Takes It's Place Next to II and VIII
Reviewed by criddic2 for Star Trek at 2010-04-01 03:07:35
My favorite Trek movies were 'Wrath of Kahn' (1982), 'Voyage Home'(1986), 'Undiscovered Country' (1991) and 'First Contact' (1996). Add this reboot to the list. It respects the original characters and their fans, while managing to be fresh and appealing for the first time in years.
Vincent Price had the lead role in "The Last Man on Earth," an interesting 1965 interpretation that includes zombie/
vampire-like creatures. Charlton Heston gave a convincing turn in the popular 1971 version. Now comes Will Smith. He does an admirable job of conveying his character's plight. Scenes between Smith and his dog are very affecting. However, the film misses a bet by giving us fairly uninteresting CGI monsters instead of worthy villains for him to play against. As is, Smith carries the picture well enough to make it entertaining.
The movie needs more green skinned women...
Reviewed by UncleKitty for Star Trek at 2009-06-02 22:23:00
I need to state a few things up front:
One: I hate time travel movies. Without exception they all have huge plot holes and problems. Since it was pretty open from the beginning this was going to be one I had reservations.
Two: I hate summer action films because most are the same dumbed down crap year after year, and this was obviously going to be a summer action movie despite being a Trek film.
Three: It's a Star Trek film. No matter how much you love the series you have to admit that the record of the movies based on it ain't exactly stellar.
That being said it was pretty darn good despite a few flaws. If you have an engineering or physics background DO NOT see this film (of course you probably get told that about every scifi/action movie). If you were a fan of the original Star Trek series, they put in a lot of nods to you, and even if they don't all work, it's still more than most fans get from series reboots. I can honestly say it's the first movie I've seen recently where I didn't feel like I got robbed at the box office (the last one being The Wrestler).
Oh and a side note to Abrams should he direct a sequel: bring back the green skinned redhead. Or we will haunt you.
As a life-long Trekkie and as a movie fan, I have a couple of issues with J.J. Abrams' new prequel/reboot of Star Trek. Chief among them is a lack of screen time for Eric Bana as the villain, Nero. However, J.J. and his team just got so many other things exactly RIGHT that my few little quibbles seem very minor. This is a slightly flawed masterpiece, but a masterpiece nonetheless, and it deserves to bring Star Trek back on the map. Hell, yeah. Almost Four Bones....
http://braidedthreads.blogspot.com/2008/09/running-with-matchsticks.html ...By the end of Matchstick Men, the filmmakers seem to feel guilty for asking us to sympathize with someone who steals for a living so they try to overcompensate by bringing Cage through an emotional, psychological, and professional meat grinder. A twist ending makes the film you just watched seem like a more fascinating one than it did while you were actually watching it. That "aha!" ending almost seems borrowed from another movie: one with enough mystery and suspense to prepare you for such a satisfying revelation. If only the the filmmakers had been able to transfer some of the tension and confusion of Cage's character to the viewer so that we could have a few more question marks to carry through the film until we reach the answers in the end. As it is, we get answers for questions we didn't know we were supposed to be asking.
I had to watch this film a few times before I loved it. Cage is brilliant portraying a mentally ill genius con artist. I thoroughly enjoyed his character from the 1st minute. I saw the movie in the theatre and thought, ugh. But once I bought it on DVD I began to like the movie more. The movie is slow at the beginning but it picks up enough and when the twist ending hits you, you're left wondering what the heck just happened.