By Adam Ray Palmer
*This is a monthly newspaper column
CINEMAS ARE OPEN. Well, ish. And certainly not as we know it. But at least it’s a step in the right direction!
For my August 2020 column, I bring you four film that are being released this month across the globe. We have some big budget blockbusters and a little gem from across the pond in South Korea. Let’s get into it…
TRAIN TO BUSAN 2: PENINSULA
This movie, wherever you can catch it, will be more than worth your time people. If like me, you were a huge fan of the first South Korean film in 2016, Train to Busan, then the early critic response for this one will certainly do it for you. In this instalment, a soldier and his team continue to battle hordes of post-apocalyptic zombies in the wastelands of the Korean Peninsula.
So, it is pretty much following suit narrative-wise, but if it isn’t broken- why fix it? Sang-ho Yeon is a brilliant writer/director that keeps getting bigger and better. With a leading cast in Dong-Won Gang and Jung-hyun Lee; I’m expecting this movie to do bits all over the world and put the series well and truly on the map.
Released: 7th August
THE NEW MUTANTS
Is this real? Is this actually happening? At the end of the month, we will finally be able to see the X-Men spin off, The New Mutants. The new 20th Century Studios movie follows five young mutants who are discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will. It’s not long before they must fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
This film was shot and edited back in 2016 with an original release date of April 2018, so to be two years on, I am just happy we are finally getting to see it. Starring an array of talent including Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy; The New Mutants’ director and writer is Josh Boone who last saw acclaim with The Fault in our Stars. All in all, this movie is in great hands and let’s just hope the stars align for success on 28th August.
Released: 28th August
After talking about this film for the last two months, finally the release date is here in August (I beg you Nolan not to move it again!). Tenet centres on one man (John David Washington) who is armed with only one word -- Tenet -- and fighting for the survival of the entire world, he journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
I covered this film a little bit last month, but I cannot stress enough the hype for this movie is huge. In my film world, I cannot move for the word ‘Tenet’. The talent on show is also enhancing the build-up; but at least now there’s very little time to wait…
In cinemas: 12th August
Also this month, like Tenet last month, Mulan got rescheduled too late August. So, here I am again telling you to go see it! Live-action productions seem to be the big thing over at Disney currently and it is now the turn of Mulan, with huge success expected for the powerful female lead.
Mulan follows a young Chinese maiden (Yifei Liu) disguising herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. This movie was a classic when I was growing up, and certainly a film that I loved to watch often. It’s the type of movie that 2020 is screaming out for, and soon, it’ll be upon us.
In cinemas: 21st August