Open Grave
Release Date: January 3, 2014

Open Grave (2013)

A man wakes up in a pit full of bodies and doesn’t remember anything about why or how he got there. Locating a group of others in the same situation, they try to figure out what happened, what’s going to happen and who they all are. Surrounded by wilderness, they find other survivors that are either crazy or violent. The stress of the situation causes suspicion and threatens to tear the group apart from the inside out.

Open Grave is made by the same director responsible for the barely passable, Apollo 18. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego doesn’t seem to be repeating his shlocky film making with this stark horror film. Watching the trailer though made me compare it to a mix of 28 Days Later and Cabin in the Woods. The premise of amnesia is also being used way to often lately. As a writer, it’s said amnesia is used by a writer who is unsure of where to go with his/her’s story. Hopefully this isn’t true of Open Grave because it actually looks amazing. The main character is played by Sharlto Copley, famous for District 9. Another main character is played by Joseph Morgan from the Vampire Diaries TV series.

Trailer – Official

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
Release Date: January 10, 2014

Lena Headey, Michael Sheen and Aneurin Barnard in The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014)

Mariah Mundi has to save his younger brother, whose been kidnapped after his parents disappear. He stumbles on a dangerous mystery and has to get a job at the oppulent Prince Regent Hotel in order to get close to the only one he knows may have information on their disappearance. In the process he finds a hidden realm, magical artifacts and dark secrets.

There is always the one movie no one’s heard about. I have not seen any advertising about this movie. It says it’s getting a limited release in January but it looks worth it to find a theater showing this movie. The movie is set during victorian England but has a distinctly Steam Punk feel to the world. As is often the case, the movie is based off the novel The Curse of the Midas Box by G.P. Taylor. They seem to be marketing the movie to the young adult crowd between the ages of 12-16 but I think they should try going for an older audience and maybe a nerdier one. Sam Neil seems to be the antagonist of the film and looks fantastic by the way. Check it out!

Trailer – Official

RoboCop
Release Date: February 12, 2014

2028 Detroit has a crime problem. Omnicorp has a solution. Over seas they have deployed robots for policing lawless areas. They are programed to recognize a threat verses an innocent. There is one problem implementing this in the US, people here don’t want a robot policing their streets. Omnicorp decides they need something better, a robot mixed with a man. That way there is a human face and people will know, this Robocop once felt just like them.

I am excited and skeptical of the new Robocop. The 1987 version is beloved by fans because it was a well crafted movie, a little cheesy at times but overall well made. They’ve updated the story to leave out the 1980’s war on cocain smugglers but it’s essentially the same story. Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton are all principle actors in the new Robocop, which gives me hope. All three actors have had some real stinkers but not in recent years. The biggest issue most people I know have had is with the new Robocop suit. It’s flat black and looks weird. I think people wanted the chrome plated version to remind them of cars from the 80’s and 90’s. 85-87_Ford_Escort_hatchRobocop1987

When the new costume was leaked, people thought that maybe it was all black because they were going to CG a better costume. Turns out, that wasn’t the plan.

Eitherway, Kane and I are going to see the new Robocop. I don’t know if we will see it opening weekend… but we really want to see exactly how they adapted the movie.

Trailer – Official 

 

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