Wednesday, 22 May 2013

(film review) - Iron Man 3

Most people love technology and flashy hi-tech stuff. Moreover, having an Iron Man suit is something you are likely to put on your Christmas wish-list. I mean, who wouldn't want to shoot energy proton lasers from their chest or hands? Better yet, running late for work? Suit-Up and fly to work. With invincible armor, you can do almost anything you like, right? Well, sort of, but it doesn't stop you from being human.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has endured a lot of things. Since becoming Iron Man, his life has become more important and at the same time, even more at risk. There are bad guys everywhere who want a piece of that armor or a least some kind of armor which works just the same. Obadiah Stane with the Iron Monger suit. Ivan Vanko as Whiplash with his energy powered "whips". And with almost losing his life, again, after aliens attack New York, Tony Stark is left in a state or shock and restlessness. I mean, from someone being someone who is super intelligent, one of quite a bit, to having a armor powered suit which renders him invincible, to fighting and trying to save the planet from an alien takeover/war with a Norse GOD, a Super Soldier who was frozen in captivity and a man who can double in size, strength, leap huge distances and turn green, Tony doesn't sit well with this at all and has been finding this hard to adjust to. It is a lot, if you think about it.

This time around though, we have Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), a disabled Scientist who works with Maya Hansen, the inventor of Extremis, who at a New Years Eve Party in 1999, is celebrating with Tony and Killian where Killian offers Tony a job with Advanced Idea Mechanics. Tony turns the job down and years later, Killian is a successful business man in science.

However, The Mandarin emerges causing terror, with threats, jammed public broadcasting and a string of bombings everywhere which leaves Tony's pal and security chief Happy Hogan in hospital. At this point, this is the last straw for Tony who leaves the Mandarin a televised threat in which the Mandarin excepts the invitation by bombing Starks Mansion. Presumed dead and far away from home, Tony must uncover the truth about the Mandarin, the bombings and a possible love interest in Killian to Pepper Potts as he has been driving her away with his recent behaviour.

I think I was expecting too much from this film as I felt it could have been better. But with that said, remembering how the film played out, the acting, the plot, the twists, the technology and the action; this film does everything the second film doesn't and keeps the film a little bit more grounded and closer to the first Iron Man film. Not to say, in my opinion of course that Iron Man 2 wasn't good as I liked it, but Iron Man 3 excels where Iron Man 2 doesn't. The film is darker, funnier and has a more humane feel to it. The Iron Man suits are always great to see and in action, especially when 6 - 7 and then some, fly to Tony's aid in the final scenes with the bad guy. Even War Machine aka The Iron Patriot has a bigger role in this film than the previous films and added a little bit of that buddy on buddy back to back fighting Iron Man 2 left us with.

If you enjoyed the previous films, this one will be no different.

Friday, 17 May 2013

(film review) - Star Trek Into Darkness

I was thinking to myself just now, 2009? I'm sure I did a Star Trek 2009 review!? So, I went trekking through my archives and never found it. Needless to say, you probably saw what I did there, lol, but that isn't why I mentioned it. I saw Star Trek 2009 and it was such a refreshing retro futuristic film that if you know what I mean, then, you know what I mean.

Just to give an idea of the film.

The film starts with Chris Hemsworth (Pre-Thor) as the first officer, George Kirk of the USS Kelvin, sustaining heavy attack by a Romulan ship in which commander Nero (Eric Bana) is searching for Spock and sends the USS Kelvin into oblivion just after George manages to rescue the crew by sending them to safety and his pregnant wife Winona who is about to give birth to James T. Kirk. Years later, reckless yet intelligent Kirk joins starfleet and meets up with emotionless Spock, has a bar punch up along the way, an allergic reaction, becomes a major pain in the ears for Spock who ejects him off the ship onto some 'any' planet and then manages to catch up with Nero by using the gas clouds of titan as a cloaking device eventually and...yeah, Kirk saves the day and everyone cheers. Needless to say, I found the film extremely sexy! There was just too much going on in the film.

This new film continues the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his adventures on the Starship Enterprise to boldly go where no man has gone before and the film starts with Captain Kirk and Dr. 'Bones' McCoy (Karl Urban) running for their lives as they try their hardest not to be killed by the primitive civilisation who dwell on the planet they are observing. After violating the Prime Directive in order to save Spock's (Zachary Quinto) life, Kirk is demoted by Admiral Pike (Bruce Greenwood) and has been reduced to first officer of his own ship.

After a meeting is held in regards to a former starfleet agent going "rogue", the meeting is attacked by said rogue agent in which Kirk and his crew are assigned by Admiral Alexander Marcus (Peter Weller) with the task of hunting rogue agent down. However, they find out that rogue agent, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is currently hiding on the Klingon homeworld of Kronos in which no starfleet ship may go near without igniting a full scale war between the federation and the klingon empire.

As I'm not one to spoil movies for the viewers, I can only say that if you liked the first Star Trek 2009, you are going to absolutely love this one. The first film was just sexy. Considering how old school and futuristic the enterprise is, makes you appreciate what they were trying to do back in the 60's and to have the starship re-imagined from the outside in or inside out also makes you appreciate the future of things. Equipment, vehicles etc. Just everything was done in a old school way, like the TV series, but with modern imaginings of future concepts. This film continues this and basically improves on the first film in many ways other than character development. I found that the first film established the characters a bit more as this film didn't focus on much of the characters other than Kirk, Spock & Uhura. Even when Scotty got his screen time, meant that Sulu, Bones & Chekov didn't get as much time to shine. Not to say that it wasn't there, but not as much as the "main" characters.

Cumberbatch was awesome as the main antagonist and delivered a brilliant performance. Clearly stealing many of the scenes and just doing everything right! Peter Weller also did a great job and I can only say that his performance on top of Cumberbatch gave you the 'Bang for your Buck'.

But like I said before, if you liked the first one, I can not think of a reason as to why you wouldn't like this new one. The sound the starship makes going into warp is enough to send you into a frenzy. And without spoiling it, but the last few scenes involving Spock are absolutely priceless! Should J J Abrams do something similar for Star Wars, I'm sure he will capture the hearts of nerds everywhere!

Go watch if you like action, a touch of comedy and good over evil and sci-fi. If you don't like any of that, then your just boring, aren't you!