Summer, summer, summer time! I may have been listening to a lot of 80s songs lately. Anyway! There are a bunch of movies coming out this
summer and a lot of great movies as well. In Movieland (it exists), there are basically two important movie release periods: the summer and right before the Oscars. Without further ado, here is your blockbuster summer movies 2013 list. Let this be a rough guide to the blockbuster movies coming out in July/August. By the way, is it me or are there just a lot of sequels this summer?
Despicable Me 2
Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Al Pacino, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong
Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Written by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Plot Gru returns with his army of Minions in the sequel to 2010’s hit animated comedy. While Gru, the ex-supervillain is adjusting to family life and an attempted honest living in the jam business, a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anti-Villain League decides it needs an insider’s help and recruits Gru in the investigation. With a hip soundtrack and the adorable girls (and don’t forget the Minions), Despicable Me 2 is a no-brainer for every grown-up. And kids of all ages of course 😉
The Lone Ranger
Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Helena Bonham Carter
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Written by Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott
Plot Disney comes with a remake of the 1949 classic The Lone Ranger, this time starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Johnny Depp plays Tonto, an Indian spirit warrior. Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. The two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Written by Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro
Plot The film is set in the 2020s, when Earth is under attack by Kaiju, colossal monsters which have emerged from a portal on the ocean floor. To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid mecha, each controlled by two pilots whose minds are joined by a neural bridge. Focusing on the war’s later days, the story follows Raleigh Becket, a washed-up Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and teamed with rookie pilot Mako Mori in a last-ditch effort to defeat the Kaiju. If you’re familiar with Guillermo Del Toro’s work, you’ll know his imagination is just wicked.
Grown Ups 2
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Written by Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler
Plot Adam Sandler reprises his role as Lenny in the sequel to the 2010 hit comedy. After having the greatest time of his life three summers ago, Lenny decides he wants to move his family back to his hometown and have them grow up with his gang of childhood friends and their kids. Trouble of course ensues.
Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Directed by Dean Parisot
Written by Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Plot This sequel needs no introduction. While 2010 was a bad movie year, I thought Red was one of the few that stood out in terms of plot, cast and highly enjoyable comedic performances of the whole cast (but mainly John Malkovich). This movie could be about ponies and I would watch it.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima
Directed by James Mangold
Written by Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
Plot Sometime after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages an old acquaintance in a struggle that has lasting consequences. Stripped of his immortality, Wolverine must battle deadly samurai as well as his inner demons.Of course they have to make yet another movie about Wolverine. First there were the X-Men movies, then you had X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And now comes The Wolverine. No, not confusing at all! But having read the comics when I was little, I will always be looking forward to any X-Men movie.
Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Written by Neill Blomkamp
Plot In the year 2154 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. I don’t think we’ve seen Matt Damon in a sci-fi yet. The plot is not a plot we haven’t seen before, but this time it’s set against the backdrop of, well, space, and the future. It’s Neill Blomkamp’s first movie since District 9 and if that movie was any indication, this may be the movie of the summer.
Percy Jackson: See of Monsters
Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Nathan Fillion, Sean Bean, Stanley Tucci
Directed by Thor Freudenthal
Written by Marc Guggenheim, Rick Riordan
Plot In this retelling of Rick Riordans book, “The Sea of Monsters”, Percy Jackson, accompanied by his friends Annabeth Chase, Clarisse La Rue and Tyson, his half brother, goes on a journey to the Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-Blood.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Directed by Harald Zwart
Written by Jessica Postigo, Cassandra Clare
Plot Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.
Check out my indie summer movies 2013 list as well here.