24 July 2006

Films of 2007 - A Sneak Peek - Part III

Continuing from Part I & Part II

Due to the time out, there arent many official images yet for these films, so I had to be creative.

The Bourne Ultimatum - August 03

Jason Bourne returns for this third installment in the Bourne saga.

These movies have shown how dated the Bond franchise has become. The first one Bourne film was a real surprise. You really believe that Jason Bourne could kick butt, and the story is not dumbed down. You actually have to pay attention. Then the second film, in spite of its over use of the "shakky cam" effect was even more intense. Both films have sweet car chases, and fights as well as a great supporting cast. I do not know much about these books, or what this third installment is about, but I sure want to see this movie.

Bee Movie - November 02

A computer-animated film from Jerry Seinfeld. Barry B. Benson is a bee who has just graduated from college, and is disillusioned with his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans have been stealing and eating the honey, and subsequently decides to file a class action lawsuit against humans. Soon, Barry's actions raise a hectic war between humans and bees and he's caught right in the middle.

Another bug movie. Then again, I am sure Seinfeld's involvement will not only nake this movie pretty funny, but will bring out the crowds. I just hope its not full of "did you ever wonder why they call it honey" kind of jokes. This needs to be more than just an animated episode of Seinfeld to hold be for an hour and a half because Seinfeld reruns are already on way too much.

Beowulf - November 16

Adaptated from the epic Old English poem of the same name, the film will be made using the same performance capture techniques pioneered by Zemeckis and first used in The Polar Express, instead of live action.

Now this could be a real treat, or a real disaster. Everytime some ambitious filmaker tries to make a fantasy/sci-fi animated film, things do not turn out well. No one ever knows what demographic the film is intended for, and no one actually goes to the movie (except me of course). Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within comes to mind. As long as the budget is kept under control, and Americans finally realize that animation is not just for kids, this could be a hit... But those are some big "ifs."

The Golden Compass - November 16

The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own--nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal dæmon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied.

This book is in my to read pile. I am not sure how popular the series is, but I doubt it has the built in audience of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings. Nevertheless, I think the plot involves armor wearing polar bears and magic. Sounds OK to me. In any case, I hope this film succeeds in keeping the Fantasy film genre alive and well.


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