2013 was a big year for big movies. Most teenagers are satisfied with this year’s slew of films, the ones made for our demographic by mega-movie studios. Perhaps you’ve seen some of these, and if not, they may well be worth a look …
• April brought us “Oblivion,” the sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise as one of the last drone repairmen on a desolate Earth who begins to question his mission.
• Following the trend of post-apocalyptic-Earth scenarios, May’s “After Earth” stars Will and Jaden Smith as a father-son duo whose spaceship crash lands on an Earth devoid of human life, and full of violent monsters.
• Zombie-lovers and “Walking Dead” fanatics will recall June’s “World War Z” starring Brad Pitt, who plays a United Nations investigator tasked with stopping a zombie epidemic from destroying humanity.
• November’s “Ender’s Game” was popular among younger teens. This sci-fi epic revolves around tween Ender Wiggin, who is recruited by the International Military to help fight a race of genocidal aliens who previously almost obliterated human life.
• “Star Trek: Into Darkness” follows Captain Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew as they face a traitorous enemy (Benedict Cumberbatch) who seeks to puppeteer an intergalactic war.
• October’s “Gravity” was one of the most popular films of the year, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts who become adrift in orbit after their space shuttle is destroyed by satellite debris.
• Marvel fans enjoyed May’s “Iron Man 3” starring Robert Downey Jr. This time around, Tony Stark faces a terrorist named the Mandarin without the benefit of his Iron Man armor.
• Marvel Studios released another superhero sequel in 2013: “Thor: The Dark World.” After an ancient enemy returns with a powerful weapon, the Norse God of Thunder must embark on his most precarious journey yet.
• DC Comic fans were satisfied with June’s “Man of Steel” starring Henry Cavill as the titular Kryptonian hero. This superhero origin story grossed more than $662 million at the box office.
• Hugh Jackman once again portrayed the adamantium-clad mutant Logan in “The Wolverine.” After having lived as a “samurai without a master,” Wolverine returns to Japan where he is pushed to his physical and mental limits.
Sequels, books and comedies
• It may have been a box office letdown, but Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” was still an entertaining two-hour journey based on the classic Western duo, this time starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.
• A long-anticipated sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” left fans of Suzanne Collins’ book series wanting more. Katniss Everdeen and Peter Mellark’s second outing grossed nearly $730 million at the box office worldwide.
• Likewise, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” is another example of a successful film based on a book; the plot revolves around the son of Poseidon (Logan Lerman) on his quest to prevent an ancient mythical force from rising to power.
• One of the funnier films of the year, “The Bling Ring,” was a big hit among teens. Based on a true story, this film stars Emma Watson as one of a group of fame-obsessed teens who face publicity after robbing the homes of celebrities.
• Finally, December’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” enchanted fans of Peter Jackson’s mythical world. Following last year’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Desolation of Smaug” follows Bilbo, Gandalf and their dwarf companions as they reclaim their homeland from an almighty dragon.
Kyle Sims is a senior at Amherst High School.