After a pretty solid month of July, which included names like Ant-Man, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Trainwreck, we move on to the month that is normally considered the gap between the summer and Oscar seasons. But because of the absolute dominance Guardians of the Galaxy displayed in August of 2014, it’s now another powerhouse summer movie month. Now as we roll into August of 2015, we get a number of big movies that look pretty awesome; here are the four I’m most excited for.
4. Z for Zachariah
In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.
If you haven’t heard of or haven’t had the chance to check out the trailer, it’s a very subjective movie for sure, one that I’m incredibly interested in. Unlike most of the apocalyptic stories of today, this feels like a very different take on that kind of world. But by far, its biggest sell is its cast.
Having Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor together in a film with this kind of interaction looks phenomenal. The dark and intense places this story can go with this sort of love triangle is fascinating. And although I most likely won’t get a chance to check it out due to its limited release, it still deserves this spot on my list.
Z for Zachariah has a limited August 28th, 2015 release date.
3. American Ultra
A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle.
After not being a big fan of Adventureland, I never really thought I’d be excited for another Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart team-up, but damn did American Ultra‘s trailer hit me in the perfect spot. More specifically the red band trailer, this action/adventure/comedy looks like the perfect blend of each.
The stoner aspect is definitely going to bring the comedy elements, but what’s best is that Eisenberg and Stewart look like they’re having a total blast in the roles. These roles are pretty different from their typical roles and that’s what makes it so intriguing to me. It’s definitely one of the more ‘fun’ looking movies of this month, crossing my fingers that it’s a damn good time.
American Ultra hits theaters August 21st, 2015.
2. Fantastic Four
Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
You may be wondering why this only ranks in at number two for me, but there are a few small reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really looking forward to it just as much as everyone else and I hope that it kicks major freaking ass, but I’m still just a little hesitant…
Although Fox has been killing their projects as of late (X-Men, Planet of the Apes), Fantastic Four is a different thing all together. Yeah the cast is spectacular (it’s best attribute), yeah it’s different and darker and more serious, but there is still something that’s just holding me from saying “I’m all in.” I’ll be there opening night and hope Fox once again kills it with their superheroes while opening up their universe at the same time, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just…decent.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015.
1. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
This is TOTALLY my kind of movie. A lot of people might not enjoy Guy Ritchie and the sort of style he brings, but I’m one who has a great time with it. It looks action-packed, big, ridiculously fun, and I completely dig the cast – which means I’m really, really excited for this one. A ’60s spy film where American & Russia team-up starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, just sounds awesome. It’s not going to be an Oscar worthy film, that’s obvious, but that’s not what I’m looking for. I’m looking for a really good time at the movies, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. looks exactly like that.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is released on August 14th, 2015.
Honorable mentions: Straight Outta Compton, Regression, Dark Places, and Hitman: Agent 47.