Sunday, 5 January 2014

Most highly anticipated movies of 2014

2013 has ended. 2014 has started. Now it's time to list down my most highly anticipated movies of 2014. Take note that these films are not necessary great and may end up being the worst movies of the year. There might be other silent films that proved to be better than all of the films stated here. But still, make sure you keep note of these films so you can watch them.

I choose not to put the release dates for the films because most of the films presented here don't have a fixed Malaysia release date yet.

Here you go (they're not in order):

The Wolf of Wall Street (Banned in Malaysia)
This supposed to be a 2013 film, but it's releasing in Jan 2014 for Malaysia. It is a film based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, an infamous New York stockbroker who involves in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s. Everyone knows Leonardo and Scorcese, so despite it's a 3 hrs long film, still want to watch it. Rating:8.5/10 - private viewing

Another 2013 film but releasing in Jan 2014 for Malaysia. A film about a man who develops a relationship with an AI (artificial intelligence). Interesting.  Rating: 9/10

 The Journey (一路有你)
From the success of Woohoo! 大日子 (2010) and Great Day 天天好天 (2011), this seems to be a very promising Malaysian film set for release during Chinese New Year.
"The Journey, is a heartwarming road trip movie. When an old man is set to follow the tradition of hand-delivered wedding invitations, his future Caucasian son-in-law takes him on a cross-country motorcycle trip together."
Rating: 8.5/10

All Is Lost
Another 2013 film set for release in Feb 2014 for Malaysia. This is a film about an old sailor's desperate attempt to survive in the sea after his navigation equipment and radio disabled and his yacht was damaged due to a collision with a shipping container at sea. Seems to be a promising survival film. Rating: 7/10

300: Rise of an Empire
A sequel/midquel/prequel to 2007's 300 (takes place during, before and after the film), a film about the Greek general Themistocles who battles an invading army of Persians, led by King Xerxes. 300 is a great action film, so I expect this to be good as well. Rating:7/10

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
This time around, Spidey have to struggle with his high school life, girlfriend issues and deal with 3 villains at the same time: Rhino, Green Goblin and Electro. Sounds too much and I'm not particularly happy about this sequel...From the trailers, the CGI looks dodgy and unrealistic. But nonetheless it's one of the highly anticipated films of 2014.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Another Marvel Cinematic Universe film again, which continues the story of superheroes after Thor: The Dark World. The sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. Needless for me to say more, people will go watch it anyway.

Dawn of The Planet of the Apes
The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which continues the story of a group of genetically enhanced apes after they escaped and humanity mostly been wiped out by the deadly virus unleashed a decade earlier. The first film was great, so why not watch this one then?

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Known as one of the best comic book stories of all time, with an ensemble casts of the young and old characters and Bryan Singer is back once again as the director, I expect this to be one of the best films of 2013. Furthermore, there might be hints of a great villain of the X-Men in this film as well. Fans would know what I'm talking about.

Edge of Tomorrow
A sci-fi action thriller based on the book "All You Need is Kill", which stars Tom Cruise and Emily Brunt as Special Forces soldiers fighting a hostile alien race known as Mimics, with Tom continually returning to a fatal battle through a time loop.

The King of Monsters. The one who started the 'Kaiju genre'. The teaser trailer looks good and the film is filled with talented actors this time around. After the disastrous 1998 film with the same name, please don't screw this up. Make Godzilla great again.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Another new Marvel superhero film before 2015's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's a film about a group of assassins/misfits team up together to save the galaxy of an impending threat. Would it be like a Star Wars type superhero film or not? We shall see.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Finally, a live-action TMNT film which stars Megan Fox as April. As of today, there have been no news about the CGI designs or rendering of the turtles appear online. So have to wait and see. Hopefully the designs are great enough for us to watch it.

Jupiter Ascending 
From the directors of 'The Matrix Trilogy' and 'Cloud Atlas', this is another sci-fi action thriller written, produced, directed by the Wachowskis.
"Jupiter Jones is an unlucky Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living. She encounters Caine, an interplanetary warrior whom the Queen of the Universe sent to kill Jupiter. Caine tells Jupiter that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe's next leader."

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Another sequel to a good animated film. I enjoyed the first one very much. It's a continuation of the story of Hiccup and Toothless on their adventures. So I expect this to be great as well.

The Wind Rises
Another 2013 film releasing in 2014 for Malaysia. It is the final film from the great Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro...), adapted from his own manga of the same name which was loosely based on the short story The Wind Has Risen by Tatsuo Hori. Will watch it.

