With cinemas still shuttered as a result of COVID-19, there are some major movies heading to Amazon’s streaming service in February.
One of the most significant releases is Greenland, which is a full-bore Gerard Butler actioner, and there’s also a hefty, thoughtful sci-fi in the shape of Mike Cahill’s Bliss. On the TV front, there’s more from big shows like This Is Us and American Gods, along with standout new arrivals like the intriguing sci-fi Soulmates.
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Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime Video in February...
Bliss (5 February)
This bizarre sci-fi follows Owen Wilson as a divorced office drone who is told by a mysterious woman in a bar (Salma Hayek) that he is living in a simulation and that there are very few actually real people walking around.
What follows is a strange adventure in which Wilson’s character is forced to question his entire life and confront the fact that the utopia he has always dreamed about might actually be the real world.
Greenland (5 February)
Gerard Butler is the master of the sort of gruff, everyman hero who would once have been played by Bruce Willis. This movie, in which a comet is set to destroy the Earth imminently, reteams Butler with his Angel Has Fallen director Ric Roman Waugh. Butler plays a father determined to get his family to the safe haven of Greenland before the world is levelled by the celestial catastrophe.
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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (12 February)
With her Blumhouse slasher Freaky still awaiting a release in the UK, fans of rising star Kathryn Newton will be able to get their fix of her talent in sci-fi romcom The Map of Tiny Perfect Things. Screenwriter Lev Grossman adapts his own short story, focusing on a pair of teenagers — played by Newton and Kyle Allen — who are stuck in a time loop, living the same day over and over.
I Still Believe (12 February)
Based on the real life of Christian musician Jeremy Camp, this drama tells the story of a performer (Songbird actor KJ Apa) who falls in love with a woman (Britt Robertson), who is then diagnosed with cancer. The cast also includes Gary Sinise and a slice of musical royalty in the shape of none other than the iconic Shania Twain.
I Care A Lot (19 February)
I Care a Lot is a rare and interesting case of a movie that is fighting on multiple fronts of the streaming wars. In the USA, it’s a Netflix film but, on our side of the Atlantic, it’s arriving exclusively to Amazon Prime Video.
Rosamund Pike plays a con artist who makes her living by encouraging judges to appoint her the legal guardian of vulnerable, elderly people and then subsequently stealing their money. She meets her match when one of her victims turns out to have organised crime links.
Escape from Pretoria (26 February)
Daniel Radcliffe attempts a South African accent in this real-life prison break thriller, which very much proves the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. Based on the book by escapee Tim Jenkin, whom Radcliffe plays, the movie follows the attempts of two anti-apartheid activists to break free of prison in order to continue their work.
Eddie Murphy Collection (48 Hrs, Another 48 Hrs, Beverly Hills Cop II, Beverly Hills Cop III, Coming to America, Dreamgirls)
Sex and the City
Crank 2: High Voltage
Fifty Shades of Grey
Little Women (1994)
The Bank Job
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
The Pursuit of Happyness
Soulmates (8 February)
First aired on AMC in the States, this sci-fi anthology series was created by William Bridges and British comedian Brett Goldstein — who also hosts the excellent podcast Films To be Buried With. It is set 15 years in the future, when technology has been developed that allows human beings to learn who their soulmate is. They can then choose whether or not to pursue that relationship, with the show questioning whether love is actually all about pre-determined compatibility or not.
The Family Man S2 (12 February)
Following critical acclaim for the first season of this Hindi-language espionage thriller, the second season is now arriving on Amazon Prime. Manoj Bajpayee plays the titular threat analyst in a show which focuses on both his attempts to foil terrorist plots and his turbulent family life.
American Gods S3
This ambitious adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel has been nominated for several Emmys since it first debuted in 2017. It’s now back for its third season, with Ricky Whittle returning as Shadow Moon and Ian McShane also back as Mr Wednesday. The power struggle between the Old Gods and the New Gods, of course, continues.
The Expanse S5
The Expanse was cancelled by Syfy after its third season, but Amazon picked up the mantle to keep it going and the fifth season is now debuting. Again, the show follows antiheroes in the colonised solar system, dealing with the inherent fragility of a landscape in which human beings are spreading out across space.
This Is Us S5E7 (11 February)
Dan Fogelman’s long-running ensemble drama continues with another episode of its fifth season, again focusing on multiple families in both the past and the present. Coronavirus delays were not able to keep the show down and so it’s returning to screens once again. A sixth season already has the green light.
Catfish: The TV Show S8 (1 February)
In the wake of the 2010 documentary film Catfish, this TV series launched in which the team help real people who are romantically entangled online with somebody they have never met. The series is co-hosted by Nev Schulman — older brother of the original documentary’s co-director Ariel Schulman.
Wayne S1 (3 February)
This dark comedy has become a cult hit since it was cancelled by original streaming home YouTube Premium. Much like Cobra Kai has done after making the move to Netflix, it will almost certainly find a bigger audience this time around. Mark McKenna plays the title character, who sets out to receive his father’s stolen car. Comparisons have been made to The End of the F***ing World.
El Internado: Las Cumbres S1 (19 February)
The Spanish teen series El Internado followed a group of kids at a boarding school surrounded by a forest in which macabre events take place. Amazon has now mounted a remake of the series, created by Asier Anduenza and Laura Belloso.
Prime Video Channels
The Stand (weekly via StarzPlay)
It has been a big year for Josh Boone. 2020 saw him finally shepherd his endlessly delayed The New Mutants to the big screen in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, and it also yielded his miniseries take on Stephen King’s The Stand.
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The story itself is uncomfortably timely, with a wave of influenza — albeit one that has been weaponised — wiping out much of the world’s population. James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård and Whoopi Goldberg are in the cast.
The Head (weekly from 7 Feb via StarzPlay)
This chilly mystery series focuses on a group of polar researchers working in the fight against climate change. When summer comes and a new team arrives to take over from those working over winter, they find many of their colleagues to be dead or missing.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey S11 (weekly from 18 Feb via hayu)
The American reality TV machine continues to grind on with the latest series focusing on this particular crop of housewives. Expect lots of yelling, as always.
Pennyworth S2 (weekly from 28 Feb via Starzplay)
The notion of a TV series or movie based on Batman’s butler was once so ridiculous that it was used as a punchline in the irreverent animation Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, but it almost immediately became a reality.
Pennyworth, in which Jack Bannon plays a younger incarnation of the Wayne Manor custodian, is now back for its second season. The series pits former SAS soldier Alfred against the Raven Society.
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