6 Massive Movies That Deserve More Hype

We make our picks of the movies that deserve a little limelight.

There’s no denying it – 2016 belongs to the superhero genre. Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, and X-Men: Apocalypse have all made their mark, with the likes of Suicide Squad still to come. While it’s been great for audiences, there’s a handful of movies that are being overlooked, so here’s 6 blockbusters that you should keep an eye out for:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Release date: June 2016

The sizeable success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot meant that a sequel was inevitable, and we’re pretty excited. We loved the first and can’t wait for the follow-up, which sees the return Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, and the original Turtles cast.

This time, though, the movie is being directed by Earth To Echo‘s David Green, who takes over from Jonathan Liebesman. One of the new faces that will grace the screen will be Stephen Amell, who will be playing the role of Casey Jones, a love interest of April O’Neil. Well-known monstrous villains Bebop and Rocksteady are making an appearance too, and Tyler Perry will be taking on the role of Baxter Stockman, another key Turtles villain.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Release date: June 2016

When first hearing that a sequel to Independence Day was in the works, it was hard not to be sceptical, but we’ve got to admit – we’re super excited for it! Jeff Goldblum’s back, and so too are those mischievous aliens in Independence Day: Resurgence. Twenty years after Earth was left reeling from one invasion, the saucers are here to terrorise a new generation. You’ve got extras running in terror from huge alien death rays, tentacle creatures locked up in top secret labs, and some state-of-the-art special effects. Consider us sold.

Jason Bourne

Release date: July 2016

America sure has spent a lot of money trying to save Matt Damon over the years, but thankfully his next role, Jason Bourne, is a more self-reliant sort. The fifth Bourne movie picks up 12 years after we last saw the amnesiac super-spy in The Bourne Ultimatum, when Jason Bourne begins to remember his dark past and seek to finish his tale of revenge once and for all.

The film will reunite Damon with Julia Stiles, who played female lead Nicky Parsons in the three previous Bourne-centric adventures. (Like Damon, she sat out the fourth film, the Jeremy Renner-starrer The Bourne Legacy.) New characters will include Alicia Vikander as a cyberspecialist, Tommy Lee Jones as a tough CIA agent, and Vincent Cassel as a villain. The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass returns to the helm.

Star Trek: Beyond

Release date: July 2016

Fast and Furious 5 and 6 director Justin Lin takes over the directing responsibilities of the Star Trek franchise while JJ Abrams focuses on the Star Wars: Episode VIII, and the next instalment in the rebooted series is looking pretty damn good. Star Trek: Beyond sees the USS Enterprise crew attacked by an unknown alien force and marooned on a hostile planet. Chris Pine, Karl Urban, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana return, with Idris Elba joining the cast as a mysterious new villain.

The Woods

Release date: September 2016

The Woods is touted as one of the scariest movies ever made, and based on the trailer alone, it could very well live up to that claim. The story involves a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone in the woods. The Woods is the latest film from filmmaking duo, director Adam Wingard, and screenwriter Simon Barrett, of the outstanding films The Guest, You’re Next and A Horrible Way to Die previously; as well as segments for V/H/S 1 and 2, and The ABCs of Death.

Assassin’s Creed

Release date: December 2016

Yeah – we know what you’re thinking: “another video game movie adaptation doomed to fail”. Yes, Assassin’s Creed may initially appear to be another game-to-screen project looking dubious, but things are different this time. Ubisoft themselves are overseeing the film, along with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons lending their talents to the movie. Assassin’s Creed could be the film to change the perceptions about video game movies to come.

What upcoming movie do you think needs more hype? Let us know in the comments below and tweet us @MenStuffZA!


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