The Most Anticipated Films of 2010

With 2009 marked as a landmark year in cinema for the past decade, it’s time to look forward to the new year with my personal list of most anticipated films for 2010. Note that the list is based purely on Hollywood hype and pedigree and excludes many smaller and potentially more intriguing movies.

TOP TEN MOST ANTICIPATED

1. Inception

Christopher Nolan follows up his international phenomenon The Dark Knight with this original Leonardo DiCaprio sci-fi mind game. Little is known about the plot of the film, but I’m just so pumped up simply by watching a city warp into oblivion followed by several Matrix-like action sequences in the latest trailer. Rounding out the all star cast is Juno‘s Ellen Page, Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, (500) Days of Summer‘s Joseph Gorden-Levitt, and Batman graduates Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine; plus with Nolan on board it’s sure to be an outstanding flick.

2. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Jerry Bruckheimer simply does not let up – and with the exhilarating first trailer already making the rounds around the net, he looks like he has a surefire hit with this Jake Gyllenhaal starrer. Channeling much of the formulaic success he employed with the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy certainly does not hurt, blending a mixture of action, adventure, comedy and romance into one singular movie event. Most video game adaptations turn out to be duds – this looks to be the exception. Pirates was based on a theme park ride, so how hard can it be?

3. Iron Man 2

Robert Downey, Jr. rejuvenated his career in the first Iron Man film, electrifying us with his sharp wit and commanding onscreen charisma. Joining him for the ride is none other than The Wrestler himself, Mickey Rourke, who looks to bring hell to Tony Stark. Scarlett Johansson has crashed the party and Don Cheadle has replaced Terrence Howard as War Machine, but it all doesn’t really matter – Iron Man is back and he’s sure to entertain us from beginning to end.

4. Green Zone

Matt Damon and his Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum director team up once again for this Iraq war thriller. Cleverly marketed, Damon looks like he’s in a Bourne goes to Iraq action flick – people will buy it, and frankly I don’t mind; if Paul Greengrass does the same magic he did to the Bourne franchise to this film, count me in. Be ready for another taut and entertaining piece of work from the man who also brought us United 93.

5. Robin Hood

Gladiator still stands as one of my favorite films of all time, but it’s still a little odd to see Russell Crowe don the tights for one of the classic tale. Don’t get me wrong, I love Crowe and I love Ridley Scott for turning him into a bona-fide action star, but Robin Hood? I knew Scott was up to something and sure enough when the trailer premiered in December, I was right. It’s Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator all over again, but this time in Nottingham. And boy does Robin Hood look bad-ass now. I love ’em epics.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Well we’ve waited all these years for this story to end, so why let up now? Harry Potter has truly stood the test of time and has proven to be very consistent throughout all its shifting of directors and the growth spurts of its young stars. If it’s making all this money of course they’d want to split up the final film into two parts. It’s logical and well the fans will still line up to see them both – AND it’s hella better than that forsaken Twilight series.

7. Kick-Ass

The trailers for this film are so insanely AWESOME. Who doesn’t want to see a 12 year old superhero girl cussing and beating the crap out of some random bad guy? Of course we get treated to another great performance from Nicolas Cage, and he’s surrounded by an up and coming young cast that’s sure to make waves once the film bows in theaters. Guys I’m telling you, watch the previews… NOW!

8. Daybreakers

Vampires seem to be the trend lately with True Blood and Let the Right One In (I don’t dare mention that forsaken series once again) leading the pack. The Spierig Brothers latest outing looks so visually sinful and so brilliantly put together that it’s difficult to ignore. Blast in that “Running Up That Hill” track from Placebo on the trailer and you’re solved. Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill lead that pack of vampires on the verge of having their blood supply run out because of the extinction of the human race.

9. Shutter Island

Now I was pretty upset that Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island got pushed back to 2010 when it could’ve been vying for Oscar gold this year, but no matter. With the second Leo DiCaprio film on this list, he teams up once again with his The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York mentor for this rare genre flick from the Oscar-winning director. The horror thriller also stars Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams is poised to become a full fledged cult Scorsese classic.

10. The Green Hornet

Michel Gondry turns the confines of his Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind to surprisingly take on the reins of this superhero action film starring comedy star Seth Rogen. An adaptation of the television character of the same name, the film is not to be confused with the upcoming Ryan Reynolds DC Comics Green Lantern movie. Cameron Diaz and Inglourious Basterds revelation Christoph Waltz make up the supporting cast.

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WORTHY OF MENTION (in alphabetical order):

Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up once again for the nth time to take a fresh look at one of the most beloved fantasies of all time. Freshening up the remake are the lovely Anne Hathaway and Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter and it’s sure to be a wild romp.

Black Swan

The Wrestler, The Fountain and Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky returns for his latest flick, a psychological thriller about a rivalry between two ballerinas. Doesn’t interest you enough? Maybe it will once you find out the two actresses headlining the film are the extraordinarily beautiful Natalie Portman and the sweet but naughty That 70’s Show star Mila Kunis. Forget that she starred in that horrific Max Payne adaptation, it’s time we see her real acting chops.

The Book of Eli

Denzel Washington’s latest actioner finally isn’t directed by Tony Scott nor is it about cops. This post-apocalyptic thriller looks as interesting as ever, pitting Washington against Gary Oldman’s character who wants to take possession of the book that holds the key to man’s survival.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Audiences were semi-lukewarm towards the second chapter of the Narnia series, Prince Caspian, but now with Disney out of the picture and 20th Century Fox taking on the reins of the third part in the trilogy they hope to bring back the flair they had with the first film and enchant moviegoers all over again.

