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On the big screen in July

Seeing as there are no new English movies on Samui’s big screens this week, we have decided to provide a little preview of what to look forward to for the month of July.

On the 4th of July the re-imagining of The Lone Ranger graces the big screen. Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) teams up with Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy) for the fifth time and they are joined by Armie Hammer (The Social Network). Tonto, played by Depp,  recounts the tales that turned John Reid(Hammer) from a normal law man into The Lone Ranger. Verbinski is known for his cinematic flair and based on the previews I’ve seen, this one will be no exception. Johnny Depp is sure to deliver yet another fantastic character portrayal in the wacky vein of Captain Jack Sparrow. Hammer is playing in his first major starring role, but based on his previous minor roles he should be more than up to the task  of being a convincing Lone Ranger.

Then on the 11th of July the movie I’ve been eagerly anticipating, for more than a year, will finally make its appearance. Pacific Rim sees the return of Guillermo del Toro (Hell Boy, Pan’s Labyrinth) to the director’s chair after a 4 year hiatus.  Pacific Rim tells the story of an alien invasion of earth and how humans stand up and fight for survival by building gigantic robots to go head to head with their alien tormentors. Del Toro is famous for his gorgeous creations of unique worlds and characters. Some of those characters will be portrayed by Charlie Hunnam (Children of Men, Green Street Hooligans) and Idris Elba (Prometheus, Thor), but I have a distinct feeling that the robots versus alien spectacle is going to steal the show. The previews I have seen have only served to increase my excitement with every new day, that this could be the years most epic film.

The following week sees RED 2 premiering on the 18th of July. The original RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) was a zany, quirky and fun action packed comedy starring some of the biggest stars of the last generation. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich being the highlights. RED 2 sees most of them return plus the added star power of Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Follow Frank Moses (Willis) as he gathers up his rag tag team of ex-CIA black ops operatives to search for missing nuclear device. Dean Parisot (Fun with Dick and Jane) makes a return to big screen filming after having spent the last 8 years on smaller screen projects. RED 2 promises to be yet another fun and wacky action-comedy fest with over the top action and brilliant banter between some of Hollywood’s best.

The 25th of July sees the release of The Wolverine to cap off an exciting and action packed month at the movies. Hugh Jackman returns to his role of Logan/Wolverine for the fourth time and after the relatively disappointing run at the box office of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he’ll be hoping that the latest part of the Wolverine story line will be more successful. The story takes Wolverine to Tokyo where he will face off against some of the most dangerous enemies he has ever faced in battle as well as the internal struggle he will be having with his own mortality. James Mangold (Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma) directs and Jackman will be rejoined by Famke Janssen as Jean Grey. It should be interesting to see if this new direction, following the Japanese part of the Wolverine saga and excluding many of the familiar mutant faces, will find a home in the heart of X-Men fans

From the looks of it, we are in for a fantastic month of movie magnificence here on Samui. Have your say below and let us know what you are excited about for this coming month of big screen releases.

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