BY CHRISTOPHER HEIM
Have a fantastic summer, Knights!
I just want to thank the SNC Times for allowing me to write for the Entertainment section. It has been an honor and a privilege, and I hope my articles have provided readers with plenty of enjoyment and insight. For my last contribution to our wonderful school newspaper, here is a sneak preview of the summer movie season. Enjoy your summer, Knights, and I’ll see you at the movies!
“Jurassic World” (June 12): Never thought I would be seeing another Jurassic Park sequel, but here it is after a decade of developmental hell. Taking place 22 years after the original, John Hammond’s original vision of a fully functional dinosaur dream park has become a reality in the form of Jurassic World. In order to increase park attendance, the park’s geneticists create a hybrid mutant dinosaur in the form of Indominus rex. Yeah…it goes about as well as you expect. Now it’s up to a Velociraptor trainer played by Chris Pratt (Starlord!) along with the park staff to contain the escaped dinosaur before it causes too much damage.
“Inside Out” (June 19): With Pixar becoming so sequel-happy lately, an original creation is starting to become like seeing an oasis in the middle of a desert. Anyway, this animated fantasy-comedy is set in the mind of young girl trying to adjust to her new life in San Francisco. Her five personified emotions-Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) try to lead the girl through her life. Let the debate over whether the girl actually has free will commence!!
“Terminator Genisys” (July 1): A sequel/reboot in which Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as the eponymous title character with newcomers Jason Clarke (John Connor), Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor) and Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese). If you want to know the plot, then watch the trailer, because explaining it here will take up too much space. Be prepared, the plot reads like twisted fan fiction.
“Ant-Man” (July 17): Thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in safeguarding his Ant-Man technology, which allows its user to decrease in size while inversely increasing in strength. This leads to Lang and Pym plotting a heist that will save the world. I really hope this movie turns out good despite it’s turbulent production history (“Shaun of the Dead” Edgar Wright was originally set to direct but left back in 2014), because the premise sounds like it can be a lot of fun. But then again, Marvel Studios rarely disappoints.
“Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation” (July 31): the fifth entry in the Tom Cruise action spy franchise based on the television series of the same name. Cruise once again reprises his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, who leads his team to take down a near-mythical league of assassins and rogues known as the Syndicate. With the IMF disbanded and out to prove the Syndicate’s existence, this will be the most difficult and possibly final mission for Hunt’s team.
“Fantastic Four” (Aug. 7): The upcoming reboot to the classic Marvel Comics superhero team, a group of scientists’ discovery of inter-dimensional travel results in the alteration of their physical appearances and a gaining of new abilities. With a former friend turned enemy (Dr. Doom) causing havoc, the four-person unit must harness their powers in order to stop him. With “Chronicle” director Josh Trank at the helm, the trailers hint at a darker, more sci-fi horror-esque tone compared to the past two FF films. Our new team consists of Milles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Woman) and Jamie Bell (The Thing).