Following movie sequels in 2015
Following Movie Sequels in 2015 (Malaysian Release Dates)
By Patricia Hului
I don’t know about you but I have love-hate relationships with movie sequels.
Half of the time, they make good follow-up stories and sometimes, are even better than the first. The rest of the time, sequels are just pointless and people should have left the movies alone.
Nonetheless, here are sequel movies Malaysian fans can look forward to this year.
1. Taken 3 (8 January)
Just when you thought Liam Neeson had had enough of kidnapping, killing, rescuing, interrogating, defending and torturing, he has to come back and do it all over again.
This time Bryan Mills (Neeson) is framed for the murder of his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen).
Mills, as expected, uses all his skills as an ex-government operative to clear his name.
2. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (5 March)
SpongeBob SquarePants is perhaps the most successful cartoon series coming out of Nickelodeon, and so it was not a surprise when it was turned into a movie back in 2004.
This year SpongeBob and his gang will be stepping out of their comfort zones under the sea which will see the characters in another mash-up of traditional animation, live-action scenes and CGI animation.
3. Cicakman 3 (12 March)
Malaysian-made superhero, Cicakman is making a return this year.
The series began in 2006 and a sequel Cicakman 2- Planet Hitam in 2008 with Saiful Apek acting as the hero.
What makes this sequel different from the previous instalment is that Zizan Razak will replace Saiful as Cicakman.
4. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (12 March)
This fifth instalment of Paranormal Activity picks up where the previous movie left off.
In Paranormal Activity 4, Alex Nelson’s younger brother Wyatt is revealed to be Hunter Rey, Kristi’s baby son who has kidnapped by Kristi’s demon-possessed sister Katie.
What will happen to Wyatt Nelson/Hunter Rey after this?
5. Furious 7 (2 April)
This seventh instalment of Fast and Furious is one of the most anticipated movies in 2015.
Following the untimely death of Paul Walker who died in a tragic car accident halfway through filming, fans are curious how this movie would pick up.
It was reported that his brothers Caleb and Cody Walker were used as stand-ins to finish the rest of Paul’s scenes.
6. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (9 April)
Since we already have the best exotic Marigold hotel, how about the second best?
The 2012 movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was based on novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Maggach revolving around a group of British pensioners moving to a retirement hotel in India.
This sequel, although mentioned as second best might be something to look forward to simply because Richard Gere will be in it.
7. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (16 April)
Kevin James is back again as a shopping mall security officer in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
This time around, he heads to Las Vegas to attend a security guard expo (yes, there is an expo for security guards) with his teenage daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) for college.
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron (30 April)
If you are not thrilled enough to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron after watching the official trailer, there is something wrong with you.
All you need to know for now is that the villain this time is Ultron, a being of artificial intelligence which resulted from Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) backfired dormant peacekeeping programme.
9. Pitch Perfect 2 (14 May)
If you are a fan of Fat Amy or Fat Patricia, you are in for a treat because Hollywood’s favourite a Capella group, The Barden Bella, is back this year.
This time the Bellas are entering an international competition where no American team has ever won.
Will it be aca-awesome just like the first one which became a sleeper hit back in 2012? Malaysians have to wait this May to find out.
10. Terminator Genisys (2 July)
Do you know it has been 30 years since the first Terminator movie?
In 1984, The Terminator co-written and directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn was both a commercial and critical success.
This former Governor of California Schwarzenegger returns as Terminator in this fifth movie of the series proving that despite his political career he is a man of his words: “I’ll be back”.
11. Jurassic World (11 June)
This fourth instalment of the series is set 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993) as proposed by John Hammond.
I’m not a big a fan of Jurassic Park but I am looking forward for this one because Chris Pine alone is a good enough reason to watch how the human race brings about its own catastrophe, this time is in the form of a genetically modified dinosaur.
12. Insidious: Chapter 3 (11 June)
Horror movie fans will be delighted to know Insidious will be making a comeback.
Insidious: Chapter 3 should be named Insidious: Chapter 0 instead because this is actually a prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family which will tell the story how psychic Elise Rainer struggles with her paranormal gift.
The story will focus on a different family but Rainer’s fellow paranormal investigators Specs and Tucker will return.
13. Ted 2 (25 June)
Ted will be forever known as the teddy bear that tainted the innocent image of fluffy plush toys all over the world.
No word yet on how Ted 2 will be following the 2012 American comedy film.
Apart from the original cast which includes Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth and Patrick Warburton, the movie will also feature Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson.
14. Hotel Transylvania 2 (24 September)
Produced by Sony Pictures Animation, Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film directed by Genndy Tartokovsky, creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory and Sym-Bionic Titan.
The whole voice cast is back for this sequel including Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks, David Spade, Fran Dreschner and Kevin James.
15. Spectre (5 November)
You can tell how old a person is depending on their favourite Bond.
I was born in era when Pierce Brosnan played James Bond and since then I had a problem accepting Daniel Craig as agent 007.
Spectre is Craig’s fourth performance as M16 spy and 24th Bond film produced by Eon Production.
16. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (17 December)
Rumours abound that George Lucas is not entirely happy with this movie.
Lucas-approved or not, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is hitting the cinema this December and is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.
17. Mission Impossible 5 (24 December)
The series that solidified Tom Cruise’s career as an action star will make an appearance end of this year.
Returning with another impossible mission but only made possible by Cruise, no news on how this fifth spy movie would play out. But if you are a fan of Ethan Hunt, who cares about the plot right?
18. Kungfu Panda 3 (24 December)
Rejoice my fellow Malaysians because this Christmas, Kungfu Panda is coming to town earlier than the rest of the world.
Scheduled to be released in March 2016 in USA, Malaysians could catch this upcoming 3D American-Chinese computer-animated action comedy martial arts film on Christmas Eve.
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen and Jackie Chan are reported to be in this movie.
Other sequels worth anticipating are book-adaptation movies such as The Hunger games: Mockingjay Part 2 (release date not yet to be confirmed), Divergent’s sequel Insurgent (19 March) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (17 September).