So here it is, the final instalment in our look at the most highly anticipated films of 2015. So what better way to end than with the action movies? This year looks to be an amazing year for action: Marvel is releasing 3 superhero movies, there are various follow-ups to some major franchises and there’s the small matter of a new Star Wars film. YES, A NEW STAR WARS FILM! We’re just a tad bit excited. However with so many great action films coming out we can’t help despairing at how much of our pay cheques will be spent on cinema tickets.
Now on the run, Tris and Four make their way to the ruins of a futuristic Chicago searching for allies and answers. The first film was hugely successful and no doubt the series will be that much more popular when The Hunger Games ends this year. With a talented cast, exciting action scenes and brilliant writing; Insurgent will be a great start to 2015.
Release date: March 19th (UK) and March 20th (USA)
After defeating Owen Shaw, Toretto and his crew are hunted by his older brother who is looking for revenge. The trailer is full of cool fight scenes, beautiful cars and death defying stunts- exactly what you’d want and expect from The Fast and Furious franchise. Despite the trailer being absolutely brilliant, it’s also quite bittersweet, reminding us that sadly it is the last film of the late Paul Walker.
Release date: April 3rd USA and UK
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Avengers must assemble once again when Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program that goes wrong and could lead to the destruction of the human race. Here’s what I love about this trailer (and the Avengers movies in general): one minute it seems like a buddy comedy and the next there’s tons of death and destruction complete with a creepy background song. It’s that combination that really makes the movies entertaining. As well as the fact that geek lord Joss Whedon is writing and directing. I am beyond excited for this release!
Release date: 23rd April (UK) and May 1st (USA)
Mad Max: Fury Road
In a post apocalyptic wasteland, Mad Max meets a fugitive commander and her band who are running from a savage warlord. The expectations are high for Fury Road, it being the first film of the franchise in 30 years. However the stunning trailer suggests that it won’t disappoint and with a cast including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult fans are surely in for a treat.
Release date: May 15th USA and UK
22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur breaks loose at a dinosaur theme park and terrorizes the staff and guests. Man of the moment Chris Pratt is leading the film, making me pretty confident that it will be enjoyable. The trailer further reinforces that but also leaves a little mystery as we don’t get to fully see the creature.
Release date: June 12th USA and UK
After being sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese finds himself in an altered timeline where she is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian. This completely new spin on the Terminator franchise has me impressed. The premise is just so intriguing. I’ll admit that after seeing the trailer I had more questions than before I watched it. But it’s just made me want to see the movie that much more. Also Emilia Clarke looks awesome as Sarah Connor.
Release date: July 1st (USA) and July 3rd (UK)
A petty criminal must help his mentor protect the secret of the Ant-Man technology which allows its user to increase in strength and decrease in size, all while pulling off a heist that will save the world. So far we’ve only been treated to a teaser trailer but already Paul Rudd looks great in it. Pair that with the montage of some cool action scenes and Ant-Man seems to be off to a good start.
Release date: July 17th (USA)
After travelling to an alternate universe, four people acquire amazing new abilities which they must use to save Earth. Some are questioning rebooting this franchise considering its predecessor was released only 10 years ago with a sequel in 2007. However after seeing the awesome teaser trailer all doubts were expelled from my mind. I think it’s a great opportunity to tell new stories and we get to see some of our favourite superheroes on the big screen again.
Release date: August 6th (UK) and August 7th (USA)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E
At the height of the cold war, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin are forced to put their difference aside and work together on a mission to stop a mysterious criminal organization from using nuclear weapons to disrupt the balance of power between the US and the Soviet Union. What really sets this trailer apart from the rest of the action ones is its great use of comedy throughout. This is particularly shown in the relationship between Solo and Kuryakin. Let’s hope that translates to the big screen.
Release date: August 14th (USA)
The Hateful Eight
During a blizzard, 8 westerners seek refuge in a stagecoach stopover. Unfortunately a trailer hasn’t been released yet but we thought that it still deserved a place on this list. For a while there was a concern that this film wouldn’t be made after the script was leaked. Thankfully Tarantino reversed his decision and we’ll be treated to its release later this year. Pretty much anything Tarantino does is genius and I’m sure this movie will be no different.
Release date: November 18th (USA)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Katniss and her team undertake a dangerous mission to assassinate President Snow and end the war. No trailer has been released for this yet but that hasn’t decreased our levels of excitement for the final chapter in this epic story. Of course we’re also majorly sad that it’s ending!
Release date: November 20th USA and UK
Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens
Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and featuring both new and old characters, not much is yet known about the plot. The trailer sent shivers down my spine….in a good way. I oooohhed and aaaahhed. My inner geek went crazy. And when that music started……well there are no words to properly describe my excitement. It was just so good. And that was just the teaser trailer. I’m thinking that lines to see this film might be longer than SDCC queues, so my only question is when can I book my ticket?
Release date: December 18th USA and UK