Geek Movies for 2012

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Geek Movies for 2012

2012 is here and promises a slew of movies sure to appeal to geekdom. Here are just a few movies I’m looking forward to!

The Hunger Games (March 23 2012)

Based on the first novel from the popular Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who has volunteered to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a televised event in which the children of Panem’s districts must fight to the death. The books are pretty much considered the anti-Twlight, and while some criticisms have been levelled at the movie regarding casting, the trailer gives enough of an accurate representation of the book to leave me eagerly awaiting this adaptation.

Lock Out (April 20 2012)

Written and produced by Luc Besson and starring Guy Pierce, this sci-fi action movie is about a man wrongly imprisoned who must rescue the president’s daughter (played by Lost’s Maggie Grace) to gain his freedom. Yes, some have compared it to Taken in space (Maggie Grace plays a similar role in Taken!) but I gotta admit, the space stuff looks pretty cool, and I’m already a huge fan of Guy Pierce.

The Avengers (May 4 2012)

This is already a long-awaited movie for Marvel fans. Add in the fact that Joss Whedon is directing and this is certainly going to be one for the fans. Personally, I haven’t been a fan of the latest Marvel movies, but I can’t deny that it won’t be interesting to see how some of these characters interact with each other. Let’s face it, with the possible exceptions of The Hobbit and The Dark Knight Rises, this may be the most highly anticipated movie of the year.

Prometheus (June 8 2012)

After a lot of debating about whether this film, Ridley Scott’s long awaited return to the science fiction genre, would be an Alien movie, we now learn that yes, it is in fact a prequel to Alien. I’m not really a fan of the current Hollywood trend of sequels, prequels and reboots, and I personally prefer to believe that the Alien series only consisted of two movies. Having said that, even I can tell that if anybody can help bring some respect back to the Alien series it’s Ridley Scott, and the trailer certainly helps capture the feel of the 1979 classic.

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The Dark Knight Rises (July 20 2012)

To be honest, I don’t even want them to do another Batman film. I said the same thing after Batman Begins. After all, how can Christopher Nolan possibly top the last one? Well, top it he plans to do, and if anybody can possibly create a worthy successor to The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan can in his Batman swan song.

Dredd (September 21 2012)

Most people can agree that the first attempt to make a movie based on the popular 2000 AD character was pretty awful. Just thinking about it, I can hear Stallone cornily shouting out “I am the law!” Surely the remake can’t be any worse. Well, with Danny Boyle producing the remake, Alex Garland on script writing duties and Karl Urban playing the titular role, I think it’s safe to say that this new version is going to be heaps better than than the 90s version. Sure, there’s been some behind the scenes problems, creative disagreements etc, but I still can’t wait to see how they do with this adaptation.

Looper (September 28 2012)

Imagine if a crime syndicate had the technology to send their their enemies back in time where another group, called“loopers”, would kill them leaving no evidence of the murder in present-day. Now imagine if one of those targets being sent back in time, is the future self of one of the loopers. How cool does that premise sound! Add in the fact that it has a cast that includes Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the same character at different ages, and I can’t help but feel excited to check this one out.

Cloud Atlas (October 2012)

Whether you’re a fan of the Matrix trilogy or not, you can’t deny that the Wachowski brothers were visual innovators creating images that had quite honestly never been seen on film. Well, they’ve returned to the genre with Cloud Atlas, a movie based on the novel by David Mitchell, that follows six different but interweaving storylines that occur in different times and places in history. The cast includes such heavyweights as Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon. It’s pretty clear that this movie is nothing if not big and I can’t hep but be curious to see just how Cloud Atlas unfolds.

Gravity (November 23 2012)

In Alfonso Cuaron’s dramatic return to the genre, he chose to do a film set on as pace station, about two astronauts who must survive after the space station is struck by space debris. Yes, the movie now stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock (Robert Downey Jr had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts) which doesn’t exactly get me excited- seems a bit too Hollywood to me, but I’m a huge fan of Cuaron’s Children of Men, so I’m sure he’ll have something equally spectacular to offer with Gravity.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14 2012)

As we all know, The Hobbit had been in development hell for years. First there was Peter Jackson’s lawsuit against New Line, who financed the original LOTR films. More lawsuits ensued including one from the Tolkien Estate. Then Guillermo Del Toro was brought on board, but subsequently had to leave as The Hobbit still had not been greenlit. Despite the odds, the movie is getting made and who can watch the trailer to The Hobbit, now being directed by Jackson himself, and not think that this movie serves as the perfect prequel to the fantastic LOTR trilogy.