2010 has been a great year for movies. But as the year winds down, we’re looking ahead to the VFX masterpieces, thrillers and geeky flicks that will have us flocking to theaters in 2011. Still doesn’t sound like a real year does it? 2011. Hopefully 2011 is the year of surprises and sleeper hits, because the upcoming blockbuster releases look a little lackluster.
The top films may all be sequels, but they’ll still be good movies. Best movies of 2011 ? Well I’m looking forward to seeing Johnny Depp again as Captain Jack Sparrow, I miss the wackiness in him. Transformers 3 as well. Here’s the list of my Top 10 Great Movies To Blow Your Mind in 2011.
10. Green Hornet -January 14, 2011
Top billing on The Green Hornet may go to Seth Rogen and Christoph Waltz, but we think the true star of this film—about a masked crime-fighter who has a sidekick named Kato—is the vigilante’s car, the Black Beauty. This weapons-equipped 1965 Chrysler Crown Imperial has guns in its hood, trunk and doors, missiles in the bumpers, a flamethrower in the grille, and antiriot spikes in the wheels. "We wanted to conceive what the car does in conjunction with what’s actually happening in the movie," Rogen, who plays Britt Reid/Green Hornet, tells Popular Mechanics. "We didn’t want it to feel like it was just action for the sake of action." It’s more than enough for us to give Green Hornet the PopMech seal of approval.
9. Sanctum – February 2, 2011
If The Descent wasn’t enough to put us off spelunking forever, Sanctum sure is. Inspired by co-writer Andrew Wight’s experience, the film follows a team of divers as they explore caves miles beneath the Earth’s surface—and are trapped there when a flash flood cuts off their exit. Produced by James Cameron and filmed with his groundbreaking 3D camera system, this flick promises to have plenty of visually stunning action.
8. I Am Number Four – February 18, 2011
I Am Number Four Official Trailer
Nine infant aliens, who closely resemble humans, flee their home planet, Lorien, to hide on Earth. An invading species, the Mogadorians, have destroyed their planet, and follow them to Earth to hunt them down. Each of the nine aliens is given a guardian and will develop superhuman powers as they become adults. They are each assigned a number. These last children of Lorien can only be killed in the sequence of their numbers. Numbers One, Two, and Three have been killed so far.
7. Apollo 18 – March 4, 2011
In the early 1970s, NASA cancelled planned Apollo missions 18, 19 and 20 due to budgetary constraints. That real-life event is the basis for the documentary-style flick Apollo 18. But as you can tell from the poster, there’s more to this movie than just historical fact. The plot revolves around Russian "found footage" from the 1970s that suggests Apollo 18 secretly went back to the moon—and found something there besides rocks. Monsters on the moon? Yes, please!
6. Sucker Punch – March 25, 2011
Zack Snyder brought us ripped Spartan warriors in 300 and a nearly panel-by-panel film version of the classic graphic novel Watchmen. So it’s no surprise that he’s gone all out for his latest film, a girl power flick called Sucker Punch. Emily Browning plays Babydoll, who is institutionalized by her stepfather. To cope, she creates an alternate reality where she and her friends—Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and more—must fight robots, dragons and ninjas to escape. "Movies are a visual experience," Snyder says. "I tend to like it all the way, all the time. I think that in every aspect of the film, we tried to do something that was striking." The girls trained for three months before they started filming. "We did martial arts, gun training and sword fighting,” Browning says. “We also did a lot of physical strength training with scary Navy SEALS.” Sounds like this movie is going to be epic.
5. Source Code
An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor," which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
3. Super 8 – June 10, 2011
J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, the alien-lover’s dream team, joined forces to make Super 8. The preview is cagey and light on details, but you get some key points: Area 51, a train accident and something that can smash its way out of a steel train car. In sum: This. Looks. Amazing.
2. Green Lantern – June 17, 2011
Ryan Reynolds plays cocky pilot (as if there is any other kind) Hal Jordan, who is chosen to wear the magical ring that transforms him into the Green Lantern. With the ring, he can manipulate a weird, green-glowing power source with his mind. With that power, he and a consortium of ring-powered aliens work to bestow peace upon the universe. His first opponents? Evil alien Sinestro (Mark Strong) and the literally big-headed scientist Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard). To create the iconic suit, filmmakers had Reynolds wear a motion-capture unitard; the effects will be created entirely in a computer. "They managed to find a material that most would agree is the most aggravating substance on earth," Reynolds says. "We’re shooting in Louisiana, which is pretty close to the sun in terms of the hottest place you can find anywhere around. It’s been a little bit difficult running around in a unitard in the New Orleans high-summer heat." We’re interested to see how the suit turns out—and how the fanboys react too.
1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – July 1, 2011
There’s not much out there about the plot of Dark of the Moon, the third movie featuring our favorite robots in disguise. But preliminary footage has garnered positive reaction from press and critics. One thing’s for sure: This is a Michael Bay movie. There will be plenty of explosions and robot-on-robot action. We’re interested to see how the 3D looks—Bay shot parts of the film in the format and will convert others. Oh, and word has it Buzz Aldrin makes a cameo.