The LEGO movie 
One of the world's well-known toy product is finally on a big screen.The film is about a LEGO minifigure named Emmet, who is mistakenly thought as the Master Builder capable of saving the LEGO universe. His quest is to stop an evil tyrant named Lord Business from gluing the LEGO universe together. Rating: 8/10

The film is a prequel and re-imagining of Disney's Sleeping Beauty, but shows it in the perspective of the villain, Maleficent instead of Princess Aurora, how she becomes who she is and her thoughts about the princess and kingdom. Could be a brilliant villain story or a biggest flop of the year.

Based on the biblical story of Noah in the Old Testament, who is given a mission from God to build an Ark to protect his family and countless lives before the Great Flood. Directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Russell Crowe, expect this to be an epic film to watch.

Directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Alien, American Gangster) and stars Christian Bale, the film is based on the biblical story of Moses in the Old Testament, from his near death as an infant to his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, his defiance of the Pharaoh and deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement. Expect this to be another religious epic film to watch.

A New York Winter's Tale
A fantasy romantic drama film based on the 1983 novel by Mark Helprin, the film is about a burglar named Peter Lake who falls for a dying heiress of one of the houses he tries to break into. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. From an ensemble cast starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe and Will Smith, this might be a great film to watch.

A reboot of the classic action film of the same name, the story is about a police officer named Alex Murphy, who is seriously wounded in the line of duty but later revived as a superhuman cyborg by the multinational empire OmniCorp. It's nice to see Robocop finally comes back to the big screen after so many years. Hopefully the film is good as well. Rating: 7.5/10

Transformers: Age of Extinction
A sequel to Dark of the Moon, the film continues the story of Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. With new sport cars, robots, and human characters, expect to see more explosive robot action in this film. It features the Dinobots as well. Not so fond of Optimus' new look, but will watch it regardless. It's the most highly anticipated action blockbuster of the year.

Directed by Wally Pfister, the cinematographer for mostly all Nolan's films (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Insomnia, The Prestige,etc), produced by Nolan himself, with Hollywood's most anticipated screenplay, which stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, this could be one of the best films of 2013.
"Dr. Will Caster is an artificial intelligence researcher who strives to create a machine that possesses sentience and collective intelligence. Extremists who oppose technological advancement target him, but their actions drive him toward his goal. Caster also wants to become part of the new technology, and his wife Evelyn and his best friend Max Waters, also researchers, question the wisdom of this drive. Caster's goal to acquire knowledge becomes one to acquire power, and he seems to be unstoppable."

Gone Girl
From the director of Fight Club, The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, based on the best selling thriller novel of the same name, the story is about a woman who mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary and his husband becomes the key suspect. This could be a great thriller to watch.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The sequel to the impressive Catching Fire, the film splits into two parts (where part 2 will be released in 2015) and continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the rise of rebellion against the Capitol. This is a must watch for all.

This may be the most highly anticipated sci-fi action thriller, co-written, produced, directed by Christopher Nolan himself. As of today, the story is mostly shrouded with mystery and no one really knows what is it about other than it's about time travel and alternate dimensions. But, rest assured, because of Nolan, I'm confident that this will be the best film of 2014.

"When a wormhole is newly discovered, a team of explorers and scientists embark on a voyage through it to transcend previous limitations on human space travel."

The Hobbit: There and Back Again
The 3rd and final movie of The Hobbit Trilogy, a continuation of Bilbo's epic adventure before The Lord of the Rings. Expect some epic dragon fights and the great Battle of Five Armies. Any LOTR fans would love this.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire
(るろうに剣心 京都大火編)

Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend
(るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編)

One of this year's highly anticipated films, based on the famous, highly popular, best-selling Japanese manga of all time, they are two-part sequels for the first film, both were being filmed simultaneously for release in 2014.

The story takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan and follows a former assassin from the Bakumatsu, named Himura Kenshin, who becomes a wanderer. This time, he must face the greatest threat to the future of Japan and restore peace once and for all.

Watching the image of Makoto Shishio and Juppongatana just makes me giggle and excited for the sequels. Can't wait!

What's more better when Japanese mangas adapted and directed Japanese themselves? Guaranteed won't be as awful as Dragonball Evolution!

Into The Woods
Big Hero 6
As of now, there are no trailers or sufficient production photos for these two films as they're set for release in late 2014. Although these films are more likely to be pushed to 2015 for release in Malaysia, it's still worthy of mentioning as these are big budget films. Big Hero 6 is the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel superhero characters and Into the Woods is a musical fantasy film set in a world of Grimm's fables (Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel,etc) about a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a witch.

That's all folks! This is my list of the most highly anticipated movies of 2014.

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