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hmv.com presents… 50 Films to get you excited for 2015! #4 Action
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hmv.com presents… 50 Films to get you excited for 2015! #4 Action

2014 is almost at an end and it’s been a pretty damn great year for movies, we’ve had Guardians Of The Galaxy, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Edge Of Tomorrow, Nightcrawler, the list goes on and on.

But, the thing is, 2015 is shaping up to be even better and we’re going to prove it to you. Over the next few days we’re going to be previewing 50 films that are hitting the big screen in 2015 and they all look outstanding…

Today, we're all about the action, the thrillers, the shoot em ups and the explosions... 

 

Child 44

 

What Is It?

A starry adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s big-selling novel from Daniel Espinosa, director of Safe House.

 

Any plot details?

The story is set in Stalin-era Soviet Russia and follows a disgraced MGB agent, who is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders, an investigation that takes him right to the very top of party leadership.

 

Who’s In It?

Tom Hardy takes the lead, with Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, and Vincent Cassel also in the cast.

 

When Can I See It?

April, it’s due for release on the 17th of that month.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet, but the film is due out in April so it really should be any day now.

 

 

Kingsman: Secret Service

 

What Is It?

When it was announced that Matthew Vaughn would not be returning to direct the follow-up to the excellent X-Men: First Class, everyone wondered what he had up his sleeve, it turned up to be another comic book adaptation, but a much bloodier and violent one.

 

Any plot details?

The Kingsmen are a highly secretive, but extremely badass set of super spies, who step in to prevent international calamities. When one of their members dies in action, the dapper Harry Hart searches for a replacement and focuses on Eggsy, a rebellious, but extremely able young man.

 

Who’s In It?

Colin Firth stars as Harry Hart, with newcomer Taron Egerton playing Eggsy. Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Jack Davenport play Hart’s fellow Kingsmen, while Samuel L. Jackson plays Richmond Valentine, the film’s deadly, but very eccentric villain.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s out January 29th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You can indeed, it’s below, it’s a lot of fun.

 

 

Furious 7

 

What Is It?

You know by now. Fast cars, big stunts. And lots of them. 

 

Any plot details?

After defeating Owen Shaw, the gang had hoped to return to their normal lives, but no such luck. His brother Ian Shaw is now after them and promises to make their lives hell until he gets revenge.

 

Who’s In It?

Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Lucas Black will also reprise their roles in the new movie, with Val Kilmer and Jason Statham joining the cast, Statham will play villain Ian Shaw. 

Paul Walker, who was tragically killed in a car accident while filming was taking place, has a full role in the movie. His remaining scenes were completed using CGI with his brothers, Caleb and Cody used as stand-ins. 

 

When Can I See It?

The film is due for release on April 3rd next year.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Sure, it’s below for you.

 

 

Taken 3

 

What Is It?

Liam Neeson returns as Brian Mills one last time.

 

Any plot details?

After two films of rescuing people, this time Brian Mills has to clear his own name, he’s accused of murder and is now on the hunt for the real culprit.

 

Who’s In It?

Forest Whittaker, Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott join Liam Neeson in this new thriller.

 

When Can I See It?

Next week as it happens, January 9th, though it’s unlikely that’s because it’s in awards contention.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Yup, it’s typically violent and looks like a lot of fun.

 

 

Everest

 

What Is It?

The epic retelling of the doomed 1996 expedition to scale the world’s tallest mountain.

 

Any plot details?

The film follows two expedition groups, one led by Scott Fischer (Gyllenhaal) and the other led by Rob Hall (Clarke), who tried to climb the mountain in very treacherous conditions, conditions that resulted in the death of two climbers.

 

Who’s In It?

It’s a very starry cast with Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, and Clive Standen all involved.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s due for release in September of next year.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet, but soon hopefully.

 

San Andreas

 

What Is It?

A proper action thriller, set in the aftermath of a huge earthquake.

 

Any plot details?

We’re in the aftermath with helicopter pilot Ray, who reunites with his ex-wife as they leave Los Angeles and head to San Francisco to attempt to find their estranged daughter, who is lost in the quake's wake.

 

Who’s In It?

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays Ray, with Carla Gugino as his ex-wife and Alexandra Daddario as his daughter.

 

When Can I See It?

It hits cinemas in May next year.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You can. Loads of things go boom, as you’d expect.

 

 

Blackhat

 

What Is It?

A hacking drama. With lots of explosions. Directed by action maestro Michael Mann.

 

Any plot details?

We follow Nicholas Hathaway, a convicted hacker who is released from jail after he agrees to help find and capture another hacker who has broken into a series of multinational banks.

He will work alongside American and Chinese agents, with the group travelling from Chicago to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Jakarta as they try to stop the hacker in his tracks.

 

Who’s In It?

Thor and Rush mainman Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Tang Wei and Leehom Wang all star.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s out in the US in a couple of weeks, but doesn’t hit UK cinemas until February 20th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You most certainly can, it’s definitely going to be a high-tempo film…

 

Focus

 

What Is It?

A slick, showy drama about a veteran con artist and his new protégée.

 

Any plot details?

This story is told by Nicky Spurgeon, a seasoned con man who is thinking about retiring from the practise when he meets Jess Barrett, a wannabe con artist who he decides to take under his wing and show her the tricks of the trade. 

However, after the pair become romantically involved, he decides abruptly break things off, only for her to show up three years later, on the opposite of a scam he is trying to pull off. 

 

Who’s In It?

Will Smith stars as the smooth as silk Spurgeon, while Robbie plays Barrett. They are joined by House Of Cards' star Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro and BD Wong.

 

When Can I See It?

On February 27th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You can for sure, it’s below.

 

 

The Hateful Eight

 

What Is It?

Quentin Tarantino returns to the old West for a new epic.

 

Any plot details?

The film will follow two bounty hunters, a tough female prisoner and a local sheriff who take shelter from a savage storm in a Wyoming saloon. They are joined in the saloon by four men, who may, or may not, be trying to free the prisoner. 

 

Who’s In It?

Channing Tatum stars, but we don’t know exactly who he will play as yet.  Samuel L Jackson is on board to play Major Marquis Warren, with Kurt Russell as John 'The Hangman' Ruth, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage and Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers.

 

When Can I See It?

Very late 2015, but we don’t know exactly when as yet.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Nope, production is barely underway.

 

The Revenant

 

What Is It?

A dark, dark Western from Alejandro González Iñárritu, the man who made Bituful and the recently released BiRDMAN.

 

Any plot details?

We’re in the 19th century in the bleak heart of America, Hugh Glass, who makes a living as a fur trapper, is mauled by a bear while hunting. His three companions decide rob him and leave him to die, but he survives and sets out to get revenge on the men who betrayed him. 

 

Who’s In It?

DiCaprio plays Glass, with Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson as the men who betrayed him.

 

When Can I See It?

Right at the end of 2015, probably the last week of December.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet.

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