28 May 2009

Terminator Salvation

Spanks - 3

Director - MCG

Writers - John D. Brancato & Michael Ferris

Starring - Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin & Bryce Dallas Howard

Release Date - 21 May 09

MPAA Rating - PG-13

As a post apocalyptic machines take over the world and kill most of humanity movie, Terminator Salvation is a good movie. As a Terminator movie it is not. The film doesn't feel like the last three. It just used the characters that James Cameron created over 20 years ago and forgets everything and they just do whatever they want with them. The story doesn't fit the time line already created. It has no suspense. The story isn't original. All it is is special effects and explosions, which are great, but you need the story to make it good.

The one thing the filmmakers did right was to use "real" terminators and not CGI ones. The large machines were CGI, which I expected from the beginning, but not the small ones. The CGI ones looked great, but the one that captured and held the humans looked just like a Transformer. The visuals of the film were the best part of it, but what has Stan Winston done that hasn't been amazing.

The film is about Marcus Wright, a man who wakes up not knowing were he is or what happened to the world. He runs into a young Kyle Reese who is looking for John Connor to join the resistance. The two become buddies and look for Connor together. Along the way Kyle gets captured by the machines which leads Marcus on a journey to save him. He meets Connor who is not yet the leader of the resistance and clash with each other about how to go about reaching both of their goals.

Since seeing the future in the earlier Terminator movies I wanted to see a movie set in this time. I wanted this film to be great, but I was disappointed because so much could have been done and the filmmakers did so little. At this point they should have left T:2 to be the end of the story. With two equals planned, I am scared at what they could do next to ruin the Terminator franchise. The only hope is hire new people to write and direct.

12 May 2009

Star Trek

Spanks - 5

Director - J.J. Abrams

Writers - Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman

Starring - Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho & Anton Yelchin

Release Date - 8 May 09

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Star Trek is a reboot of the Paramount franchise created over 40 years ago by Gene Roddenberry. It takes place before the events in the original series and tells the story of how James Tiberius Kirk became the captain of the USS Enterprise and found the crew that followed his leadership up until Star Trek The Undiscovered Country. It is a story that was never told.

The cool thing about this reboot is that it does not forget everything that has come before like they normally do. With the "simple" use of time travel and the theory of multiple dimensions (Spock explains it) the film exist in both universes. Leonard Nimoy is what bridges them both together.

I can understand why the big fans are upset with the film because of some of the things they did to their precious canon. I don't see why because there hasn't been a really great Trek film sinceFirst Contact. I think Paramount made a good decision for once with putting some fresh faces in charge of Star Trek, and I have nothing against Rick Berman and his people. Would you have rather they started from scratch?

The movie has a perfect pace to it, I wasn't bored with any scene, and it was just the perfect length. The sets were awesome. The way they did the space battle scenes were different than any other Trek film so far. It was funny. The one thing that I could have seen cut was the giant predators on the one planet. Star Trek is definitely a movie to see in the theater and it could be hard for other films to beat this summer.

Here are some funny videos joking about Star Trek and Trekkers from SNL featuring original Enterprise crew members.


07 May 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Spanks - 3

Director - Gavin Hood

Writers - David Benioff & Skip Woods

Starring - Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Taylor Kitsch & Ryan Reynolds

Release Date - 1 May 09

MPAA Rating - PG-13

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the first spin off film from the X-Men Trilogy. The film starts when Logan is just a young boy and discovers his claws about 20 years before the events of the first X-Men film.

The film was a little disappointing to me. I was expecting more of Wolverine going berserk like he does in each of the X-Men films. There is only one short sequence of him in super crazy attack mode. The rest of them is him fighting only one other bad guy. I also thought the beginning was slow up until he gets his adamantium implants. The ending was for the most part predictable and unoriginal.

The one thing about the movie I really liked was how they related the story to the rest of the X-Men universe. From the trailer it seemed like they were just throwing characters in because people liked that character. The film did need more Deadpool/Wade Wilson and not just use him for a small part and to introduce him for his own film.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine could have been a better movie and some better fight scenes. To compare how good it is to the previous X-Men movies, it would be around the level of X-Men: The Last Stand.