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Movie review: Star Trek: Into Darkness


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It is one awesome film everyone should watch

Ok this was my review in a line, many countries have not yet got this movie and despite of heavy spoilers floating around I am going to keep it as spoiler free as possible.

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Star Trek followers the alternate universe reboot of Star Trek in 2009 and if you still don’t like the idea of rebooting then you’ll hate the movie, otherwise it is as epic as first part. There are a lot of clever nods to the original series.

Although the movie is predictable and has its own flaws but which movies don’t have them these days? There are a lot of plotholes in this movie for example the headquarters and undercover operations have no defense mechanisms in case of an attack despite previous experiences. Despite that this movie shines because of solid acting given by every cast member.

Despite of having such amazing cast, the main baddie Benedict Cumberbatch shines above all. He was simply brilliant with each line he spoke and the every moment he simply beats everyone. Zachry Quinto is perfect as Spock and humorous at the same time. Rest of the cast with Chris Pine, Zoey Saldana and Karl Urban are simply awesome. The characters have a balance among each other.A lot of actors that didn’t get big roles in the reboot get the spotlight here. Simon Pegg’s Scotty is basically the star of the film, almost as much as Kirk or Spock. Anton Yelchin’s Chekov also gets a bigger role here, and really none of the characters get overlooked.
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The movie is so fast paced that audience won’t feel bored at any point ever. For older trekkies this movie is filled with references and easter eggs. The score of the film is mindblowing and so are the visual effects.

In the end despite its flaws there was no way to make this movie better than it was. My rating for this movie will be 4/5

Movie Review: G.I. Joe Retaliation


G-I-Joe-Retaliation  There are movies that turn out real good from the first part that failed to deliver what fans needed. There are movies that fight previous shortcoming and if not awesome then still prove to be a good watch. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is not one of those movies.

I had no expectation, the first part was a huge disappointment and I was expecting the same with this movie. If you haven’t watched the movie then its good for you because anything exciting is already shown in trailers and TV Spots. There is nothing more to see other than big gun fights and cheesy dialogues.

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The story picks up shortly after the first, with the Joes lead by Channing Tatum established again as being the go to guys if you want something not only done well, but done as flashy as possible. His team consisting of The Rock’s Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Jinx, Flint, and Lady Jaye find themselves double crossed and leaderless when an imposter in the White House sets the wheels in motion for Cobra to try their hand at world domination.

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The Rock is the star of this movie.Duke played by Channing Tatum is killed after fifteen minutes of establishing his character. The whole team is in trouble and on a mission to stop Cobra Commander who is destroying cities using satellites because in that world every third satellite has destruction capabilities.

The film has some good action moments especially the one with Ninja Battle scene featuring Snake Eyes, Jinx and Storm Shadow who also had the best costume design, hats off for that. The best performance in the movie is given by Ray Park as Snake Eyes who played a mute character with a mask to hide his expressions. Rest of the team is as expressionless as a wooden plank. Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye is just an eye candy and looks as manly as the Rock with no expressions. Everyone else including Bruce Willis can be credited for worst performance ever.

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The bad guy camp has a new Cobra Commander. The old one is shown as very much in captivity, incapacitated entirely, and yet he has this entire Cobra army at his beck and call. Do they blindly follow whoever wishes to claim the leader? This is the stupidest paramilitary team ever? But then again not a lot of things here do makes sense, they have a motorbike made entirely of explosives, to heat gloves designed to stealthily melt through a wire fence. You know what else stealthily gets though a wire fence? Wire cutters, but with the added benefit of not giving off noise and light.

And this one comes with my favorite TV Tropes, where two characters meet and they pretend like they don’t know each other or are old enemies and bang  we’re just messing around audience, we’re old friends!’ Tension resolved.

