These lists always tend to differ from the Best Of lists we’ll make again twelve months from now. Movies like Shame, The Grey and Killer Joe came out of nowhere to top last year’s list, whereas more often than not, movies we anticipate the most end up disappointing us the most – Looper, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises… I’m looking at you – and this is the heaviest cross we film lovers have to carry. Despite this, we still can’t help ourselves when it comes to getting excited about what we think looks awesome or exciting. So here’s the five movies I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2013…
5 – Elysium.
Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley.
Director: Neill Blomkamp.
Release Date: 20th September
Blomkamp’s follow up to District 9 looks set to be another epic sci-fi with political overtones. It’s 2159, and the world is divided between the very rich – living on a man-made space station, headed by Foster – and the very poor – living on a ruined Earth. Damon takes on a mission that could bring equality to the world, which causes Foster to hire assassin Copley to take him out. Should I be this excited for a movie with no trailer, and the director has only made one feature before? Yes, I think so.
4 – White House Down
Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gylenhaal, Richard Jenkins, James Woods.
Director: Roland Emmerich.
Release Date: 6th September
The White House is taken over by terrorists and the President (Foxx) needs to be saved by a secret service agent (Tatum) before it’s too late. This is Die Hard meets Air Force One, and could well be the most brain-dead, exciting and entertaining movie of the year, with Fast & Furious 6 coming in a close second. From the director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, we are guaranteed to be in for some epic explosions, plus it’s releasing against Olympus Has Fallen, which is pretty much the exact same movie, but staring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. We haven’t had a Volcano/Dante’s Peak, Antz/A Bug’s Life, Deep Impact/Armageddon death-match in a while.
3 – Twelve Years A Slave
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Director: Steve McQueen.
Release Date: 21st November
The third feature from McQueen, and his third collaboration with Fassbender – after Hunger and Shame – finds the duo no closer to lightening up when it comes to their subject matter. A man (Ejiofor) plays a man living in 1800’s New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. This being a McQueen movie, it’s likely not to lean too heavily on the plot, and more on the outstanding acting to be found in his most impressive cast to date. Shame was my favourite movie of 2012, so my expectations for Twelve Years A Slave may be unrealistically high. But if anyone can reach them, it’s McQueen and Fassbender.
2 – Pacific Rim
Stars: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Pearlman, Charlie Day.
Director: Guillermo Del Toro.
Release Date: 12th July
If you haven’t watched the trailer for this yet, go to YouTube immediately and remedy that. Done? Great. Do you see why this movie is on this list? Giant monsters get released from a parallel universe at the bottom of the Pacific ocean, and attack every major city they come across. In retaliation, mankind have devised skyscraper sized robots to defend the cities. So this is Giant Monsters VS Giant Robots, with a huge budget, a visionary directory (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II) and Elba uttering the already immortal line “Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse.” Amazing.
1 – Gravity
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney.
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Release Date: 4th November
If you’re wondering how it is that you haven’t heard of my anticipated movie of 2013, thinking I might have picked some unknown arthouse movie, fear not. Gravity has two of Hollywood’s biggest stars playing astronauts who, after an accident in a space station, are left to drift through space, using only their wits and pieces of debris to help them return to earth. Director Cuaron was behind the best Harry Potter film in the series (Prisoner Of Azkaban) and also one of my favourite movies of all time (Children Of Men), and he has promised some startling imagery, including an opening shot that lasts over twenty minutes without a single edit, plus Bullock and Clooney are the only two people you’ll ever see on screen. So this is pretty much Cast Away In Space. I don’t know about you, but that sounds awesome to me.