocalypse through his eyes. He wanders around eating brains, getting high on the memories they contain, until after eating the brain of a suicidal teen he is suddenly overcome with love for the teen’s partner. He rescues her from other zombies and keeps her in his hideout, until she leaves and he follows her back to the largest remaining human habitation. The Romeo & Juliet reference makes me worry that I’ll need tissues at the end of this, a zombie film.
The Expendables 2. Due for release August 17th. Directed by Simon West, starring Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Terry Crews & Chuck Norris. Plot Summary: it honestly doesn’t matter does it? Even the trailers don’t bother wasting time on plot, instead spending everything focusing on the cast. After the first film, the words on everyone’s lips were, “That was great, what an amazing cast of action heroes, but it needs Chuck Norris.” Well, you got it and here he is in the sequel.