Despite all its flaws, annoyances and the fact that it's an obvious rip-off of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is still much more watchable than any of the Next Generation or reboot films. The original cast always had great chemistry and the special effects combined with the orchestral music is relaxing to watch, even if it does drag the movie on far too long.
I think maybe the worst part of this movie is the dialog. When Jim Belushi said "Stupid G**damn f***ing Russians!" it took all my willpower not to hit the stop button. I like Jim Belushi in just about anything, but his acting was awful in this movie, as was everyone else's. To their credit however, they didn't have much to work with as the writing was atrocious. A five year old could write a more watchable movie. As far as the Russian accents go, the actors take a stereotypical approach, omitting the word "the" while they invoke the phoniest accents I've ever heard. Speaking of bad acting, a must-have for every decent cop movie is a good villain who gives the viewer reason enough to dislike them, but this one tries too hard and by the end of the movie, you don't even care what happens to him.
I give this movie three stars and I think that's pretty generous for a movie I will never watch again.
I'm normally the kind of person who is able to overlook the overall absurdity of the plot of any check-your-brain-at-the-door popcorn flick and just enjoy it, but this movie goes absolutely nowhere. It's a slow, boring movie with characters that are completely uninteresting and don't develop at all. Since an environmental crisis is so integral to the plot, I have to touch on it a bit. First of all, this movie was made 20 years too late to be believable. It was fashionable during the 80's to believe in the depletion of the ozone layer, but when it was discovered that was no longer the case, people often credit climate science even though there are now almost twice as many people on Earth. Furthermore, the sun is what creates the ozone layer. If pollution were the cause of ozone depletion rather than by the natural tilt of the Earth to the sun, holes would appear over the continents of the biggest polluters, rather than over Antarctica. Since it's been established that penguins and the occasional humans suffer no ill effects when there allegedly was an ozone hole, why not move closer to the Earth's southern polar region to survive? Never mind EVERYONE in the background driving their cars, running their businesses and going about their daily lives.
This movie is little more than a celebration of junk science and its champions, making this the type of movie that Leonardo DiCraprio would've done for free.
The plot is a totally original. Somehow, yet another Jurassic Park exists with no explanation of where it came from and the main characters once again travel to the island only to find themselves running from the dinosaurs later to escape from being eaten... Brilliant.
The director, Colin Trevorrow is now slated to write and direct Episode 9, no doubt ending that franchise on a low note. The characters in this movie are so vapid and one-dimensional, you will find yourself rooting for the dinosaurs, hoping they will kill lots of people in some grandiose fashion like in the previous installments. It tries to be suspenseful, but fails miserably. Chris Pratt, who was terrific in Guardians of the Galaxy looks totally out of place in this one, displaying the same idiotic expression on his face throughout the entire film that never changes. This movie is far worse than The Lost World and that's saying something.
As soon as I heard that Jar Jar Abrams was doing this updated Star Wars Holiday Special, I knew it was definitely not going to be good, but I wasn't expecting it to be this BAD. Jar Jar, still riding his fame for LOST, even though his only real involvement in that show was the pilot episode, has shown that he can completely beat to death time-honored franchises like Star Trek and flip the bird to its fans. The sets used in this movie made the original trilogy look state of the art in comparison. Every one of the costumes have a cheaply constructed fan-film quality to them. Kylo Ren's costume reminded me of Klytus from the 1980 Flash Gordon movie. As bad as the prequels were, you could still look forward to a cool light-saber duel, but even when that moment came in this new film, you were let down BIG TIME. From the very first shot, this movie made a concerted effort to copy the original Star Wars. The points made in every bad review reflected my exact thoughts. Every character in this movie is even more shallow and uninteresting as the prequel characters. Even the bad guys act silly and elicit about as much negative feelings towards them as the Nazis in the third Indiana Jones movie. If the entire First Order is looking for BB-8, as long as they don't need any cigarettes lit, why don't the main characters just leave this otherwise useless droid behind? I have my own theory about that. I believe that the soul of Jar Jar Binks was preserved in perpetuity inside the little droid. Hey, if you're going to make a parody version of a classic movie, why not go all out? Besides that, what happened to Carrie Fisher's voice? It doesn't go above a whisper and it sounds heavily slurred. She sounded just like that lady in the anti-smoking ads with the stoma in her neck. Chewie didn't even look like Chewie anymore but rather a Wookiee that had just walked out of a hair salon.
