In My Humble Opinion: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are out of this world…..get it? Enjoy !!!!
Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first space shuttle mission, accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who is commanding his final expedition. During a spacewalk, debris from a satellite crashes into the space shuttle Explorer, destroying most of it and leaving them stranded in space with limited air. The debris continues to hit other satellites, causing a chain reaction of destruction until the satellites necessary for the two astronauts to communicate with Mission Control in Houston are also destroyed. Nevertheless, both Kowalski and Stone continue to transmit “in the blind” to Mission Control, in the hopes that Mission Control can hear them, regardless of whether or not they receive messages from Mission Control. Stone tumbles out of control after separating from the shuttle’s cargo bay arm. Kowalski, who is wearing a thruster pack as part of his spacesuit navigates to Stone and retrieves her. The two tether together, and make their way back to Explorer, where they discover the shuttle has been damaged beyond repair, and the rest of their crew are dead. They then decide to use the thruster pack to make their way to the ISS, which is nearby in orbit. Kowalski sets the timer on his suit for 90 minutes, estimating the debris that destroyed Explorer will orbit the Earth and come back around in that amount of time.
Kowalski is ever calm and efficient in the crisis, continuing to reassure Stone that they will both make it back to Earth safely. En route to the ISS, the two discuss Stone’s life back home and the death of her young daughter in a schoolyard accident. As they approach the ISS, it is clear that the ISS crew has evacuated due to the debris field causing damage. One Soyuz module for delivering ISS crew and returning them to Earth is missing, used by the ISS crew to evacuate the station. The other Soyuz module has been damaged, and its landing parachute has been deployed as a result. It becomes clear that the remaining Soyuz module cannot return them to Earth safely. As they approach the ISS they realize they have almost no air left and only one thruster burst remaining in Kowalski’s pack. He fires the thruster, and Stone is able to grab onto the ISS, however, Kowalski’s momentum pulls Stone away from the ISS, causing her to lose her grip. Kowalski asks Stone about her minimal piloting training, and instructs Stone to use the Soyuz capsule to travel to a nearby Chinese space station. Hopefully she will be able to get help there. Kowalski says that even if the Chinese have evacuated, she can use a return module that is based on the design of the Soyuz, and Stone’s limited training will get her home safely. Kowalski then disconnects his tether from Stone, sacrificing himself so Stone can get aboard the ISS safely.
Stone boards the ISS, which has been damaged but still has breathable air. Stone makes her way to the Soyuz module, but a fire starts from sparking wires aboard the ISS. She tries vainly to put out the fire, and finally gets aboard the Soyuz. Once aboard, Stone tries to thruster away from the ISS, but the parachute cables are tangled and keeping the Soyuz from getting free. Stone puts on one of the Soyuz spacesuits and spacewalks outside to release the parachute cables from the capsule. During the spacewalk, the satellite debris has orbited the earth, impacting with the ISS and the Soyuz. Stone barely makes it inside the Soyuz and escapes, just as the debris field impacts and destroys the ISS. Stone goes over the emergency manual, and uses the thrusters to line the Soyuz up with the Chinese station. She attempts to fire the main Soyuz rocket to navigate to the Chinese station; however, the fuel tanks are empty. Stone tries to use the Soyuz radio to contact earth, but she is only able to reach a farmer who does not speak English on a short wave frequency. Stone resigns herself to her fate of dying, and turns off the oxygen flow in the cabin to hasten her eventual suffocation. She begins to fall asleep, running out of oxygen, when she sees a vision of Kowalski outside the capsule. Kowalski enters the capsule, to Stone’s amazement. Stone tells him that there is no fuel left for the main rocket, but Kowalski, ever the optimist, tells Stone that the capsule still has re-entry rockets that cushion the landing of the capsule before touchdown on land, and that they will use those to navigate to the Chinese station.
Stone begins to thank Kowalski, when she suddenly understands that she is actually alone in the capsule. Stone realizes she hallucinated Kowalski in her oxygen-deprived state. She turns the oxygen flow back on in the Soyuz, and, using the information about the landing thrusters she remembered from her hallucination, fires the thrusters and makes her way to the Chinese station. Realizing she is going to miss the station by several dozen meters, Stone picks up a fire extinguisher and opens the Soyuz hatch while the capsule is still pressurized, blowing her across the distance. She navigates to the Chinese station using the fire extinguisher as a makeshift thruster. Stone boards the Chinese capsule just as the entire Chinese station, having been pushed out of its stable orbit by the satellite debris, starts to burn up on the upper edge of the atmosphere. Stone successfully enters the re-entry commands in the Chinese capsule’s computer, and the capsule begins its descent towards Earth. On the way down, Stone hears Mission Control over the radio tracking the capsule while rescue teams are being dispatched. The capsule splashes down in a lake in an uninhabited part of the Earth. Stone opens the capsule hatch, but the water rushing in nearly drowns her, pinning her against the wall. Once the water pressure equalizes, she slips out of her spacesuit and swims to the surface, where she swims to shore. While the remains of the Chinese space station and other satellite debris streak high in the sky overhead, Stone takes her first shaky steps on dry land, acclimating herself back to existing in the earth’s gravity.
