So with hitting the half way point of 2014 many of my fellow bloggers are giving their top 5 films of the year so far. These lists have been great and provided me with some interesting reading. However just for a bit of variety I am going to look forward into 2014 rather than back. So here I am going to give you an insight into my Top 5 most anticipated movies still to be released in 2014. (In order of release date in the UK)
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction (Release date – 10th July)
America have been lucky enough to already have had Transformers 4 released, and it has taken an absolute bucket load at the box office. Despite it’s impressive performance there, Transformers: Age of Extinction hasn’t fared so well with the critics. This doesn’t surprise or worry me too much though, I am a massive fan of this franchise and I am confident that Michael Bay will deliver. Although I didn’t like the decision to reboot and recast the series I still can’t wait for this explosion heavy summer blockbuster, oh yeah and Dinobots. Enough said.
2. Dawn Of The Planets Of The Apes (Release date – 17th July)
Caesar returns in this sequel to 2011’s reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and it is looking more badass in every possible way. I only watched Rise for the first time last week, but I am so glad I did so that I can be a part of the buzz for this sequel. The trailers and posters that have been released so far have all been awesome and I am excited to see how the story develops from the first movie. Also Gary Oldman is involved so I have high hopes for his character too although the best thing about the first film was the Apes so I am hoping for more of the same!
3. The Purge: Anarchy (Release date – 25th July)
Unlike most film fans I really enjoyed the first Purge Movie that was released last year, and much to my pleasure it has spawned a sequel. This time the plot seems to be more open and the film won’t be restricted by its setting which was a problem that many highlighted with the first film. Hopefully more of the concept put forward by this movie will be explored and I am hoping there will be plenty of jump scares and maybe some moral questions thrown up again like in the first film.
4. Lucy (Release date – 22nd August)
Lucy sees Scarlett Johansson in the lead role in this action sci-fi flick. Johansson is one of the most exciting actresses making movies at the minute, her role as Black Widow has been fantastic in the multitude of Marvel films she is featured in among her many other recent performances. The plot seems to allow Johansson to fully throw herself into this role and should be badass, her performance as Black Widow only fills me with confidence for what we should see here. I am hoping that Lucy can be another great film that Johansson can add to her so far flourishing career.
5. The Maze Runner (Release date – 10th October)
The Maze Runner is the first film in the series of books written by James Dashner. I don’t know a lot about this movie but I suppose that is one reason I am so intrigued. It does seem similar to the likes of The Hunger Games and Divergent series but the trailer had me hooked and I like the concept so that is why it earns its place in my list. There are already talks of developing the second book into a movie too so it looks like we have another “teen series” on our hands, although these types of movies do have flaws they are explicitly entertaining at the same time.
So that is my list, let me know which films you are looking forward to most for the rest of 2014! There are of course many other movies that I am looking forward to in 2014 and I haven’t mentioned them all, but here are a few more that just missed out on the Top 5 list;
Boyhood (11th July) Guardians of the Galaxy (31st July) The Judge (24th October) Interstellar (7th November) The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (12th December)