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The Top 10 Films That Are Gonna Kick 2011's Ass

by dsussman   January 12, 2011 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 15,662

2010 was an amazing year for movies that any guy could love, but after taking a gander at the lineup for the new year, it looks like 2011 could be even better. From Potter to Pirates, dudes worldwide need to gear up for one of the most explosive years the film industry has ever seen.

10. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - July 1

Source: Paramount Pictures

People will still be lining up to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon on July 1. The Michael Bay-directed sequel starts out in 1969 when the Apollo 11 moon landing mission ventured onto the far side of the moon for a top-secret mission. The astronauts eventually stumble upon the wreck of a Cybertronian spacecraft with no survivors, proving that mankind is not alone in the universe. Transformers: Dark of the Moon looks to once again hand fans a serious dose of insane action, eye-popping special effects, and a slew of outer space robots that are even more than meets the eye. I also seriously can't wait to see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley running around on the big screen. Joy!

 

9. Super 8 - June 10

Source: Paramount Pictures

For those of you that don’t know, Super 8 is the highly-anticipated sci-fi film written and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg and Bryan Burk. The plot takes place in 1979 when a train carrying important cargo from Area 51 is destroyed, causing its contents to be unleashed upon the world.

 

 

From Lost to Star Trek, Abrams has yet to let us down and Super 8 should be no different. The addition of Spielberg as producer not only gave Super 8 a solid budget to play around with, it's also allowed Abrams to get access to everything Amblin Entertainment has to offer. This could be the sleeper of the year. 


8. Real Steel - October 7

Source: Touchstone Pictures

Adapted from Richard Matheson's short story Steel, Real Steel takes place in the very near future where real robots have become the new warriors of the fight game. Hugh Jackman stars as Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a boxing title and now throws together beat-up robot fighters from scrap metal. Jackman eventually teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender.

I wasn’t all too jazzed about this film until I saw the first official trailer. I was gonna write this off as another mind-numbing action flick, but after witnessing the film’s insanely realistic effects and brilliant storyline, I knew Real Steel was going be one of the most badass films of 2011. If this can even remotely live up to the original Twilight Zone episode, we’re in serious business, y’all.

 

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - May 20

Source: Walt Disney Pictures

The fourth film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sees Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) returning to the high seas to embark on a quest to find the elusive Fountain of Youth, only to find that Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his crew are already in hot pursuit of the legendary spring. Keith Richards is back up in the mix as Sparrow’s pirate homie Captain Teague, and Penelope Cruz has also been added to the cast for an extra side of sexy.

The only thing different in this new installment is the departure of Gore Verbinski from the series. Chicago director Rob Marshall has filled his spot and looks to reinvigorate the franchise with his unique style of filmmaking. Die-hards of the series might be a little nervous about the change, but Johnny Depp is sure to keep things epic on every level from start to finish.

 

6. Thor - May 6

Source: Paramount Pictures

I know I’m not alone when I say how excited I was when I first saw the trailer for Thor. Not only is the all-star ensemble cast off the charts, it’s directed by the multi-talented Kenneth Branagh. In the film, Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast down to Earth by his father (Anthony Hopkins) and forced to live among humans as punishment after recklessly reigniting an ancient war. Once on Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero and helps fight off the darkest forces of Asgard. How in the hell can this be bad?

 

 

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