Top Five: Films to Watch in 2010

3 01 2010

After a few retrospective lists, here’s a speculative ones, so here we have a list of five films that should be worth a watch at the very least in the year ahead.

1. Tron Legacy

Thankfully not featuring that guy, the sequel to the 1982 cult classic Tron is due for release in December. Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner will reprise their roles from the original and will be joined by Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, and John Hurt. The director of the original film, Steven Lisberger also returns as producer. The trailer was released to much fanfare at Comic Con 2009, and Disney have promised that the theatrical release will feature improved CGI and 3D. Definitely the film to look forward to this year.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Due for release on 19 November, this is the first half of the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. Obviously, as the book has been out since 2007, Harry Potter fans – such as myself – know how the story is going to go, with the trio beginning their quest to destroy Lord Voldemort. Thankfully, as the final book has been divided into two parts (Part II is set to be released in July 2011), the story should remain, for the most part, intact. This should be the first time I don’t complain about several dozen things being missed out.

3. Toy Story 3

I am praying to the God I don’t believe in that this is not a stinker, but it doesn’t really matter, I’ll go see this anyway when it’s released this summer. The story revolves around the toys heading for a new home after Andy abandons them after leaving for college. Hopefully this is not the worst Pixar film since Cars (incidentally, they’re making a Cars 2 to try and rectify their mistake).

4. The Green Hornet

Michel Gondry directs a film adaptation of the radio and TV superhero story. This is set to be released in late December, so it might be pushed back to 2011, but it’s worth the wait to see Christoph Waltz to play the villain Chudnofsky (thankfully the role is not being taken by Nicholas Cage, whom it was originally offered to).

5. The Expendables

Written, directed and starring Sylvester Stallone, this is a throwback to the blockbuster action films of the ’80s and ’90s, featuring stars of those yesteryear films; Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film also features ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Randy Couture. This film is either going to be amazing or hilarious, and therefore it’s going to be well worth a watch when it comes out in August. I have the sneaking suspicion that a lot of people will die in this film.

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