In My Humble Opinion: I didn’t have high expectations when I first saw previews for this movie. Now that I’m reading some of the reviews and see that it’s doing well, I’ll definitely be checking it out. Read at your own peril…ENJOY!!!
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), a deeply religious man who runs a failing carpentry business, attends a Thanksgiving dinner with his family at the house of neighbor and family friends the Birches. The families’ six year old daughters, Anna Dover and Joy Birch, go for a walk outside with their older siblings, Ralph Dover and Eliza Birch. The children have to be forcefully pulled away from a parked RV by their siblings when they start climbing on it. After dinner, the younger daughters leave to go back to Anna’s house to get her safety whistle she is supposed to carry at all times, but they never come back. After a police hunt, the RV is found parked outside a gas station next to a wooded area. When Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), who heads the case, goes to confront the RV’s driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano). Alex panics, tries to speed away, and crashes into the trees.
Alex is taken in for questioning, but it is found that he has the IQ of a 10-year-old and rarely speaks. The RV shows no forensic evidence indicating the girls were forcibly taken into it, and Alex’s low intelligence means he couldn’t have covered up such evidence. Also, polygraph tests of him prove inconclusive due to his low IQ, and he repeatedly denies ever having seen the children. Detective Loki goes to see Alex’s aunt, Holly Jones (Melissa Leo), who raised him with his uncle after his parents died when he was six. Alex’s uncle left the home a couple of years previous after a domestic dispute with his aunt. Alex spends most nights sleeping in the RV and does not have many things.
As the police are unable to find evidence against Alex, he is released in two days. Keller attacks him in a parking lot, and afterwards claimed that Alex told him, “They only cried when I left them.” No one was close enough to hear this to corroborate, but he takes this as proof that Alex took the girls. That night, Keller abducts Alex at gunpoint while walking his dog, and imprisons him in an abandoned, run-down apartment building he was to renovate with his carpentry business. With the reluctant help of Joy’s father Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard), Keller repeatedly beats Alex for days for information. Overcome with guilt, Franklin tells his wife Nancy (Viola Davis) what they have done and brings her to see Alex. While talking to him, she unties Alex and he attempts to escape. This forces Keller to build a wall around a shower, where he locks Alex. It is devoid of light except for a small PVC tube talk-hole, and Keller is able to torture Alex with scalding or freezing water. At this point the Birches decide they cannot participate any longer, but they do not stop Keller. Detective Loki begins tailing Keller after hearing that Alex went missing, and eventually finds the apartment complex, though he does not discover Alex at the time.
Over the days Alex is being tortured, Detective Loki trails other leads. While investigating sex offenders in the area, he discovers that Father Patrick Dunn has a long-dead body in his basement. Father Dunn claims that he did not know who the man was, but that in a confession the man bragged about killing sixteen children and also admitted to having a family. Father Dunn confesses that he convinced the man to come to his house, where he killed him to “save the children”. Father Dunn is arrested for the crime. During a candlelight vigil for the missing girls, Detective Loki notices a man acting suspicious, but loses him in a chase. Subsequent scenes show the man breaking into the Dover and Birch homes, though it is not revealed what he did there. Keller’s wife hears the window open when the man breaks in, but never sees him, and believes Anna had come back. Detective Loki writes down her statement of someone coming in through the window. After a sketch of the man appears on the news, a department store clerk recognizes him and states that he comes in from time to time to examine children’s mannequins and buy children’s clothing. The man is revealed to be Bob Taylor when the clerk gives Loki the man’s license plate to track him down. Loki confronts Taylor at his home and within finds that the walls are covered in drawings of intricate mazes. In a back room, locked crates filled with maze books, snakes, and bloody children’s clothing are discovered. Both the Dovers and Birches identify clothing belonging to their children from the crates, and Taylor confesses to killing them. Keller begins to regret his actions towards Alex, but still believes Alex may know where the bodies are. Alex mentions a clue about finding them in a maze. Keller goes to the Jones home to “apologize” to Holly for attacking Alex at the police station, but in reality, he is there to judge her reaction after he mentions he’s having dreams of Anna in a maze.
