It’s the first month of Autumn and film fans have a lot of great stuff to look forward to. Whether it’s watching Tom Hardy as two of the most feared London gangsters, or taking a trip into space with Matt Damon, September has loads to offer, so you definitely won’t be bored when the damp, cold days start rolling in. Scroll down to see which films will be keeping you entertained this month.
Let’s begin with one of the most anticipated films of the year: Legend. Now, can Tom Hardy really get any cooler? He’s played Britain’s most notorious criminal; a DC super villain, a hard-as-nails mixed martial arts fighter, a suave super spy who seduces Reese Witherspoon, and he most recently took on Mel Gibson’s leading role in Mad Max. And if he wasn’t already a big enough icon, he’s now been tipped to be Daniel Craig’s successor as the next James Bond. So when Hardy was approached to play one of the leads in Legend, a film about two brothers and infamous London gangsters, there really wasn’t anyone else better suited to the role(s).
Acting alongside the likes of Emily Browning, Paul Bettany and Taron Egerton, Hardy plays identical twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray; one is an odd, violent schizophrenic and the other is a more controlled, slick businessman. The biographical drama reveals this friction between the two men as they climb the criminal ladder as London’s most feared mobsters, and the way in which they deal with all that fame and attention.
Watch Hardy’s arguably most challenging role yet when Legend comes out on September 9.
Sometimes it’s not people who are the most dangerous. You might not be thinking that if you were in the middle of a gang war, but neither would you prefer to succumb to the elements of nature or the disasters that our entire race is powerless against. Take Mount Everest for example, you wouldn’t exactly want to be stranded on its peak when a massive snowstorm approaches from the horizon. In fact, when a slow, freezing death is almost an absolute certainty, you might welcome a quick bullet to the head from an angry Tom Hardy.
Jokes aside, September 18 sees a new biographical disaster movie hit cinemas, which depicts the harshness of mother nature at the highest altitude mountain climbers can reach. Everest is a sad tale based on the true and deadly events of the 1966 Mount Everest disaster that claimed eight lives. Led by Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal, the movie takes a hard-hitting look at how hostile our planet can sometimes be.
September’s absolute must-see pick is The Martian, which gives us a taste of what humans can expect on Earth 2.0. No, it’s not a documentary, but it is a true-to-life depiction of what would happen if Matt Damon got stranded up there, four years away from help, having to fend for himself in alien territory.
Damon plays Mark Watney, an astronaut who wakes up to find himself stranded on a hostile planet when his crew have to flee from a violent storm. Watney has no choice but to make water and grow food on a planet no one knows anything about. Directed by Ridley Scott, who knows a thing or two about sci-fi, The Martian is another impressive entry into his stellar filmography of space movies like Alien and Prometheus. With support from Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Sean Bean and more, this is one movie not to miss when it’s released on September 30.
While we love theorising about the future, sometimes it’s important to look back and remember how far we’ve come. This is where September’s next movie choice comes in. From the makers of TV’s educational and witty Horrible Histories comes Bill, a slapstick take on the life and times of William Shakespeare, which hits the big screen on September 18.
Following Shakespeare as he tries to make his fame and fortune from playwriting in London, we stumble along with him through various mishaps like an elaborate attempt to assassinate the queen, and a failed life as a contemporary dancer. These tongue-in-cheek gags help move along a semi-informative study of what happened to ol’ Bill during his ‘lost years’, in which there was no historical trace of the legendary English writer until he was mentioned in London’s theatrical scene in the early 1590’s.
The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
On a more fictitious level, September 10 delivers the sequel to last year’s dystopian science-fiction film, The Maze Runner, which pitted a team of teens against an assortment of Hunger Games style trials in a semi-wild, government controlled outdoors arena.
In this month’s Scorch Trials, our battle-hardened troupe are matched up against their biggest challenge yet; they’re stranded in a desolate desert that even Max Rockatansky would be intimidated by. As they try to uncover the mystery of the organisation that puts them in these scenarios, the ‘Gladers’ band together with resistance fighters to rise against the authority and the seemingly impossible obstacles thrown at them.
If it’s the big-budget Hollywood blockbusters you look forward to, Wes Ball’s second book-to-screen adaptation is definitely the one you want to see.
If the YA genre isn’t your thing, then consider M. Night Shyamalan’s latest effort, The Visit. In typical M. Night fashion, this horror movie is more thoughtful and disturbing than outright gory. When two excitable siblings get to spend the week away from home at their loving grandparent’s place, the kids look forward to those unbeatable home-cooked dinners and the stories of when their own parents were young. But when the rebelliousness of their age starts to take over and they leave their rooms at night after curfew, the kids discover some disturbing things about their elders. Failing to convince their mother to come and check up on things, they must survive the week with their creepy grandparents going terrifyingly doolally.
The Visit is from the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, so Shyamalan certainly has the backing of those responsible for recent and successful house horrors. And with a September 9 release, it means you won’t be too overwhelmed by choice should any of the above late-September releases interest you too.
So there we have it. The Maze Runner and The Martian might be the only big blockbuster picks this month, but there are a whole host of other cinematic options to choose from. In fact, September’s honourable mentions include Irrational Man, A Walk In The Woods and Life. Choose carefully. Enjoy. And see you next month for Spectre!