There are bad movies and there are movies that are so bad, they leave you in a lousy mood for the rest of the day. This movie is the latter. After watching this, I found it much more entertaining and cathartic to read all the negative reviews. If you hated this movie, the best thing you can do to express your anger is to boycott any more Star Wars movies and merchandise.
As I read the negative reviews of this movie, it makes me wonder what the hell kind of world we live in where we have Internet trolls on our home soil who in the most vile, offensive way possible make our Navy Seals out to be the bad guys in the war on terror. The men and women of our U.S. military are so heroic and fearless that leftist idiots like Hillary Clinton and Brian Williams try to appear as one of them by fabricating their own epic fail stories about being under fire. It's a good thing that the people who make their mark in history are not the idiot congressmen with their pie in the sky policies that always blow up in their face or the people who vote for them, but the people who actually change the world like Chris Kyle. If terrorists were out there plotting another attack on my home soil, I would take comfort in knowing that people like Chris Kyle were there to take them out rather than some vain, pencil-neck Alinskyite who claims in their usual leftist sophistry that if we reason with them and offer them jobs, that will miraculously cause them to rethink their terrorist ways! The only jobs they're qualified for are as butchers and there are only so many of those jobs available! This movie flies in the face of everything the media and our college professors tell us about our military and I can see why leftists use it to spew their hate-filled trash-talking rhetoric.
I never would've imagined on the day when 9/11 occurred that the people who committed those atrocities would one day be publicly embraced by our president of all people who refuses to even say the word "terrorist" and who claims that they have "legitimate grievances" against America. Nowadays, even the people who are guilty of some of the biggest acts of terrorism such as Che Guevara and Dzhokar Tsarnev are glamorized as rock stars. I guarantee you that if the terrorists cut the heads off of cute little animals rather than people and posted the video of it on YouTube, that would finally elicit a reaction from the left and even then, they would still probably blame Nakoula Nakoula for it.
This movie gives us a Spider-Man that's much more true to the original comics. I wasn't at all surprised when Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man wasn't considered for inclusion in The Avengers. The previous three movies did nothing to boost his career, but I can expect to see a lot more from Andrew Garfield in the coming years and I would love to see him in the sequel to The Avengers. Emma Stone also manages to outshine Kirsten 'Dunce' as the love interest, but in all fairness, that's not terribly difficult for such a sub-par actress like Kirsten.
Even if this story had been done before, it certainly hadn't been given the respectful treatment that it had in this film. The 3D is this movie could hardly have been done any better. The common denominator in all the bad reviews, besides the fact that they were apparently written by 12 year-olds (seriously, read some of them) is that people simply didn't like the villain, therefore they complain about the CGI to try to give themselves credibility.
This is on track to be the movie of the year and not The Avengers.
The story was half-assed and the characters are shallow and uninteresting, especially Joel. The chemistry between him and Clementine is contrived from the very beginning. Throughout the entire movie, we're treated to memory after memory them together while Joel tries to hang on to each one. By the time the movie gets to the sub-plot, who really cares? The characters in this film are only about as naive as the entire cast of Mystic Pizza.
I went back to reading reviews of this movie and none of them seem to indicate why this movie is any good. I hear "good cinematography," maybe; "artsy," sure; "original," not for a Charlie Kaufman film; but I would also add lackadaisical, pedantic and half-baked.
No action: There was certainly more action than The Godfather, another mob movie.
No plot: Did you watch the friggin' movie, or do you find it hard to follow movies like Toy Story?
Don't know about the characters: The whole movie is a study on the disparate personalities of the three. What don't you know?
Don't believe the negative reviews of a movie like this. If graphic violence or strong language doesn't bother you then watch this movie the next time it's on the movie channel or rent it sometime. Also, could someone explain to me, what's up with the obvious dubbing over some of Adam Baldwin's profanity? This is even on the unedited video version of the movie. The movie already had an R rating. Were they trying to clean it up a little? Watch carefully whenever Tate is swearing at Travis and you'll see what I'm talking about.