Believing there’s a small chance the children might still be alive, Loki beats Taylor during questioning, but Taylor manages to grab Loki’s gun from his belt and commits suicide. The blood on the children’s clothes is later found to be pig’s blood, and after looking back at Keller’s wife’s statement about the window, Loki realizes Taylor had stolen clothing from the girls’ rooms. Taylor is revealed to be a fake killer copying a book titled, “The Invisible Man” which prominently features mazes, especially a circular maze (seen in the “O” in the “Prisoners” logo) which Taylor was drawing while in custody. Days later, Joy Birch is found drugged and is hospitalized, but Anna is still missing. In her drugged state, Joy rambles that Keller was there, giving the audience the impression that Keller is somehow in on it. Keller rushes off as Loki chases him. Loki loses him, but heads toward the apartment complex and discovers the imprisoned Alex.
Keller, however, went to Holly’s, realizing that is where Joy had heard him. Holly holds him at gunpoint and forces him to consume the same sedative used to incapacitate Anna and Joy. She reveals that she and her husband had been religious people, like Keller, until their son died of cancer at a young age. They decided to spite God by making children disappear without a trace to turn them into demons, as evidenced by what Keller had become. Alex was their first child to be abducted and they raised as their own son. Holly and her husband continued to kill until he ran from home one day; unknown to her, her husband was the man Loki had found in Patrick’s basement. From that point on, she basically stopped as she needed his assistance. However, when Alex gave Anna and Joy a ride for their amusement, she found her chance to do so again. Alex never harmed the girls. Holly dumps Keller (now handcuffed) in a pit hidden under a functional car made to appear broken. This pit is where she had made all the abducted children “disappear”. However, she mentions having moved Anna and Joy into the house when the police started looking around, which is what allowed Joy to eventually escape. In the pit, Keller finds his daughter’s whistle, and begins to attempt to repent for the demon he had become.
Loki goes to Holly’s house to tell her about Alex being found. He enters when she doesn’t respond, and realizes that her husband was the dead man in Patrick’s basement when he sees a picture of him wearing the same necklace as the dead man. He confronts Holly as she injects Anna with cyanide. The two shoot each other; Loki is wounded, but Holly is killed. He rushes Anna to the hospital and she is saved.
Days later, it is revealed that Keller is still missing, and is assumed to be on the run to avoid prison time for his crimes to Alex. Loki promises his wife he’ll find him. When searching through the newspaper, it is revealed that Alex is actually the boy who was kidnapped from the mother Loki visited earlier in the film. Loki is later shown with a team excavating Holly’s yard for remains, but the cold weather dramatically slows the search. After the team leaves, Loki is left alone, seemingly pondering Keller’s whereabouts. He hears a faint whistle, but believes it to be his imagination. However, the whistle keeps blowing and Loki turns around to investigate.
In My Humble Opinion: The Riddick franchise is another notch in the belt for star Vin Diesel and will surely churn a few more films; hopefully the creators stick with the formula that has made Pitch Black and Riddick entertaining. Pitch Black was a movie I had never heard of until my Marine buddies told me I needed to sit down and watch it. When I did, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it was. Unfortunately I found the follow-up Chronicles of Riddick extremely underwhelming…but then again, didn’t everybody? I am happy to hear / read that the newest installment, simply titled Riddick, gets back to roots of what made the original outing, Pitch Black, successful and thrilling to watch. Below is the plotline of the new movie Riddick…ENJOY!
Five years after The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick – Lord Marshall of the Necromonger fleet – has become increasing uneasy in his role; his negligence in swearing the Necromonger oath has caused discontent among his subjects. Yearning to locate his home world of Furya, Riddick strikes a deal with Commander Vaako; the location of Furya and a ship to take him there, in exchange for Vaako becoming the new Lord Marshal. Riddick and a group of Necromongers, led by Vaako’s aid, Krone, arrive on a desolate planet. Recognizing it is not Furya, Riddick kills most of his escort when they attempt to assassinate him. Krone uses pulse rifles to collapse the ledge Riddick is standing on, burying him in the rubble.
Emerging from the rubble badly wounded, and with a broken leg, Riddick manages to reset and splint his broken leg and fend off several dog-like beasts that approach him. Needing time to heal, Riddick hides himself and enters a state of hibernation. Emerging from hibernation, Riddick locates a vast savannah of grasslands, but the only passage is guarded by several scorpion like creatures that hide in the nearby muddy pools. Riddick spends time building up an immunity to the scorpion-creature venom while raising and training an orphaned pup of the dog-like beasts. Using hand-made weapons, Riddick succeeds in killing several of the scorpion-creatures and reaching the savannah with his ‘pet’ dog-beast. Later, Riddick locates an empty mercenary station, and notices a massive series of storms approaching which would unleash more of the scorpion-creatures. Needing to get off-world, Riddick activates the station’s emergency beacon which broadcasts his identity and presence on the planet.
