While we at Love Your Movies mostly look back on films of the past and review recent releases, there is no denying this summer is setting up to be one of the biggest blockbuster seasons in recent memory and we wanted to take a look at what is going to succeed and why and what will fall on it’s face. Some of these movies have been anticipated for years and some have come out of no where. While we haven’t seen any of them, we are going based on plot lines and trailers alone as to what we think will be the summers biggest blockbuster. Here’s how we think they will stack up 10-1 Enjoy!
10. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
Yes that’s a real title of a soon to be released movie. No it’s not gonna work. It’s the most drowned genre in history and not even America’s greatest president can save it. It’s a bizarre plot and a bad one at that. It sounds like one of those dreams you have when you are half asleep on the couch with the history channel on the TV in the middle of the night. It’s bordering on offensive to Abe Lincoln.
Before this one even get’s going, to use what’s going to be an extremely over used phrase, this battleship is sunk. Even the never aging tough guy, Liam Neeson can save this. Based on a game that does not translate to cinema along with a mix of Transformers and all kinds of other hodgepodge of ideas it’s just not gonna work. This without question will be one of two hands down bombs at the box office.
8. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Despite what anyone thinks, The Rock can act and is a hands down action star. He’s never gonna win an award other than a WWE Slammy but he makes a decent and flat out entertaining movie. With the first G.I. Joe movie being all but a disaster, a better script and better cast which also includes the great Jonathan Pryce, look for this to be a better movie but the downside still will be that it’s a G.I. Joe which just won’t be that great a series.
7. The Amazing Spider-Man
Taking a page out of The Hulk’s playbook, Spider-Man get’s a re-boot quite quickly after the Tobey Maguire version of the series finished it’s successful trilogy. The difference between Spider-Man and Hulk is that Spider-Man had much better made and much more successful films. Andrew Garfield actually may be a better choice for Peter Parker than Maguire in that he is a better actor and there is more of a believability factor. It will draw decent numbers but don’t be shocked if it doesn’t fly based on the fact that it’s just too soon for this. All that said, the suit looks much better.
6. Total Recall
Maybe the most controversial and temperamental of the summer movies because it is a former well loved sci-fi book and somewhat of a cult movie. It may be way too early for this to be remade but that never stopped Hollywood from making what they are sure will bring in some coin, and Total Recall will most definitely bring in the money. Casting Colin Farrell is a good move he has the edge to wherewithal to take on such a massive undertaking and risk. Look for it to be a decent movie and do fairly well but loyalist to the original won’t be satisfied regardless of how good it truly is.
5. Men In Black 3
This looks to be a safe bet. It will be right in the middle of the pact profits wise and will most likely entertain you. The Men In Black series is just that, entertaining. Will Smith is a safe bet and the introduction of Josh Brolin is a great addition and it appears his best Tommy Lee Jones impression is spot on even though I’m sure he’s been working on it since No Country For Old Men production. Don’t sweat about spending your money on this installment it will not leave you with a still hungry type feeling.
4. Bourne Legacy
Another tough movie to gauge. The fourth installment in a great action series based on highly loved books that had Matt Damon carry the series…until now. Turning the reigns over to Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner who will not play Jason Bourne but continues the story is a fine choice. Renner is coming off a very well received role in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and will fill in nicely but don’t expect the same success as the Matt Damon half of the series but look for more great action and intriguing plot lines. Most likely should be a good one.
Not much needs to be said about Prometheus other than this, Ridley Scott returns to his sci-fi roots! For fans of his and of the sci-fi genre in general this will be a massive breath of fresh air. Prometheus was originally planned to be an Alien prequel, but that idea was scraped and it was decided it would be an original idea. A stellar cast that will most likely be a break out for Noomi Rapace who garnered some excellent praise for her role in the original Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Also starring the always fabulous Charlize Theron and Hollywoods hottest leading man Michael Fassbender. Mostly likely due to what is likely to be an R rating this won’t challenge The Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers for profit but it very well may be the best of the summer movies.
2. The Avengers
With all due respect to The Hunger Games and the title of our review for it, The Avengers is the true kick of to summer blockbuster season. With an all-star cast and every major super hero of the past few years and the major stars that played them, The Avengers will no doubt rake in the dough at the box office and have comic book/superhero fans drooling with their need to see all their favorite heroes assemble and take over the box office with what is sure to be amazing action and state of the art CGI. The Avengers will most likely be the one of the two biggest box office draws.
1. The Dark Knight Rises
Maybe the most anticipated of all the summer blockbusters, The Dark Knight Rises also has the most to lose because of what it has to live up to. The Dark Knight quite possibly was the greatest comic book/superhero movie of all time. With no Heath Ledger to carry this production the weight is on Christian Bale who made everyone rabid Batman fans again with his original performance in Batman Begins. With a good player on the opposite end in the gorgeous Anne Hathaway, while one of the best stars of her generation don’t expect her to be able to carry the film the way Heath did. None the less it will be between this and Prometheus for the best of the summer flix.