(de) wrote: The voyages of the Next Generation come to an end in the dark thriller Star Trek: Nemesis. In this last adventure the Enterprise is sent to Romulus on a diplomatic mission to meet with its new praetor, but they soon discover that he has built a secret weapon with the intent of destroying the Federation. Though the story makes no sense within the Star Trek canon, it's exciting and action-packed. And the cast delivers strong performances, especially Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner. Additionally, the special effects and makeup are quite good, as is the score by Jerry Goldsmith. Star Trek: Nemesis is a problematic film, but overall it's a thrilling and dramatic conclusion to the TNG era of the franchise.
(us) wrote: On Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the ferry Sen. Alvin T. Stumpf is carrying hundreds of U.S. Navy sailors and their families across the Mississippi River from their base to the city. Suddenly, the ferry explodes and sinks, killing 543 passengers and crew members. Special Agent Douglas Carlin (Denzel Washington) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) is sent to investigate and discovers evidence of a bomb planted by a domestic terrorist. Arriving at the scene he hears his unique ring tone coming from a nearby body bag. He then meets with local investigators and FBI Special Agent Paul Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer), and informs them of his findings. He learns about a charred body pulled from the river, identified as Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton). Unlike the other bodies from the ferry, though, this one was killed before the explosion. Pryzwarra is impressed with Doug's detective expertise, and asks him to join a newly formed governmental detective unit whose first case is to investigate the bombing. Led by Dr. Alexander Denny (Adam Goldberg), they investigate the events before the explosion by using a program called "Snow White", which enables them to look into the past (4 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, 14.5 nanoseconds) in detail by using several satellites to form a triangulated image of events. The system is limited in that they can only see past events once; there is no fast forwarding or rewinding, although they can record everything in the process. Convinced that Claire is a vital link, Doug persuades them to focus on her. While investigating Claire's past through "Snow White", the bomber calls her to buy the SUV that she has for sale so he can use it for the bomb. Although he doesn't buy her car, the "Snow White" team now knows exactly where and when the terrorist was during the call. Doug finds out "Snow White" is actually a time window, and can send inanimate objects into the past. Despite Denny's protests against tampering with the past, Doug has the team send a note back to his past self with the time and place to stop the ferry bomber. Instead, his partner Larry Minuti gets the note and while following up on it he is shot by the terrorist, and setting up his death in the present. The team attempts to follow the terrorist, who takes Minuti with him, but he moves outside of "Snow White"'s range. However, Doug is able to follow him in the present using a "Snow White" like helmet that increases the machine's range, and able to track him to the terrorist's home. In the past time, Minuti regains consciousness, but is killed and burned by the terrorist. Still needing a vehicle big enough to hold the bomb (and is not riddled with bullet holes) the terrorist goes to Claire's address, kidnaps her and takes her car. Using face recognition technology the ferry bomber is identified and taken into custody. He turns out to be Carroll Oerstadt (Jim Caviezel), angry at the military after being turned down by both Marines and Army, because their psychological profiling showed he was psychologically unstable. Considering the case now closed, the government shuts down the "Snow White" investigation. Despite the killer having been caught, Claire and the ferry victims remain dead, which unsettles Doug since he is convinced that the "Snow White" team can actually alter history. Doug convinces Denny to do one last experiment, that is: send Doug to the past to save Claire and stop the bombing; a risky procedure, since no human has ever been sent back... Rotten Tomatoes consensus states, "Tony Scott tries to combine action, science fiction, romance, and explosions into one movie, but the time travel conceit might be too preposterous and the action falls apart under scrutiny." Joel Siegel of ABC News called the film technically "well-made," but criticized its attempt to describe a supposedly scientific basis for time travel as both silly and dull, as did Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, who additionally found the depiction of parishes decimated by Hurricane Katrina "vulgar". Todd Gilchrist from IGN rated the film eight out of ten, calling it a "bravura set piece", despite an ending that "feels inappropriate given the urgency (and seeming inevitability) of the story's dnouement." Likewise, Michael Wilmington of the Orlando Sentinel rated the film three out of four stars, citing the "good cast, Tony Scott's swift direction, and unyielding professionalism" as rationale for his rating. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described the film's exploration of the nature of time and the implications of time travel as having been a "sci-fi staple for generations".Tony Scott (rest in peace) had his ways of making films, often with over the top of everything and a liking of adding all and everything in one bag of goodies. That resulted often in a spinning head from all the impressions containing of crazy editing, bombs and explosions, macho idealism and exstensive violence. With "Deja Vu" Scott had a script with an added time-travel set up which can be an interesting topic if you write it in a proper way and that you dont end up in so many angles and ideas within the topic so you confuse the viewer. I reckon Scott had issues with fitting in the time-travel part, even if that was the bearing part of the script it seems, since it becomes slightly incohesive and not clear at all times. That is however not only the problem, the script is quite one dimensional and a bit ridiculous putting a professional terrorist in the centre with hurt feelings after having been turned down by both the Marines and the Army, because their psychological profiling showed he was psychologically unstable. While the script couldve been aiming at creating a more "richer" background to this modern day terrorism we see on a global scale and trying to make a proper statement, it becomes just a normal action vehicle with no real layers and no real insights. And the time-travel aspect just makes the film slightly confusing and hardly adds to making "Deja Vu" more intriguing. Plus with plot holes are all over the place, you lose the thread early in the film. Denzel Washington does a "Denzel" no more no less, Val Kilmer is not on his top level, Jim Caviezel does what he can to make Oerstadt a despicable person and the truly beautiful and intriguing Paula Patton doesnt get enough screen time (whats new in Hollywood...). "Deja Vu" is not a must see in any ways. Trivia: Scriptwriters Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii didn't feel Tony Scott recaptured everything in the screenplay. They felt he was more interested in the action scenes, rather than the intricacies of time travel. They wrote a plot that was airtight, but in Scott's hands, the finished product is now filled with plot holes. Rossio was so disillusioned with Deja Vu (2006), he's never seen the film. Scott also admitted he did a mediocre job directing the film, but blamed that on the nineteen-week production schedule, which wasn't as long as he wanted.
(kr) wrote: Firstly this is not a movie about physical ailments or so called 'environmental sickness'. For those who think it is, wake up. It is a perfect movie though. I have to agree totally with reviewer rubystevens, this movie is most definitely a horror. Approach it as such and you won't be disappointed. Whats the scariest thing there is? Reality and your own fragile mind that's what. If I were to review this the way I want to I'd need to type an essay. I won't do that but I will say that this is an intelligent, insightful and unsettling movie. The director has decided on a message and delivers it with astonishing originality.and passion. Its subtle too but at the same time the message almost screams out at you by the spine chilling end scene.Its about the human mind, loneliness,depression, fragility, disaffection, self hatred and paranoia in a modern world with all its materialism and soullessness. Its also crucially about the parasites who get rich by exploiting these weakness. Its about losing your mind in a world full of people who don't care. What could be more terrifying? Julianne Moore puts in a performance which should go down in movie history as one of the finest. Now to finish, this movie has, for me, one of the most terrifying characters I've ever seen onscreen. He appears only twice in the movie from a distance and only for a short while. He's one of the patients in the retreat center and represents what it means to be completely broken. You can see him on the movie poster above. Not much right? Wait until you see him onscreen. Carol White is on the way to being just that. Which makes the final scene in the porcelain igloo scary as hell. Yes I said porcelain igloo.