Originally Posted by Josh Z
The more I think about this movie, the less I like it. I'll defend Lost to the end, including the finale, but Damon Lindelof needs to stop writing movies. Because he sucks at it. He really, really sucks at it. I'm beginning to think that everything good about Lost must have been Carlton Cuse's doing.
This isn't quite as bad as Prometheus. I guess that's something. Sadly, that's about as much faint praise as I can muster for it right now.
Magic blood? Seriously, J.J. Abrams? F*** that noise.
I saw this yesterday in IMAX 3D, and was left with mixed emotions afterwards. I felt that it fell prey to the usual "sequel syndrome" of everything made bigger, badder, faster. Where the first movie took its time to establish the characters and had moments of pause to let the events sink in, this movie always felt like another JJ Abrams movie with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt mad-dashing through Beijing - there are twists and turns in the path on roof tops, and bridges, but he DOES. NOT. SLOW. DOWN. Similarly, this movie has its twists and turns, but there is nary a moment of pause to let the gravity of the events sink in. It is always in a Go Go Go GO GOOO !!! mode. So much so that the death of a couple of key characters in the movie were wrapped up in a minute or so long sequences. The other characters in those scenes show just the briefest glimpse of emotion and tears and off the movie goes back to its adrenaline-pumping action sequences. The characters are almost always running, with the camera constantly panning in circles around characters, light flares blaring every time the camera pans on the bridge!!
This made me appreciate Iron Man 3 that much more than this movie, as I felt that Iron Man 3 had moments of clarity in between action set pieces to let the audience breathe in the events of the movie. The latest trailer for Man of Steel also was chock full of mad dash action set pieces, that it makes me tone down my expectations on that movie.
Star Trek (2009) is one of my most favorite films in the past decade or so, but sadly this sequel is only a 7/10 effort for me. Disappointed!