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2010 Action Movie Preview(3)

2010 won’t have Spider-Man or Batman (we do get Christopher Nolan’s Inception) movies, but Iron Man returns, Robin Hood’s back to steal from the rich, and the long, long, long-awaited sequel to Tron finally arrives. 2010 also finds a new batch of superhero types heading to theaters in Jonah Hex and Kick-Ass. Plus, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Sam Worthington, and John Travolta have action films ready to launch in ’10.Check out this list of action movies hitting theaters throughout 2010, listed in order of release, to see if there’s something that might persuade you to take action and buy a ticket. 

21. ‘Jonah Hex’

Jonah Hex© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Josh Brolin, Michael Fassbender, and Megan Fox 

What’s It About? There’s a little behind-the-scenes drama associated with this comic book-inspired production. Josh Brolin originally wasn’t at all sure he was interested in tackling the starring role in a comic book inspired film, but he gave in. The film’s writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the Crank team) were supposed to write and direct the film, but left over creative differences. And in early January 2010, a report surfaced that the cast was heading back out to do either reshoots or additional scenes. Now, none of that will matter if the film, which pits a bounty hunter against a villain who wants to unleash hell, turns out to be decent.

In Theaters: June 18, 2010


22. ‘Eclipse’

Eclipse© Summit Entertainment
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner 

What’s It About? So, there’s this tiny vampire/werewolf love triangle story you’ve probably never heard of… Right, as if anyone on the planet isn’t familiar with the Twilight series by now. Twilight and New Moon brought in major bucks at the box office, and it’s a given Eclipse will follow suit. The third film of the series finds Bella stuck between her friendship with Jacob and her love for Edward, contemplating her future after high school, and trying to keep one step ahead of a vampire out to drain her dry.

In Theaters: June 30, 2010

23. ‘Knight and Day’

Knight and Day© 20th Century Fox
Starring: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz 

What’s It About? Knight and Day is the only movie in recent history shut down due to loose bulls – and that’s no b.s. Seven bulls escaped from their enclosure in Cadiz, Spain, injuring two women and causing production to stop until officials could declare the set safe to work on.

Knight and Day reunites the stars of Vanilla Sky for some globetrotting fun. When bulls weren’t running rampant, Cruise and Diaz got back to work on the action comedy in which they play a fugitive couple racing across the globe.

In Theaters: July 2, 2010

24. ‘The Last Airbender’

The Last Airbender© Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies
Starring: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, and Jackson Rathbone 

What’s It About? I’ll admit I know nothing about the The Last Airbender‘s source material. The film, written, produced and directed by M Night Shyamalan, is based on the Nickeldeon animated TV series which has a huge following. It’ll be interesting to see how Shyamalan handles this movie which is aiming to draw in a younger audience than his usual fare.

The story follows a boy named Aang who finds an Avatar which can control the four elements – air, water, earth, fire – and can put an end to a world at war.

In Theaters: July 2, 2010

25. ‘Inception’

Inception© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt 

What’s It About? There’s a shroud of secrecy hiding Inception from the public eye. That sounds dark and mysterious, and it is. Christopher Nolan’s doing his best to keep audiences from knowing too much about his latest thriller. Even the studio-issued synopsis is as vague as they come: “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.” Because it’s Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), we’ll cut him some slack and forgive him for being so close-mouthed.

In Theaters: July 16, 2010

26. ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

The Sorcerer's Apprentice© Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel 

What’s It About? 2010’s a busy year for Nicolas Cage. By the time The Sorcerer’s Apprentice hits theaters, Cage will have already had two films released in theaters. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll have Cage burnout by the time The Sorcerer’s Apprentice arrives. Maybe it means the third time will be the charm and it’ll be the best of the lot.

Cage plays a sorcerer who must defend Manhattan from an evil guy named Maxim Horvath who wants to destroy his city. Jay Baruchel co-stars as Cage’s reluctant protégé.

In Theaters: July 16, 2010

27. ‘Salt’

Salt© Columbia Pictures
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor 

What’s It About? Salt had to be completely reworked when Tom Cruise dropped out of the lead role. Angelina Jolie took over and that meant the main character needed a sex change, and the script needed to be tweaked to reflect the change from male to female. However, the premise remained the same. Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who is accused of being a Russian spy and needs to go on the run in order to prove she’s innocent.

In Theaters: July 23, 2010

28. ‘The Other Guys’

The Other Guys
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson 

What’s It About? This one might be more comedy than action. Written and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers), this buddy cop comedy/action film finds Ferrell and Wahlberg playing New York City police detectives ready to step up their game when the opportunity arises. Ferrell and McKay bring the best out in each other, and Wahlberg’s surprisingly funny when given good material to work with (loved him in I Heart Huckabees), so this could actually be one of the better comedies of 2010. Maybe.

In Theaters: August 6, 2010

29. ‘Priest’

Priest© Screen Gems
Starring: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q 

What’s It About? Paul Bettany had such a good time working with director Scott Stewart on Legion that he decided to team up with him again for another action film. In Legion, Bettany played a kick-ass angel who comes to Earth to help humans. In Priest, Bettany plays a kick-ass warrior priest who chases down vampires against the church’s orders. Twilight‘s bad vampire, Cam Gigandet (‘James’), doesn’t get to play a fanged one in this thriller, but instead plays one of the good guys who helps Bettany hunt down vampires.

In Theaters: August 20, 2010

30. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson 

What’s It About? We greet the news of the arrival of the first part of the last chapter in the Harry Potter saga with mixed emotions. It’s going to be so sad to see the series draw to an end, but the last book of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series is-in my opinion-the best of the lot. I’m hopeful the book will make its way to the screen mostly intact, given the fact the studio opted to break it in two. The reasoning behind their decision was that it needed to be done in order to completely wrap up the lives of the young wizards and their battle with the evil Lord Voldemort. Hopefully, that means 90% of Rowling’s final book will be on the screen.

In Theaters: November 19, 2010


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