Synopsis: Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Thoughts: Wally Pfister, the Oscar winning cinematographer of Inception and long-time Christopher Nolan collaborator makes his directorial debut in a movie that looks…well, like a Christopher Nolan film. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, and one can glean from this first look that the movie will look glorious…but how much sense will it make? The plot sounds like something that became popular with the dawn of The Terminator but with the A-list stars and impressive creative team assembled I’m thinking this will, ahem, transcend its familiar plot. Plus, it’s nice to see Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger) sans Tim Burton-esque make-up and Pirates of the Caribbean costuming.
Synopsis: John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Thoughts: There’s still some life left in John McClane as we approach the Valentine’s Day release of A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth entry in the series. Though the look of this film feels light years away from the rugged 1988 original, I’m happy to welcome back Mr. McClane as he teams up with his son (Jai Courtney, impressive in Jack Reacher) to battle the Russians over, what else, nuclear weapons. The previous entry in 2007 had some incredibly entertaining action sequences and this film looks to outdo its predecessor in the stunt work department…much to my delight. There’s a fine line these films have always walked between action and comedy but the great equalizer has always been Bruce Willis with his easy-going delivery that he can back-up with a punch. Still…am I wrong in wishing that Bonnie Bedelia would make a cameo in this as McClane’s wife?
Synopsis: John McClane and his son take on local forces in Russia.
Release Date: February 14th, 2013
Thoughts: Yes, yes, and more yes. I’ve always found the Die Hard series to be an enjoyable combination of action and a prime showcase for the wry humor of Bruce Willis. When the last sequel re-energized the franchise, talk quickly went to a fifth entry and now it’s gearing up for release in early 2013. This trim teaser shows us that McClane is back and this time he’s bringing his son. If all involved can capture the same magic that has propelled the other films to success we may be seeing McClane yippie-ki-yay-ing for years to come.