In the Eastern European country of Sokovia, the Avengers – Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, and Clint Barton – raid a Hydra outpost led by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who has been experimenting on humans using the scepter previously wielded by Loki. They encounter two of Strucker’s experiments – twins Pietro, who has superhuman speed, and Wanda Maximoff, who can manipulate minds and throw energy blasts – and apprehend Strucker, while Stark retrieves Loki’s scepter.
Stark and Banner discover an artificial intelligence within the scepter’s gem, and secretly use it to complete Stark’s “Ultron” global defense program. The unexpectedly sentient Ultron, believing he must eradicate humanity to save Earth, eliminates Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. and attacks the Avengers during a victory party at their headquarters. Escaping with the scepter, Ultron uses the resources in Strucker’s Sokovia base to upgrade his rudimentary body and build an army of robot drones. He recruits the Maximoff twins, who want revenge against Stark for their parents’ deaths from his company’s weapons. Together, they visit the base of arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in an African shipyard to obtain vibranium. The Avengers battle them, but Wanda subdues the heroes with haunting visions, causing the Hulk to run ramped and forcing Stark to use his powerful “Veronica” armor to stop him.
A worldwide backlash over the resulting destruction, and the fears Wanda’s hallucinations incited, send the team into hiding at Barton’s safe house farm, where they meet his wife, Laura, and children. Thor departs to consult with Dr. Erik Selvig on the meaning of the apocalyptic future he saw in his hallucination. Realizing an attraction between them, Romanoff and Banner plan to flee together after fighting Ultron. Nick Fury arrives and encourages the team to form a plan to stop Ultron. In Seoul, South Korea, Ultron forces Banner’s friend Dr. Helen Cho to use her synthetic tissue technology, vibranium, and the scepter’s gem to create the perfect body for him. When Ultron begins uploading himself into the body, Wanda is able to read his mind; discovering his plan for human extinction, the Maximoffs turn on Ultron. Rogers, Romanoff, and Barton hunt Ultron and retrieve the synthetic body, but Ultron captures Romanoff.
The Avengers fight amongst themselves when Stark secretly uploads J.A.R.V.I.S. – who is still operational after hiding from Ultron inside the Internet – into the synthetic body. Thor returns to help activate the body with lightning, explaining that the gem on its brow – the Mind Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones and one of the most powerful objects in existence – was part of his vision. The synthetic being, now referred to as the Vision, and the Maximoffs accompany the Avengers to Sokovia, where Ultron has used the remaining vibranium to build a machine that lifts a large part of the city skyward, intending to crash it into the ground and cause global extinction. As the city begins to lift, Banner rescues Romanoff, who awakens the Hulk for the battle. The Avengers fight Ultron’s army while delaying Ultron from activating his plan’s final procedure. Fury arrives in a Helicarrier with Maria Hill, James Rhodes, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to assist in evacuating civilians, but Pietro dies when he shields Barton from a barrage of fire. A grieving Wanda abandons her post to destroy Ultron’s primary body in revenge, inadvertently allowing one of his drones to activate the machine. The landmass plummets, but Stark and Thor overload the machine and shatter the city into pieces. In the aftermath, the Hulk, unwilling to endanger Romanoff by being with her, departs in a Quinjet, while the Vision confronts Ultron’s last remaining body.
Later, the Avengers have established a new base in upstate New York, run by Fury, Hill, Cho, and Selvig. Believing the Mind Stone is safe with the Vision, Thor returns to Asgard to learn more about the forces he suspects have manipulated recent events. As Stark and Barton also retire from the team, Rogers and Romanoff prepare to train new Avengers: Rhodes, Wanda, the Vision, and Sam Wilson.
In a mid-credits scene, Thanos retrieves the Infinity Gauntlet2 and, dissatisfied with the failures of his pawns, vows to hunt for the Infinity Stones personally.
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.
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.”
