Dinosaurs, superheroes, Malaysians: 14 summer blockbusters to see in 2018


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  • Friday, 01 Jun 2018

Summer Blockbusters

Summer is almost here. Well, not here in Malaysia per se, but in the United States at least. This means that summer blockbuster season is underway, even though it feels like it started in April, when Avengers: Infinity War was released.

As usual, many of the upcoming major titles tend to be sequels but there ARE a few originals that we are pretty excited about as well. Here are 14 films from June to August that we are really looking forward to.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 7)

Directors: JA Bayona, Colin Trevorrow

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Justice Smith, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin

Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! What, you need another reason to watch this? Fine. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back, but the real draw (for us, at least) is a cameo by Jeff Goldblum as Dr Ian Malcolm from the original Jurassic Park. Life may find a way, but we’re glad Ian did as well.

Ocean’s 8 (June 14)

Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter

Remember those three movies about 11, 12, then 13 thieves led by George Clooney and Brad Pitt? Well, this is like that, but starring eight women instead, with Sandra Bullock playing the sister to Clooney’s Danny Ocean leading a robbery at the Met Gala in New York City. Expect elegant dresses, snappy dialogue and hopefully, a brilliantly planned and executed heist.

Incredibles 2 (June 14)

Director: Brad Bird

Voice Cast: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L Jackson, John Ratzenberger, Brad Bird, Huck Milner, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini

The Parr family of supers is back, and this time, Elastigirl gets a new job fighting crime, leaving Bob at home to take care of the kids. Oh, and Jack Jack has powers too! In terms of timeline, this sequel picks up immediately after the first movie, which was released 14 years ago, believe it or not.

Escape Plan 2: Hades (June 21)

Director: Steven C. Miller

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent, Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming, Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe, Wes Chatham

The last Escape Plan had Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, this one has Stallone and Dave Bautista. This time, one of the prison escape specialists and Ray’s trusted operatives, Shu Ren, is kidnapped and taken to Hades, the most elaborate prison ever built (of course it is). So, Ray assembles a team to go into Hades and break him out.

Ant-Man And The Wasp (July 5)

Director: Peyton Reed

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas

After the mega-event that was Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes small with the second movie to involve Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang aka Ant-Man. And this time, he’s got a partner – Hope Pym, aka The Wasp.

We have so many questions about this movie. Like where on the MCU timeline is this movie? Where was Ant-Man during Infinity War? How does Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne (the original Wasp) fit in? And most importantly, how did Hank Pym fit a handle and wheels into that shrinkable, portable building?

Skyscraper (July 12)

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Moller, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Noah Taylor

Former FBI agent and amputee Will Sawyer is in charge of security at the tallest and supposedly safest skyscraper in Hong Kong. When the building is attacked by terrorists, Sawyer is not only framed for the attacks, but he also has to find a way to save his family from the building. Yes, it’s essentially Dwayne Johnson doing a Die Hard. Move over, Bruce Willis.

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (July 19)

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Sadie Sandler, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Mel Brooks

Dracula, Mavis, Johnny and the rest of the monster gang take a vacation on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship. Yes, they’ve moved the movie from a hotel in Transylvania to a hotel on water. We’re not exactly sure how the Hotel Transylvania franchise has managed to get another sequel, but if you like Adam Sandler and cheesy monster jokes, this should be right up your dark alleyway.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 19)

Director: Ol Parker

Cast: Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper, Cher

If you absolutely love Abba’s music, or you’ve always wondered how Meryl Streep’s Donna got into the whole “one daughter, three potential daddies” predicament in the first place, then this is for you. Why is there another Mamma Mia movie 10 years later? The answer is simple: When there’s money, money, money to be made, the studios will always say gimme, gimme, gimme.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (July 26)

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to sit through yet another Mission: Impossible movie featuring Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hawke going rogue (again) after another botched IMF mission, and resorting to jumping off buildings, crashing cars, and hanging on to really tall cliffs (again). If you choose to accept this mission, then don’t self-destruct before you get to the cinema.

The Equalizer 2 (Aug 2)

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman

Take one Denzel Washington, add guns, lot of guns. That’s The Equalizer for you. Apparently the first one did well enough that the studio thought a second one would be a great idea as well. We’re equal to that idea too.

That hair-grabbing tactic doesn’t work when the other guy’s bald, buddy.
That hair-grabbing tactic doesn’t work when the other guy’s bald, buddy.

The Meg (Aug 9)

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis

Jason Statham versus a giant prehistoric shark that makes Jaws look like a clown fish? He’s going to need a bigger boat. A MUCH bigger boat.

Mystery Of Dragon’s Seal: Journey To China (Aug 16)

Director: Oleg Stepchenko

Cast: Jason Flemyng, Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer, Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger

We’ve already got movies from Cruise, Stallone, Washington, Bautista, Statham and Johnson, so of course we need to have Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger as well. Set in the 18th century, cartographer Jonathan Green ends up in China where he has some unusual encounters, including with beautiful princesses, deadly martial arts masters and a mythical creature.

The First Purge (Aug 22)

Director: Gerard McMurray

Cast: Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, Marisa Tomei

In case you’re not familiar with The Purge, it revolves around an alternate America in which the government holds an annual “Purge” during which all crime is legalised for 12 hours. Obviously, this leads to chaos and turmoil all over the country.

This prequel explores how that idea came about, and how it started out as a sociological experiment in an isolated community and expanded into a nationwide night of chaos and terror. This is the fourth Purge movie in the successful franchise.

The new Muppets movie was not quite what we expected.
The new Muppets movie was not quite what we expected.

Crazy Rich Asians (Aug 23)

Director: Jon M. Chu

Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Ronny Chieng, Michelle Yeoh

Malaysia boleh! OK, so Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh play Singaporeans here, but hey, how often do you get two Malaysians in one Hollywood major motion picture?

Based on Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name, the story revolves around New Yorker Rachel Chu, who follows her boyfriend Nick back to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding. She then discovers that he is actually from a really, really rich family, and that her potential mother-in-law doesn’t like her very much.

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