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Posted January 21, 2018 by

2018 has barely begun and we already have a slew of action/ adventure films ready for release. If you are looking for heart-pumping, jaw-dropping action scenes and fast-paced adventures, this year has plenty in store for you.

Here are the top 12 blockbuster films you must watch in 2018:

Proud Mary (12 January) – Taraji P. Henson has been quietly climbing up the Hollywood ladder but it wasn’t until 2016’s Hidden Figures that she came into the big screen spotlight.

In Proud Mary, Henson plays the titular Mary, a hitman who befriends a young boy when a hit goes wrong. Alongside Henson will be Billy Brown, from How to Get Away with Murder, Neal McDonough and Danny Glover. If the trailer is anything to go by, there will be shootouts galore and tons of action, with a healthy dose of sarcasm and wit.

There has been recent criticism that the film is not being marketed widely, which is unfair to the actors and crew who worked on the film. The subsequent push on social media from fans will hopefully be enough to get this film the audience it serves.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (26 January) – The finale of the Maze Runner trilogy has been a long time coming. The Scorch Trials was released three years ago, a year after the first film but, since then, injuries and behind the scenes issues have delayed the franchise finale.

The films are based on James Dashner’s best-selling young adult series and, while the first film was faithful to the novel, the second deviated extensively from the source material, much to the chagrin of fans.

The Death Cure will reportedly return to the plot outlined in the book with protagonist Thomas, (Dylan O’Brien) setting out to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the Flare. Joining Thomas will be his friends from the Maze, Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and Minho (Ki Hong Lee).

This may be aimed at young adults, but is also for anyone interested in dystopian settings.

Annihilation (23 February) – A sci-fi/ fantasy with guns and mystery, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Isaac. The cast is impressive enough but it is the visuals that have captured our imagination.

There is very little in terms of plot or characters that we are yet aware of. Portman plays a biologist who undertakes a dangerous expedition to a place “where the laws of nature don’t apply”. Isaac plays her husband and Thompson, fresh off her successful turn as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, plays a surveyor. With so many details being kept under wraps, this is going to be quite a thrilling mystery for audiences who are unfamiliar with the books to uncover when the film is released.

If you are looking for the next Arrival, this film is definitely it.

Tomb Raider (16 March) – One of the world’s best-selling videogames is getting its second big screen adaptation. In this new story, Croft must find her missing father and travels to the island where he was last seen in search of clues.

The cast for this film is strong: Alicia Vikander now takes over from Angelina Jolie to play protagonist Lara Croft. Along with her, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West, Nick Frost and Daniel Wu all have starring roles.

The trailer promises plenty of death-defying stunts, great locations and a fair amount of humour. Fans are excited, and rightly so. It looks like we might get the Tomb Raider adaptation we have been waiting for.

Pacific Rim: Uprising (23 March) – The first Pacific Rim received mixed reviews on release before turning into a sleeper hit. There were robots and aliens and Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi’s amazing Mako Mori; in other words, much to enjoy.

Now, a new Kaiju threat raises its ugly head and it is up to Mako Mori, Jake Pentecost and Nate Lambert to take down the Kaiju.

The cast includes John Boyega, Finn from the new Star Wars trilogy, and Scott Eastwood, son of actor-director Clint Eastwood. The supporting cast also seems much more diverse than the first film, which will definitely please fans.

The official trailer looks exciting and action-packed; just what we are looking for!

Ready Player One (30 March) – Based on the bestseller by Ernest Cline, this highly anticipated geek homage is being directed by none other than multi-Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg.

The story is set in a dystopian future where everyone spends their days hooked up to the OASIS, a virtual reality simulation. Humanity has only one goal – to uncover some Easter eggs that will lead to a massive jackpot. Wade is a student who uncovers important clues to the Easter eggs, but there are less savoury elements searching for the same thing, and they will stop at nothing to get their hands on the jackpot.

Despite the initial love for the book, a number of people have come out against the text’s underlining misogyny and its limited view of geekdom. The first trailer has done nothing to allay those concerns but here’s hoping the final product will be a worthy entry into geek cinematic history.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (25 May) – We have mixed feelings about this film; everybody does.

Solo has already gone through several ups and downs; the original directors were fired and some of the supporting actors were recast. Word is, more reshoots are scheduled before its release. What the final product will be is anyone’s guess.

But, the film has positives going for it. At the directing helm now is Ron Howard, a veteran of the Hollywood machine; stars Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke both have large fanbases, and Alden Ehrenreich is an up-and-comer to look out for in the industry. Plus, this is a Star Wars film so, how can you not be excited? We are so ready for smugglers and scoundrels in the galaxy far, far away.

Oceans 8 (8 June) – Rumours of an all-female Oceans film have been around for a while but we are finally going to get the film. And, what a film it is going to be.

Women everywhere are particularly excited for this one. And, why not? Just look at the cast: Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling and more. If that isn’t enough to get you to the cinema hall, what else will?

We cannot wait to see these amazing women together on the big screen and all the hijinks that will surely ensue. This is going to be spectacular.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (22 June) – It looks like we are all set to get a new Jurassic Park trilogy with the second instalment of Jurassic World releasing this summer.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt return to their respective roles, this time, not to fight the rampaging dinosaurs, but to save them from an erupting volcano on the island. We know it sounds a little bit silly but… just go with it.

The story is not of importance here, it is the CGI dinosaurs, Howard running in heels and Pratt being his goofy self. Pure escapist joy; what more could we ask for?

A Wrinkle in Time (9 March) – Probably the most anticipated fantasy film of the year! A Wrinkle in Time is directed by Ava DuVernay, the powerhouse director behind Selma and 13th.

Based on the beloved 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle, the story follows young Meg and her friends as they travel to space in order to find Meg’s missing father.

The film includes a who’s-who of Hollywood talent including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine and Michael Peña, among others. The posters for the film left everyone speechless and the first trailer has more than met audience expectations.

One thing is for sure, this film is going to be an event not many will forget.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (16 November) – The Harry Potter franchise lives on in the Fantastic Beasts trilogy. The first film brought back some of the magic of the series but was criticised for its lack of diversity.

The second film, however, has run into more controversy. Johnny Depp’s continued participation in the role of Grindelwald has fans up in arms. Depp, who was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, Amber Heard, has been endorsed not only by the makers of the film but also by the otherwise woke author of the series, JK Rowling. Many fans are planning to boycott the film and the franchise; others are holding out hope of the character being recast.

Whatever happens, it is likely that this film will be a box office success, unless viewers make a concerted effort to avoid watching it. Hopefully, proceeds from the film will go towards helping victims of domestic abuse.

Mortal Engines (14 December) – Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines is a steampunk young adult novel about cities that move on wheels, devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources. The book is impressively imaginative and had been optioned for film a few years ago but many wondered how the book could translate to film. With a little help from one Peter Jackson, as it were.

Jackson has already made a name for himself by adapting the seemingly unadaptable Lord of the Rings books to much acclaim and he has now turned his hand to steampunk.

While Jackson takes on screenplay duties for the film, relative newbie Christian Rivers will handle direction. The cast includes Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang and Robert Sheehan, but there is still plenty we do not know about the film.

What we do know is this: it is going to be epic.

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