Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes sees revolutionary ape leader Caesar training his band of super-intelligent simians in guerilla warfare.
Sequels seem to be the trend for 2014. Here are the top 10 picks for the year.
22 Jump Street
Big, dumb cop (Channing Tatum) and squat, dorky cop (Jonah Hill) return to wreck more havoc. 21 Jump Street, a reboot of the TV show that made Johnny Depp’s name, saw detectives Jenko and Schmidt pretend to be high school students in order to bust a drug ring. This time – in grand old comedy tradition – they’re going to college.
Dumb And Dumber To
Dumb fun 20 years on as Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return to the roles that made them decapitate a canary, upset a sea bass and pee over each other – all in the name of laffs! The Farrelly Brothers are back ferrying this one through a plotline that sees Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey) track down one of their children in order to get them to agree to a life-saving kidney transplant. Will be dumb, but surely, no dumber than Dumb And Dumberer.
300: Rise Of An Empire
Props from the off for not doing a Jump Street and calling the thing 301. Swords, sandals, sex and slaughter come together in a gushing, rushing stream of sweat, blood, and errrr ... tears as the mighty Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) hacks his way through armies of musclebound meatheads and the odd demi-God or two. Based on Frank Miller’s unpublished graphic novel, Xerses, and directed by Noam Murro, who snatches the baton from 300 director Zack Snyder.
Dawn Of The Planet Of
Andy Serkis returns to the role that – in a just world – would have won him an Oscar nomination. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes sees revolutionary ape leader Caesar (Serkis, doing his finest mo-cap) train his band of super-intelligent simians in guerilla warfare. They’re preparing for an attack from a human population decimated by the plague-like disease that became virulent at the end of 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Among the victims of the sickness: James Franco and John Lithgow, who will not return for the sequel.
The Expendables 3
Sly Stone recruits a new generation of action heroes as his fearless band of hard-headed mercenaries is hunted down by their former ally, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). The new blood includes such fresh names as Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford. There will be explosions and gunplay, fist fights and high kicks. Then aspirin, bed rest and many, many ice packs.
The Raid 2: Berandal
The trailer states The Raid 2: Berandal’s purpose. Just over a minute of furious fist-fighting cut together with scenes of beautifully realised, horribly stylised gore. Welsh writer-director’s Gareth Evans’s first Raid film kept the fighting locked in an Indonesian tower block. The Raid 2 offers an open world, with Iko Uwais’s good cop Rama is out on the town taking the fight to the gangsters. Let’s hope – given the bigger target – it hits just as hard.
How To Train Your
Dragons and vikings – always bringing each other down in Dreamworks Animation’s smart, funny first film – finally learn to live without fighting tooth and scale for dominance. Yet as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless, explore new lands they realise that not all humans are quite as willing to live and let lizard live. Featuring the voices of Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler.
Sin City: A Dame To
A second clutch of story strands from Frank Miller’s future noir graphic novels. Miller will again collaborate with Robert Rodriguez, who has co-written the screenplay and will direct. Sin City survivors Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke will be joined by out-of-towners Joseph Gordon Levitt, Eva Green and Josh Brolin for stories of knocked-down heroes, broken dames and lonely, grisly deaths.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part One
Dooo-Deeee-Doooo-Doooooo. The Mockingjay, Part One flits into view as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her band of Panam proto-revolutionaries take on the Capitol. The games are off. The fight is real. There’s no glitz nor glamour left to win. Just a grubby scrum for ascension. Makes you wonder where Stanley Tucci’s radioactive game show host is going to fit in. Mockingjay, Part 2 follows in 2015.
The Hobbit: There And Back Again
Are we there yet? Peter Jackson’s gargantuan adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s skinny kiddies’ book reaches its third and final chapter. Bilbo and his boys have found the evil dragon Smaug, who’s lolloped avariciously over their treasure. Can they best the giant and reclaim their prize? Will Bilbo finally find the courage to do more than whimper and hide? And will we stay awake until the end this time? The answers lie at the end of many more hours in Middle Earth. – Guardian News & Media