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Summer Movie Mayhem 2009
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Summer Movie Mayhem 2009Oh, yes, ladies and gentlemen — it’s that time of the year again!

Summer is now knocking at our doors, and with Summer, comes one of the most exciting times to be a movie fan: the Summer movie season!

Every year, we here at Geeks of Doom like to gather up as many of the movies slated for release this season that you the readers want to see, or may not be aware of yet. We then do our best fill in the cast and crew, a bit about the movie and what to expect. We’ll set you up from May 1 when the season began, all the way into September.

While most of the films listed here are the gigantic money-makers that are custom built for the Summer season, browse carefully — there are a few smaller movies and indie-types listed in here that could offer up a refreshing change of pace during your movie-viewing rampage.

So without further adieu, we invite you to come along and enjoy the ride with us..

This is your ultimate guide to Summer movie viewing!

This is the third annual Geeks of Doom: Summer Movie Mayhem ’09!

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Directed By: Gavin Hood
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Lynn Collins, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds
Release Date: May 1

The first big blockbuster of the summer season is also one coming off all kinds of controversy when an early workprint copy of the movie was leaked to the world over a month before release. This sparked an unstoppable wildfire of downloads, debates, and even a firing or two.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the metal-bearing, short-tempered mutant from the beginning — starting with his childhood alongside brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber). The two run off together and fight in many wars before joining William Stryker’s (Danny Huston) Weapon X program, where things don’t go as well as planned and wolverine finds his brother has become his number one enemy.

After the relentless fanboy backlash at X-Men The Last Stand, this is a chance to regain a little of that X-Men love. With Gavin Hood having directed Tsotsi, a movie that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture, it should be interesting to see how he’s handled a big-time action/superhero Summer blockbuster.

Star Trek
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Eric Bana
Release Date: May 8

Trek7

Not much needs to be said about this, one of the most anticipated science fiction movies of all time. This one brings all of the salivating Trekkies sprinting (with inhalers in hand) as fast as can be to their nearest theaters; while at the same time, those who were never that interested in Star Trek now see this new, special effect-bathed offering and find it very hard to resist the urge to check it out. This combination equals massive box office success.

This new Star Trek is also an origins tale — telling the story of a young Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and how he, along with Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and Sulu (John Cho) came to be the legendary crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Recently, a group thinking that they were seeing Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn had Leonard Nimoy show up and tell them that in fact, they would be seeing this new Trek venture. While you have to assume all involved were on one massive geek-adrenaline rush resulting in possible bias, all of the feedback that was shared was undoubtedly positive. A great sign for all who have worried.

Angels & Demons
Directed By: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård
Release Date: May 15

Angels&Demons

Considering how massive The Da Vinci Code was when it was coming out, as well as how controversial it (as anything religious is) is, Angels & Demons has stayed fairly under-the-radar for a summer release. I’m sure you’ll see more than enough marketing on your TV entering the last week or two before it comes out, but for now, it has remained interestingly quiet.

Angels & Demons brings us on a new (more normally-haired) adventure in the relams of religion’s dark underbelly with Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks). This time around, the main focus is on the dreaded Illuminati organization, who have kidnapped and murdered four Cardinals, as well as made promises of killing millions in a terrorist attack on the Vatican.

This movie is likely dependent on your taste. When it came to the first one, you either lover or you hate that kind of puzzle-solving, mystery-reliant movie. On a brighter note (ironically) the sequel looks to be incredibly dark and fairly violent, based on the trailer, so who knows how many new fans it could win over.

Terminator Salvation
Directed By: McG
Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dalas Howard
Release Date: May 21

T4

This is the first of what’s guaranteed to be a massive three-way box office battle including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and the epic robot showdown between this and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Terminator Salvation tells the story of John Connor (Christian Bale), a member of the resistance who broadcasts on a radio looking for others to join before eventually becoming their leader. We also learn of the beginnings of Skynet and the evolution of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s iconic T-800 model. Most importantly, we finally get to experience this dreadful Judgment Day that we’ve been promised would happen so many times over the course of the three prior films.

