Release Date: September 7, 2012
Director: Pete Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Judge Dredd is a difficult character to get right. Hollywood learned this the hard way when bringing the universally derided Sly Stallone vehicle Judge Dredd to the screen in 1995. If there is one thing that Dredd gets perfect this time round, it is Karl Urban’s portrayal of its title character. Cold, emotionless and brutally violent; Judge Joseph Dredd makes Dirty Harry look like a dirty liberal. The rest of the film stands up too; it certainly has enough flair and originality to set it apart from your average comic book adaptation, and provides enough eye-poppingly gory violence to satisfy proper action fans.
Release Date: August 31, 2012
Director: Ole Bornedal
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis
Possessions and exorcisms are totally in this season. Between 2010’s The Last Exorcism, 2011’s The Rite and this year’s The Devil Inside, the multiplexes haven’t been short on screaming young girls with lank hair and contorted limbs. The latest addition to this never-ending stream of possession flicks comes, well, The Possession: yet another ‘based on a true story’ horror which on the surface promises to be much of the same. Sadly, it mostly fulfils that promise. Produced by Sam Raimi and directed by the underrated Ole Bornedal of Nightwatch fame, it is disappointing to see such talent go to waste on this supremely average fodder.
Release Date: August 17th, 2012
Director: Simon West
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren (etc)
2010’s The Expendables was too good to be true. As members of the cast were gradually announced, 80s action lovers everywhere couldn’t quite believe it was happening: Stallone, Lundrgen, Willis, Schwarzenegger, ERIC ROBERTS?! It was going to awesome. As it turned out, the finished product was… okay. Arnie and Bruce were in it for about 5 seconds, and the rest of the film felt a bit tired and po-faced. It was more Daylight than First Blood; more Collateral Damage than Commando. However with the roster expanding to include Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris, and with the promise of more Schwarzenegger and Willis screen-time, there was reason to get excited about the sequel. The resulting film is funnier, bloodier and even more ridiculous than its predecessor. In short: it was a blast.
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche
David Cronenberg’s latest is a curious offering. Based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name; a sort of contemporary Ulysses set in New York, Cosmopolis baffles as much as it intrigues. Also, judging by the mass exodus from my cinema screening, those expecting the usual Robert Pattinson fair will be in for a huge shock.