My Top 10 Most Anticipated Films for 2013

So I’d like to post the actual trailers along with these, but I’m having difficulty figuring out how to do that so I’m just going to have to settle with links to all of them (Just click on the title!).  In any case, in no specific order here are my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films for 2013.

Star_Trek_into_Darkness_poster1.  Star Trek: Into Darkness

Much like Casino Royale or Batman Begins, JJ Abram’s reboot of the Star Trek Franchise in 2009 proved that with smart direction, amazing visuals and a good amount of respect for the preceding movies, it is more than possible for Hollywood to continue some of the greatest legacies of it’s history.  Now it is time for Abrams to prove he still has it in him to produce a sequel to match the last film’s critical and financial success, and from the look of this trailer that is something he is very likely to do.  The addition of Benedict Cumberbatch as the film’s villain (likely KHAAAAAAAAN Noonien Singh) is certainly a bonus.

MV5BMTY3ODQyMzIzM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDg2NTA4OA@@._V1._SY317_2.  Man of Steel:

I’ll be honest, I don’t really see what all the fuss was about the last reincarnation of Mr. Kent a la Brandon Routh.  Sure, it wasn’t amazing, but it certainly wasn’t terrible.  That being said, with Zach Snyder covering the direction and Christopher Nolan’s studio covering the production, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Man of Steel will prove quite a bit more difficult to write off for even the most high-maintenance critics.  I’ve never seen The Tudor’s so my exposure to Henry Cavil is limited, but he certainly looks the part.  The most recent trailer mostly focuses on Superman’s upbringing and origins, but we get a few brief glimpses some some truly epic looking set pieces near the end featuring the sure-to-be-badass General Zod.  Those glimpses alone were enough to assure my place in the midnight release line.

pacific rim poster3.  Pacific Rim:

Thank god Guillermo learned from the failure of Cowboys Vs. Aliens and didn’t title this movie Robots Vs. Aliens.  That being said, from the look of the trailer he easily could have, and I would still shovel money into the box office to grab myself a seat.  Sure, the presence of Legendary Studios in Production, Del Toro in the directors chair and Idris Elba in the leading role are all awesome additions to the central concept, but all of those factors pail in comparison to the potential for the Monster Movie genre to get a serious reboot.  After being pretty much killed with the awful remake of Godzilla by Roland Emmerich, I would love nothing more than to see Gargantuan Beasts attack cities outside of the pit of Syfy original movies they currently reside in.

after earth poster4. After Earth:

When it comes to M. Night Shyalmalan, I feel like a girl who keeps going back to the same guy, no matter how increasingly badly he treats her.  “But this time is different!”  I say, “He says he’s changed, he’s going to treat me right now!”.  Then he proceeds to club me over the head with The Last Airbender.  In any case, once again I’m being led to hope that maybe, just maybe the man has finally turned a corner that will bring him back to his glory days of The Sixth Sense and Untouchable.  The presence of Will Smith, stunning visuals and an intriguing premise certainly lend themselves to the film’s credentials, and it doesn’t hurt that 2010’s remake of the Karate Kid proved that young Jaden can easily be likable enough for a leading role.  I’m hesitant about this one, but it certainly looks like Shyalmalan is at least moving in the right direction so I feel like I owe it to him to give After Earth the benefit of the doubt

iron man 3 poster5.  Iron Man 3:  

There are certainly a few things about Iron Man 3 that temper my excitement for it, such as the lack of Jon Favreau in the directors chair along with the overall mediocrity of Iron Man 2.  I still love Robert Downey Jr. As Tony Stark though, and after getting a bit of a return to form in this summer’s The Avengers I think he has more than enough smugness in him for another installment in one of the most surprisingly successful superhero franchises of this decade.  The addition of Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley to the cast was enough to get me interested, but the promise of a more serious tone given in the trailer above moved me up into midnight-release mode.

lone ranger poster6.  The Lone Ranger:

I was a bit skeptical about the project when the first teaser came out a few months ago, but  the most recent trailer has given me new hope that The Lone Ranger might finally give Disney it’s first real shot at matching the success it had with the Pirates of the Carribean movies.  The company has had a decent amount of success with acquisitions in recent years (Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm) but bombs like John Carter and Prince of Persia have made the Pirates franchise seem more and more like a case of lightning striking once.  Reuniting with Pirates director Gore Verbinski, Disney seems to be relying heavily on that film’s formula (i.e. Put Johnny Depp in makeup and reap the box office rewards), but a formula done well is still an entertaining movie.  Shout out to Dan The Man for opening my eyes to the possibility that this film could still be great 🙂

oblivion poster7.  Oblivion:

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of director Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy last year, his new film Oblivion seemed to be going for a bit more of a mature direction than Disney intended for that film.  You can think what you will about Tom Cruise as a human being, but Mission Impossible:  Ghost Protocol proved to me that he still can easily hold his own in a modern action movie.  Add in Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Jaime Lannister himself (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) and you have the makings of a great modern Sci-Fi movie.  My only concern from the trailer is that it is a bit clear exactly who the “bad guy” is, let alone what the movie is really about aside from a sort of post-apocalyptic Avatar/Pocahontas/Dances-With-Wolves.  In any case, I hope future trailers shed a bit more light on this but until them I’ll be marking down April 19th in my calendar.