So much has been said about this fourth addition to the Terminator franchise that there’s little left to cover, especially considering it’s the first attempt that none of the actors from prior movies will have visual contributions to, that we’re aware of. Based on what we’ve seen, McG seems to have created an impressively visual and bleak Judgment Day world, which promises to thrill some beyond belief, and disappoint others. In this geek world, you just can’t win ’em all, unfortunately.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Directed By: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest
Release Date: May 22

Night at the Museum 2

In a more family-friendly offering — Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian re-acquaints us with security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), who must sneak into the Smithsonian to get Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan), who were accidentally shipped to the museum. While there, he runs in to many new faces from history, including: Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), Custer (Bill Hader), and Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest). If you’ve seen any of the newer TV spots, then you may have noticed a great new appearance at the museum — say maybe a dark lord dressed all in black.

While this may not be your cup of tea, it’s hard to ignore the entertainment value of an encore cast like these movies offer. The first wasn’t anything to rave about, but said cast made it fun enough to be worth seeing, and I imagine the sequel won’t be much different.

Up
Directed By: Pete Docter
Starring: Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, Delroy Lindo, John Ratzenberger
Release Date: May 29

Up

In this summer’s traditional Disney/Pixar offering, Up tells the story of 78-year old Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), who finally decides to travel the world, and more specifically, the South American wilderness. Oddly enough, how he goes about doing this is a little out of the ordinary. Instead of jumping on a plane, he attaches thousands of balloons to his home and takes everything with him on his adventure, leaving the world he knew (and likely hated) behind him. But as fate always seems to have it, an unexpected surprise knocks on his door while in mid-flight: 8-year old Russell (Jordan Nagai).

As with every single Pixar movie proves every single year, we already know this movie is going to be good. The way these movies now get looked at is “How will it compare to other Pixar movies?” This, is a really good sign that your studio knows how to make a movie, and we all reap the benefits of their genius.

The Hangover
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha
Release Date: June 5

The Hangover

The Hangover has already begun making an impact on people when its incredibly funny trailer was released a few weeks ago. When a movie is making its mark this early, it usually means there’s good things to come, and that’s the type of movie to keep your eye on.

The movie follows a group of friends who head to glorious Las Vegas for bachelor party celebrations — and as we all know, Vegas bachelor parties just never end on simple terms. When the group awakens the next morning, they soon realize that things got a little out of hand the night before when they discover a baby in their room and that the groom has gone missing. In order to find their missing friend and figure out what the hell happened, they must retrace their steps and follow the clues.

Land of the Lost
Directed By: Brad Silberling
Starring Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel
Release Date: June 5

Land of the Lost

As a remake of the 1974 television series, you wouldn’t have the highest expectations for Land of the Lost. But when you add top-notch funnymen like Will Ferrell and Danny McBride into the mix, well, things definitely take a turn for the better.

The movie will follow Dr. Rick Marshall (Ferrell), a paleontologist who is basically laughed at for his crazy theories, who gets mysteriously thrown through some kind of black hole and ends up in this amazing lost world full of dinosaurs and human-like monkey and lizard people. Joining him on this adventure is is assistant (Anna Friel) and a simple redneck guide (McBride).

The more I watch the trailer for Land of the Lost, the more I really want to see it. It may not be great, or even good, but it looks really damn fun, and sometimes, that’s all you need.

Moon
Directed By: Duncan Jones
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Release Date: June 12

Moon

Moon has a very 2001: A Space Odyssey feel to it. It follows astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) who’s on a three-year mission at a base on the Moon where he mines Helium 3, a material that will help solve Earth’s energy crisis.

When finally just a few weeks away from finally being able to return home to his wife and young child, things begin to go horribly wrong with Sam — he begins getting headaches, seeing and hearing things, and almost dies in an accident. Sam eventually discovers that the organization he’s working for has their own plans of ending the mission and replacing him when a new version of himself shows up to begin the next three-year contract. As you can imagine, Sam doesn’t take this too well and begins spiraling out of control, desperate to get home.

Another one this movie may remind you of that’s not so similar: Cast Away. Instead of on a deserted island, this tale of isolation and survival is in space. So can Sam Rockwell carry the entire movie like Tom Hanks had to do? I do indeed think that he can.

Year One
Directed By: Harold Ramis
Starring: Jack Black, Michael Cera, David Cross, Paul Rudd
Release Date: June 19

Year One

After its battle with the MPAA to get a PG-13 rating, Year One is hoping to be the summer’s big comedy box office winner.

The movie follows a pair of hunter-gatherers (Jack Black and Michael Cera), named Zed and Oh, who are kicked out of their primitive tribe, they set off on a journey that crosses the paths of many biblical people and storylines such as Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd), Adam and Eve (Harold Ramis and Rhoda Griffis), Isaac (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and Abraham (Hank Azaria).

