Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Star Trek

I'm not a die hard Trekkie, but this is one of the movies this year that I was most excited to see. I'm fascinated with Star Trek and all but never fully become a fan. The previous Star Trek movies that I've seen, I found rather OK. But They never blew me away. I always felt they lacked action and wished they were more exciting. Now comes this new movie directed by JJ Abrams and well, I finally got to see the type of Star Trek film I hoped to see.

This is the most exciting Star Trek movie that I've seen. I'm not sure if the original fans would be happy with this one though. I think this version moves away from the original concept that made Star Trek popular. But from the stand point of a non-hardcore fanatic, I found this movie brilliantly amazing. If your not a fan of Star Trek. You may become one after you watch this.

Monday, May 11, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The summer blockbuster movies are here. Kicking things off is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Since this is the first summer blockbuster of the year to come out. I took it upon myself to gather everyone to watch it. I sent out an email to my friends, reserved seats for us through sureseats and we watched it on the very first day it was released.

Though it may not seem like it, I was only semi excited for this film. I like Wolverine and Hugh Jackman and all. But after the huge let down that is X-Men: The Last Stand. I felt that the X-Men movies are on their way down. And besides, last years The Dark Knight pretty much set the bar way high for super hero movies. There's no way Wolverine can match Batman.

After seeing the movie. Well I could say that this is better than X-Men: The Last Stand. The action sequences is quite impressive. I wasn't familiar with directors(Gavin Hood) previous work. I knew he directed Tsotsi, which I've heards is a good movie. I've never really seen it but based on his work on this movie, I may have to find myself a DVD of it.

Going back, the action in this movie, as I've said is impressive. And there's a lot of it too. The opening sequence alone features Wolverine and his half-brother Sabretooth fighting in the Civil War, the two World Wars and Vietnam. It's never really explained though why two Canadians keep fighting in each war the US is involved in. I guess it's to show how old they are and just how much of a beast they can be.

The entire movie can be best describe that way. It's one action sequence to another. Each scene in between just tries to set you up for the next action scene. It does a good job, however, of introducing new mutant characters and their abilities. Ryan Reynolds appears briefly in the film as Deadpool. He has a short action scene which may lead to spin off movie of his own. Comic book fans will also be thrilled that Gambit is also in this movie. Taylor kitsch did a good job playing him and his powers and abilities are nicely depicted in the movie.

To sum it up, the main plot of the movie isn't really something to look forward to. But the action, the mutants and the actors playing them are a good enough reason to come and see this movie.