Soon, two ships arrive following the beacon, a group of bounty hunters led by a man named Santana, and a better equipped team of mercenaries led by a man named Boss Johns. They notice a note left by Riddick telling them to leave one of the ships and depart the planet if they don’t want to be killed. Rubio, Nunez and Falco are killed during the first night, forcing the reluctant Santana to cooperate with Johns. Riddick later manages to steal a power core from each of the teams’ ships and then approaches Johns and Santana to strike a deal for their return. However, the conversation goes bad and Riddick’s dog-beast is shot and killed by Santana and Johns’ second-in-command, Dahl, shoots Riddick with powerful tranquilizers.
Johns interrogates Riddick about the final fate of his son, William Johns (the mercenary from Pitch Black). When the storms finally reach the station, large numbers of the scorpion-creatures emerge from the muddy ground, and besiege the station, killing Lockspur, Moss and Vargas. Johns agrees to release Riddick to go locate the hidden power cores, but Santana stops him and attempts to kill Riddick, who beheads Santana for killing his dog-companion. Riddick, Johns, and one of Santana’s men, Diaz, leave the station on hover bikes to go retrieve the power cores. Once there, Riddick reveals to Johns his son’s morphine addiction and cowardly actions. Diaz attempts to kill Riddick and Johns, but is killed by Riddick, but not before unintentionally damaging the only working hover bike (Diaz had already disabled the second one).
Fending off numerous scorpion-creatures while running back to the station, Riddick is severely wounded. Johns takes both cores and abandons Riddick to the creatures. After treating his wound, Riddick begins to fight a losing battle against a seemingly endless horde of scorpion-creatures. Just when it seems he is about to be killed, Johns arrives in one of the ships and shoots the creatures while Dahl descends to rescue Riddick. Riddick then takes one of the ships and as he flies away from the planet, he is stopped by Johns in the other ship. Johns asks Riddick where he will go, but thinks better and decides to not know. Riddick praises Johns for being a better man than his son, before departing into space.
In My Humble Opinion: I’m still kind of bummed that Neill Blomkamp hasn’t done a follow-up to District 9 yet. I mean who else remembers that final scene with Sharlto Copley’s character completely transformed into an alien being…hoping in three years he can be changed back to normal? That being said, this movie does look pretty bad-ass and I will definitely check it out soon. For those of you that can’t wait, see the below spoiler…ENJOY!!!
In 2154, two classes of people exist: the wealthy, who live on an advanced space station called Elysium, built by the Armadyne Corporation; and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster), deciding to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium at all costs, employs vicious South African mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to eliminate the illegal immigrants attempting to reach Elysium and use its advanced Med-Pods. President Patel (Faran Tahir) disagrees with her methods and threatens to dismiss her, in addition to firing Kruger. Delacourt then convinces Armadyne’s CEO, John Carlyle (William Fichtner), to write a computer program that can override Elysium’s controls and make her President in return for renewing Armadyne’s defense contracts on Elysium for the next two hundred years. Carlyle agrees, and, after creating the program, stores it in his own mind for safekeeping until he leaves Earth for Elysium. Meanwhile, Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), an ex-con who lives in the ruins of Los Angeles and works in one of Armadyne’s factories that manufactures robotic surveillance drones for Elysium, reconnects with an old friend, Frey (Alice Braga), who works as a nurse in a rundown hospital and has a daughter, Matilda, who is dying of leukemia.
After being exposed to lethal levels of radiation in an accident at the factory where he works and learning that he’ll die in five days, Max is fired by Carlyle and seeks help from a smuggler, Spider (Wagner Moura), who agrees to help Max infiltrate Elysium and use a Med-Pod to cure himself if, in exchange, Max helps him steal corporate information from Carlyle’s mind that Spider can profit from. Recognizing that Max is severely weakened by his radiation poisoning, Spider arranges for him to receive biomedical implants, including a rudimentary exoskeleton that increases his strength, and a transmitter to steal the information directly from Carlyle’s mind and transfer the information to Spider. He intercepts Carlyle’s spaceship with help from his friend Julio (Diego Luna) and Spider’s men, and steals the data from Carlyle’s mind. Upon learning of the attack, Delacourt deploys Kruger and his men to rescue Carlyle, and, in the ensuing firefight, Carlyle is mortally wounded by a stray bullet while Julio sacrifices himself fighting Kruger so Max can escape However, Max is stabbed in the process. Max seeks Frey for help treating his wound, but when she asks him to help smuggle Matilda into Elysium so she can be cured, he refuses. Meanwhile, Delacourt launches a manhunt through Los Angeles and demands Max be captured alive. When Max returns to Spider to remove the information from his head and get his ticket to Elysium, they discover Carlyle’s program, and realize that it could be used to rewrite Elysium’s systems and make the people of Earth citizens as well. Max refuses, and instead bargains with Kruger to be taken to Elysium in exchange for the reboot program (threatening suicide by a live grenade). Frey and Matilda are captured by Kruger’s men and taken to Elysium as well. As they are landing, one of Kruger’s men attacks Max in an attempt to disarm Max of the grenade, with the grenade ultimately detonating, crashing the airship and severely disfiguring Kruger.
