Having gone over both the best and worst 2014 had to offer, it is only right to now look to the future. Most of these films are pretty well known and don’t include any Oscar bait simply because those movies typically wait until much later in the year to start marketing. A couple of the films listed below are pretty obvious but hopefully one or two will be completely new. Regardless, here is my top 10 most anticipated list of 2015!
10. James Bond 24: Spectre
“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”
Coming in at number 10 is the latest from the Bond franchise. Once again being directed by series mainstay Sam Mendes, Spectre looks to continue the story of 007 (played by the ever stoic Daniel Craig) while further developing new characters like M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Wishaw) and Moneypenny. It also looks to reintroduce the criminal organization SPECTRE (hence the title) and is rumored to bring back fan favorite villain Ernst Blofeld (played by the incredible Christoph Waltz). If Waltz’s involvement isn’t enough to get you excited Monica Bellucci is set to play the latest “Bond Girl”.
If it can build off of the successes of Casino Royale and Skyfall (I wasn’t the biggest Quantum of Solace fan) Spectre is sure to be a great time!
9. Furious 7
“After defeating Owen Shaw and his crew, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew are able to return to the United States and live the normal life again as they had wanted, but Owen’s older brother, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), is after Dominic, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, putting the entire crew in danger once more. After learning of Han’s death, the crew sets out to find the man who killed one of their own, before he finds them first.”
In at number 9 is another instalment in a massive franchise, this time coming from Fast and Furious. Furious 7 brings the series back to Tokyo and builds directly off of the last film. Marking the final film appearance of Paul Walker, Furious 7 is set to be darker and more intense than ever before. Famed horror director James Wan is set to take the reins and if he can bring the same passion to this project as he has to films like Insidious and The Conjuring fans will be in for the ride of their lives.
Plus Jason Statham is set to play the new villain. The real reason for my anticipation; who wouldn’t want to see Vin Diesel, The Rock and Statham mix it up while driving suped up cars out of planes in mid-flight?
8. Mad Max: 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. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.”
The creator of original Mad Max, George Miller once again returns to the franchise that helped make his career. Swapping out Mel Gibson for the infallible Tom Hardy, the film looks set to return to forefront of the action genre. With an all-star class featuring the likes of Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult Mad Max: Fury Road is poised to take on all in its way in an attempt to disrupt the overcrowded blockbuster market.
If the return of Miller and the inclusion of top notch actors like Hardy, Hoult and Theron aren’t enough to get your attention just watch the trailer. Fury Road looks absolutely insane and jaw droppingly gorgeous at the same time. Maniacs jumping head first onto spiked covered cars, massive explosions in the middle of a desert and the biggest sandstorm you’ve ever seen on screen. Get hyped!
7. The Martian
Ridley Scott directing a brand new sci-fi film based on an esteemed novel, sign me up. Not much is known about the production, an official synopsis for the film hasn’t even been released yet. But with talent attached such as the likes of Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara you better believe that this is one to look out for.
Centered on an astronaut (Matt Damon) abandoned on Mars after a mission gone awry, he must use his skills and experience to try and live on an alien planet in the hopes that one day someone will come to his rescue.
Scott’s recent films haven’t been remotely close to his original hits (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) but a return to the genre that made his career may be the thing he needs to get him back on track.
“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.”
Like The Martian, not much is known about the mysterious Disney project, Tomorrowland. The only thing we have to go on is a pretty magnificent trailer that fails to tell us what the film is about and a short synopsis that does essentially the same and that is by no means a bad thing. The air of secrecy around the project only increases its appeal in my eyes and the small glimpses of the actual Tomorrowland get me really excited for the full experience.
Plus Brad Bird is directing George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, which has “something special” written all over it.
“Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”
Even with all of the behind the scenes drama surrounding Ant-Man the film still looks to primed continue Marvel Studios’ dominant streak. Peyton Reed has picked up the pieces and, by the looks of the trailer, made something equal parts emotion and hilarity.
Paul Rudd and Adam McKay rewrote the script to have it better mesh with the MCU and it seems to have been for the best. Ant-Man looks more than ready to prove that it takes more than power to be a hero while including a mentor/mentee theme and throwing in a bit of familial drama to spice things up.
