2013 looks set to be a truly special year for cinema with so many eagerly anticipated releases, a buffet of remakes, sequels and original works. Here is a list of half a dozen of the films released in 2013 that are generating the biggest buzz amongst moviegoers and critics alike.
Iron Man 3
The third instalment of the massively successful Marvel franchise sees Robert Downey Jnr’s quick witted, heavy-drinking Tony Stark return to the big screen. This time he is pitted against a dangerous foe known as the Mandarin when those closest to him are targeted. During his crusade he is forced to question whether his heroism depends on Iron Man or on Tony Stark himself. Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black co-writes and directs, having previously directed Downey Jnr in the crime/comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). The film is tipped for an April/May release in the UK and United States.
Thor: The Dark World
Following on from the events of Avenger’s Assemble (2012) the God Thor is forced to do battle against an ancient army of Dark Elves led by an old foe which may prove more deadly than anything Asgard has ever faced. Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman reprise their roles from the first film. The anticipated sequel to Kenneth Branagh’s Thor (2011) is set for a winter release date and will become the eighth Marvel cinematic film to be released.
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A Good Day To Die Hard
Action super star Bruce Willis will return in 2013 with his fifth outing as New York City Detective Lieutenant John McClane. This time around sees McClane travel to Russia and team up with his son Jack, a CIA operative. Father and son then join forces to bring down members of the Russian underworld and prevent a terrorist plot involving nuclear weapons. With a script penned by A-Team (2010) scribe Skip Woods and directed by Irish director John Moore, the film is set to be released in February 2013.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Following his box-office domination with smash hit trilogy The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson returns to screens in 2013 with the second (of three) Hobbit film, adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular quasi-prequel to the critically acclaimed Rings trilogy. The New Zealand director will also write the script, with wife Fran Walsh and Mexican film maker Guillermo Del Toro. Many of the stars of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy make appearances in the film, including Sir Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom. The hugely anticipated second instalment of The Hobbit film trilogy will be released almost exactly one year after its predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, December 13th 2013.
Man of Steel
The story of Superman has evolved through the years, but is familiar the world over. Following Christopher Reeve’s Superman quadrilogy of the 70’s and 80’s, the franchise took a 19 year break before returning to our screens in a 2006 reboot Superman Returns. The film was not as successful as anticipated and so Warner Bros commissioned another reboot Man of Steel. The film will reboot the Superman franchise once more, following the story of Kal-El, an orphan from the planet Krypton, who is raised by humans Martha and Jonathan Kent and grows up to become the worlds greatest superhero. The film will focus once again on Clark Kent’s infancy and youth, and his growth into adult-hood, as well as his struggle to come to terms with his power and alienation. Watchmen (2009) director Zack Snyder will helm the project, which sees Christopher Nolan on board as producer. The film will be the major summer blockbuster of 2013, with a scheduled June release date.
The Last Stand
The Last Stand sees the eagerly awaited and long overdue return to acting of action movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger. Having finished with his stint in politics Arnie returns to bad-guy-bashing in The Last Stand, Korean director Kim Ji-woon’s first American film. It will be Schwarzenegger’s first film in a decade as he plays Ray Owens, the sheriff of a quiet border town who is forced into action when a drug lord who has escaped from prison attempts to cross the border. Owens and his inexperienced crew are forced to make a final stand against the drug baron and his gang. The movie will be an early pace-setter in 2013, with a January 18th release date scheduled.
So there you have it 2013 is set to be another cinematic year full of comic book heroes, fantasy book adaptations and a few returns to fame from old school actors such as Arnie and Bruce Willis.
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