Thursday, August 13, 2015

Top Ten Movies of 2015 That Will Make You and Your Wallet Happy

Another great year has passed for the movie industry yet 2015 is shaping up to become one of the most loved and memorable years for movie-goers, fans, and enthusiasts alike. Many might feel like that these movies will literally blow a hole through their leather wallets, but rest assured that you will survive this year's barrage of nostalgic and wonderful movies by going through this awesome list with not just an intact wallet, but a smiling one as well. The road to your list of bang-for-your-buck 2015 movie begins here:

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Set-up 30 years after the events of the Episode 6 - The Return of the Jedi, the galaxy is once again under threat against a new unknown foe. The movie promises to show case new lead and returning original characters from the previous movies, and also the addition of wonderfully threatening Sith villain in order to build a new galactic-scale adventure that will drive passionate fans, and interested movie-goers satisfied to the edge of their seats. So buckle up people, because this is one movie that will surely you don't want to miss.

Jurassic World. Set-up 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World is finally open to cater the dinosaur fans' hunger to experience real live breathing dinosaurs. The movie setting returns to Isla Nublar, the location of the first movie, where the dream of John Hammond has finally come to fruition.  Based on the previous movie, we all know that things and events will not end well for Jurassic World, because "life will always find a way" as boldly stated by Ian Malcolm or just that scientists playing God gets in over their heads again. A lot of hype and promises has been cemented into this movie including the addition of genetically modified hybrid dinosaurs, human trained Velociraptors, and fully functioning dinosaur viewing rides and show.  Surely this is one movie that you don't want to miss especially if you are a fan of the Jurassic Park trilogy or you are just one of the many people that just want to pay and see a promising summer science-fiction movie.

Avengers: Age of Ultron. Earth's mightiest heroes once again assemble to fight a global threat that could burn the world into ashes again. Ever thought of how the first Avengers movie could not get any bigger, then now we could safely swallow our assumptions and nod on how wrong we are. This movie serves as the volcanic eruption from the build-up that resulted from all phase two movies. The Avengers now confronts a far greater threat than Loki in the form of James Spader's Ultron, a self-aware and self-teaching artificial intelligence. Not only that our heroes will have to face Ultron in this movie, but each of them needs combine forces in order to wrap-up an unfinished business left by Hydra at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A ton of promise including new Avenger members are hyped into this movie, and I am sure Marvel will deliver on what they swore and get there billion dollar income once again. Comic book and Marvel Cinematic fans could not get any bigger 2015 movie treat other than through this movie. Oh the joy!

Spectre. Daniel Craig's James Bond returns once again in order to investigate the layers of a sinister organization known as SPECTRE. Not only is that MI6 under the protection of Ralph Fiennes’ M currently fighting political threats and pressures that could possibly down the organization's existence to null. Sadly not much juicy information has been officially unveiled for this movie yet but it is expected to be released on November 6, 2015. If you are a fan of James Bond, then this is one movie you could look forward to especially how beautifully Daniel Craig's James Bond defeats his foes via old fashioned brawl.

Ant-Man. This version of Ant-Man is centered around Scott Lang who is mentored by the original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym. This hero's powers, which is to reduce his body size and can increase in strength, might not be great on paper, but his comic involvement is way deeper than it seems. Currently set-up in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe with the likes of Iron Man and Captain America, this is one of those origin movies that you should get excited more especially after the gutsy promotional poster Marvel came up. Seeing that Ant-Man will finally connect with the other Avengers at the movie Captain America: Civil War; this is one of the most anticipated movies that tread on so much potential and promise.

Terminator: Genisys. After the release of its first trailer, the Terminator movie universe finally goes to the path of adding branching possibilities and parallel timelines. Not to sound too confusing, but time-travel and parallel universe theme inherently is supposed to be a little confusing though in a good way. In 2029, John Connor and the Resistance finally is on the verge of winning the war with Skynet, but recent news from his army unit, Tech-Com, solidifies his fear that the machines have a way to reverse the outcome of the future again. Instead of just attacking the past, Skynet plans to attack both the past and the future in order to fortified its victory of the upcoming war in the future - talk about an attempted double whammy! A lot of Terminator fans are happy that the franchise is going with the path of X-men: Days of Future Past, because that movie actually renewed the X-men movie universe and gave way to an upcoming greater film, X-men: Apocalypse. As a Terminator fan myself, I couldn't be more excited especially after my big disappointment with Terminator: Salvation. This is one movie that is showing a lot of promise and the beginning of greater things to come for the Terminator universe.

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - part 2. The conclusion of the Hunger Games series immediately setup after the events of Mocking Jay - part 1. The war with the Capital is reaching to an end and Katniss Everdeen continues to join the frontline instead of remaining as the face of propaganda attacks. Many readers of the Mocking Jay book find it lackluster compared to the first two novels, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but let's face facts that Hollywood, though severely challenged, would not allow the supposedly epic conclusion of the Hunger Games series to turn 360 degrees and flop. We could safely look at how Breaking Dawn - Part 2 turn out better after the addition of an "epic battle" scene that was actually left untapped in the book. The fans of the series and movie enthusiasts alike can expect surprises, and twists that could be worth remembering and making your wallet smile because of money well spent.

Furious 7. The Fast and Furious series continues after the victory of Dominic Toretto and his crew against Owen Shaw. Supposedly, everyone in the crew including Paul Walker's Brian O' Conner finally is able to live peaceful lives in America, but instead they are once again challenged with a new threat in the face of Jason Statham's Ian Shaw. After hearing the death of one their crew members at the hands of Ian Shaw, the crew assembles once again and set out to find the one responsible of killing their own. Hopefully, this movie will showcase a little bit more on the street races as well instead of just the epic battle between Toretto's and Ian Shaw's crew. This is one movie that many will surely come to watch especially because this movie showcases Paul Walker's final performance in the big screen.

Harbinger Down. This movie may not have the biggest actors in it nor was it endowed with a decent budget, in fact, Lance Henriksen, so far was the only recognizable face among the cast. New comer Camille Balsamo was not so terrible and the rest of the cast did a good job. It was actually a good sci-fi/horror movie that was told by a director who knows what he's doing. Harbinger Down tells the story of a Soviet era experiment gone haywire and became a living nightmare for the crew of the fishing trawler, Harbinger, thus the title. Trapped in a boat in the middle of the most inhospitable place on the planet - the Barents Sea and with a storm coming, temperature will drop minus 60 below zero the crew of the Harbinger has nowhere to run. 

Chasing them is a highly evolved and intelligent bacteria that can shapeshift from solid to liquid and vice versa, there is no place in the ship where it can't go. The only way to survive is to fight it off with liquid nitrogen and a few explosives. If you loved the Alien movie, then you will love Harbinger Down. It's a low budget film but has some promise with the pacing and story-telling. I highly recommend it!

Poltergeist. Okay, like most you, I prefer Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist (1982) but director, Gil Kenan did a good job from a studio's standpoint, I mean, he was able to bring in three times as much money as the production budget costs. I'd say it's a success. The story undergoes a more modern modification in terms of not just the feel, but also with the paranormal explanation of the hauntings. Poltergeist 2015 is about a story of a happy family that undergoes problems in life, well probably not as scary as other families do, but they managed to pull through and that is the take away of the film. That part I liked very much.

So, have you seen most of these movies yet? If not, buy the Blu ray or get them at Netflix. Some of these films on this list are yet to be released, so you can still watch them on cinemas. Comment your favorite films below. Cheers!

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