previews... - January 8, 2018

hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Action
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hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Action

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2018's best movies. We continue with action...


Red Sparrow

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons

Director: Francis Lawrence

Release Date: March 2nd


The movie is an adaptation of Jason Matthews' best-selling novel, which follows Jennifer Lawrence’s Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina turned state intelligence officer.

Despite her reservations, Egorov is drafted to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service and asked to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence.



Den Of Thieves

Starring: Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones and Dawn Olivieri

Director: Christian Gudegast

Release Date: February 2nd


Gerard Butler leads this action-packed crime saga in which we follow an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank and the police plan how to stop it.



Starring: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Shea Whigham and Larry Pine

Director: Brad Anderson

Release Date: TBC


Set in the throng and turmoil of 1980s Beirut, Jon Hamm plays Mason Skies, a former US diplomat returns to service to save a colleague from the group responsible for the death of his family


The Commuter

Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Florence Pugh, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Banks and Patrick Wilson.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Release Date: January 19th


This tense action drama stars Liam Neeson as Michael, an insurance salesman who is on his daily commute home when it quickly becomes anything but routine.

After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop.

As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy.



Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Pablo Schreiber and Noah Taylor

Director: Rawson M. Thurber

Release Date: July 13th


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson leads the way in this fiery blockbuster as Will Ford, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.

On assignment in China, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. Now he’s on the run...


Proud Mary

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover, Neal McDonough and Xander Berkeley

Director: Babak Najafi

Release Date: March 23rd

Empire star Taraji P. Henson plays Mary Goodwin, a very successful and utterly no-nonsense hit woman working for the mob in Boston.

Then, however, her life is turned upside down when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes wrong and she leaves the boy orphaned.



Starring: Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell

Director: Steve McQueen

Release Date: November 9th


Steve McQueen follows up his hugely successful and highly decorated 12 Years A Slave with something a little more fun.

In this movie, which is based on Lynda LaPlante’s bestselling novel, four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish the job.

With a killer cast, a script co-written by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn and McQueen’s wonderful eye, this looks like a highlight of 2018…



Three Seconds

Starring: Ana de Armas, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Joel Kinnaman and Common

Director: Andrea Di Stefano

Release Date: TBC

Roslund & Hellström's hit Swedish crime novel is taken to the big screen in 2018.

House Of Cards star Joel Kinnaman leads the way, he plays an ex-convict working undercover who intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.


Roman J. Israel Esq

Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Shelley Henig

Director: Dan Gilroy

Release Date: February 2nd

In this fiery thriller, Washington plays Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defence attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, decides that his years of fighting the good fight are over and he wants a taste of the good times.

Naturally, there are consequences...



Starring: Wyatt Russell, Jovan Adepo, Jacob Anderson, Bokeem Woodbine and Pilou Asbæk

Director: Julius Avery

Release Date: October 26th


This strange, semi-historical, fantasy action epic, arrives in cinemas later this year, with production overseen by JJ Abrams.

Set in 1944, we follow two American paratroopers who are shot down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion. As if things weren’t bad enough, they then discover that the Nazis are using supernatural forces against them. Oh dear...


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