Let’s face it: there’s only one film in April that moviegoers are waiting for. I don’t even have to say it and you know which one I mean. But we shouldn’t forget that there’s a whole heap of other releases in this month across all genres.
Here’s our pick of what we expect to be the highlights.
A Quiet Place
Release Date: 2nd April | Genre: Horror | Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe
Synopsis: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Premiering at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, A Quiet Place certainly made a lot of noise. Director John Krasinski, best known as Jim Halpert from hit sitcom The Office (US), makes his first steps into horror and judging by the rapturous critical reception his effort has received, he’s instantly mastered the genre.
A Quiet Place sees a heavily pregnant Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and her family living in a seemingly post-apocalyptic world in which monsters who are attracted to sound roam the earth. The trailer is incredibly effective in conveying the importance of silence and appears to show that making minimal noise has become the normal way of living. The fact that Evelyn is carrying a baby adds much more potential to the story – chances are, there’s going to be a lot of screaming, and I’m sure it won’t just be from the pain of giving birth.
For fans of: Don’t Breathe, I Am Legend, Hush
Release Date: 13th April | Genre: Adventure | Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Will Yun Lee
Synopsis: Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster.
Dwayne Johnson continues his own rampage through Hollywood with, well, gigantic gorilla pic Rampage.
Based on the 1980s video game of the same name, Johnson plays Davis Okoye, a primate researcher who rescues a 2 year old ape and names him George. After an unknown object crashes into George’s habitat and releases a mysterious green gas, George’s behaviour becomes more and more unstable. Not only that, but the already towering specimen continues to grow to unnatural levels. As Government officials close in, Okoye discovers there are more creatures that have been exposed to the gas and must do all he can to get through to his gargantuan gorilla friend to save his life – and the world.
This will be the third collaboration between Johnson and director Brad Peyton (after earthquake disaster flick San Andreas and kids adventurer Journey 2) and the previews convey a much more lighthearted tone than San Andreas. One-liners appear to be flying thick and fast, while there could potentially be a surprisingly touching heart to Rampage when it comes to the friendship between Okoye and George. Overall though, I’m really hoping for some primitive, primate carnage and for Johnson to throw in a couple of wrestling moves whilst making them look like normal fighting techniques.
For fans of: Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla, Pacific Rim: Uprising
Release Date: 6th April | Genre: Romance, Drama | Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel
Synopsis: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Love, Simon is a mainstream coming-of-age story with a difference. There’s plenty of movies about struggling teenagers having to swerve their way through the problems that come with high school, but it’s refreshing to see a gay lead character prominently featured in a big budget movie.
Early buzz has been nothing but positive; not just for the film itself but for the message it conveys and the relatability of the story to many. Sure, Love, Simon isn’t the first LGBT movie to exist, but I’m all for films that make a difference and speak to younger audiences who feel isolated by their feelings to tell them they are not alone.
For fans of: Pride, Edge of Seventeen, Call Me By Your Name
Release Date: 6nd April | Genre: Crime, Action | Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue
Synopsis: Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving lives. After an attack on his family, Paul embarks on his own mission for justice.
A remake of the similarly titled 1974 gritty Charles Bronson classic, master of shock Eli Roth directs Bruce Willis in this modern retelling of an unassuming surgeon who takes the law into his own hands after his family becomes victims of a home invasion.
Bronson’s version received an X rating upon release for ‘severe’ depictions of violence, gore, sex, and nudity. Roth’s has been slapped with an 15 rating in the UK, but don’t expect it to be any less brutal with warnings of strong bloody violence throughout. Willis is an absolutely legendary figure in the action genre, having pretty much defined what it meant to be an action film with Die Hard, so that alone should be reason enough to check it out. And with talks of another Die Hard on the way, it doesn’t seem like ol’ Bruce is thinking of riding off into the sunset any time soon.