In My Humble Opinion: The Fast and Furious movies are senseless fun and I enjoy watching them, there I said it! I remember watching the very first one on a bootleg DVD while on the USS Rushmore when I was deployed overseas and have been a fan ever since. If you don’t like spoilers, don’t read anymore. If you don’t care about them…enjoy!
Following their successful Rio heist, Dominic Toretto and his crew of professional criminals have retired around the world: Dominic lives with Elena; his sister Mia and Brian O’Conner have had a son, Jack; Gisele and Han have moved to Tokyo; and Roman and Tej live in luxury.
Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs and his partner Riley investigate the destruction of a Russian military convoy, believing former British Special Forces soldier Owen Shaw and his crew are responsible. Hobbs tracks down Dominic and requests his help in bringing Shaw down; Dominic agrees when Hobbs presents him with a photo of Dominic’s former girlfriend Letty Ortiz, whom he thought was dead. Dominic gathers his crew together and they accept the mission in exchange for full amnesty for their past crimes, which will allow them to return home to the United States; Mia and Elena remain with Jack.
The crew are led to Shaw’s London hideout by one of his henchmen, but it is revealed to be a trap intended to distract the crew and police while Shaw’s crew performs a heist elsewhere. Shaw flees by car, detonating his hideout behind him and disabling most of the police, leaving Dominic, Brian, Tej, Han, Gisele, Hobbs and Riley to pursue him. Letty arrives to help Shaw, and shoots Dominic without hesitation before escaping. Back at their headquarters, Hobbs tells Dominic’s crew that Shaw is stealing components to create a Nightshade device which can disable power in an entire region; he intends to sell it to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, Shaw’s investigation into the opposing crew reveals Letty’s relationship with Dominic, but she is revealed to be suffering from amnesia.
Roman, Han, Gisele, and Riley investigate a subordinate of Shaw who reveals Shaw’s connection to Arturo Braga, a drug lord imprisoned by Brian. Brian returns to the United States as a prisoner to gain access to Braga; Braga reveals that Brian will only get close to Shaw if Shaw allows it, and discloses how Letty survived the explosion that was thought to have killed her. Shaw went to finish her off but after learning that she had no memory, he took her in. Aided by a former ally in the FBI, Brian is released from prison. In London, Dominic races Letty in a street racing competition. Afterwards, the pair talk and Dominic returns her necklace. When she leaves, Shaw arrives and offers to let Dominic and his crew walk away without harm, but Dominic refuses to leave without Letty.
Tej tracks Shaw’s next attack to a NATO Spanish military base. Shaw and his crew assault a military convoy carrying a computer chip to complete the Nightshade device. Dominic and his crew interfere, destroying the convoy while Shaw, accompanied by Letty, commandeers a tank and begins destroying cars along the highway. Roman manages to anchor his car to the tank, which Brian then pushes over a bridge, flipping the tank. Letty is thrown from the tank and Dominic risks his life to save her from falling to her death. In the aftermath, Shaw and his men are captured, but he reveals that he has kidnapped Mia. The crew are forced to release Shaw, and Riley (revealed to be working for Shaw) leaves with him; Letty chooses to remain with Dom. Shaw and his crew board a large aircraft while it is in motion on a runway while Dominic and his crew give chase. Dominic, Letty, Brian, and Hobbs board the craft; Brian rescues Mia and they escape using a car onboard. The plane attempts to take off but is held down by excess weight as Han, Gisele, Roman, Tej, Brian, and Mia tether the plane to their vehicles. Gisele sacrifices herself to save Han. Letty kills Riley and both she and Hobbs leap to safety, but Dominic pursues Shaw and the computer chip. Shaw is thrown from the plane as it crashes into the ground; Dom drives one of the remaining cars through the nose of the plane and reunites with his crew, giving the chip to Hobbs to secure their amnesty.
In the aftermath, Dominic and his team return to the United States. Hobbs and Elena arrive to confirm the crew are free. As Dominic’s crew gather to share a meal, Dominic asks Letty if the gathering felt familiar; she answers no, but that it feels like home.
