Movies Not to Miss: June 2017
Writer: Casey Lee
Which of these are you going to watch?
We may not feel any difference in the weather here, but the release schedule for this month is clearly showing signs that summer is here and it is burning hot!
This June is particularly filled with many titles that will make you want to go to the beach or off to an adventure.
Embrace the warmth that is the summer blockbuster season with these movies that you shouldn't miss this month!
God of War
Set during the 16th century as Japanese invaders threaten the coastline cities of China, General Qi is forced to split his forces to defend all the cities, but faced with outnumbered odds against an enemy that is determined for victory. Nothing gets the blood boiling for more action during the summer season than a good battle sequence, and this is what we think we will get with "God of War". After mixing outrageous wire-fu, eye-popping effects and supernatural premises in his last few action flicks, director Gordon Chan is back to doing battle-hardened sequences that is more grounded in reality, and not without the help of choreographer martial artist Sammo Hung who also stars here. Aside from Sammo Hung and Zhao Wenzhuo as the commanding generals, there is also fighting to be done by Regina Wan, who takes a prominent role here as she will be flashing blades alongside male compatriots, probably more eloquently than in "The Great Wall".
General Release Date: 1 June
In the middle of being removed from duty, the lifeguards of Baywatch are forced to find new recruits to maintain their usefulness and brand. When Baywatch leader Mitch Buchannon butts head with new recruit and former gold medalist Matt Brody, they find suspicious activity going on at their beach, and are forced to investigate. If you are thinking of hitting the beach in this dry season, then you can do it in the cinema. Another classic television series given new life for its chance to be a running series, we don't mind its update to a raunchy comedy that doesn't mind getting wet with the beach jokes. With "Horrible Bosses" director Seth Gordon in the helm, being led by Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron (who has shown his funny side in "Neighbours") we think their chances are pretty good, not to mention it will be hard to take your eyes off Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach.
General Release Date: 1 June
When the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess is excavated, she is awaken with dark powers to exact revenge on the world that has wronged her. Setting his foot onto a new franchise for Universal's new Dark Universe, Tom Cruise is setting the pace of the first installment, directed by Alex Kurtzman, to running for whatever big plans Universal already has for the new franchise. Russell Crowe also makes his appearance in his franchise role, but as for the titular mummy, she is played by Sofia Boutella who may be better known for her slicing leg blades in "Kingsman: The Secret Service".
General Release Date: 8 June
Despicable Me 3
Just as he is about to retire from the villain business, Gru is being challenged by former child star turned villain Balthazar Bratt who just stole a diamond. Reluctant to take up the challenge, Gru is visited by his twin-brother Dru who convinces him to do one last heist for the road. It's not summer without something for the kids, and while we won't be seeing the last of the bubbling yellow minions, we might be seeing the last of the world's greatest villain that started it all. Doubling the dosage of Steve Carrell in this potential last installment of the "Despicable Me" trilogy, Carell will voice Gru and Dru, joined by Kristen Wiig as his new wife and Trey Parker as Bratt.
General Release Date: 15 June
Transformers: The Last Knight
Without Optimus Prime to protect Earth, an all-out war has been waged by the Transformers and humans. When Cade Yeager forms an alliance with Bumblebee, an English lord and a professor, Cade will learn the truth of why the Transformers want to conquer Earth. Ah, what a summer will be without a Michael Bay movie. If "Independence Day: Resurgence" did not turn out to be the summer blockbuster event we had hoped for 2016, we would take another Michael Bay movie for 2017 any day. Still going strong on the fifth installment of the mega explosion franchise, Bay himself has claimed that "Transformers: The Last Knight" would be his last work for the series, so this might be your last chance to enjoy this metallic slugfest in all of its Bay-esque glory.
Cinema Online, 31 May 2017
General Release Date: 22 June