It’s the time of year known as the “dumping ground” for Hollywood studios. This is where they put their movies that they think should be out in the summer, but they feel might not be good enough to compete with the big summer movies that come out in July around the Independence Day holiday.
Here are the movies hitting theaters August 24, 2012:
Hit & Run – Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper. A comedy by one of the film’s stars, Dax Shepard, who co-directed and co-wrote this crime comedy. Shepard plays a man named, improbably enough, Charlie Bronson, but also has the name of Yul Perkins. It turns out Shepard is a man in the Witness Protection Program, given a new name and a new life, and that he used to help his friend (played by Cooper) rob banks by driving the getaway car. Things get complicated when Shepard has to drive his new girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles so she can start a new job and he runs into his old gang. Plus, he is also being pursued by federal agents who don’t think he should be leaving the program in the first place. Rated R.
The Apparition – Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton. A young couple, played by Greene and Stan, start having some very strange and disturbing things happen around their home. When they start asking questions, they find out that their new home is haunted by a terrifying supernatural presence that was conjured into existence when a paranormal group conducted an experiment in the home prior to them moving in. It turns out that this particular apparition feeds on fear and can track the hapless couple down no matter where they try to run or hide. The movie was apparently not screened for critics, which is always a warning sign. Rated PG-13.
Premium Rush – Joseph Gordon Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung. Levitt plays a man called, within the movie, the best bicycle messenger in all of Manhattan. He rides a bike that has a fixed gear and no brakes and takes great pride in the fact that he can deliver anything in the city right on time. Things get very complicated when he is specifically requested to deliver something and ends up being pursued by a crooked cop played by Michael Shannon. Levitt isn’t even entirely sure what it is he’s carrying, but it soon seems like the entire New York police department is after him and he has to use all of his bicycle-riding skills to outmaneuver them and deliver this important object. Intense action for a movie that is, basically, one long chase scene from beginning to end. Rated PG-13.