Earlier I promised you that I would be back. And now I am. Somebody’s got to wrap up the final summer sequel previews, and I’m just the guy to do it. Besides, between the previous two articles, both mine and Dre's, most of the exciting ones have been picked clean. What’s left? A few of the ones that are shaky and definitely in the question-mark zone. So here’s some movies you might, or might not, want to catch up on in order to be prepared for the summer ahead.
Hostel. Eli Roth’s gangbuster sophomore effort has become the industry standard when talking about the new style of horror sadly labeled torture porn – whether praising or condemning it. With the release of Hostel 2 this summer, one can only expect Eli to ramp up the tension and perhaps even the violence in this second voyage into a hostel from which American kids never return.
Fantastic Four. Of all the comic book films made in the latest burst of attempts, Fantastic Four is considered the most mediocre. Neither loved nor hated by the fanbase and moviegoers in general, it is a film that managed to get as much right as it did wrong. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is rumored to have similar issues, but also sports some amazing footage of the Silver Surfer doing his thing – which could lead to a movie all his own. And that wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.
Bruce Almighty. Remember the Jim Carrey vehicle Bruce Almighty? Well, this time God is back, and he’s bringing with him one heck of a flood in Evan Almighty – and he’s convinced the local newsman Evan (Steve Carell reprising his role from the first film) to be a modern-day Noah. But the original is a cute and much loved little comic farce playing around with what would happen if an average schmoe were made the supreme being. And if somehow you haven’t seen it on cable over the years, it’s definitely worth a look, if only to see Morgan Freeman play the best version of God since George Burns.
The Die Hard Trilogy. Look, if you haven’t seen the original Die Hard films, I don’t want to know you. But if you have, it’s time to pull them out and watch them again. Live Free or Die Hard comes out this summer, and you want to make sure you remember every little in-joke they’re gonna throw at you.
Daddy Day Care. I want this to be made perfectly clear. In no way, shape or form do I endorse the revisiting or even the viewing of the Eddie Murphy film Daddy Day Care. But if for some strange reason you need to mentally prepare yourself for its Murphy-less sequel, Daddy Day Camp, then by all means, do so. But anytime Eddie Murphy is replaced by Cuba Gooding Jr., you have to ask yourself: is the aneurysm I’m about to get worth it?
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Austin-based Cargill, who not only loves but owns The Cutting Edge, writes on movies and DVD five times a week.