Although January is usually considered the toilet bowl of the movie season, it sometimes does hold a movie or two that will keep the attention of moviegoers until the real season begins. This January is exactly that, and while none of them look like outstanding Oscar worthy movies or box-office gold, they could definitely be better than many are expecting. 12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth, and Den of Thieves are the two titles folks are looking forward to the most this month. Each of them are set to release next week and in preparation, a new batch of characters have been released for both.
12 Strong tells the true, untold story of a team of U.S. Special Forces who, after the horrific events of 9/11, volunteer to be the first group of soldiers sent to Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission: find and fight the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. The movie is directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and features a powerful cast of Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Austin Stowell and Taylor Sheridan alongside Hemsworth.
I’m personally very much looking forward to this film. I remember two years ago when Michael Bay’s true story war film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi came out and how absolutely surprised I was by how good that movie was. I have the same hope for this one. Because I had no idea about this story and the real-life mission that took place, I instantly became interested in seeing it on screen. And let’s be real, I think all of us look forward to anything Chris Hemsworth at this point.
Den of Thieves follows an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff Department and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew who are planning the most impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Starring as the hardened officer is Gerard Butlers, with Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and 50 Cent as the robbers.
I was late to the party on this one, but have surprisingly become quite excited for it over the last week or two. I’m always game for an action movie that takes itself 100% serious. As I say serious, I mean not holding back and getting down to the nitty gritty and violence and brutality. Gerard Butler has always been one of the best action icons in the business, he just unfortunately hasn’t been involved in the best projects. Let’s hope this one is closer to Olympus Has Fallen and not Gods of Egypt.