WATCH: summer of blockbuster films to look forward to
Summer is almost upon us – and so are some of this year’s biggest movie blockbusters. There is much to look forward to between April and July as long-awaited major Hollywood productions hit Hong Kong's cinema screens. Here is our roundup of the must-see local and overseas releases.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (opens April 23)
Captain America, Ironman, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers gang reunite in another action extravaganza as Ultron – the artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark – goes out of control. And, yes, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be joining the fold.
Helios (opens May 1)
A big local production with a star-studded Asian cast including Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Nick Cheung Ka-fai, Jin Ji-heen and Chang Chen. A crime thriller, it is co-directed by Longman Leung Lok-man and Sunny Luk Kin-ching, who were also behind the award-winning Cold War.
Mad Max: Fury Road (opens May 14)
Mad Max director George Miller is rebooting the post-apocalyptic franchise 30 years after the original trilogy, with Tom Hardy taking over as the Road Warrior.
Jurassic World (opens June 11)
Chris Pratt of Guardian of the Galaxy fame stars in this fourth instalment of the sci-fi adventure series Jurassic Park. The ultimate holiday-goes-terribly-pear-shaped flick as one deadly genetically modified dinosaur is unleashed and goes on a rampage throughout the theme park.
Terminator Genisys (opens July 2)
He’s back. Well, with a bunch of newcomers to continue the Terminator legacy. Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as the titular character to save the world from Judgement Day.
Inside Out (opens July 9)
The new Pixar movie, directed by Pete Docter whose credits include Monsters, Inc. and Up. So what really goes in people’s head? Find out in this 3D computer-animated feature - already being touted as the studio’s smartest film yet.
Minions (opens July 9)
Who can resist these cute yellow gobbledygook creatures that are becoming one of the most successful spin-offs (from Despicable Me) in contemporary animated movie history? In the latest adventure, they travel from New York to London to confront a threat to the existence of all Minions.
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (opens July 30)
Tom Cruise reprises his role as agent Ethan Hunt in the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible series. All eyes will be on our protagonist’s fate, as the production was halted mid-way because Paramount was, reportedly, unhappy with the ending and director Christopher McQuarrie was given more time to work on an improved finale.