While the movie takes place in biblical times, it doesn’t seem to be a religious comedy. The movie will just have this silly pair of simpletons and their humor-filled adventure intertwining with all of these names that anyone who’s read a bible will recognize. Those interactions will likely be made that much more funny simply because of how we know of the biblical names.

One thing I am a little worried about is: Harold Ramis as Adam. The thought causes me to shudder.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Directed By: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson
Release Date: June 24

Transformers 2

The second in the aforementioned three-way battle for summer box office supremacy. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is already a guaranteed blockbuster, we’re just waiting to see if it’s as good as it looks. And judging just on those looks, there’s a good chance this one will blow some minds and possibly even surpass the original.

The great thing about a sequel like this, is that we already know what to expect from Bay in terms of the looks and faithfulness. Knowing how well he handled the first makes the second one a lot more exciting and a lot less worrisome as we wait for its release.

Revenge of the Fallen will bring us back to Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) who’s moved on and is preparing to head off to college to be a “normal” kid. Unfortunately, he finds himself stumbling upon the ancient secrets of the beginning of the Transformers and this brings the Decepticons back to try and capture him. This of course sees the Autobots coming to his rescue, as well as Optimus Prime aligning with world forces to save mankind.

The Hurt Locker
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly
Release Date: June 26

Hurt Locker

One of the few dramas that come out in the popcorn flick-littered summer months — The Hurt Locker is gaining much attention from its cast and trailer.

The movie follows an elite bomb squad in Iraq, whose job is to disarm explosives in the midst of battle. Quite possibly the hardest job one could have. When Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) is made head of the squad and begins to show incredibly questionably tactics, his team starts to worry and wonder what’s going on.

This one promises to be an intense psychological study of a possibly detached man leading a bomb squad in the most dangerous of situations. This makes the performance of Jeremy Renner the most appealing thing about the movie. He’s always been really talented, but this is his first real chance to spread his wings and make his presence in Hollywood known. That paired with the great supporting cast makes this movie very much worth checking out.

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Directed By: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Ray Ramano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Sean William Scott, Simon Pegg
Release Date: July 1

Ice Age 3

Our favorite Ice Age characters return in this second big family-friendly animated offering, and they’re finally going to meet some dinosaurs face-to-face.

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs follows the whole melting thing featured in the sequel, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. After the ice melts aways, that’s when dinosaurs show up and scare all of the smaller creatures. Of course none of this is made any easier when Diego (John Leguizamo), seeing Manny and Ellie (Ray Ramano and Queen Latifah) about to have a baby, decides he wants a family of his own. He goes ahead and adopts (steals) a few eggs, which just so happen to turn out to be dinosaur eggs. This, naturally, puts him in all sorts of trouble and causes the rest of the gang to have to try and save him

All of this is made a lot more interesting by the addition of the dinosaur-hunting weasel with one eye, Buck, who will be voiced by Simon Pegg. A surely entertaining part to look forward to.

Public Enemies
Directed By: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Giovanni Ribisi
Release Date: July 1

Public Enemies

Michael Mann. Johnny Depp. Christian Bale. It’s all right there, plain as day. No one should need more than that to be excited.

For you hard-to-please lads and ladies, Public Enemies will tell the story of criminal superhero John Dillinger (Depp) and his unforgettable bank robbing spree in the 1930s. At the same time, the F.B.I. was being born, and to build its success and popularity, President J. Edgar Hoover made Dillinger the highest of priorities as the nation’s first Public Enemy Number One. He sent off their best man, Melvin Purvis (Bale) to find and capture the infamous thief in what became a bullet-riddled cat and mouse chase.

This is up toward the top of the list for summer movies for me. It definitely has that Michael Mann look to it, which turns some people off, but it really looks like it could be a great movie. It’s one of those movies that comes at the right time, as well. One of the reasons the people loved Dillinger so much, was because he took from the banks that had basically caused the economic crisis that they were in at that time.

Brüno
Directed By: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen
Release Date: July 10

Brüno

Once upon a time, he was simply Ali G and while he had a good following, us Americans weren’t completely aware of who Sacha Baron Cohen was. Then one day, a little movie called Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan came around and changed our (and many unsuspecting “victims” seen in the movie) lives forever.

Now, after waiting just long enough for people to have eased Borat out of their minds, Cohen is back as his even more outrageous (if you can believe it) character: Brüno.

