BY VARUN KUMAR
With Furious 7 opening this month, the summer blockbuster season is about to start, if it hasn’t already started. While 2014 was mostly a dry year for summer blockbusters; this year is clearly different with a number of big films coming out. Whether it’s the next installment in the Mission: Impossible series or the largely anticipated sequel to the Avengers, this summer will be full of fun movies that will likely be raking in huge profits. Here are five of my most anticipated summer films:
1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
Plot: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble.
This is clearly the biggest movie event of the summer. While the trailers seem to be hinting towards a darker tone in this film, I still believe this will be another family friendly Marvel movie, considering Marvel used the same approach of marketing for Iron Man 3 (which ended up being more of a comedy than anything) and for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which was certainly serious, but definitely not dark). With that being said, according to the comic book stories that Marvel wants to adapt in the future, these movies can certainly take a darker turn considering the nature of the comic books. No matter, just like the gigantic predecessor, this should shatter this year’s summer box office and be the film everyone will be talking about.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15, 2015)
Plot: Though determined to wander the post-apocalyptic wasteland alone, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) joins Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a fugitive imperator, and her band who are all trying to escape a savage warlord.
I will be honest and say this movie did not look very appealing to me when I first heard that it was being announced. While Tom Hardy is certainly a great actor, a Mad Max revival in 2015 certainly did not sit well with me. Even though George Miller was returning again, the director hasn’t really been able to deliver quality in over two decades besides Happy Feet, which is clearly a much different movie than this. That being said, the trailers look incredible in terms of the cinematography and visuals and the R rating attached to the project definitely has this being one of my most anticipated films this summer.
3. Tomorrowland (May 22, 2015)
Plot: A former boy-genius (George Clooney) and a gifted teenager (Britt Robertson) set out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of “Tomorrowland,” an enigmatic location caught between time and space.
Admittedly, I am still skeptical about how this movie will play out. With this being a Disney film and with Damon Lindelof (screenwriter of such disappointments like “Prometheus” and “World War Z”) helming the script, this can easily be a disappointment. However, Brad Bird is a fantastic director and has yet to make a bad film. I trust that his vision for this project will prevail in the end, even if it may not be everything I am hoping for it to be in terms of the scale of the project. The PG rating certainly has me thinking that the film will scale back on the ambition and be more of a straightforward family-friendly movie.
4. Inside Out (June 19, 2015)
Plot: The five emotions inside a girl’s head vie for control after a life-changing event.
Not only is this a Pixar movie (the most consistent animation studio in the world besides Studio Ghibli), but also it just might be one of Pixar’s best movies ever. The trailer certainly makes it out to look like great fun, but the idea is so ambitious here that this can definitely be one of the great Pixar movies like The Incredibles and Wall-E. It looks like a movie kids will love, but at the same time there seems to be a lot that teens and adults will appreciate as well in terms of subject matter.
5. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (July 31, 2015)
Plot: The IMF agency comes under threat from the Syndicate, a near-mythical organization of assassins and rogue operatives who kill to order. Faced with the IMF’s disbandment, Ethan Hunt assembles his team for his most difficult mission to date—to prove the Syndicate’s existence and bring the organization down by any means necessary.
It is a necessity these days to see every Tom Cruise action movie. The fact this is another Mission: Impossible is just more incentive to go. Brad Bird’s incredible Ghost Protocol ended up being the best Mission Impossible yet, and certainly sets a high standard for this one to meet. Unfortunately, Brad Bird will not be directing this film. Instead, Christopher McQuarrie (director of Edge of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher) will be tackling this one. While the new Mission: Impossible may not be as good as its predecessor, one can never count out the great stunt work from Cruise and the trailer certainly does a great job showcasing some of the big scaled action that will be found with this film.