December's Must-Watch List

Looking for some action?

Here’s a list of awaited thrilling December releases we’ve got our eyes on.

By Ritika Jain

 

Creed

Director: Ryan Cooler (his kick-ass debut was Fruitvale Station)

 

If you liked Warrior and Out of the Furnace, you’ll love this one. Stallone is back in the 7th Rocky saga, as a boxing coach to Jordan. It’s got 92% on the tomato meter, who are we to argue? They’re calling it a real tear-jerker. We wonder why the family connection’s so strong in all these fighter flicks. Or maybe that’s a Hollywood formula thing. So goes with this dialogue ‘It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit.’ Whistles!

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Director: JJ Abrams (has directed Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible 3)

 

The sci-fi epic returns, grander than ever. It’s expected to be the year’s highest grosser, this time under the Disney banner. Since it’s first release in 1977, the series’ fan base made sure it set records for being the most successful film merchandise franchise. We want those lightsabers and Darth Vader costume for ourselves. (check out http://www.starwars.com/news/category/merchandise) The story is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Go watch it, the force is calling out to you.

 

The Hateful Eight

Director: Quentin Tarantino (applauded for Pulp fiction and Django Unchained)

 

The king of action is well, back in action with a stellar star cast in his 8th film… a western set in snowed-under Colorado. The film shot on 70mm  promises not only to be a dazzling visual experience, but has a mesmerising sound too. He’s got Morricone to compose most of the score (think Kill Bill). The soundtrack, still fresh has just about 50 likes on youtube. But hey, we like it. It’s also 3 hours long, all the more worth for your money ;)

 

The Revenant

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (the genius behind Babel, Biutiful, and Birdman)

 

DiCaprio stars in a tale of an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness. Based on a true story, it is inspired by the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass. It revolves around survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. We can predict that Leo has taken it a notch up after the success of Shutter Island. As for the cinematic experience, you’re in for a real treat with this one.

 

Point Break

Director: Ericson Core (Director of photography in The Fast and the Furious, and Payback)

 

A remake of the much loved ’91 hit by the same name starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, it looks slicker and faster-paced. In fact, Core claims some of the sequences were shot entirely in-camera, with cam-mounted helmets of the wingsuiters that were flying at up to 165 miles per hour. Extreme sport athletes using their skills to disrupt international financial markets, that’s quite a plot already. Plus it’s shot across 10 countries on four continents including beautiful locations like the Angel Falls, Venezuela and the world’s biggest surf spots. Thumbs up to Aussie Luke Bracey for looking droolicious. The music too is sure to get your heart pumping.

 

The World of Kanako

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima (Known for Confessions and Happy-Go-lucky)

 

Nobody does twisted like the Japs. In the hyper-violent drama, a former detective searching for his missing teenage daughter, finds out her model student image turns out to be a sham. Social networks have criticised Nakashima’s characters, deemed too violent to be shown to young audiences. In return, he has issued statements saying “I’m really sorry if the film is too grotesque” and “The human feelings of love and hate are not always so far apart. Kanako is a film I felt that I had to make.” Wow, we can hardly wait!