Brüno follows an Austrian homosexual reporter who isn’t afraid to interview anyone and ask the awkward questions. Most of the time, the topic will be fashion, but gossip and celebrities and all that good stuff come up as well.

While it’s tough to out do Borat’s adventure, many are claiming that Brüno puts him to shame. Hell, even the alternative title to the movie out-lengthed Borat‘s absurdly long sub-title: Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt.

That title sums up the movie better than I ever could. It should be a good time.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Directed By: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltran, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jim Broadbent
Release Date: July 15

It’s been oh, so very long since Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was originally supposed to come out in November, but finally, Summer is upon us and in just a couple of months, we shall have our wizardry!

In the sixth adventure, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) finds an odd book that with the words “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” engraved on it. In this book the Half-Blood Prince has written many notes along the binding that teach of powerful potions. Also, Harry is training with Dumbledore, who has decided to show and teach Harry the past of He Who Must Not Be Named: Voldemort.

This is the third and final contestant in the big three-way battle to become King of the Summer including Transformers and Terminator. Any one of them could rue the box office day, but it’ll be no easy task to top the army of Potter fans salivating for a new movie!

Funny People
Directed By: Judd Apatow
Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana
Release Date: July 31

Funny People

Adam Sandler crosses over the line to join Judd Apatow‘s gang for what’s looks like a bit of a new world for one of the top comedy directors working today.

Funny People is the story of George Simmons (Sandler) — a superstar comedian and actor who learns that he’s going to die. When told of this news, he realizes how wasted his life has been and decides to build a real friendship. This leads him to rookie comedian Ira (Seth Rogen), who he hires to write some jokes for him. He eventually learns that he may be able to survive his illness after all, which opens his eyes to a whole new world of possibilities.

Sandler has done drama before, but it will be interesting seeing him basically playing himself in this movie (side from the dying part). Apatow on the other hand has never really been down this hard “dramedy” road, though he’s had plenty of dramatic themes within his films. All signs point to this one being a funny and heartwarming movie, which is always nice in a season full of explosions and car chases.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Directed By: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ray Park, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans
Release Date: August 7

G.I. Joe

Though the trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was released to a less-than-positive response, it is still a movie that’s drowning in potential nostalgia for many children of the ’80s. It definitely will not do numbers like Transformers did — which also had the ’80s nostalgia hook — but it will be hard for similar fans to ignore it.

Rise of Cobra follows an elite military special unit called G.I. Joe who are based in the Pit and battle the organization known as Cobra, which is of course lead by Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

The movie looks to have some insane action sequences involved and someone like Ray Park as Snake Eyes may just be too hard to pass up on. On the other end of things, director Stephen Sommers has not been the most loved of directors in the past couple of years, so with this very cherished property, he’s going to need to really bring the house down if he wants to win hearts and wallets.

District 9
Directed By: Neil Blomkamp
Starring: William Allen Young, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copely, Jason Cope
Release Date: August 14

District 9

District 9 is this year’s Cloverfield, of sorts. It’s had some interesting viral websites pop up, but no one knows a whole lot about it yet. One this is for sure, though, it sounds pretty nuts…in a good way.

The director, Neil Blomkamp, and Peter Jackson were the team set to attempt bringing the live-action Halo movie to us, but as we’re all aware, that didn’t go too well. Instead, they turned around and Jackson decided to produce this new movie. I guess if you want to stretch it out a bit, if District 9 does really well, it might just be the boost that Blomkamp needs to show he has what it takes and is worth investing in. Unfortunately, with the psychological damage a price tag like Halo‘s would likely bring, it would have to be a REALLY impressive showing here.

District 9 takes the pain and suffering of slavery and racism while living in the slums, and it applies them to a fictional world. It takes place in South Africa, where an alien species referred to as “Non-Humans” works as slaves in a nasty and confined little area. The company that holds them and forces them to work is called M.N.U. (Multi National United). The movie will supposedly show the Non-Humans living and dealing with this terrible existence before another Non-Human who works for District 9 attempts to alert the world to his species’ mistreatment.

At first impression of the information that we had on the movie, it sounded like it might resemble a 28 Days Later kind of style and vibe, but with aliens. However, after seeing the brand new trailer, you soon realize that it’s much bigger than expected.

Here’s hoping we have ourselves a new science fiction classic in-the-making.

