J.J. Abrams is back for another trek into Star Trek and fans of his first entry will have little to complain about with Into Darkness. [Read more...]
Zac: This Means War is the latest film from director McG, whose previous efforts I have had a lot of fun with. The Charlie’s Angels film and Terminator Salvation are at their worst fun action films and that is what I hoped for here. Sadly, I was ultimately disappointed with the end product, even with all the actors doing a pretty good job. [Read more...]
The plot is simple; a runaway, unmanned, train is barreling through Pennsylvania carrying explosive materials. It must be stopped before it hits an elevated turn in the middle of a highly populated town and two rail employees, one at the edge of the retirement the other just starting his career, decide to go after it and attempt to bring it too a stop. What follows is a series of events meant to build suspense and danger but the results fall flat.
The film’s pace is relentless and the film takes place more or less in real time. The movie starts and doesn’t waste a moment getting the train on the run but for all the supposed high suspense this film is supposed to have there are literally only three quick instances of suspense to be had in the picture. Three, that’s it, and obviously you know how every one of these is going to end before they even happen as well. Outside of these brief moments as we lead up the finale we are left to endure endless rotating shots of Denzel Washington and Chris Pine in their train cab. [Read more...]
An unmanned train carrying hazardous materials is barreling down a stretch of track at 70 miles/hour that eventually passes through populated areas. A second train is also on this track traveling in the opposite direction towards it. If the second train is traveling at 40 miles/hour, how soon will the impending collision occur?
Okay, so technically the variables of this word problem don’t completely match the plot of Unstoppable, but when it comes down to it the film does play out like a high quality dramatization of a high school physics problem. There are trains moving towards each other, trains following each other, helicopters flaunting their velocity, and other crazy antics with the hope of bringing this train to a stop. Basically the list goes on and on. Luckily for us this makes all the variations of this physics problem much more exciting than I remember, and this is coming from someone who actually enjoyed that class. [Read more...]
Carriers may veer from the fast-passed, zombie-filled plot line I wrongfully assumed was coming after first seeing the trailer (I repeat, there are no zombies), which it is all the better for in the end. By doing so, it becomes a heart wrenching film that makes the viewer question what they may be willing to do to survive.
Following an outbreak that has killed most of the human population, 2 brothers, Danny and Brian (Chris Pine and Lou Taylor Pucci) decide to act on their last hope by taking Brian’s girlfriend, Bobby (Piper Perabo), and Danny’s friend, Kate (Emily VanCamp), on a road trip across the country to a place from their past that they believe will be unaffected by the spread of the disease. All they have to do is get there.
J.J. Abrams’ second feature film is a fast, fun, and ultimately successful reboot of the floundering and practically disappeared Star Trek franchise from modern media.
Aboard the USS Kelvin, the ship is responding to an anomaly coming from a supposed black hole only to come across a huge Romulan ship coming through said Black Hole to which a fierce, if one sided space battle begins to erupt in space. Suddenly, fire ceases from the Romulan ship just as it was about to be finish off the Kelvin. The captain of the Romulan ship Nero demands the Kelvin’s captain’s presence on his ship as to find out more about the location of a ship being manned by Spock. As the captain turns leaves, he turns the ship over to his 1st officer, George Kirk who after tragedy on the Romulan ship orders a full evacuation of the Kelvin and is able to save the lives of hundreds of the ships crew, including that of his just born son James Tiberius Kirk as he has to sacrifice his own for the sake of his crew. Meanwhile on Vulcan, Spock, who is a half human, half Vulcan son of the planets ambassador to Earth excels as a student of the country and carries the element to have emotions unlike others in the Vulcan race due to his human lineage. Presented with the opportunity to stay and go to school at the revered Vulcan academy [Read more...]