world war z poster8.  World War Z:

It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I LOVE pretty much anything with Zombies in it.  Between the fun of Zombieland, the seriousness of The Walking Dead and the fact that The Zombie Survival Guide is one of the few non-textbooks I currently own, I am soooo looking forward to a big budget adaptation of the imminent Zombie Apocalypse with the ever-solid Brad Pitt as the top-billed actor.  The trailer promises us scale, suspense, and above all, massive amounts of zombie carnage!  I also like the face time given to Mireille Enos, star of the Seattle-set AMC series The Killing (which gets the weather here down to a tee…)  I sincerely hope there’s a midnight release to go to for this one, I’ll absolutely be there in full makeup.

now you see me poster9.  Now You See Me:

Okay, so this spot was in between this and Gangster Squad, but It’s got to go to Now You See Me on the basis of intriguing premise and awesome cast.  Sure, it probably won’t be on the level of The Prestige in terms of magic themed drama, but the roster (which includes Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and more) at least gives it a shot at being a highly entertaining caper to give any of you non-sci-fi junkies out there something to sink your teeth into.  It certainly helps that the concept (A group of stage performers carring out bank heists during their performances and giving out the money to their audiences) feels fresh enough to set it aside from a myriad of similar heist movies.

a good day to die hard poster10:  A Good Day to Die Hard:

Need I say any more?  After watching Die Hard for the first time this week, I am absolutely looking forward to the fifth entry in the series.  Die Hard 4 proved that, while it will never return to the heights of the original, the series still has a lot of potential to give audiences a truly fun and exciting experience.  John McClane may be getting up there in years, but soon hollywood will surely be able to replace Bruce Willis’s aging body with a CGI version that will keep battling foreign sounding bad guys into his late nineties.

Well, there you have it, all 10 🙂  Let me know if I covered some of your favorites here as well as any others you’re particularly looking forward to!

About r361n4

I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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29 Responses to My Top 10 Most Anticipated Films for 2013

  1. r361n4 says:

    Btw if I had to pick my absolute most anticipated it’d be a tie between Man of Steel and Star Trek: Into Darkness

  2. Star Trek and Die Hard 5 is definitely something I’m anticipating. I learned from the trailer that Nolan and Synder was behind Man of Steel and somehow I’m getting convinced it’ll kick ass. Looking forward to that!

  3. Shrey Khetarpal says:

    Wheat about The Great Gatsby?

    • r361n4 says:

      I am not the biggest Baz Luhrman fan, neither am I of Toby McGuire (I know I spelled that wrong, lol)

      That being said I still am looking forward to it, It just wasn’t quite in the top 10 😦

      • Shrey Khetarpal says:

        Hmm… I like what Baz Luhrmann did with Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge. Even Romeo & Juliet was interestingly made. I find Toby irritating too but the film does look promising. I hope it turns out good and makes it to your year end top 10 🙂

  4. htschuyler says:

    Man of Steel is looking better and better the more I see of it, and Star Trek Into Darkness looks freaking EPIC! Great list!

  5. Same pinch is raining 😉 get wet ! ,

    but didn’t know about ‘ Now you see me ‘ !

  6. Beer Movie says:

    I haven’t sat down and looked at a release schedule as yet, but I am ultra keen for your first two and World War Z is right up there too. I disagree with you on the Brandon Routh Superman film though, I thought that was woeful. I do know there are a few people that quite like it though.

  7. Caz says:

    Your list is making me think about doing a similar thing!

  8. My anticipation for Man of Steel is growing all the time after initially being not fussed about it and today’s Pacific Rim trailer has me very much looking forward to that. To be honest, there’s not a massive amount else that has me excited although I’ll probably check most of these out anyway.

    • r361n4 says:

      Just curious, what fussed you about Man of Steel originally?

      • I wasn’t bothered at all about it to start with, I’ve never been the biggest Superman fan, but it’s starting to look pretty decent. Hopefully with Nolan on board, he’ll have some input.

      • r361n4 says:

        Yeah, if Man of Steel is anywhere near Dark Knight level it will open up a whole new set of doors for the planned Justice League. After all, if Nolan can have the same positive impact on a film as a producer that he has as a director, he can lend that positive impact to far more film’s from the producing standpoint than he’d be able to direct himself.

  9. Mark Hobin says:

    I LOVE this post. Nice list! I just may have to come up with one of my own. Probably after the new year though.

  10. sati says:

    Great list! I’m definitely looking forward to Man of steel and Pacific Rim, especially after seeing those awesome trailers this week.

    • r361n4 says:

      So many trailers coming out lately, this past year was bound to be good because of things like The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers on the horizon, but it’s looking like 2013 will easily hold it’s own 🙂

  11. I am watching most them twice!

  12. Nice list. My most anticipated ’13 flick is probably The Great Gatsby but really looking forward to #1, 2, 6, 8 and 9.

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