Complete fan-service of a movie but I enjoyed the hell out of it. Sure I want Star Trek to be about space intrigue again but that doesn't make this bad. Great action, great pacing, a few laughs, a solid structure overall. The story was contrivance after contrivance, but something in Abrams pacing and editing really keeps me (pardon the Picard-pun) engaged. For what this movie is: a fan-service action flick, it's top-notch. Now pleeease give me space exploration, we've beaten the uber bad guy revenge thing into the ground, Trek.
Proof that over-indulgence in plot can sometimes be detrimental to film lies here in Zero Dark Thirty because it is a near perfect film with almost none to speak of. Find Bin-Laden. That's it! No side stories, twists or contrivances can be found. Sure it's based on historical record but forget all that. What we have hear is one epic manhunt for one of the most elusive figures in modern history. The fact that it's Bin-Laden certainly enhances it's simplistic…
Ridley Scott's Prometheus asks more questions than it answers. Some of those unanswered questions are philosophical, others relate to plot. I guess when your story is dealing with the true origins of mankind, it'd be a little bold to give hard, factual answers. The QUESTION itself is where thought-provoking science fiction is at its best. But the interrogative nature of Prometheus begins to frustrate a little when trying to examine its connection to Scott's other film, Alien.
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Let me just state my bias before attempting this review. I hate 'found footage' films. To me it seems like nothing but an excuse to present cheaply produced movies to a mass audience. The concept behind them is neat, the execution is often poor. The biggest conundrum these types of movies present is how do you tell a narrative when everything you see is supposedly random events captured on video? When the videographer picks up the camera does he just…