While I love movies, I’m not the best when it comes to actually watching them. But here are a few I’d like to see this year, and if we share the same taste in genres, maybe they’ll be interesting for you as well. I’ve added the synopsis to the movie where it was available.
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can - but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Wills thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him (IMDB).
Hot: Science fiction set in the not-so-distant-future, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman. Not: An idea that could become rather daft if not executed correct. We’ll see what debut director Wally Pfister can do with Jack Paglen’s script.
In the future, Earth has been devastated by war and famine caused by a plague that targets livestock, leaving only crops. Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a farmer who lives in Texas with his children, Tom and Murph, and his father-in-law, Donald, following the death of his wife. A skilled engineer, Cooper salvages spare parts of a old military drones to use on his plantation.
One day, he finds a probe that crash-lands nearby and, while trying to dismantle it, he accidentally activates a failsafe, forcing him and Murph to return the probe to a particular location near Los Angeles. There, Cooper finds an underground bunker guarded by a Marine robot, Tars, and is confronted by biologist Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) and her father, astrophysicist John Brand, who claims they’re the remains of NASA (IMDB).
Hot: Another potential mind-fuck from Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception). Not: The teaser trailer really doesn’t show much, but the IMDB synopsis has a lot of information and potential.
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter Ascending was conceived and written by the Wachowskis, who are also directing. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom the writer/directors have collaborated since The Matrix Trilogy, is producing the film together with the Wachowskis. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos (IMDB).
Hot: Written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (formerly known as The Wachowski Brothers). Remember the Matrix? Yeah. Not: Mila Kunis. Not sure about her acting, but might of course surprise everyone.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Hot: Marky Mark, amazing visual effects and huge robots! Not: Marky Mark. Probably some dramatic family sub-story in there, somewhere. What about making a Transformers movie with huge robots only?
Hot: Godzilla, even more amazing visual effects than Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bryan Cranston (Braking Bad). Not: There will be a <emvery* dramatic family sub-story in there.