The first trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest big screen role has been released, with the Sherlock star portraying the groundbreaking English mathematician Alan Turing. During World War II, the German Enigma code was used to send coded messages of the highest importance, The Imitation Game tells the true story of Turing’s role in cracking this unbreakable code, a crucial and often understated factor in the allied victory over Hitler. A promising support cast of Keira Knightley, Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Mark Strong adds to the anticipation, with The Imitation Game also presenting Cumberbatch with a potential first shout at an Oscar nod.
Released 14th November (UK)
The new trailer for the Sin City (2005) prequel, A Dame to Kill For, has finally been released after the film was pushed back to 2014 amid production issues. Robert Rodriguez again directs Frank Miller’s graphic novel and the cast is bolstered by the addition of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta, Eva Green and Josh Brolin (in the place of Clive Owen as Dwight). This prequel also sees the return of Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson from the first installment. One of many sequels to be released in 2014, let’s hope this one can live up to the expectations of fans who have been waiting very patiently. Released August 29th.
Based on the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Ayoade’s second feature film is a comedy centered on a man who is driven insane by the sudden appearance of a mysterious doppleganger. Jesse Eisenberg fills both of the lead roles, as Simon and his exact double, James and is ably supported by a promising cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Paddy Consadine and Chris O’Dowd. Ayoade’s first film, the coming-of-age tale Submarine (2010), was well received by critics and The Double is therefore well worth looking forward to.
This trailer gives a glimpse into something completely new and original from the director of Being John Malkovich, Spike Jonze. Set slightly in the future, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, who falls in love with his newly-installed operating system Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. The disembodied voice meets his every need and over time their friendship deepens into an unusual love for each other that Theodore has lacked since the end of a long term relationship. This unique and fascinating exploration of love and loneliness is like nothing you will have ever seen before and with Phoenix and Amy Adams in the lead roles this film is certainly one to look out for.
Slammed by Julian Assange as a “massive propaganda attack”, The Fifth Estate follows the story of one of the world’s most controversial websites, Wikileaks, and how it came to expose highly classified information from the US government. The website’s odd-ball co-founder, Assange, is played by Benedict Cumberbatch and this is a role that should be relished, given Cumberbatch’s fine attention to detail and general quirkiness. Wikileaks sent shock waves around the world and brutally exposed the vulnerability of the world’s most powerful nation and this thriller is therefore certainly one to look out for. This is the second film of the year based on the Wikileaks scandal, after We Steal Secrets earlier this year, but this dramatised version of events should prove more popular, especially with National hero Cumberbatch in the lead role.
David O. Russel, the Director of Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Fighter (2010), presents a stellar cast in this new drama that focuses on two con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) who work with a federal agent (Bradley Cooper) to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters and politicians. This trailer is only a teaser and more specific details of the plot are therefore not yet known, however, with the impressive cast that also includes Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro this film is certainly one to look out for. It’s also worth watching alone for a closer look at the get-ups that adorn both Bale and Cooper, with the costume designers and make-up artists obviously having a great time styling these stars.
The original Oldboy from 2003 was featured below as one of the best psychological thrillers ever made, and this remake promisingly comes from director Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Inside Man). However, although the film looks good based on this unnerving new trailer, I do not see how it can surpass the original. Having said this, I still believe that this film will be a success purely based on the fact that many people have still not seen the original Oldboy. Josh Brolin is also a highly accomplished actor for the lead role, as he showed in his roles in No Country for Old Men and True Grit among other notable performances. The inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson in the cast is also an exciting prospect, but it remains to be seen whether he will play an important role in the story. Therefore, due to the highly compelling story line of the original and the cast assembled, this remake, which Lee claims he has taken in a new direction, will be well worth a watch, both for fans of the original and for new audiences alike.
The man behind Drive (2011) and Bronson (2008), Nicolas Winding Refn, again teams up with Ryan Gosling in what looks set to be a alluring crime thriller set in the Bangkok underworld. Drive was made by its combination of sweeping camera shots and mesmerising soundtrack, and this new film from the duo looks set to live up to the former at least, and the latter remains to be seen. Gosling has been rather busy for someone who is apparently taking a break from acting to concentrate on his directing, with this being his third major film this year already, but lets hope he can match the great performance he gave in The Place Beyond the Pines earlier in the year. Thus far, however, the film has gathered more publicity for its emphasis on strong violence above all else, continuing the debate surrounding excessive violence in films. So let’s just say its not one for the squeamish, but is one that I am certainly looking forward to.