Some of the best known and respected actors are starring in roles that demand pretty big shoes this year. In the past, they’ve proven themselves adequately and, for the most part, to the satisfaction of the box office. Aside from one long-time favorite of many, however, the question remains whether they will satisfy moviegoers later this year.
Director Ridley Scott takes audiences back to the place where no one can hear you scream, and thankfully, it’s not another stupid manned mission with dumb scientists doing dumb things. Instead, we have a dramatic thriller with smart rocket scientists trying to do smart things for good reasons. Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, the story is very simple but also pretty brilliant in its scope, as a stranded astronaut intelligently figures out ways to survive on the treacherous, barren terrains of Mars. We don’t see many performances outside of Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, which is fine by me since they’re both great actors, but the preview makes it look like there might be more emphasis on the action than story, which worries me a bit. Nevertheless, the trailer has piqued my interest and I’ll definitely catch this on the big screen.
‘Bridge of Spies’
I love a good espionage flick, and this latest from the genius of Steven Spielberg looks absolutely brilliant! Of course, it’s only a teaser trailer, and we all know how these short, brief glimpses of the final product can be misleading. Still, Spielberg and Tom Hanks have shown they work very well together, and this looks to satisfy expectations once more.
Over the last three decades since ‘Philadelphia’, the guy we loved watching in comedies throughout the ’80s has proven that he has the dramatic chops to put others to shame, that he’s a force to be reckoned with. On the plus side, the Coen brothers also had a hand in the screenplay, based on the 1960 U-2 incident, making this film all the more exciting when it’s released in October.
Going by box office numbers, Johnny Depp has been losing some popularity points with his last few, really terrible movies. In Scott Cooper’s ‘Black Mass’, based on the criminal activities of the notorious Whitey Bulger, Depp hopes to regain some of the public admiration. If the trailer for the film is any indication, I can see him accomplishing that goal. As the most famous and arguably highest-paid character actor, he promises a brilliant performance that looks quite chilling. With a strong supporting cast at his side – including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon and Peter Sarsgaard – I have high hopes for this crime drama.
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