Another year goes by, and another year in films to talk about, but this time around Hollywood has given audiences many reasons to return to the Cineplex. The filmmaking industry has reached a record high of $10.8 billion in tickets sales in 2012 – marking a first time increase in 3 years according to CBS news. The strong Christmas opening for ‘Les Miz’ shows that people once again are going to the movies – as long as it is worth the ticket price. So what are the top 10 films of 2012 – especially as award season gets going – read on to find out if your favorite flick made the cut. Drum roll…
At number 1 – ‘Les Misérables’ for its compelling vision and dynamic storytelling from beginning to end. Director Tom Hopper delivers a masterpiece and new take on Victor Hugo’s embracing saga.
Ben Affleck takes the number 2 spot, with ‘Argo’, which will secure him an Oscar nomination. Based on a true story, the film is gripping and entertaining, with perhaps one of the most nerve-wrecking action sequence at the end of the film.
3: ‘Skyfall’ Why? Because it’s Bond. The film has the most attractive storyline out of the last few films. It is also Daniel Craig’s last dance as 007 – but overall Director Sam Mendes showed a unique flair needed to revive the franchise.
4: ‘The Hobbit’ – one of the most polarizing films release in December – due to the critics’ indifference of the new technology, and the fans feel of been-there-done-that adventure. However, the film is an impressive fantasy-action adventure. And if you keep tally of the box office sales, it continues to have strong ticket sales in the last few weeks.
5: The conclusion to the Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, proved once again that strong narrative, mind-blowing action sequences, and a solid ensemble cast (including a very persuasive Catwoman) make for a compelling superhero story.
6: The second most criticized film in the list takes this slot. Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer took on the most ambitious novel adaptation to film with ‘Cloud Atlas’. Even though there is no ‘Matrix’ effect, the intertwined storylines and futuristic vision makes the film worth watching – especially if you’re a fan of the novel.
7: If you are a Sci-fi geek, than ‘Looper’ is definitely in your list. The film is one of the most surprising releases of the year with a well-built story and characters. Bruce Willis makes for a worthy opponent, especially if he is fighting himself – or a version thereof.
8: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ – as reboots of film franchises go – this one takes the cake with a fresh of breath air, action sequences, and a leading man that will have fans asking for more.
9: Because no one can hear you scream in space – or so the line goes. The return of Ridley Scott to film with ‘Prometheus’ had everyone wondering if the prequel to ‘Alien’ was worth the ticket price. It all depends where one stands; critics didn’t embrace it, and fans love the idea of the future.
10: Last but not least, ‘Jack Reacher’ makes the list of the best films of 2012. Director Christopher McQuarrie crafts a very plausible storyline, based on Child’s beloved hero, which makes for an amazing ride at the movie theatres.
The list is definitely a mixed of action, sci-fi, drama, and adventure genres that in the overall offer a variety of entertainment and powerful tales – whether adapted or original – to everyone in the audience. The year in film for 2012 definitely ends in a high note with ‘Les Miz’ remarkable opening week. Looking forward to 2013, and more films that will keep audiences coming back to the movie theatre.
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