This week I went to go see the movie Premonition in the theaters and spent some time going over one of my all-time favorite television/movie series, Star Trek Currently in the theaters
Premonition: Sandra Bullock stars in this thriller/mystery about a woman who is living the days surrounding the death of her husband out of order. She wakes up in one day is Friday, her husband is dead, she wakes up the next day and it is Monday, husband is alive. She is the only person aware of this phenomenon and she basically starts questioning whether she's losing her mind or not.
I did not really like this movie. There is never any reason given as to why she is living these days out of order, and while they make it a point to show her trying to keep track of what happened on what day, she never relives any single day more than one time and really nothing that she learns comes into play in any significant way. It's actually a pretty boring movie overall that, for some reason that we the viewer are not aware of, the director decided to shoot these events out of order.
Now, this can work in certain situations. Pulp fiction was a great movie that was shot out of sequence, but it works even if there is no specific reason given as to why you are shown these things out of order. You learn one thing about a character in events that might be occurring before something that you've already seen, which gives you a new perspective on the earlier scenes. There is none of that in Premonition
Having strange time occurrences happening to characters in a movie without ever giving a reason for why they are happening can also work. Groundhog day was a really fun movie that worked really well even though there is never any specific reason given as to why Bill Murray's character is living the same events over and over. You can see the adjustments the character makes, the changes in his personality every time he goes through the same day. Again, there is none of this in Premonition .
Overall, there's no reason to see this in the theaters and there's definitely no reason to rush out and grab it on DVD. If you're a really big Sandra Bullock fan, it might be worth eventually owning on DVD just to add your collection, but other than that you can catch this on cable someday Out on DVD
Here's a quick review of each of the Star Trek movies to date. If you're a Star Trek fan you probably already know, but if you're not you might not have yet had then they are in the process of making a new Star Trek movie. I'm a little concerned because the basis of the movie is it's going to be prequel to the original series and show you how Kirk and Spock originally met each other at Starfleet Academy. The potential problems with this are huge, the primary concern being that they're going to need to find actors to play a young Kirk and a young Spock. These are two iconic science-fiction characters and there's really no way to think of either of them without envisioning Shatner and Nimoy playing them. But, only time will tell. Here's my recap of the Star Trek movies so far:
Star Trek: the motion picture. The original big-screen appearance of the starship enterprise. Even though the entire plot is virtually just a bigger version of an episode from the original series, all of your Star Trek fans were ecstatic to see their beloved show resurrected on the big-screen. The movie was very faithful to the original series and characters. And the Klingons! Holy cow! They are not just human appearing with goatees anymore! This movie did create the appearance that so many of your next-generation fans came to recognize as a Klingon. You need to own this one as much for what it represents as anything.
The wrath of Khan: in my opinion this movie set the standard that all other Star Trek movies had to live up to. They take a fantastic character from the original series (scores in my top five all-time best bad guys) and puts him on the big-screen. All the favorite characters are back, some great space battle scenes and Khan is awesome. It also kicks off the "Star Trek trilogy" that runs through the next two movies. Not to mention, Spock dies?
The search for Spock: whew! I knew Spock couldn't really be dead! Well, OK, he was dead, but with the transfer of his memories to McCoy... and the Genesis device... and, well, there's a lot of very sci-fi things that had to fall into place and they did! A nice follow-up to wrath, plus Kirk loses his son which plays into a future movie regarding his hatred of the Klingons and the enterprise gets destroyed! Not to mention, Spock is reborn!
The journey home: of course there had to be a time travel movie somewhere. This might be the most fun of the Star Trek movies. Sure, the Earth is facing destruction by some alien force, but when isn't it? Lots of really great little interactions between characters, everybody makes it home happy in the end, the world is saved and the new enterprise is revealed. Also, listen to the PA system in the hospital when they are trying to just to Chekov
The final frontier: what the... what happened?? There's really no need for this movie. None of the characters are really true to form, and except for one short scene giving you some background into Spock and McCoy, there's really nothing of interest. Even the background into Spock doesn't affect him the way that it should. Sure, the idea of trying to "find God" not any spiritual sense, but in a physical, material way is interesting, but I it never really works. If you just need to have every movie so that your collection is complete, I totally understand. Otherwise, this movie doesn't require purchasing
The undiscovered country: I really liked this movie. A legitimate mystery, a conspiracy, some good character development and a really nice ending for the crew as a whole. This sets up a lot of things in the next-generation about how humans and Klingons became allies.
Generations: the first of the next-generation movies. The main purpose of the movie is to hand the baton from Kirk over to Picard and from one crew to the next as far as motion pictures go. I have a few problems with the movie: the enterprise gets destroyed... again, and is not nearly as dramatic as the first time. Kirk Dies, which is OK, but it's the manner of his death which bothered me. Not nearly as heroic as it should have been. Overall though, not a bad start to the next series of movies.
First contact: fantastic movie! Some really great scenes with Jean-Luc, decent character development all the way around, and they took a great bad guy (the Borg) from the television series and bring it to a marvelous close. A great take on a big character in the Star Trek universe, Zephrem Cochran and lots of secondary characters making little appearances. This is far and away the best of the next-generation movies.
Insurrection: why? Why take a race that nobody really knows anything about, throw them into a conspiracy with the Federation involving characters that nobody really knows anything about, and have it all focused around a planet that... nobody really knows anything about?? Throw in some limited character development and a fairly lame plot device to get Warf back onto the enterprise again from deep space nine, and you have a reasonably bad movie. There's no reason this could not have been a regular episode. If you already owned the final frontier, and I'm sure you'll need to purchase this one as well to complete your collection (I did), otherwise not a good movie.
Nemesis: oh, the pain! Data dies... in extremely disappointing fashion, we find another, earlier version of data on a planet... somewhere, for some reason. The enemies are stereotypical, oh, there's a big twist, the main enemy is somehow DNA related to Jean-Luc, through cloning, Riker is marrying Deanna all of a sudden... all in all, I just don't like this movie. Yes, I know, I own it! A very disappointing ending to the next-generation series of movies.
And there you have it. Next week the review will most likely be of the Reaping, unless I wind up seeing something else