With July about to end the summer blockbuster movie season has begun to wind down and as we move into the month of August there’s basically only one film left that has a legitimate chance at breaking out and that movie is Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium due to open August 9th in Canada and the USA. Here is the extended 3:44 minute trailer although beware as there are plenty of spoilers as it reveals many plot points.
There was no doubt that The Wolverine would come first this weekend but the question was how much it would make considering audiences loathed the first Wolverine solo film. Well, we got the answer as The Wolverine looks like it is headed for an underwhelming opening between $50-55 million.
Despite the believably intense acting from Ed Harris, a strong supporting cast that includes William Fichtner and Lance Henriksen as well as a convincing claustrophobic atmosphere born from the film’s usage of a real Russian diesel submarine Phantom isn’t particularly memorable nor is it well-constructed with a rather maudlin pace and an altogether embarrassing last ten minutes that is so overwrought that it ruins the exact mood it is trying to convey.
After being in production for what seems like an eternity we’re finally going to get a look at what Keanu Reeves has been up to for the last few years. 47 Ronin has had a ridiculously tough production since it was first announced way back in 2008. This was a movie that was initially penciled in for release in the spring of 2011 but ended up getting delayed for numerous reasons somewhat in the same vein as this summer’s World War Z that had to undergo massive reshoots. 47 Ronin is now expected to be released in Canada/USA on Christmas Day 2013.
Contrary to popular opinion After Earth is not the worst movie of all time nor is it director M. Night Shyamalan’s biggest bust as that moniker still belongs to the insipid The Last Airbender. Nevertheless, the movie is all kinds of bad from uninspired production design, stiff unnatural acting and a script that holds some promise yet is constantly letdown by mind-numbing contrivances all of which are wrapped up in Shyamalan’s trademark directorial style that bogs down the film with an insufferable sluggish pace. Admittedly, every Shyamalan directed movie has a measured cadence but viewers are more willing to accept that as there is always the promise of a coming twist, something that After Earth completely lacks.
Now that we are in the home stretch of the summer 2013 blockbuster season studios are beginning to ramp up their marketing for next summer’s slate. At first glance there are many big films coming although it has to be said that there doesn’t seem to be one title that appears to be the undisputed box office leader.