Director JJ Abrams has outdone himself. Star Trek: Into Darkness wields a cast that is second to none. It is a superb action/adventure thriller. Star Trek totaled a whopping 71 million dollars at the Box Office during its opening non-holiday weekend debut. Yet, despite all of these accolades, Star Trek fans are seething over what they have just witnessed. Abrams has modernized and monetized their favorite franchise. What could possibly disturb Trekky purists about that? What indeed.
Strangely enough the story presented writer/director Joseph Krosinski in the movie Oblivion is one of the most finely-woven, intricately assembled tales in science fiction history. However, approbation for the story must be put aside because the heart and soul of Oblivion does not translate well onto the big screen. Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau are brilliant in their respective roles. The concept that drives the movie is nearly as exciting a science fiction dish as one can wish for. Yet, somehow the movie Oblivion is borderline boring. Usually movie pundits beg directors to team a film’s story with the action to achieve the perfect marriage to satiate the cravings of intellectuals and action addicts. In some respects, Joseph Krosinski’s movie is too intricate for its own good.
Jurassic Park 3D is now notorious for countless reasons. Among those infamous reasons is that Director Steven Spielberg solidified his reputation as the best director in the modern era. In many ways Spielberg is the progenitor of the Summer blockbuster style movie. Jurassic Park spawned several sequels, video games, imitations, etc. Oddly and ironically, when the star of the show, Sam Neill, delivered a tour de force performance as Dr. Alan Grant, he proved himself one of the finest actors in the world and then his career submerged deeper than the Titanic. Perhaps, in memoriam, we should all take a moment to remember as well as to cherish the literary and cinematic screenplay work done by the legendary author Michael Crichton. Just a short while ago, Crichton lost a battle to cancer at age 63, and he will be forever remembered for penning some of the most intricate and exciting novels ever written. Combining those three titans; Director Steven Spielberg, actor Sam Neill, and novelist Michael Crichton, would normally be reason enough to revisit Jurassic Park. But wait folks, slow your role (a little modern day colloquialism!). This is no ordinary re-release of one of the greatest blockbuster films of all time; this is the enhanced and redefined Jurassic Park 3D!!!
Looper (DVD and Blu-Ray) is not the stuff that science fiction classics are made of. It may well have been a strong contender for best science fiction film of 2012 in many elite circles but in the annals of time, it is simple lost amidst the grand shuffle. There have simply been too many films nearly identical in structure for Looper (DVD and Blu-Ray) to receive the approbation it should rightfully have heaped upon its name. What is absolutely clear is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has become a standout talent and his recent partnership with Bruce Willis has added a cup or two of gravitas to his record. It is Levitt that made the final Batman film that much more profound. It is Levitt that made even those queasy about cancer watch 50/50 and cry rather than wince. It is Levitt that will make the newest Sin City: A Dame to Kill For something more than a tawdry thriller. Looper (DVD and Blu-Ray) is a phenomenal movie that does quite a bit for the reputation of science fiction thrillers.
In the Spiders 3D movie, remnants of a Soviet space station have crash-landed into a downtown Manhattan subway. The shuttle's shard is relatively small, is ostensibly innocuous, and is for all intents and purposes a piece of the trash processor. No vital technology worth confiscating is found by U.S. Homeland Security officials. Instead, an ex-military (bomb squad) transit worker stumbles on the remains as the first responder. What the unlucky veteran finds is a piece of defragmented metal. What he does not see is the itsy-bitsy spider crawling up his water spout. This little arachnoid bites his leg and lays eggs in his abdomen. Trouble is brewing in the depths of New York City's subway system. Spiders 3D movie is more than just an aberration, it is comical for its flaws.
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