Taking Woodstock
Directed By: Ang Lee
Starring: Demitri Martin, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schrieber, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Imelda Staunton, Eugene Levy
Release Date: August 14

Taking Woodstock

Another comedy/drama type of movie that is looking like it will be worth a watch, is Taking Woodstock, the newest film from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee.

The movie is the incredible true story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) — a closet homosexual and marijuana user who dreams of becoming an interior designer who happens to possess the only music festival permit in a small town in upstate NY. Figuring a little music festival wouldn’t hurt anyone, Tiber offered the permit and the motel grounds that his parents own to those who were organizing a little gathering called Woodstock.

The movie is based on the book, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life.

Inglourious Basterds
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, B.J. Novak, Eli Roth, Samm Levine, Mélanie Laurent, Til Schweiger, Mike Myers, Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: August 21

Inglourious Basterds

A movie that needs no introduction, but will have one anyway!

After unbelievable amounts of rumors, it seemes like we’d never get to actually see it, but finally, after one epic promise, it has been delivered. Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds is about to make its debut at Cannes, with a wide release set for August 21.

The movie follows a group of eight Jewish-American soldiers lead by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), who set out on a mission to find and slaughter the Nazis — each of them expected to deliver 100 scalps. At the same time, a young Jewish girl escapes a Nazi attack and tries to rebuild her life elsewhere. Naturally, the stories will cross path at one or more points in the movie.

It’s been a long time coming for this one and the excitement is at a high level. I personally look for the Basterds to claim the top R-rated prize at the box office this summer and show those paranoid studios that they don’t always have to water it down to make a damn profit while sacrificing a movie’s integrity in the sad, shameful process.

The Boat That Rocked
Directed By: Richard Curtis
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, January Jones, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton, Kenneth Branagh, Nick Frost
Release Date: August 28

Boat that Rocked

The Boat that Rocked is an iffy addition to our little guide here. While the movie looks great, it isn’t receiving a whole lot of praise. Ultimately, I decided to include it because of its fantastic cast and fun premise.

Basically, The Boat that Rocked tells the story of a band of rogue disc jockeys who acquire a giant boat, turn it into a radio station, and drop anchor in International waters just outside the United Kingdom. They named themselves Radio Rock and play rock music 24 hours a day to combat the BBC’s stranglehold on radio broadcasting in the UK.

To me, this movie looks like it won’t win a ton of people’s love, but it looks like for some, it could be a really special one to check out. For me personally, something featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nick Frost, and Bill Nighy is pretty tough to pass up.

H2: Halloween 2
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Starring: Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Margot Kidder, Weird Al
Release Date: August 28

H2

The sequel to Rob Zombie‘s reinvention of the Halloween franchise is expected to be one of, if not the big horror/R-rated summer fare. While Halloween and John Carpenter purist want nothing to do with these new Halloween movies, look for countless fans of the director and of his graphic handling of the property to help H2: Halloween 2 to some solid summer success.

There isn’t an official description of the movie out there yet, but it seems like they will be sticking to the existing storyline, if only the basics. From the just-released teaser trailer, we see the young Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) being rushed through a hospital after her encounter with Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) in the first movie. This seems to match the storyline from the 1981 sequel where Myers has discovered that Strode is his sister and goes on a violent rampage to get to her.

One variable that may or may not determine some of this movie’s success is the announcement that Michael Myers will be mask-less for the majority of the movie. While you would expect this to anger many people — if you really sit back and think about it — it’s unlikely that anyone who wasn’t already completely against the movie will care much. However, it is still something worth keeping one eye on.

9
Directed By: Shane Acker
Starring: Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover
Release Date: September 9

9

Yes, I know September isn’t traditionally considered part of the Summer movie season, but technically this is still summer, while those May and some June movies are sneaking early, so I rule 9 as part of the slate!

This movie has been getting a lot buzz for a couple of reasons: for one, the visuals of this dark and somber world are really breathtaking and draw you right in. Also, it’s based on a short film, whose creator and director, Shane Acker, was kept and hired to direct the feature (with the help of a one Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov as producers).

9 tells the tale of a group of ragdoll beings in a post-apocalyptic world that is parallel to our own. None of them have names, they’re simply known by their number. One day they discover 9 (Elijah Wood), and determine that is the leader they need to defeat the many evil machine-like creatures that are after them and protect their very existence.

That about does it for our traditional epic Summer movie preview. Hopefully you found one or two films coming out that weren’t originally on your radar and are now planning on checking out.

Thank you all very much for reading, and have yourselves one ridiculously Geek-tastic Summer!

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