They are surrendered to Delacourt, who prepares to extract the program from Max’s mind, which, due to the security added by Carlyle, will kill him in the process. Kruger’s men put Kruger in the Med-Pod and he is revived, but chastised by Delacourt for letting the situation get out of hand. In response, an insane Kruger stabs Delacourt and leaves her to die with Frey and Matilda. Despite Frey’s best efforts, Delacourt refuses her help and dies. Max escapes and rescues Frey and Matilda, sending them to the surface of Elysium to use a Med-Pod. Realizing that the Med-Pod won’t work on Matilda, as she is not a citizen of Elysium, Max resolves to use Carlyle’s program to make everyone on earth a citizen, and leaves to confront Kruger. He then meets with Spider, who arrives with his men to help him. Kruger receives a more advanced, military version of Max’s exoskeleton, granting him superhuman strength and agility. He then madly rampages through Elysium’s base of operations looking for Max while his men kill most of Elysium’s leaders, intending to use the program in Max’s head to make Kruger president of Elysium. As Max and Spider reach the main control hub, they are ambushed by Kruger, who stabs Spider’s hand and attempts to kill Max by disabling his suit. However, Max rips Kruger’s link to his exoskeleton out of his head and disables his exoskeleton, and uses this advantage to kill Kruger with his own explosive. Spider and Max make their way to the Elysium’s main computer, where Max radios Frey to say goodbye. Max activates the program he stole from Carlyle, knowing that the process will kill him. As Max dies, everyone becomes a citizen of Elysium, and Matilda is cured. As everyone on Earth is now a citizen of Elysium, Med-Pods are flown out to Earth to cure the sick and injured.
SUMMARY PROVIDED BY: JOSH KOTLYAR
In My Humble Opinion: I’ll probably wait for this one to hit Blu-Ray. But…I do love me some spoilers so, ENJOY!!!
The film begins with a montage of normal world events, with talk shows, weather, cities, and interspersed moments of predator-prey interactions. There are some mentions of an epidemic, but they are few and far between. The focus then shifts to the home of Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his wife Karen (Mireille Enos). They have two children, Rachel and Connie. While having breakfast, on TV there’s a news broadcast about martial law being implemented in a region.
The focus shifts to heavy urban traffic in Philadelphia. The Lane family sits in the car while on the radio, there’s news about a rabies outbreak that has spread internationally. At the same time an unusually large amount of helicopters flies towards the center of the city and police motorcycles zoom past, one of which knocks a mirror off the family car. Gerry goes outside to see what happens, And as he’s about to get into his car enormous explosion rocks the center of the city. The police officer approached Gerry on his motorcycle and yells at him to get back into his car. The police officer is then run over by a garbage truck. The truck ploughs through the traffic, with the driver convulsing and making disturbing noises. The Lanes drive through the cleared path of cars, but their car is broadsided by an ambulance. As they get out of the car, the focus shifts to the running and panicking crowd, among whom stand several convulsing individuals who proceed to attack other people. A nearby motorist is attacked, and a 12-second countdown begins. He comes down with severe seizures, dies, and within 12 seconds gets up and attacks his car and its passengers. The Lanes narrowly escape in an abandoned RV and leave a burning, chaotic Philadelphia.
On a highway outside of the city, Gerry’s former UN colleague, Thierry (Fana Mokoena), calls him and tells him that they barely made it out of a burning New York City. Rachel begins to have an asthma attack, and the Lanes make it to a supermarket/pharmacy in Newark, New Jersey, where they find albuterol. The store is in chaos, and Karin is almost mugged, but Gerry scares the men off with a hunting rifle. The RV has been stolen, and the Lanes decide to stay in a nearby apartment complex until they are extracted by a helicopter that Thierry has sent for them. As they near the apartment building, a woman falls from an upper floor and begins convulsing; she is infected and turning. More undead show up, and the Lanes lock themselves into the apartment building and are taken in by a Hispanic family. An emergency broadcast is all that is heard on the radio. As dawn approaches, the Lanes leave for the helicopter. They are attacked, and Gerry’s gunshots attract a large horde of undead, who give chase and end up killing the Hispanic family. Gerry is almost bitten, but is saved by the Hispanic family’s surviving son, Tomas, who shoots the zombie. Gerry panics, as he has gotten blood in his mouth, and runs to the edge of the roof of the building and counts to 12, ready to jump if he turns. The helicopter arrives and the family barely gets on as the horde gets to the roof.
