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This Year's Summer Blockbusters Aim to be Bigger than Ever

StatePoint
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:00am

(StatePoint) This year’s summer blockbuster season is shaping up to be a big one, full of some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.

This season is all about turning movies into must-attend events, as venerable franchises such as “Star Trek,” “Iron Man” and “Superman” are promising epic experiences for moviegoers.

Bearing this in mind, many of the summer’s biggest films are being presented in IMAX. With larger and more life-like visuals projected on floor-to-ceiling screens, and with more powerful, expansive sound, IMAX provides moviegoers more immersive experiences than those in standard theaters.

Leading filmmakers -- including J.J. Abrams, Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan -- are embracing IMAX throughout the entire production and post-production process to enhance the image and sound of their films. Interestingly, more filmmakers are also following Nolan’s lead and using IMAX’s extremely high-resolution cameras to film portions of their movies, yielding breathtaking visuals that expand to fill more of the screen.

So as the screens most of us use in our daily lives get smaller, bigger is better when you catch these summer flicks:

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (5/15)

In the latest “Star Trek” installment, the crew of The Enterprise is called back to Earth in the wake of an act of terror from within the organization. Captain Kirk has a personal score to settle and leads his crew on a quest to bring the responsible parties to justice.

Abram’s film features approximately 30 minutes of sequences filmed with IMAX cameras so fans will have a chance to get closer than ever before to the “Star Trek” action.

‘Man of Steel’ (6/14)

In “Man of Steel,” Superman struggles to find his place in life as he discovers he has unique superpowers from another world. Directed by Snyder and produced by Nolan, Superman fans have been eagerly anticipating this summer flick.

‘Pacific Rim’ (7/12)

An apocalypse is mounting in director Guillermo del Toro’s science-fiction monster movie and the Jaeger robots are the only hope for saving humanity from disastrous creatures. On the verge of defeat, the last resort to combat these massive enemies is to pilot a legendary Jaeger from the early trials of mechanical titans.

‘Elysium’ (8/9)

After years of degradation, the Earth -- stricken by crime and poverty -- has left people desperate to escape to a pristine space station called Elysium. Set in 2154, Neill Blomkamp’s futuristic sci-fi thriller centers around Max (Matt Damon), the only man with a chance to bring equality to these worlds. He reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission to save his life and millions of people on Earth.

“This summer’s line-up features many of the year’s most highly anticipated blockbusters from the world’s best directors,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. “We’re excited to see these elite filmmakers turn to IMAX’s end-to-end technology solution to connect audiences to films on a deeper level than ever before.”

As most moviegoers can attest, bigger is better when it comes to action-packed movies. There’s no better time than this summer to head to the IMAX theatre nearest you.

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