2005 has just begun but we're already certain this will be a year long remembered by film fanatics. The next eleven and a half months are slammed with such anticipated movies as Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, the last installment in George Lucas' space saga; Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong; Batman Begins, Warner Bros.' gritty relaunch of the Batman franchise; the long awaited film version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Spielberg and Tom Cruise's War of the Worlds; and a movie version of C.S. Lewis' fantasy The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe... just to name a few.
We don't blame you if you're having trouble keeping track of all the flicks coming out this year Array; there really are a lot Array; so, we thought we'd break down the major movies of 2005 in a little something in we like to call IGN FilmForce's 2005 Movie Preview. Catchy, huh? Well, here it is. We'll begin with next week and carry you through the end of the year...
Release Date: January 21st
Studio: Focus Features
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Maria Bello, Gabriel Byrne
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Writer: James DeMonaco
The Scoop: For those not in the know on '70s cinema, Assault on Precinct is actually a remake of a 1976 John Carpenter film of the same name. The new version, which takes place in the present day, is set an about-to-be-closed police station. It's a snowy New Year's Eve and a most-wanted mobster (Fishburne) is temporarily put behind bars at the doomed precinct. As the sun sets and a long night begins, a motley crew of cops and prisoners, under the leadership of reluctant Captain Jake Roenick (Hawke), must band together to fight off a rogue gang that wants to take the crime lord at all costs.
Release Date: January 28th
Studio: Lions Gate Films
Cast: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff
Director: Uwe Boll
Writer: Elan Mastai
The Scoop: The narrative, much like the action in the Sega videogame the film is based upon, centers around paranormal investigator Edward Carnby (Slater), as he investigates the recent, mysterious death of a friend with clues leading to "Shadow Island." There he comes face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world. Tara Reid plays anthropologist Aline Cedrac.
Release Date: February 18th
Studio: Warner Bros.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Kevin Brodbin, Mark Bomback, Frank Cappello
The Scoop: Born with the ability to recognize half-breed angels and demons that walk the Earth in human camouflage, John Constantine (Reeves) was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now, marked as an attempted suicide with a temporary lease on life, he patrols the earthly border between heaven and hell, hoping in vain to earn his way to salvation by waging war on the earthbound minions of evil. But Constantine is no saint. Increasingly disillusioned by the world around him and at odds with the one beyond, he's a hard-drinking, hard-living bitter hero who scorns the very idea of heroism. Constantine will fight to save your soul but he doesn't want your admiration or your thanks Array; and certainly not your sympathy. All he wants is a way out. When a desperate but skeptical police detective enlists his help in solving the mysterious death of her beloved twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldly events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.
Source : http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/01/15/ign-filmforces-2005-movie-preview