Our Top 100 Movies of 2013 Preview countdown continues with films 50 to 41…
50. Wreck-It Ralph
Director: Rich Moore
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman
UK Release Date: 8 February 2013
US Release Date: 2 November 2012
Wreck-It Ralph has a tough existence. For the past thirty years, he’s always been the villain of computer game Fix It Felix Jr, and even his fellow characters don’t accept him in his own game. In order to be accepted by everyone, he begins a quest to find a medal. The only problem is now his game doesn’t have a villain and might be retired from the arcade. His journey will lead him through interactions with countless classic video game characters as well as new worlds, Hero’s Duty and Sugar Rush. Ralph will discover there are a lot more important things in his life than always being the hero.
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary Louise Parker, Robert Knepper, Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, James Hong
UK Release Date: TBC
US Release Date: 19 July 2013
When Cop Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is murdered by an unknown assailant he says goodbye to his normal life of crime fighting and says hello to a brand new career, in the Rest In Peace Department, officers of devine law enforcement that report to one boss – the big boss! Driven by a need to protect his living wife and to find out who killed him, Nick trades 100 years of service in order to track his killer down, and pursuit that quite literally takes him to hell and back.
48. Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare
UK Release Date: 22 February 2013
US Release Date: 25 January 2013
Fans of Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola’s earlier work (Dead Snow, Kill Buljo: The Movie) have been waiting patiently for this bloody version of Hansel and Gretel, all grown up and on a mission to rid the world of vile magical hags by kicking ass as Witch Hunters. The film was originally slated for a summer 2012 release but was pushed back to early 2013. Early signs from trailers indicate that this will indeed be bloody, and thankfully a lot better than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, to which this films bears absolutely no connection or resemblance.
47. The Impossible
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
UK Release Date: 1 January 2013
US Release Date: 21 December 2012
The Impossible takes the epic tragedy of the 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean tsunami and zeroes in on the story of survival of one British family caught up in the mayhem while on a beach holiday in Thailand. From the director of The Orphanage, this potentially insensitive representation of one of the worst natural disasters of recent history is getting generally positive reviews despite its focus on a single British family amidst the death and disaster that befell over 200,000 local people. The trailer emphasises the struggle of the family lead by Watts and McGregor to be reunited after the terrible wave disrupts their happy holiday. It promises epic scale with its scenes of destruction but also an intimate look at the effects of the tragedy.
46. The Monuments Men
Director: George Clooney
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin
UK Release Date: 26 December 2013
; US Release Date: 20 December 2013
You wouldn’t be ill to wish the year away for this cast; George Clooney’s written/directed drama stars Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and The Artist’s Jean Dujardin. You may take a breath now. Focusing on a group of art historians and museum curators, The Monuments Men aim to recover and collect stolen art gems from the Nazis before they are destroyed by the Führer. After brilliant spells behind the camera with The Ides of March and Good Night and Good Luck, Clooney is a clear directorial talent as well as a charming leading man and his future historical project looks set to be as equally thrilling and engaging as previous works.
45. World War Z
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Anthony Mackie, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse
UK Release Date: 21 June 2013
US Release Date: 21 June 2013
Following reshoots-a-plenty and production nightmare, Marc Forster’s big budge adaptation of Max Brooks’ zombie novel, World War Z, finally makes it to the big screen. United Nations employee, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) races against time to stop a zombie pandemic, which is spreading across the world with rapid ferocity. Pitt is joined by The Killing star Mireille Enos, who loses those familiar sweaters to co-star as Pitt’s wife Karen Lane, but she’ll need more than her detective wit to help save the world from these Zombie hordes.
44. Pacific Rim
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day
UK Release Date: 12 July 2013
US Release Date: 12 July 2013
Looking like a Michael Bay sequel to Cloverfield, director Guillermo Del Toro may have passed on The Hobbit but he did so to finally get the chance to make one of his pet projects. And it looks absolutely huge. When giant aliens are unleashed from an undersea portal, threatening the human race with extinction, the survivors build giant robots that can be piloted by humans in order to fight back against the monster menace. Hopes are high that the monster mash will bring more than huge battles and mind-blowing special effects and that del Toro can bring the heart to this biggest of summer blockbusters.
43. Jack Ryan
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh
UK Release Date: 26 December 2013
US Release Date: 25 December 2013
We live in the age of the franchise reboot, and if a studio tries a reboot and fails, sometimes they double-down and go for another reboot. The original Jack Ryan franchise starred Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and was wildly successful. But when Paramount tried to reboot the series with Ben Affleck as a young track Ryan (The Sum Of All Fears), it wasn’t as successful. Well, they’re trying it again, and this time things are looking more optimistic. Chris Pine takes on the title role (and, as a young James Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, knows his way around prequel-ly reboots) and must deal with a Russian plot to cripple the US economy.
42. Ender’s Game
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
UK release date: 25 October 2013
US release date: 1 November 2013
With high hopes of bouncing back from the mess that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, director Gavin Hood looks to author Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game for his next movie. Hugo’s Asa Butterfield stars as a gifted child who is pulled out of regular school to attend a space military training centre, in preparation for a war with Aliens. An impressive supporting cast of actors like Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis adds massive kudos to the production. Anyone who is familiar with Card’s novel knows that this film offers a real treat.
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Johnny Lee Miller, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Tom Hollander, Caleb Landry Jones
UK Release Date: 3 May 2013
US Release Date: 3 May 2013
Director Neil Jordan takes a more serious approach to the vampire legend. Gemma Arterton plays a woman who, 200 years previous, turned her daughter into a vampire. Together they run an inn where they can seduce their next victims. Although little else is known of the story, the images released from the film have a definite post-modern gothic look.