But most of us don’t care for story and acting in such movie, but action should be top class. This movie fails on that part too. Slow action that tries to take influence from Bay’s logic, and – most surprisingly given the movie’s budget is very cheap looking, and the hand-to-hand battles are kiddie-proofed to the point of having zero impact. Although the 3-D is superb especially in Ninja sequences but Bay knows his stuff and others don’t.

Fans of big dumb popcorn flicks like Expendables and Transformers will love this movie otherwise this is a plain disappointment.

Final Verdict 2.5 out of 5

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Review


Johnny Blaze, still struggling with the curse of being the Ghost Rider, is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when a secret sect of the church asks him to save a boy from the devil. At first Johnny is reluctant to use his power, but it’s the only way to save the boy and possibly rid himself of this curse forever.

Lets start with a general perception about Hollywood movie buffs in India.Majority of people beleive if its Hollywood then its good. If its a superhero then it is much better. Movies based on comic books don’t need much acting and emotions (clearly they haven’t seen Dark Knight and Captain America) and know these characters as much it is written in Wikipedia.

So I am here to review Ghost Rider 2 Spirit of Vengence.I wanted to like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance like so much. The trailers and TV spots were so refreshing and action packed and despite the fact that Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor aren’t the best filmmakers out there, a watchable action flick could have been expected from them but not. In fact, the directing duo can count themselves in the list of worst Comic Book Movie filmmakers and enjoy. Simply put, the film is a mess, and while it at least delivers on some of the promise of what we’ve so far seen, the sequel or sequel boot ends up being nearly as bad as Ghost Rider’s movie released in 2007. It has its moments, but they are few and far between.

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The script is horible. There is nothing like a real plot, and it is incredibly weak and predictable. The dialogues are so bad that you’ll find yourself laughing at wrong moments, while the characters are as paper thin as the pages from the comic books that the movie claims to based upon. Spirit of Vengeanceis a a sequel and a reboot, but it will leave anyone who hasn’t read a comic book or watched the first part badly confused and like what happened ???. The new back story makes Blaze’s motivation unclear and unclearer. Scenes are edited in cartoon-like sequences and weird montages make the film even more idioticAlso his voice,  They went to a lot of trouble synthesizing animal noises through an electric guitar to pull off the perfect “unholy” sound they were after.  The problem?

Nicolas Cage portrays Johnny Blaze in utterly ridiculous fashion. There are moments where his acting becomes ridicules and stupid. He decided to play Ghost Rider by himself which was a good decision but the way he walks makes him a laughable piece of shit of all superhero movies. Ciarna Hinds-Rourke who plays devil not at all looks scary of threatening instead he looks as laughable as Nicolas Cage . Johnny Whitworth is no better as Carrigan,an uninteresting character whom the real Ghost Rider would have blown into ashes in 35.55 secs.His appearances give feeling of a clown prince trying scare people as hard as he could . Violante Placido puts in a good performance as Nadya, while Idris Elba is perhaps the films only real saving grace as Moreau. However, with little screentime, poor characterisation and and mostly awful dialogue, it’s hard to really praise anyone.none of them have a lot to do, and Fergus Riordan’s as a young Danny (Ketch?) is better we don’t mention it. The movie starts in a ridiculous fashion and soon gets into the boots of Terminator 2. With Blaze trying to save a kid from becoming the Devil

The special effects are good and Ghost Rider looks fantastic. While Blaze is in his fiery form, the leather on his jacket and his chain and bike. The only action scenes and Chases scenes are the ones which you have already seen in the trailers and TV spots. Unfortunately, the 3D effects are nowhere near as effective, serving only as a reminder of why seeing any film that wasn’t shot in the format or at least converted properly is a waste of time and money.If you really want to watch Spirit of Vengeance , do so in 2D.

So if you want to watch the movie to see a man with skull on fire there aren’t enough scenes where this man really has his skull on fire

My Ra(n)ting 1.5 out of 5 and I want my money back


If I knew where Nicolas Cage lived, I’d send him a copy.  It would be….appropriate somehow.