19. Unknown – At the time of me writing this, Unknown is the only film on my list that has already been released. It doesn’t mean it can’t be one of the films I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2011. I just haven’t seen it yet. Liam Neeson looks great as a guy whose identity was stolen. He must fight his way back to normalcy. I’m sure most people have already seen the trailers for this on television.
18. Super 8 – J.J. Abrams is at it again. Like Cloverfield before it, Super 8 is being hyped up without any knowledge of what the film is actually about. Abrams certainly knows about viral campaigns. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if the buzz is worth it.
17. Vanishing on 7th Street – Brad Anderson, the director of such thrillers as Session 9, The Machinist and several episodes of Fringe, adds another thriller to his repertoire. After a city-wide power outage in Detroit, a man (Hayden Christensen) discovers one morning that virtually the entire population has disappeared. He finds a small amount of survivors, including Thandie Newton (Run Fatboy Run, Crash) and John Leguizamo, and they soon realize the darkness is out to get them. I think it sounds like an interesting idea for a film, and the trailer looks good.
16. The Three Musketeers – Most people are familiar with the story of the three musketeers. D’Artagnan leaves home to become a musketeer and befriends three musketeers (Athos, Pormos and Aramis). Together they protect the French crown from Cardinal Richelieu and whoever else might threaten the Queen. This new take on the classic story is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Resident Evil), which leads me to hoping it’s a bit darker than previous Three Musketeer films. Christopher Waltz (Inglorious Basterds) should provide a delightfully villainous portrayal of the Cardinal, and personal favorites Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) and Ray Stevenson (Rome) also appear in the film.