In a post-credits scene, while Han is being chased in Tokyo, he is hit by an oncoming car, resulting in Han’s car exploding, killing him. The other car’s driver walks away from the scene and calls Dominic, leaving him a threatening message.
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.
Jeffrey kills his estranged wife and business partners and flees with his children: young Victoria and one-year-old Lilly. On a remote, snowy road, the car slips down an embankment into the woods. Jeffrey finds an abandoned cabin nearby and prepares to commit a murder/suicide. At the last moment, he is killed by a strange figure in the cabin.
For the next five years, Jeffrey’s brother Lucas and his girlfriend Annabel search for Jeffrey and the children. Searchers stumble upon the crashed car and eventually find the two children in the cabin. By this time, they’ve become animal-like. They are put under the care of psychiatrist, Dr. Dreyfuss. Lucas and Annabel are granted custody of the children under the agreement that they move into a large house used to do psychiatric case studies. The children’s rich aunt is angry that she did not obtain custody. It quickly becomes apparent that the strange figure, who the children repeatedly refer to as “Mama,” is in the new home interacting with the children. Her history is revealed throughout the movie through a combination of dreams Annabel has (induced by Mama), research by Dr. Dreyfuss, and conversations he has with Victoria.
“Mama” was a former patient named Edith at a mental asylum in the 1800s, who gave birth to a baby whom nuns had taken away from her. She stabbed a nun, broke out of the asylum, and ran away with her baby. After chased by authorities through woods, she jumps over a cliff into the lake below, hitting a tree branch on the way down. Edith’s corpse falls into the lake but the baby’s corpse hangs by a blanket on the branch and is recovered by authorities. Mama’s spirit was twisted by the grief of not knowing where her child was. For over a hundred years she searched the woods trying to find her baby. She was present when Victoria and Lilly were about to be killed by their father in the cabin but saved them and cared for them as her own. She plays with the children but hides from sight of anyone else.
Lucas encounters Mama, falls over a banister, and becomes comatose, leaving Annabel, who didn’t want the children, to care for them. Victoria becomes more like a normal child, but Lilly retains her animalistic nature. Annabel becomes attached to the children, and Victoria begins to prefer her over Mama. Lilly still remains completely loyal to Mama. Victoria worries for Annabel’s safety, saying Mama gets jealous. Meanwhile, Dr Dreyfuss begins to wonder if Mama is real. He manages to obtain the corpse of Mama’s baby with the help of a librarian. After seeing Mama during a session with Victoria, he goes to the cabin, where Mama attacks him.
After seeing bruises Lilly obtained from her animal tendencies, the aunt believes Annabel is abusing the children and begins to spy on the house for proof.
Annabel visits Dr. Dreyfuss’ office, learning he is missing. She steals and reads his research notes, taking the baby corpse in the process. Mama becomes angry due to Victoria’s neglect of her and attacks. Victoria tries to defend Annabel and pleads for Mama to stop, but Lilly is still clearly loyal to Mama. Annabel is knocked out, but at the last moment the aunt breaks into the house and has her body possessed by Mama. Mama uses this body to take the children to the cabin.
Annabel wakes up and drives to the lake. She finds Lucas near the cabin, who had gone there due to a dream he had while comatose where his brother asked him to save the girls. At the cabin they find the aunt’s corpse but not the children. Annabel sees them on the cliff that Mama had originally jumped from. She realizes Mama’s intention to jump off the cliff with the children. Lucas and Annabel arrive in time to stop this, but Mama attacks them. She becomes pacified, taking on a human appearance when Annabel gives her the baby’s corpse.
Lilly calls out for Mama and Mama throws the baby’s corpse away, preferring Lilly. She grabs the kids and walks to the edge of the cliff. Annabel tries desperately to stop them, eventually beaten to the point that she can only hold onto Victoria’s bathrobe belt. Victoria tries to convince her sister Lilly not to go with Mama. Lilly wants the three of them to be together. Mama jumps off the cliff with just Lilly. They both turn into a shower of moths. The movie ends with Victoria realizing that a lone butterfly is in fact Lilly, watching over her.