2010 'Geek and Tech' Summer Movie Preview

It's summer movie time again, time for the movie studios to trot out its blockbusters with explosions and all sorts of fun

It's summer movie time again, time for the movie studios to trot out its blockbusters with explosions and all sorts of fun. Here's our picks for the favorite movies that techies and geeks (comic book fans, unite!) will be lining up for:

Iron Man

Iron Man 2 (May 7)

At the end of 2008's Iron Man film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reveals to the world that he's Iron Man. In this sequel, he faces pressure from the government to share the technology with the public, and faces new threats from a fellow arms dealer (Sam Rockwell) and villain Whiplash (Mickey Rourke).

Why geeks want to see it: Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as Tony Stark is dead on from the comics universe; rumors of more Avengers-related material (Samuel Jackson's Nick Fury makes another appearance); continued high-tech weaponry (we love the Iron Man suit); and of course, Scarlett Johannson's Black Widow.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood (May 14)

The latest adaptation of the Robin Hood story, this one stars Russell Crowe, whose Australian accent should make us all forget about Kevin Costner's accent in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves from 1991. This one is directed by Ridley Scott, who directed Crowe in the Oscar-winning Gladiator, so we should expect lots of arrow-related violence.

Why geeks want to see it: Who wouldn't want to grab a bow an arrow, save the lovely Maid Marian against the corrupt Sherriff of Nottingham and bring hope to ancient England? The fans who loved Lord of the Rings will flock to this film as well.

Shrek: Forever After

Shrek: Forever After (May 21)

The latest adventure of the ogre named Shrek and his adventures in Far, Far Away continue. In this tale, Shrek makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin to experience a day in which he can be a real ogre, but there's mischief involved and Shrek ends up in a world where he and his wife, Fiona have never met.

Why geeks what to see it: Computer-generated cartoons are still a big hit with us (we secretly wonder about the processing power involved in creating the animation), and those of us now with kids have shown them the first three Shrek movies over and over again.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (May 28)

The people who were able to transform a Disney ride into a movie (Pirates of the Caribbean) hope to do the same with this video game series, in which an adventurous prince in medieval Persia teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from destroying the world.

Why geeks want to see it: The movie is based on a popular video game series, maybe this will be a video game-to-movie conversion that works, unlike several others in the past that haven't. Computer-generated fight sequences abundant here as well.

The A-Team

The A-Team (June 11)

The movie update of the classic adventure TV series from the '80s – in this one, a group of Iraq war veterans look to clear their name with the U.S. military after being framed. Look for lots of comedy action with Hannibal, Face, B.A. and Murdock.

Why geeks want to see it: Those of us who grew up with the '80s series loved the A-Team's hijinks as they found their way in and out of trouble. Plus, Liam Neeson as Hannibal saying "I love it when a plan comes together."

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 (June 18)

Woody, Buzz and the gang of toys are back in this third installment. Andy, the toys' owner, is all grown up and the toys get shipped off to a day care center. Much hilarity ensues as the toys escape to return home.

Why geeks want to see it: Those of us who collected lots of action figures as kids (and adults) appreciate the "value a toy" sentiment of these movies; those of us with kids now have also shown them the first two movies non-stop as well. Pixar never disappoints with its CGI.

Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex (June 18)

A scarred bounty hunter (Josh Brolin) with warrants on his own head makes a deal with the U.S. military to stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.

Why geeks want to see it: It's based on the DC Comics series; Megan Fox (Transformers) is in it.

The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender (July 2)

The "original" Avatar? This story follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a line of Avatars who must stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Why geeks want to see it: Kung Fu, CGI courtesy of Industrial Light and Magic, and a fantastic adventure that is based on the cartoon series.


Inception (July 16)

This thriller puts Leonardo DiCaprio in a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, and a single idea within the mind can be a dangerous weapon or a valuable asset. Some are saying this movie is this generation's Matrix movie in terms of its philosophy, look and style.

Why geeks want to see it: Hey, there's technology involved! Also, the director is Christopher Nolan, who brought us Batman Begins (and The Dark Knight) as well as Memento. Plus, it also stars Ellen Page, who is in those funny Cisco commercials (and who also played Kitty Pryde in the forgettable X-men 3).

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (July 16)

If Jerry Bruckheimer can take a Disney ride and turn it into a movie, why not take a segment from a Disney cartoon (Fantasia) and turn it into an action movie? Nicholas Cage plays a sorcerer who has to defend New York City against his arch-nemesis (Alfred Molina), but needs help from an "average guy" who he teaches the world of sorcery (Jay Baruchel).

Why geeks want to see it: Loads of special effects, the team that also brought us National Treasure is involved in this one; and secretly I want to see if they do the whole basement flooded with the broomsticks scene.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Aug. 13)

At first, this movie seems like a typical "teen" or romantic comedy. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) meets a rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers. Only problem? In order to win her heart, he has to defeat her "seven evil exes" in all sorts of comic-book action and fighting.

Why geeks want to see it: What geek in us didn't want to secretly win the cool girl by "defeating" all of her ex-boyfriends? This film takes it up a level with comic-book style words like "THUD" and "KAPOW" much like the old Batman TV show.

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