Pacific Rim is one of the upcoming summer movie blockbusters that at this point feels like it could be either the next big thing in the vein of Transformers and make $300 million USD + or frankly be a total disaster more akin to Battleship. That is not to say that the film itself will be good or bad but rather this far away from its release date I just do not have a good read on what audiences are thinking about it.
Considering that most licensed video games based on movies turn out to be utter trash Star Trek The Video Game from developer Digital Extremes and publisher Namco Bandai attempts to buck the trend but alas the overall product feels far too undercooked and filled with annoying elements to prevent it from becoming truly compelling. That’s too bad as the core third person shooter mechanics work well enough yet there’s just not enough variety or replay value to recommend someone purchase it at full price.
Just a friendly reminder to any moviegoer that Star Trek Into Darkness has just had its Australian premiere and although the filmmakers have begged the audience to keep information to themselves general human nature dictates that spoilers are now all over the Internet including not only the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch but also the entire plot from start to finish. In other words, if you are one of those moviegoers who cannot stand spoilers you are in a world of hurt trying to avoid them now considering it is approximately a three week wait until the Canadian/USA premiere of the movie.
You want a hi-res look at the new starship from Star Trek Into Darkness? Well, here it is in all her “glory!” Yes, we’re still not sure if this is John Harrison’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) ship or if there is some sort of plot twist going on here but this is certainly a nice shot of the new dreadnought class starship although I have to say that the design crew has obviously left the clean lines of the Enterprise behind for something boxier and much darker in tone.
Now that we are only a few weeks away from the start of the summer movie season with the launch of Iron Man 3 it seems only fitting that Disney has decided to ramp up their marketing for their “other” comic book property coming later this year namely the sequel Thor: The Dark World opening in Canada and the USA on November 8.
I’m going to do something I almost always do not and that is to pen a review of an on-going series that has not even reached its half-way point. The show in question, as you might have guessed by now, is the remade Space Battleship Yamato 2199 which I briefly blogged about as coming soon last year. Well, now that the first ten episodes are out I figured that it was about time I gave some of my impressions of perhaps the most famous anime to hit Western shores in the 1970s. Sure, Robotech aka Macross, was more popular in the early 1980s but it is definitely Yamato which captured the imagination of many a fan and looking back today it is staggering to realize its influence considering it was released in 1972 a full five years before George Lucas launched his seminal Star Wars.
Two epic trailers in one day? Surely the summer movie season is fast approaching! This morning Paramount Pictures released the final domestic trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness and tonight Warner Brothers decided to premiere the newest Man Of Steel footage through its third trailer. If nothing else this trailer along with Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 all prove that the quality of visual effects has reached an unbelievably high level as befits a tentpole film.
Here is the FINAL Star Trek Into Darkness domestic trailer and I must say that the marketing team has left the best for last as it is undoubtedly the most engaging trailer released yet for the film with equal amounts of dramatic tension and stunning visual shots with just a smidgen of narrative reveal. There were a few key beats included here that got me excited just because I never expected to see things like this in a Star Trek movie. When Kirk says, “Let’s go get this son of a bitch!” you know you are watching modern Trek.