By Michael Arbeiter, Hollywood.com Staff
Much like wolves, elephants, dolphins, meerkats, termites, and especially codependent pangolins, movie concepts travel in packs. Once a theme is successfully undertaken by a daring pioneer picture, slews of others will follow suit, resulting in sweeping trends that all but eviscerate any traces of the original appeal of the idea. When the subject matter at hand is broad enough, it can escape this wrath unscathed... but often, these popular plotlines will wear out their welcome rather hastily, shafting them to the bottom of the pitch box until the nostalgia factor revives interest a decade later.
Looking back at 2012, we'll notice a handful of overplayed trends. Crowded bandwagons fostering the loads of blockbusters and box office flops alike. And they take all forms: story premises, stylistic choices, and title patterns alike. Check out a few of the trends that we really hope 2013 puts to rest before they spoil altogether.
The Divide, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Resident Evil: Retribution, Dredd, Cloud Atlas, The Hunger Games, and (spoilers) The Cabin in the Woods
Special agent movies
Skyfall, Taken 2, This Means War, Argo, Haywire, Safe House, The Bourne Legacy
Not to be confused with...
Looper, Savages, One for the Money, Killing Them Softly, Killer Joe; not yet released: Jack Reacher, Django Unchained
Superhero/comic book movies
The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Dredd, John Carter
The Avengers, Battleship, Men in Black 3, The Watch, Prometheus, John Carter
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Underworld: Awakening, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows, Hotel Transylvania
Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Titanic, Finding Nemo; not yet released: Monsters, Inc.
Found footage movies
Chronicle, Paranormal Activity 4, The Devil Inside, Project X
Life of Pi, Battleship, Pirates! Band of Misfits, (and if you want to count it) Titanic 3D
Time travel movies
Looper, Safety Not Guaranteed, Men in Black 3
American Reunion, 21 Jump Street, 10 Years
Notice any that we missed? Let us know!
[Photo Credit: Anchor Bay; Columbia; Marvel Studios]
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