New film releases for January hint for a very active month, as out of thirty new movies twelve fall under the genre of action and thriller. New year hits with well-known sequels, too, such as Underworld, Resident Evil, xXx and Death Race. Probably not a bad idea to have a start, which shakes the world. Check out all action and thriller news reaching cinema theatres out this month:
Director: Steven C. Miller
Written by: Jason Mosberg
Starring: Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack
Plot Synopsis: A powerful action thriller tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey (Johnathon Schaech) and JP (Adrian Grenier), who had only each other to rely on growing up. As adults, JP found success as the owner of a construction company, while Mikey became a small-time mobster, mired in a life of petty crime. When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King (Nicolas Cage), JP turns to the brothers' old pal Sal (John Cusack), a plain clothes detective for help. In order to rescue his brother, JP must risk everything and unleash his vengeance against King's relentless army of gangsters.
UNDERWOLRD: BLOOD WARS
Director: Anna Foerster
Written by: Cory Goodman
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, Daisy Head
Plot Synopsis: The next installment in the blockbuster franchise follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Director: Aram Rappaport
Written by: Aram Rappaport
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Ed Westwick, Frank Grillo, John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, Mary McCormack, Minnie Driver
Plot Synopsis: Set in the future when the US economy is on the brink of yet another massive financial crisis, it's a story of Guy Clifton (Frank Grillo), a federally-indicted stock trader, who is secretly enlisted by the federal government to help thwart a cyber-attack aimed at the US stock markets – an attack that could permanently cripple the economy. Our ‘richer than God’ protagonist is charged with assembling a team capable of running the government’s top secret ‘shadow stock exchange’ in an attempt to keep the markets from mass panic in the event the cyber-hijack is successful. Having only ever been fueled by his love of money, Guy fully intends to use his insider knowledge of this world catastrophe for personal gain until he unearths the organization behind the attack and discovers its motives. For the first time in his life, Guy is challenged to make decisions not only for himself, but also for the good of his country – decisions that are rooted in morality rather than dollar signs.
Director: Baran bo Odar
Written by: Andrea Berloff, Nicolas Saada
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union, David Harbour, Tip Harris, Scoot McNairy, Octavius J. Johnson
Plot Synopsis: The film stars Jamie Foxx as undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs' teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice.
BOYKA: UNDISPUTED 4
Director: David N. White
Written by: David White, Tony Mosher
Starring: Scott Adkins, Teodora Duhovnikova, Alon Aboutboul, Julian Vergov, Valentin Ganev, Martyn Ford
Plot Synopsis: In the fourth installment of the fighting franchise, Yuri Boyka (Scott Adkins) is shooting for the big leagues when an accidental death in the ring makes him question everything he stands for. When he finds out the wife of the man he accidentally killed is in trouble, Boyka offers to fight in a series of impossible battles to free her from a life of servitude.
DEATH RACE 2050
Director: G.J. Echternkamp
Written by: G.J. Echternkamp, Matt Yamashita
Starring: Manu Bennett, Malcolm McDowell, Burt Grinstead, Marci Miller, Burt Grinstead, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, Yancy Butler, Charlie Farrell
Plot Synopsis: Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film. It's the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who's half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.
Director: Christopher Smith
Written by: Christopher Smith
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley, Stephen Moyer, Jared Abrahamson
Plot Synopsis: Harper (Tye Sheridan), a seemingly naive law student, obsesses over the idea that his shifty stepfather was involved in the devastating car crash that left his mother hospitalized and comatose. He drowns his suspicions in whiskey until he finds himself suddenly engrossed in conversation with volatile grifter Johnny (Emory Cohen) and his stripper companion, Cherry (Bel Powley). As daylight breaks and the haziness of promises made becomes clearer, how will Harper handle the repercussions (not to mention the violent duo -- on his doorstep)?
MY FATHER DIE
Director: Sean Brosnan
Written by: Sean Brosnan
Starring: oe Anderson, John Schneider, Kevin Gage, Candace Smith, Gary Stretch
Plot Synopsis: Deaf and mute since having his hearing knocked out at the age of 12, Asher has been training for almost two decades to avenge himself on Ivan, the man that killed his older brother, 21 years ago. And now that his nemesis is out of prison, he gets his chance. But Asher's target also happens to be his father.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson
Plot Synopsis: Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
Director: D.J. Caruso
Written by: F. Scott Frazier, Chad St. John
Starring: Vin Diesel, Samuuel L. Jackson, Ruby Rose, Rory McCann, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Tony Jaa, Hermione Corfield, Al Sapienza
Plot Synopsis: Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.
Director: Chris Wedge
Written by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Starring: Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Frank Whaley, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Holt McCallany, Rob Lowe
Plot Synopsis: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.
RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Written by: Paul W. S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Ruby Rose, William Levy, Iain Glen
Plot Synopsis: Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil 5 Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.