The month of June heralds the annual summer blockbuster season. There are loads of hard-hitting, heart-stopping and laugh-out-loud features coming out this month and all the way through August.
There’s the Ridley Scott-helmed ‘Prometheus’ which sees Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron exploring the outer reaches of space looking for the origins of humankind; English rapscallion Sasha Baron Cohen putting on the makeup again, this time as a nefarious, xenophobic and rather funny North African strongman in ‘The Dictator’; our favourite zoo animals hitting up Europe in ‘Madagascar 3’ (it’s time to move it, move it) and of course, our friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler is back.
Also read: 2012 Summer Movie Guide
So what are you waiting, let’s dive right into celluloid gold this June!
Week of 7 June
The Stars: Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace
The Story: ‘Prometheus’ details the story of a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
inSing says: Hot on the heels of the superhero saga, ‘Avengers’ comes this summer’s next anticipated feature by Sir Ridley Scott who makes his long awaited return to the sci-fi genre. The movie is set to be the biggest science fiction movie of the year from one of the greatest directors in the business. Though originally conceived as a prequel to his 1979 masterpiece ‘Alien’, both Scott and writer Damon Lindelof have clarified that ‘Prometheus’ is only indirectly connected to ‘Alien’. So, if it isn't about the origin of the Alien, what the hell is it about then? We will only find out on 7 June. Can’t wait!
Also opening: On a lighter note, there is ‘Madagascar 3’ -- also opening this week. We see our favourite furry friends -- Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe trying to get home to the Zoo in New York. They wind up in Europe where they find themselves in a circus.
Week of 14 June
The Stars: Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly, Megan Fox, Sacha Baron Cohen
The Story: The movie tells the story of a dictator, Admiral General Aladeen who goes all out to ensure that the country, African nation of Wadiya, that he subjugated through blood, sweat and tears will never see democracy.
inSing says: Ditching the documentary style of his ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno’ films, Sacha Baron Cohen returns in this outrageous scripted comedy which sets the gag level to offensive. Cohen does his best to offend the Arab world – and everyone else – with his latest outlandishly stereotypical character, based loosely on Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. The plot finds Alladeen stripped of his trademark facial hair and shoved onto the sidelines as his scheming vizier (Ben Kingsley) works to enrich himself and bring democracy to his homeland at Alladeen’s expense. Our hero has to thwart the evil plot with the help of only a feminist liberal hippie (Anna Faris) and an old associate whom Alladeen had tried to have executed.
Also opening: ‘Guns N Roses’ opens in theatres this week. Not the rock band but the Chinese action comedy. Directed by Ning Hao, the movie is set in the 1930 in Manchuria, north-east region of China, the story is about a group of young Chinese men planning to raid a bank during the Japanese occupation of the region of China.
Week of 21 June
The Stars: Lily Cole, Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, Scott Speedman
The Story: A mysterious exchange student (the flame-haired model-turned-actress Lily Cole) with a penchant for neck biting and a strange hold over the ladies at Brangwyn College, an all-girls boarding school. Only Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) is immune to her lure, and as Ernessa starts to come between Rebecca and her best friend Lucy (Sarah Gadon), and bodies disappear, Rebecca is forced to take matters into her own hands.
inSing says: Vampires, teenage girl, obsessive relationships, a love triangle and all these based on a book. Sounds familiar? If we didn’t know any better, ‘The Moth Diaries’ sounds a lot like THAT other vampire movie coming out at the end of the year. Director Mary Harron’s ‘The Moth Diaries’ is kind of like ‘Twilight’ but just without the glitter and brooding vampire boys and shirtless werewolf hunks. Guys, if you’re waiting for the male version of ‘Twilight’, then this movie is it. With the movie being set in an all-girl’s school, there are swirls of adolescent angst as well as the obligatory shots of about what goes on behind closed doors at girls' Catholic boarding schools.
Also opening: ‘How I Spent My Summer Vacation’ is about a career criminal (Mel Gibson) who’s placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. Also in theatres is ‘Double Trouble’ – a ‘Rush Hour-meets-The Hangover kind of movie. Join Jaycee Chan (Jackie's lil boy) and Hong Kong lingerie model Jessica Cambensy as they hunt down a stolen painting.
Week of 28 June
The Stars: Andrew Garfield, Chris Zylka, Denis Leary, Emma Stone,Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field
The Story: Teenager Peter Parker embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets. He gets bitten by a spider, gets superhuman powers, sews himself a red-and-blue spandex getup and becomes a hero.
inSing says: This is definitely the most stylish yet tortured-looking Peter Parker to date, with rising newcomer Andrew Garfield of ‘The Social Network’ playing the web-slinger.
With the director of the critically acclaimed emo-indie flick, ‘300 Days Of Summer’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ looks set to be another successful reboot that follows in the footsteps of ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘Iron Man’.
In this movie, Peter Parker has yet to meet his lady-love, Mary Jane Watson. Instead, he meets Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, his first love, in accordance with Marvel’s comics, in college where he also grapples with his human problems and amazing super-human crises.
The film also returns to Spidey's roots, retelling the origin story from a new angle, while introducing a new villain, Lizard (Rhys Ifans), to the series. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ also marks one of the first releases to be shot in Red Epic 3D which, by the looks of it, brings new life to the 3D format. We'll see if this reboot can bring new life to the franchise as well.
Also opening: Following the events of Alexandre Aja's satirical 2010 horror remake, the prehistoric school of piranha make a bloody return in ‘Piranha 3DD’, this time invading a newly opened waterpark. As with the last film, expect plenty of boobs and zany violence... in 3D!
(Note: All release dates are subject to change; all information correct as of press time.)