The Lanes end up on an US Navy ship 200 miles off the coast of New York, where a team of analysts and military personnel are analyzing the scope of the outbreak, with population loss climbing in the billions. A biologist, Dr. Fassbach, argues that the plague is a virus, whose origin must be found in order for a vaccine to be developed. The naval commander tells Gerry that, because of his expertise as a former UN investigator, he is to go with a team of Navy Seals to find the source of the outbreak. Reluctantly agreeing for the sake of his family’s staying on the ship, Gerry leaves, and gives Karin a satellite phone to contact him with. The task force, accompanied by Fassbach and Lane, arrive at a military camp in South Korea, where the word “zombie” was first used to describe the outbreak. They barely make it inside the complex (with Fassbach dying), and talk to the soldiers inside. Lane tells them that the US is in utter chaos. The soldiers take Gerry to a room of incinerated bodies, where they first saw the outbreak. The soldiers’ commander (James Badge Dale) tells Gerry of a soldier who was found foaming at the mouth and tied up. When a doctor analyzed the dormant body, he was bitten. The commander tells Gerry that the time to reanimation was 5-10 minutes, which makes Gerry realize that there is variation in the virus’ incubation period. They interview a captured CIA traitor (David Morse), caught for selling arms to North Korea, and he tells them that the entire population of the dictatorship had their teeth removed so that they couldn’t bite. He tells Gerry to go to Jerusalem, where leader Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken), has established a safe zone. The team leaves on bicycles to the plane, but Gerry’s phone rings, and attracts a swarm of zombies. They quickly refuel while battling, and the commander, having been bitten, sacrifices himself. Gerry, en route to Jerusalem, sees an atomic bomb being blown up in the distance.
In Jerusalem, Lane meets Warmbrunn, who explained that Israel, having heard about the outbreak from India, built a defensive barrier around Jerusalem. They have established a quarantine, and are letting uninfected civilians in. A group of people are in celebration, and when they begin praying over the microphone, thousands of undead on the other side of the wall begin to climb over and attack. Chaos erupts, and Gerry’s escort soldier, Segen (Daniella Kertesz), is bitten. Gerry immediately cuts off her hand, and counts to 12 for good measure. They escape on a jet liner as Jerusalem is destroyed by the undead.
On the plane, Gerry cleans and changes Segen’s wounds and bandages. The pilots say that they are headed for (Cardiff, Wales). A dog on board begins to suspiciously bark, and when the flight attendant sees what is happening and opens up a compartment, an undead, who got in, attacks her. Chaos erupts in coach class, and Gerry, along with the rest of the front of the plane, quietly blocks the passage with luggage. One of the undead hears them, and attacks, with the rest following. Gerry throws a grenade to the back of the plane, then straps himself and Segen in. The explosion creates a hole in the plane’s rear fuselage, and all the undead are sucked out. The plane violently crashes in Wales, with Gerry and Segen ending up as the only survivors. Gerry was impaled with debris during the crash, but survives. The duo make it to their destination: a (World Health Organization) lab in Wales.
Gerry wakes up after being strapped for three days, and after having his identity confirmed by phone by Thierry (who tells Gerry that his family was sent off the ship because the navy thought Gerry died in the crash), is released. The doctors at the WHO discuss what has happened, and Gerry makes an observation—the undead, in Jerusalem, bypassed people who were terminally ill “like a river around a rock,” because they wouldn’t attack unhealthy prey, because it wouldn’t effectively spread the virus. He volunteers to test a harmful, but curable pathogen on himself and stand next to a zombie to see if his “sick prey” idea works. The doctors tell him that the wing that the pathogens are stored in has been infected: a vaccinologist analyzing specimens stuck himself with a needle and turned; he then infected all of the scientists in the wing. The undead doctors are now dormant, and wander aimlessly with twitchy movements until they get a stimulus (noise, a human, etc.). Gerry, one of the doctors, and Segen, volunteer to quietly venture into the wing to retrieve the samples. Their silence fails, and they are chased. Segen and the doctor make it back to the main lab and barricade themselves, while Gerry makes it into the vault with the pathogens. Fearing that he will die, he tells the doctors, via writing on surveillance, to tell his wife and kids that he loves them. He injects himself with the pathogen (presumably a bacterial one), and after a short time, opens the door, and an undead enters. The undead analyzes Gerry, growling and snapping his teeth, but doesn’t attack. Gerry locks the undead in the vault and makes his way to the main lab. He stops at the food court and makes noise to attract the undead from the door in the lab. He walks towards the door, and the undead run past towards the noise, ignoring him due to his sickness. The doctors rejoice at the discovery and Gerry is treated with antibiotics to rid him of the infection that he has given himself. Gerry makes it to Nova Scotia, where his family is in a safe zone. They hug and reunite, and footage shows the development of a “vaccine” derived from deadly pathogens that would act as an anti-zombie camouflage for the troops battling the undead, and for civilians. The footage then shows offensives beginning; humanity now has hope, and Gerry ends the film by saying that “This isn’t the end; not even close.”
