As the book is closed in 2012 and 2013 gets started it’s the perfect time to look ahead at what movies the new year has in store. This will look at the films most likely to appeal to those with a geeky sensibility that is being released in the spring and early summer of the year.
“Evil Dead,” April 12 – Horror remakes are still fairly big business, even though they’re rarely regarded as anything more than cheap cash-ins on established titles. This one, however, is a little different. First off the original was never really a mainstream hit. The 1983 release of “The Evil Dead” was a cult hit, as were the two sequels. So that means a smaller but more rabid fan-base, which might normally be the kiss of death for a film like this. However original director Sam Raimi is producing this new film and is standing by the finished results. The fact that the initial trailer was highly effective is a good early sign as well.
‘Oblivion,” April 12 – A lone man orbits the Earth and repairs drones to help extract resources from the ravaged planet. But something happens that makes him start to question his mission. This is director Joseph Kosinski’s follow up to the visually impressive “Tron: Legacy,” and an adaptation of the comic book he wrote. With “Tron: Legacy” he proved he could make a cool looking film but now he has something to prove when it comes to story-telling. And though star Tom Cruise may remain a pop-culture punchline, he can still command the screen like few others and his presence makes this all the more exciting.
“Iron Man 3,” May 3 – Iron Man went from a second-tier hero to a massive star thanks to the 2008 film. The first sequel was a bit of a letdown, but the character appeared to be back on track in “The Avengers.” Now director Shane Black, who’s worked with star Robert Downey Jr before, has stepped in and is looking to bring some new life to this flagship franchise. The long-teased villain known as the Mandarin will finally appear, played by Ben Kingsley. Expectations are high for this one and it has quite a bit to live up to.
“Star Trek Into Darkness,” May 17 – This franchise appeared to be dead in the water after the cancelation of “Star Trek: Enterprise.” Then J.J. Abrams came in and whipped the old series back into shape with the extremely well-executed reboot “Star Trek.” Now the follow up is finally here, and true to form Abrams is keeping most of the details a secret. The whole crew is back and this time they’re faced with rising star Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain. The first trailers are out, and while they don’t do much in the way of illuminating the plot, they do an excellent job of selling Cumberbatch as a character to be feared.