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Thor : The Dark World

downloadThor: The Dark World is better, funnier and definitely a far cry from the first one. In the movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) asked for Loki’s help (Tod Hiddleston) to fight an evil Dark Elf’s sinister plan, from unleashing the Aether, an ancient force of infinite destruction.

The super villain Malekith is planning to annihilate the Nine Realms. As the king of the Realm Asgard, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) orders his son Thor to end Malekith’s intentions.

Additionally the “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slowly introduced in this film, it is an upcoming science fiction film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team.

Since most of the scenes are played out in Asgard and other distant dimensions, director Taylor did a great job in delivering his most compelling setpieces. The backdrop is a straight up fantasy world, serving as a good crossover from the first movie to the marvel Comics Asgard.

Overall I’m giving 8 stars out of 10 to Thor: The Dark World, both for its story line and great landscape.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim Review

pacific_rim_ver3Pacific Rim, directed by Del Toro, offers an intoxicating visual effects and fight scenes. It caters both to adult viewers who were fascinated by Godzilla and the new generations hooked by robots.

The film revolves around giant monsters, colossal mechas, linked brains, aliens and portals. These are some of the most effective ingredients in film making to grab the attention of viewers since it’s the core of pop culture currently.

The Robots specifically are very plausible as it still needs the complex human brain to control it.

As for the ammunitions they are composed of incinerator turbines, plasma casters, sting blades, nuclear vortex turbine and the likes, so the mechas doesn’t need heavey projectile-firing guns which are a waste of resources and will definitely add weight to the machines making it a near-perfect allusion.

 

All-in-all movie was an 8 / 10 in my books and I am 100% expecting a sequel and hoping this will be a long franchise.

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Star Trek into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

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Last night we went along to the latest update of the Star Trek reboot, some had seen the first reboot some had not, but we are all Sci-fi fans and love the heart of Star Trek.

Overall we had a good night out. One was a raving fan, and the rest of us enjoyed the ride.

The opening sequence is beautifully shot and sets the tone really well. The characters for the most part hold together well and work as new characters and as ripples of their archetypes, and the core question of logic / heart and what is right begins.

The upsides:

  • Great graphics – this is what animation and special effects were dreamt for – big space scenes where you really can forget that not one piece is really floating in space – yes the USS Enterprise is a real ship and we all wish we could fly on her…
  • The physicality of the universe made more sense – a real sense of a human made space ship and engineered world.
  • A few moments that will leave you engaged by the plot and wondering what’s next..
  • A favourite “Sherlock Holmes” playing a baddie.
  • Spock played by Zachary Quinto (from Heroes) played it well and the love interest with Uhura (played by the gorgeous Zoe Saldana)

The downsides:

  • a couple of the characters don’t cut it – McCoy, Scotty, … they are good actors but someone don’t seem to be playing it as straight as the rest and they are comic relief in parts but not in a way that we felt was right. Character choice and ability to play a role convincingly so that we the audience suspend our disbelief is more and more essential and harder and harder to “fake”.
  • a couple of places will have you question the plot and nice hollywood rubber band endings

Overall a movie that you can watch in the cinema or when it reaches home release. It won’t shock your world, but it will leave you having had a fun ride with your friends and after all isn’t that what cinema at least at times is all about.