LISTED Film Previews – Jan/Feb 2011

Kicking off the year in some style, here are my usual film previews to keep you happy film lovers all content in knowing what you’re going to see!! Please do bear in mind that because I had to squeeze in 2 months worth into one months article, I have had to miss out such awesome films like 127 Hours, The Kings Speech and Paul, so make an effort to see those films as well as these ones. Anyway, without further ado, here are the film previews for January and February:

THE GREEN HORNET (12A) (Dir. Michel Gondry)

The first of the big comic book movies of 2011 gives the year a jump-start of action with Seth Rogen taking on the famous vigilante. By day, Britt Reid (Rogen) is a newspaper publisher reporting the news, but by night he’s the one making it as the masked crime fighter Green Hornet, alongside his martial arts expert partner Kato (Jay Chou). Ok, so it’s not exactly Batman or Iron Man, but with a last minute 3D conversion and as long as it’s perhaps not taken too seriously, you can still expect some attention-worthy fight scenes, big budget Black Beauty (that’s his car…) effects, and perhaps less pot jokes than they potentially could have made with Kevin Smith directing it! Released January 14th.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (15) (Dir. Troy Nixey)

With Guillermo Del Toro at the helm of writing and producing this film, you can expect this re-make of a TV movie to be something a bit more dark and disturbing than its original. A young girl is sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in a huge mansion, in which creature living in the darkness threaten to take her and claim her as one of their own. This film promises to hold people in tight suspense, so hopefully the freaky creatures of Del Toro’s mind mixed with good direction will live up to that. Released January 21st.

SANCTUM (12A) (Dir. Alister Grierson)

Otherwise known as James Cameron’s Sanctum, this 3D action-thriller should have special effects and budgets something close towards Avatar released just over a year ago. Expert diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) leads a team of diving explorers on a treacherous expedition through one of the world’s largest and least accessible underwater caves. But when a flash flood cuts off their exit, they begin to question whether they can stay alive long enough to find a way out of the cave system back to the surface. Whilst it’s not exactly the action-adventure epic that Avatar was, Sanctum does tackle a subject that sends some chills up peoples spines and should provide an interesting concept for a film with its effect backing it up. Released February 4th.

I AM NUMBER FOUR (12A) (Dir. D.J. Caruso)

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, I Am Number Four follows the story of John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) a.k.a. Number Four, a refugee from an alien world, who is on the run from forces that would otherwise kill him, as they have done with three of the eight others just like him. He has incredible powers, and an otherworldly connection to the others that share his destiny. But when he settles in a small town in Ohio, a love interest in Sarah (Dianna Agron) could change everything he knows. Although this might fall dangerously close to the Twilight school of film production, its effects budget and original storyline looks like it might pull back some credibility – for the guys, it looks like there are some good action scenes and effects. For the girls, there’s Alex Pettyfer. A reasonable exchange, perhaps? We’ll have to see. Released February 18th.

As published in Listed Magazine and on http://www.listedmagazine.com

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