The planet Krypton faces imminent destruction due to an unstable core, and its ruling council is under the threat of rebel General Zod and his followers. Scientist Jor-El and his wife Lara launch a spacecraft carrying their newborn son Kal-El and a genetic codex. After Zod murders Jor-El, he and his followers are banished to the Phantom Zone, but manage to escape when Krypton explodes. The infant Kal-El lands on Earth in Smallville, Kansas, where he is discovered by couple Jonathan and Martha Kent, who name him Clark and raise him as their adopted son.
Clark’s Kryptonian physiology affords him superhuman abilities on Earth. With Martha’s support, young Clark gradually learns to hone the abilities that initially cause him confusion and discomfort. Jonathan reveals to a teenaged Clark that he is a humanoid alien from another world, and advises him to not utilize his powers publicly, fearing that society would be dangerously apprehensive of him. After Jonathan is killed by a tornado, an adult Clark spends the next several years living a nomadic lifestyle, working different jobs under false names to cover his tracks and hide his identity. He eventually discovers a Kryptonian scout ship whose technology allows him to communicate with the consciousness of Jor-El in the form of a hologram. Lois Lane, a young journalist from the Daily Planet, also discovers the ship while pursuing a story, and is rescued by Clark when she is injured. Lois’s editor Perry White rejects the story she submits about her “superhuman” rescuer, whom she tracks back to Smallville.
Detecting the scout ship, Zod travels to Earth where he demands that Kal-El must surrender to him. Because Zod threatens the population if he does not comply, Clark agrees to surrender to the U.S. military, who thus hand Lois and Clark over to Zod’s right hand Faora. Zod reveals that he intends to use a terraforming “world engine” in conjunction with his own spaceship to transform Earth into a more Krypton-like planet and eradicate the human population, then use the codex (which has been revealed to be located within Clark’s cells) to repopulate the planet with genetically-engineered Kryptonians. After Clark and Lois escape with the help of a computer copy of Jor-El’s personality uploaded into Zod’s ship, the superhero arrives to stop Faora’s force at Smallville from seizing the spacecraft that brought Superman to Earth. The confrontation leads to a destructive brawl with the Kryptonian land forces while the US military attacks them all indiscriminately. While Clark manages to defeat the renegades and convince the military that he is on their side, the general learns that the codex is imprinted into Clark’s own genetic structure. With reassurances that Kal-El need not be taken alive to get that information, the General deploys the world engine to the Indian Ocean and initiates the terraforming by hovering his ship over Metropolis.
To stop this attack, Clark, now dubbed “Superman”, and Lois inform the US military of a countermeasure suggested by the Jor-El program: use the spacecraft that brought Superman to Earth in an aerial strike against Zod’s ship, thereby creating a portal to return the Zod’s ship crew to the Phantom Zone. Meanwhile, Superman stops the engine in the Indian Ocean with considerable difficulty and then manages to return to Metropolis to enable the bombing run to succeed despite the renegade Kryptonians’ resistance. Zod, having been separated from his ship earlier, still remains, and he and Superman use their powers to engage each other. After a battle, Superman is forced to kill Zod to save a group of innocent civilians from his nihilistic rampage, but he is supported by Lois to cope with this traumatic necessity. Superman decides to blend into the normal world by resuming the identity of Clark Kent, and is hired by White as a reporter for the Daily Planet.
In My Humble Opinion: Star Trek has been brought back to life thanks to J.J. Abrams. The 2009 reboot was a great movie (and this coming from an avid Star Wars fan) and I’m sure this one will be just as good if not better. Enjoy!!!
The USS Enterprise is sent to observe Planet Nibiru, but finds a volcano on the verge of erupting and wiping out its primitive inhabitants. In the process of launching a dangerous mission to halt the eruption, first officer Spock‘s life is jeopardized, forcing Kirk to break the “Prime Directive” and reveal the Enterprise to the planet’s civilization to rescue him. As a consequence, a number of indigenous people begin to worship the ship as it leaves. After being called back to Earth, Kirk is relieved of command, and Admiral Pike reassumes command of the Enterprise. Shortly afterward, Starfleet agent John Harrison bombs a secret “Section 31” installation in London. An emergency meeting of high-ranking officers is called at Starfleet headquarters, which Kirk attends as Pike’s first officer. The meeting is attacked by a gunship piloted by Harrison. Kirk takes the gunship down, but Harrison escapes and Pike dies.
