Name: Jim222001

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Terminator Salvation

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Christian Bale stars as John Connor in what is now the war against machines. I would have liked if a part for led off from where part 3 ended. We don't get to see how he met other survivors or what led him and Jordan Brewster (Bryce Dallas Howard) to be together romantically. In part 3 they were only told they'd be together in the future. They never actually got together. This movie just starts out with mankind vs machines and Connor and Brewster together. I would have liked a movie that was about where mankind first decided to fight back.

The movie was at least big summer fun though. McG (Charlies Angels) did a much better direction job than I expected. I also liked the plot where John Connor is trying to find Kyle Reese before the Terminators can. They plan to kill him so John is never born. But a lot of the good stuff was mostly done with Sam Worthington's character. We get to know his character and he's the one we feel for. He's also the one involved in some of the films better action sequences. Bale is a good actor but he really didn't have a lot to work with. In the movie Connor basically just barks orders, gives pep talks on the radio and listens to tapes of his mother. Worthington had the more engaging character.

While the relationship between Connor and Brewster could have been built up a lot better. We just know that they are now a couple. They don't talk about what led them to falling in love. I doubt they just did because Arnold told them they would. Here we just know they're in love because they kiss and hug. