Thanks to characters that dare to face a childhood terror, uncharted space and an Earth-shattering event, moviegoers have three potential box-office hits to look forward to this weekend.
After David F. Sandberg created a YouTube short that caught the attention of the YouTube community, James Wan came across the horror clip and, ta-da: you’ve got “Lights Out” debuting on 3,000 screens. Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) leaves home to avoid the drama she’s conjured with her mother, Sophie (Maria Bello), concerning a friend who is only seen when the lights are off. But she is forced to return when said friend terrorizes her little brother, Martin (Gabriel Bateman). Sandberg’s wife and star of the short, Lotta Losten, will also appear in the project that has horror fans talking.
Star Trek Beyond
Like the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters that a character in “Deadpool” says “blows up every few years” (and did just that), the starship Enterprise is also crippled quite often. But the third time will be the most severe for the “Star Trek” crew when a lizard-like dictator, Krall (Idris Elba), causes the ship to crash-land on a deadly planet. Director Justin Lin, who is known for piloting four “Fast & Furious” films, will take the controls for this installment, and early reviews suggest Lin’s got a knack for elevating blockbuster franchises. Besides commemorating the 50th anniversary of when Gene Roddenberry’s Kirk and company first took flight, the film will also pay tribute to the talented, intense and gone-too-soon performer, Anton Yelchin.
Ice Age: Collision Course
Another franchise is also going beyond its bounds this summer, both in scale and narrative. Scrat and the acorn that seems to always slip away have inadvertently set off an extinction-level event, sending the beloved “Ice Age” cast, Sid (John Leguizamo), Manny (Ray Romano) and Diego (Denis Leary) on a colorful and fantastical journey. To churn out a fifth installment suggests this series still has some kick to it, but signs are showing that maybe 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios should do a double take with their animated cinquel.
Let us know what you will be seeing, and stay tuned for the next Reel Mood of the Week!