STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (2013)
4 and a half out of 5 stars
When the Enterprise faces a force of terror from within their organization, Captain Kirk leads his crew to Kronos to capture the man responsible – John Harrison.
That’s just a really brief summary but I just want to shout out: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH! I didn’t catch the prequel to this so the main reason I’m watching this sequel is BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. His role here is kept under wraps but we do know he antagonizes Kirk and his crew so this villainous role must be juicy! He even does some hand-to-hand combat here which really enhances the biceps of BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. Throughout the movie, you will question his motives and actions but it is all worth it.
The script is well-written and the action scenes pack a punch. Even the bromance scenes between Kirk and Spock are everywhere. Maybe I read too much in between the lines. Spock’s Vulcan sensibilities are at its height because everyone including Kirk and Uhura have had enough of his “honesty”.
THE LOSERS (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Caught The Losers the other day and man, thank goodness for some ACTION!
Five members of an elite squad were sent on a search-and-destroy mission in Bolivia, but decided to abort the mission when they find children on site. However, they were betrayed by a powerful enemy, Max, who refused to abort the mission and even blew up the chopper that were supposed to bring the team back. They were presumed dead but they are very much alive because they let the children board the chopper instead. While in hiding, they are approached by the mysterious Aisha (Zoe Saldana), who smuggles them back into the USA and join forces to destroy their common enemy, Max.
Chris Evans as Jensen is really funny! Liked the part when he went to steal the algorithm and the ‘invisible gun’ thing he had. But my favourite character is Cougar! He speaks little but is such a sharp shooter! He helped Jensen with his ‘invisible gun’ because he (like what the poster describes) specializes in long-range eliminations. Plus, Zoe Saldana really kicks ass?! Her legs can twist, hook and kick really well! Way to show them guys how to kick ass.
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
Set in the future, the humans are interested in mining Unobtainium, a precious mineral that is found on Pandora. Pandora is inhabited by the Na’vi, who are blue-skinned and live in harmony with Mother Nature. In order to obtain the valueable mineral, the humans have created avatars that are created from human and Na’vi DNA. Enter paraplegic Marine, Jake Sully, who has replaced his dead twin to be an avatar driver. Left to fend for himself in Pandora at night, he meets Neytiri, who rescues him from Pandora’s beasts. The Na’vi decides to let Jake learn their ways. As Jake grows closer to Neytiri and bonds with the Na’vi, his loyalty becomes divided between the latter and the humans. When the humans decide to forcefully exterminate the Na’vi and attacks them, it is up to Jake to fight for the fate of Pandora.
OMG I saw this in 3D and it was amazing! Pandora is such a beautiful place – especially at night! No wonder Neytiri extinguished that eyesore of a flame Jake lit. Everything glows in the dark beautifully! The scene where Jake first appears butt-naked in his Avatar form is almost priceless! Though the story was quite predictable towards the end, the effects are real good and I kept hoping the beasts wouldn’t stop attacking those darn heartless soldiers. It has a happy ending so I like it!
Well, it’s actually past midnight already, so HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!