Coming off of Age of Ultron will surely be a help in making Ant-Man a mainstream hit but I have confidence the little guy can more than hold his own.
4. Inside Out
“Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”
Lately Pixar hasn’t been at the top of its game. Releasing half-baked sequels and churning out odd spinoffs (I’m looking at you Cars and Planes), the Pixar of old seemed long gone. But one only has to think back to massive successes like Up and Toy Story 3 to remember the kind of potential these guys have. Inside out looks to be that return to form fans of the studio have been waiting on for a while.
Invoking a little Osmosis Jones and Herman’s Head, Inside Out tells the tale of a young girl navigating the world while we get a behind the scenes look at everything going on in her head. It’s a premise ripe with potential for hilarity and drama that I hope Pixar can properly bring to life (with a stellar voice-cast including the likes of Kyle McLachlan and Diane Lane that shouldn’t be much of a problem).
3. Jupiter Ascending
“Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.”
While this may not be at the top of everybody’s list it sure spoke to me. High concept fantasy fare written by the Wachowski’s seems like the perfect combination. Cloud Atlas may have been a bit clunky in its execution but that is to be expected when you have 3 directors working on the same film. The Wachowski’s have always been known for their brain busting philosophies and I expect Jupiter Ascending to be no different. It also looks to be just as action packed as the Matrix films the duo is best known for, something that Cloud Atlas could have used a bit more of.
Dog eared assassins fighting dragon people over a futuristic city in the middle of the night sounds pretty badass. Then throw in outer space mech battles with none other than Sean Bean at the helm and you have a recipe for successful blockbuster on your hands.
Even though they have a hit and miss record with these types of films, I am willing to bet this will go down as their best work.
2. Star Wars Ep.VII: The Force Awakens
These final two films are probably at the top of everyone’s most anticipated lists and could easily be interchanged. But because I’m a diehard MCU fanboy The Force Awakens gets shot down to the second spot.
JJ Abrams has always been secretive when it comes to his projects but with Star Wars he has taken extra care to not let things leak. Fans have no real clue what the film will be about but do know that the original cast will play integral roles in expanding this universe and pave the way for the newcomers later on.
The teaser trailer we were treated to gave us early looks at the new X-wings, storm troopers, droids and even the Sith (cross guard lightsaber FTW). The fact that its Star Wars makes it highly anticipated but the fact that all of the rumors surrounding the project point to it being an awesome film make it more so. Abrams will do right by diehard fans and make it so that even the freshest of faces will be able to hop on board.
1. Avengers: 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.”
Hands down the most anticipated film of 2015, for me at any rate, has got to be Age of Ultron. Seeing all of my favorite superheroes on screen in the original film was a dream come true. Seeing them for a second time, even more powerful and facing even bigger threats simply cannot let me down. James Spader as the titular villain is menacing, intelligent and super creepy. He is the perfect actor to portray the arch nemesis of the Avengers since the earliest days in the comics.
With more emphasis on the Hulk and even more action than the last outing, plus a darker tone set to put the team through the ringer, Age of Ultron is going to be a big deal. Oh yea, there’s also Hulkbuster, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Klaw and a ton of Black Panther Easter eggs to look forward to. If the film isn’t on your radar you must have been living under a rock.
And there you have it! My top ten most anticipated films of the New Year. There are many more I am patiently waiting for but none more so than the ten I mentioned above. Sure some will probably end up slightly disappointing and my favorite film of the year may not even be on my radar at all, but that is the great things about films. You never know what you’re going to get until the credits roll (and if it’s a Marvel movie not even then).
Here are a few more films I’m anticipating that barely missed the cut.
Jurassic World – Chris Pratt on a motorcycle with a gang of velociraptors… ‘nuff said.
Kingsman: The Secret Service – Matthew Vaughan is a genius director and based on trailers has once again hit gold.
Fantastic Four – Rumors have this movie being either a mess or a masterpiece. Just judging from the drama surrounding the movie, I need to know what’s going on with this movie.
Chappie – Neill Blomkamp has been up and down with his sci-fi offerings (District 9 was incredible, Elysium not so much). I’m interested in seeing if Chappie can get him back to his roots.