5. Furious 7
I’ve always been a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise, and after the sixth, this one looked so promising. Then tragedy struck with the passing of Paul Walker. With Walker being such an integral part of the franchise, it looked as if the franchise might be done. With the help of his brothers, however, they were able to finish the film with only a few changes. It doesn’t change the horrible occurrence, but it may have given the series a chance to live on, and with that, Walker can live on too.
4. Mission Impossible 5
This is a film which has surprisingly ridden under the radar in a blockbuster packed 2015. It stars many returning cast members, including Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. It’s going to have action, a whole lot of action and I can’t wait. If it’s anything like Mission Impossible 4, it will be one of my favorite movies of the year.
From the director of District 9, Chappie looks to be more like it than Blompkamp’s previous movie Elysium. While I didn’t hate Elysium, Chappie looks like it could be a more interesting and well made movie. Sharlto Copely really blew me away in District 9 and could do it once again as the robot known as Chappie. What made District 9 so great was that it had very comedic moments and felt natural despite the use of aliens. It also had action, which Elysium also had heaps of. What Elysium didn’t have was comedic prowess and a feeling that what you were watching was natural. For Chappie to truly succeed, it will need to feel more like District 9, but not just be a rehashing, which it doesn’t look like that will be the case.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
There is nothing I can say about this movie that hasn’t been said. It looks amazing and Marvel’s track record as of late has been flawless. Guardians of the Galaxy was a home run and so was Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It might not be able to post the box office numbers of the first Avengers movie, but I doubt it will disappoint in any way. I can’t wait to see Iron Man punch some robot faces and for the Hulk to do what he does best.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It’s sad that there are people nowadays that were born in a time following the prequels release. The prequels ruined a franchise that had so much going for it. Even if you like the prequels, they became a laughing stock of a great film series. They villainized George Lucas and made it look as if future films would never happen. But now, in 2015, we finally get a sequel that looks quite deserving. The original trilogy is a near-perfect classic, so it will be tough to build a film that lives up, but JJ Abrams took Star Trek to new heights, so it’s possible.