It’s time to take a look at the coming year, as far as manly movies are concerned. This is going to be a long list, longer than I thought, which can only be a good thing. There are a few on this list which *should* have been manly movies, they certainly use the names of formerly manly movies, so to give them the benefit of the doubt they’ll remain and the jury will stay out on them. Anyway I’m sure I’ll miss something here so if I have, let me know. Let’s get down to business.
Kickboxer: Vengeance – TBA
We should keep an eye out firstly for the upcoming Kickboxer remake in Kickboxer: Vengeance, the rumoured title as of right now. Old favourite Jean Claude Van Damme returns to play mentor this time as Master Durand. Dave Bautista will also show up as chief villain Tong Po. There is actually a second Kickboxer remake floating around in the next 12 months, if you believe its director, a remake of Kickboxer 5 (no really), but I can’t see that one actually getting off the ground.
A kickboxer is out to avenge his brother’s death.
Taken 3 – January 9th
The final Taken movie is closest on our radar. It’ll most likely come in as PG-13 but for whatever reason I think that is somewhat more forgiveable than certain other movies going that route. As we were the first to reveal in 2014, Taken 3 is going to be a ‘Fugitive’ style movie, with Brian Mills getting framed for murder, then using his particular set of skills to clear his name and stay ahead of the law.
Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), are enjoying a reconciliation when Lenore is brutally murdered. Bryan is framed for the crime and flees, with the CIA, FBI and police all in hot pursuit. For the last time, he channels his rage and particular set of skills into hunting down Lenore’s real killers, taking his revenge and protecting the one important thing left in his life: his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).
Blackhat – January 16
Michael Mann is the director that Christopher Nolan is not. And this is going to be one cool, slick and intelligent thriller, I can feel it. Not that it’s much of a secret, it’s Michael Mann for Christ’s sake. I am hoping this is going to be Mann’s best movie since Heat. I hear certain European countries might catch this one a day or two early, so keep an eye out.
A convict joins forces with American and Chinese partners to track down a high-level, international cybercrime network.
Son Of A Gun – January 16th
Son of a Gun gets its international theatrical run in the first month of 2015. It’s not bad, I’d recommend it as a manly movie but only just. As I said in the recent review of this one, it has serious baggage (formulaic romantic sub plot) that almost makes it an ‘average’ or worse movie. However there are strong enough manly movie themes in here, such as busting out of the joint then relieving corporate pissants of their gold at gunpoint, via non-shaking cam action scenes. Check it out.
JR, a small-time, teenage criminal finds himself locked up for a minor crime and forced to adapt to the harsh realities of prison life. Fellow prisoner and Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch, offers JR protection, but it comes at a price. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom by staging a daring prison break.