After Pike’s funeral, Admiral Marcus (Weller) authorizes Kirk to hunt down Harrison, who has fled to the Klingon home world of Qo’noS. Since Qo’noS lies deep in Klingon territory and Starfleet is on the brink of war with the Klingon Empire, the Enterprise is supplied with 72 long-range prototype photon torpedoes, and is ordered to fire them all at Harrison’s location once he is found. Assuming those weapons to be too dangerous, chief engineer Montgomery Scott refuses to take them aboard and is therefore relieved of duty. The Admiral’s daughter, scientist Carol Marcus also joins the crew, under a false identity, and Chekov is promoted to Chief Engineer.
After arriving at the Klingon home world, the Enterprise’s warp core malfunctions, leaving the ship stranded in space. With repairs underway, Kirk, Spock and Uhura use a commandeered Klingon shuttle to enter Qo’noS. However, they are detected by Klingon patrol ships and are forced to land. Despite Uhura’s attempts to negotiate, the Klingons prepare to kill the trio, when a mysterious figure attacks the Klingons. After wiping them out, John Harrison confronts the landing party, but surrenders after learning the precise number of torpedoes aimed at him.
Back on the Enterprise, Harrison reveals his real identity: Khan, a genetically enhanced superhuman, who has been in cryo sleep for 300 years after waging an unsuccessful war on Earth to eradicate all those inferior to himself and his superhuman comrades. He suggests Kirk should take a closer look at the 72 prototype torpedoes and tells him a set of spacial coordinates. Kirk orders McCoy to take apart one of the torpedoes, and contacts Scotty back on Earth to examine the co-ordinates. The torpedoes are found to each contain a genetically-engineered human in cryo sleep – the remaining members of Khan’s crew from the Botany Bay. Khan explains that Admiral Marcus awakened Khan to force him to use his superior intellect and savagery to develop advanced weapons to start a war with the Klingons, keeping his crew as hostages. Kirk realizes that the Enterprise warp core has been sabotaged on Marcus’ orders, making the covert operation to kill Khan a one-way ticket.
At the same time Scott arrives at the coordinates which have been revealed by Khan, and finds a secret Starfleet shipyard, which he infiltrates. Back on the Enterprise the defective warp core is brought back online, but Chekov discourages from using it yet. Shortly after, another ship arrives: an unregistered Federation battleship, the USS Vengeance – a massive vessel built for combat which dwarfs the Enterprise. Admiral Marcus reveals himself as the commander of the vessel, demanding Kirk hand over Khan. Kirk refuses, and the Enterprise warps away to Earth, to return Khan to stand trial for his crimes.
With Marcus in pursuit, the Enterprise is attacked by the Vengeance in Earth’s orbit. Outgunned, the Enterprise is severely damaged. Ultimately Kirk agrees to hand over Khan and the 72 bodies in cryo sleep in exchange for the lives of his crew. Marcus refuses and beams his daughter to prevent her being used against him. As the Vengeance is about to destroy the Enterprise, it suffers a ship-wide power outage, caused by Scott who had boarded the ship earlier at the secret shipyard. As the Enterprise weapons are too damaged to continue the fight, and knowing that Khan was the designer of Marcus’ ship, Kirk allies himself with Khan and boards the enemy ship. They reunite with Scott and take the bridge. Meanwhile, Spock contacts Spock Prime to learn of Khan’s history and how to defeat him. Khan betrays Kirk and takes control of the ship, killing Admiral Marcus in the process. Khan negotiates with Spock for Kirk’s life, and beams aboard the 72 torpedoes onto the Vengeance.
Khan beams Kirk and the rest of the boarding party back to the Enterprise in order to destroy it. Spock reveals that the torpedoes beamed to Admiral Marcus ship were actually armed with real warheads while the cryo pods still remain on the Enterprise. Spock detonates the torpedoes rendering the Vengeance non-functional, and sending Khan into a furious rage, believing his crew have been killed. Both ships start descending towards the Earth’s surface. The crew of the Enterprise finally manages to halt their ship’s descent, as Kirk sacrifices his life to re-align the warp core, dying from radiation poisoning. The enemy ship crashes into downtown San Francisco. Having survived the crash, Khan tries to escape in the chaos, but is pursued by Spock. Meanwhile, doctor Leonard McCoy discovers that Khan’s blood may reanimate the dead Kirk. In the last possible moment, Uhura prevents Spock from killing Khan, and he is taken captive.
Kirk reacts positively to the treatment and is revived and put back on active duty. Khan is sealed into his cryo pod and stored away with the rest of his crew. As the film ends, the Enterprise is re-christened and departs for a 5-year mission of exploration.