Critics like to have their top tens to look out for in the year to come. This is in some ways my top ten without being a top ten, because it’s not even the films I think will be the top films of 2012. Anyway it’s my thoughts on the films you should look out for this year.
The Hunger Games – 22 March
Based on a book, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where a lottery selects 24 young citizens to complete to a fight to the death. If I didn’t know about the book I would probably stay clear given the plot description, but it is a very popular book and it should make a very decent movie at least.
Prometheus – 7 June
This is my first absolutely must see film for this year. The Ridley Scott Alien prequel that’s not strictly a prequel is the dark horse for film of the year! Set before the events of the first original Alien film, the crew of the Prometheus are searching for clues to our beginning, except what they find might be our end. The return of true Sci-Fi Horror is greatly anticipated!
The Dictator – 7 June
Sacha Baron Cohen is back! There really is no point telling you about this movie, just look up the trailer and watch. If you don’t like Sacha, you won’t like this. It remains to be seen if Sacha has still got it, because his last film wasn’t all that.
The Dark Knight Rises – 19 July
Well this is it. The film just about everyone will want to see. Can Christopher Nolan finish his Batman trilogy on a high? Was Bain the right choice as a villain? Will audiences even understand what he says? Regardless Nolan is the biggest name in Hollywood right now. Every actor wants to be in his movies and there is a very good reason for that. He delivers blockbusters with more depth and character than most films could ever hope to conjure, lets hope it continues.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 26 December
Part one of two, this is the prequel to Lord of the Rings, based on the book of the same name. It’s a wonderful story, and being split into two movies means they have likely kept most of the content. Will it be a good movie? Well, if Lord of the Rings is anything to go by it might just be the biggest movie of the year.
There are definitely more films to look out for this year, and I have no doubt that a number of unknown movies will surprise. It is by its nature a fact that only very well advertised films make a year-long list because usually smaller budget movies stay under the radar until close to release. Regardless, I have high hopes for the above.