By Barry Janoff
January 6, 2015: What does it take to make a big splash during the Big Game?
While real athletes will be on the field in the University of Phoenix Stadium will be seeking to win Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, broadcast network NBC will be airing movie studio commercials filled with robots, mutants and other-worldly humans seeking to: a) Protect Earth of today b) Protect Earth of the future c) Protect a world that is not Earth but metaphorically, philosophically and grammatically, resembles Earth.
This should be a landmark year for Hollywood, with releases scheduled to include such iconic franchises as Star Wars, The Terminator (pictured right), Avengers, Jurassic Park/World, Hunger Games, Mad Max and Bond, James Bond.
Following is a Baker's Dozen of films that might likely get air time during Super Bowl XLIX.
Neil Blomkamp (D), Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
A highly gifted robot who is unaware of his great potential is separated from his creator at "birth" and is raised by an über non-traditional but loving family, from whom he learns and incorporates human experiences and emotions. "I am consciousness. I am alive. I am Chappie." Tag: One machine's journey to become his own man.
Vin Diesel, Ronda Rousey, Paul Walker, Dwyane Johnson, Jason Statham
The high-octane franchise continues, with the late Walker still involved as Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Josh Whedon (D), Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth
Situations go from bad to worse when Tony Stark seeks invigorate a peace-keeping program, putting events into motion that sees the rise of the evil Ultron, who only adds insult to injury when the Avengers — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye — seek to prevent the Earth from being destroyed.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
Reboot of the classic movie franchise previously starring Mel Gibson, here with Hardy as the title character and again set in a desolate era where survival means having gasoline and water, but with the added attraction of Furiosa (Theron), who is on a quest to return to her homeland and in the process save the world.
Walt Disney Studios
George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson
"What if there was a placed, a secret place, where nothing is impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world. You wanna go?"
Chris Pratt, Judy Greer
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), John Hammond's infamous island playground Isla Nublar is a fully functioning Jurassic World filled with amiable, not rampaging dinosaurs, which, after ten uneventful years of operation is experiencing a decline in visitors. That leads corporate overseers to put the scientists on a mission to create a mutant dinosaur to revitalize interest. Past history, and this line early in the movie, lets you know how that evolves: "If something chases you, run."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
He's back . . . again, in what has been described as a re-imagining, rather than a reboot or continuation, of the original franchise. Here, Kyle Reese, sent back by John Connor, joins Sarah Connor and a Terminator that has noticeably aged in an all-out effort to prevent the arrival of "Judgement Day."
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas
Dr. Henry Pym (Douglas) creates a suit that enables its wearer to shrink in scale but increase in strength, which when he dons it puts con-man Scott Lang at odds with himself and the world as he seeks to protect people against his former small-potato criminal cohorts and foes with major destructive intentions while keeping the abilities of the suit a secret. "Scott, I need you to be the Ant-Man." "Is it too late to change the name?"
Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Jimmy Vee
The story of Peter Pan before he became THE Peter Pan, here seen as an orphan who is taken to Neverland where, per the studio, he finds "both fun and dangers" and, as he is told, fulfills his destiny. "Peter, you are extraordinary. More than you can ever imagine."
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Henry Cavill, Amrie Hammier, Hugh Grant
If you know the United Network Command for Law Enforcement from the TV show of the 1960s (the small-screen answer to James Bond on the big screen), you know CIA agent Napoleon Solo (no relation to Han Solo) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin work together, here engaging in a mission to stop a criminal organization seeking to proliferate and activate nuclear weapons.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. II
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
With her status as the "Mockingjay" established, Katniss Everdeen and District 13 now take on what is described as an "all-out revolution" against the autocratic Capitol.
Daniel Craig, Ralph Finnes, Christop Waltz
Bond, James Bond, with Craig seeking to uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of the organization that has been Bond's nemesis from the start: Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams (D), Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Rs-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca
Set some three decades after Return of the Jedi, this is the first film in the franchise since Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney and will combine new characters with iconic returnees in what is also the first of the next trilogy, with Lucas still on-board as a consultant.