Southpaw – July
Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal continuing an impressive run of form that includes ‘Nightcrawler’ and ‘Prisoners’ as a disgraced former hcampion boxer who has lost everything and must climb back into the ring to regain custody of his daughter and his dignity.
Cliché? Yes. Still great? Yes. Extra koodos to Jake for getting seriously shredded and making a wholly convincing brawler.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – July
Tom Cruise and his crew which includes Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames return to make the impossible seem easy. This entry continues the style of the last and most successful film in the series by essentially throwing Cruise’s Ethan Hunt into 4 different impossible missions that somehow relate to a bad guy. But don’t get bogged down with the ludicrous plot, this format allows a bunch of crazy stunts in a bunch of exotic locations. Cruise has really out done himself in the stunts category too, no easy feet considering he was dangling off the tallest building in the world last time. Not context to rest on that particular laurel, Rogue Nation finds him hanging onto the edge of a cargo plane during lift off and hholding his breathe for almost seven minutes in an incredible extended underwater sequence. Seriously just take my money already!
The Man From U.N.C.L.E – August
Taking it’s cue from the classic 60′s caper tv show, UNCLE see American agent Napoleon Solo forced to team up with Russian Illiya Kuryakan at the height of the cold war to stop a threat bigger than either country poses.
Don’t expect any serious spy stuff here though as the cross-hairs are set on fun suave and exciting and judging by the trailer it looks like director Guy Ritchie has really delivered it what looks like it could be the blockbuster season’s most unexpected treat.
Black Mass – September
Black Mass sees Johnny Depp returning to actual acting after realising audiences were very bored with him donning bizarre make-up and wigs and effecting an eccentric accent and the result looks quite amazing. Yes, the trailer for this gangster film inspired by real-life Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger caused the internet to break earlier this year and seems destined to be a crime classic with rumours already circulating about a potential Oscar for Depp’s chilling portrayal.
Everest – September
Another true story and another sure fire awards contender, Everest as the name suggest is about the famous 1996 Mount Everest disaster. The plot pretty much expalins itself and the cast in impressive to say the least with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Kiera Knightly and Emma Watson all in the mix in what looks like a gripping white knuckle experience.