Blockbusters coming our way [Part 2]
Writer: Michelle Tan
19 Jun – After scouring your streaming platform for weeks on end desperately searching for anything - anything! - new, but still seeing the same old movies you always do, the disappointment and boredom really start to set in. Well, if we keep our fingers crossed, that might be about to change soon. In this Part 2 of our compilation of blockbuster movies to look forward to in 2021, let's check out some of our choice picks.
[Read Part 1 here]
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Spider-Man's nemesis, Venom, got his own dedicated movie in 2018. Starring Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, the movie follows Brock who bonds with an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers as long as they inhabit the same body. In this follow-up instalment, Hardy returns as Venom, though the plot remains under wraps. It also stars Woody Harrelson as the villain Carnage.
"Venom: Let There Be Carnage" is scheduled for release on 16 September.
The sci-fi movie is an adaptation of the popular 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, which is set far into the future on the planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. The planet is the only source of a drug called "the spice", a most valuable substance as it provides accelerated levels of thought and extends human life. It tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to this dangerous planet for the spice, to ensure the prosperous future of his family and his people.
No Time To Die
The film is planned as a hybrid release in theatres and on HBO Max simultaneously, scheduled for 30 Sept and 1 October. With a star-studded cast with the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Zendaya and Jason Momoa, this film is going to be very, very exciting indeed.
After countless delays and reschedules due to the worldwide pandemic, perhaps we'll finally get to watch James Bond on 30 Sept. He might be Bond, James Bond, but even he is not immune to the coronavirus. The 25th Bond movie will be the last to star Daniel Craig. With a production budget of USD250 million, the movie will want to amass as much box office collection as it can, which means opening in as many cinemas – especially outside of the US, where the last four "Bond" movies made 70% of their gross.
The delay also posed another challenge for the producers in making sure that 007 is not using outdated technology. It was reported that the film had to reshoot some of its key scenes after sponsors realised that some of their product placement deals for mobile phones and other gadgets are no longer the cutting-edge models they were back when the film was first shot. We all know that Bond always carries the latest everything, so his futuristic taste has to be maintained.
Another movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe where we will be introduced to the Eternals. They are a race of immortal beings created by the Celestials andthey have lived on Earth for thousands of years. They have shaped the planet`s civilisations and history, and must now reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.
Scheduled for a Malaysian release on 4 Nov, the star-studded cast lineup comprises of big names like Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Kit Harrington and more. It is directed by Chloe Zhao whose film "Nomadland" won the best picture Oscar at the recent 93rd Academy Awards.
When a single mother and her two children move to a new town, they soon discover that they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy left behind by their grandfather. This film is a continuation of the first two "Ghostbusters" movies from the `80s, this time focusing on the two young kids.
Top Gun: Maverick
What's interesting is that this movie is directed by Jason Reitman, whose dad Ivan Reitman directed the first two Ghostbusters in the 80s. Imagine that. The film is scheduled to be released on 11 Nov.
It's been over 30 years since the first "Top Gun", the movie that essentially made Tom Cruise a household name, and the sequel to "Top Gun" is called "Top Gun: Maverick". How apt as Maverick a.k.a. Lt. Pete Mitchell is the name of the main character, portrayed by Cruise himself in the 1986 film.
Spider-Man 3: No Way Home
Cruise has revealed that the sequel will be very similar with the prequel in terms of tone, style, music and so on. While the plot of "Top Gun: Maverick" remains a mystery, Cruise did say: "We're going to have big, fast machines. It's going to be a competition film, like the first one ... but a progression for Maverick." It is scheduled for a Nov 18 release.
Tom Holland returns to reprise his role as the titular superhero in his third Spider-Man movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It serves as the follow-up to 2017`s "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and 2019`s "Spider-Man: Far from Home". We're hoping to see Spidey on 16 Dec.
The King's Man
We all know that manners maketh man, as was firmly uttered by Colin Firth's character Harry Hart before he proceeded to beat some much-needed manners into a bad guy. This film is the prequel to the 2015 and 2017 "Kingsman" films and tells the origins of the elite Kingsman. It follows a man who must race against time to stop a group of criminal masterminds and tyrants that are plotting to wipe out millions with just one war. It's be an early Christmas present for us all with its scheduled release on 23 Dec.
The Matrix 4
Much of "Matrix 4" is still hush hush, but we can expect Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss back as Neo and Trinity. To date, there are no official movie poster nor trailer from the studio though the release date has been revealed to be 23 Dec.
Cinema Online, 18 June 2021