Clash of the Titans

Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Sam Worthington (who seems to be popping out in all of the big movies lately) star in this remake of the 1981 film of the same name. Look pretty epic, and that’s a good thing.

Machete

If you all remember that fake trailer before Robert Rodriguez’s half of Grindhouse and thought that would make a helluvan awesome movie, then you got your wish. Rodriguez takes in Danny Trejo as the title role of Machete alongside the ultra-hot Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Robert De Niro and Steven Seagal for this out of this world B-movie.

Predators

Robert Rodriguez of Grindhouse and Spy Kids fame looks to beef up the almost dead Predators franchise with his produced reboot starring The Pianist actor Adrien Brody. Look for this to be an interesting one that could either make or break.

Salt

Originally penned as a vehicle for Tom Cruise, Salt was rewritten and recast to star Angelina Jolie as a CIA officer accused of being a Russian double agent. The action thriller is sure to draw in similar audiences who flocked to see her in the hit film Wanted.

Unstoppable

Well I thought Denzel wouldn’t be in another Tony Scott flick but I honestly don’t mind. The two produce some of the most high octane and most testosterone-filled films of recent memory with the likes of Deja Vu, Man on Fire, Crimson Tide and The Taking of Pelham 123, and they don’t look to stop there with their latest action thriller co-starring Captain Kirk himself, Chris Pine. Already rumored to be the next in line to replace Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck in the Jack Ryan franchise, Pine, alongside Washington, could certainly make this an electrifying movie experience.

The Wolfman

It’s great that they cast Benicio del Toro in the title role, and alongside Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving and Anthony Hopkins this actually looks like something worth our time. Joe Johnston, who directed the disastrous Jurassic Park 3, takes on the classic tale and hopefully he doesn’t screw up this time.

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OTHER NOTABLES (in alphabetical order):

The A Team – Based on an 80s television series with brothers Ridley and Tony Scott set to produce, the action/adventure flick stars Liam Neeson, The Hangover‘s Bradley Cooper and District 9‘s Sharlto Copley.

The American – Music video director Anton Corbijn returns after the success of his biopic Control with a thriller that’s sure to get a lot of heads turning with its leading man in George Clooney.

Edge of Darkness – Mel Gibson returns from his acting hiatus for this action thriller with Casino Royale director Martin Campbell.

Jonah Hex – This DC Comics adaptation stars No Country For Old Men‘s Josh Brolin in the title role alongside Megan Fox.

Legion – Paul Bettany stars in this apocalyptic fantasy/horror film as the archangel Michael, called upon by God to save humanity from the end of times.

The Losers – This CIA spy actioner is another DC Comics adaptation.

Oobermind – Dreamworks’ latest animated comedy film stars the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – Though the books never personally sparked any interest, the film’s trailer has been a pleasant surprise and should be a good film for the family.

Rapunzel – This non-Pixar Disney offering will present the classic princess in a crossover between CGI and traditional oil painting on canvas. Mandy Moore voices the lead role.

Resident Evil: Afterlife – The series that does not seem to die returns for its fourth outing once again starring Milla Jovovich.

The Runaways – Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Kirsten Stewart takes a surprise out of her bag with her biographical role as one of the members of an all-girl rock band. Dakota Fanning also stars.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – This comic book adaptation stars Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Shrek Forever After – The fourth installment in the animated box office behemoth is allegedly and hopefully the last in the franchise.

Toy Story 3 – The third installment in the Pixar franchise that started it all. Tim Allen and Tom Hanks will be returning for their voice roles and the whole gang will be taking on a new adventure.

The Tree of Life – I personally haven’t gotten a hang of watching Terence Malick films, but this mysterious piece looks quite interesting, especially the fact that it stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.

Tron Legacy – 30 years after the first Tron, Disney brings back the sci-fi action flick with its original star Jeff Bridges. Olivia Wilde makes a supporting turn in this film.

Valentine’s Day – Looks pretty eye-roll worthy but nevertheless the cast is pretty big and even though it looks like a huge rip-off of Love Actually it should still be worth a few laughs.

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas – John Cho and Kal Penn couldn’t resist coming back for a third part in their highly successful comedy series.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – More than 20 years after the original, Michael Douglas and company are back for this thriller. Directed by Oliver Stone, Shia LaBeouf and An Education breakthrough actress Carey Mulligan also star.

Welcome to the Rileys – Kirsten Stewart’s second Sundance hit and Jake Scott’s (son of Ridley Scott) second film in over a decade tells the story of a family torn apart by its prostitute daughter.

Winter’s Bone – The Sundance Ozark Mountains drama looks to drive its young starlet Jennifer Lawrence to another level on the industry radar.

Youth in Revolt – This coming-of-age comedy looks to mimic the recent successes of similar raunchy and witty hits along the lines of Superbad and Adventureland and consequently stars Juno favorite Michael Cera.

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6 Responses to “The Most Anticipated Films of 2010”

  1. Jeff Cape Says:

    I WANT! 🙂

  2. ianislost Says:

    KICK ASS. ‘Nuff Said. have you read the comic?

  3. carlochong Says:

    di pa nga eh! you’ve read it? how was it?:D

  4. Didn’t realize a Harold and Kumar film was coming out this year, this is going to be a great film. I think it would have been great if Harold and Kumar could have been a spinoff of American Pie, that way maybe we wouldn’t have so many bad American Pie movies.

  5. denzel washington is of course a very good actor and i think that he should have lifetime achievement award too _

  6. denzel washington is of course one of the sexiest black actors that you can ever see ~,,

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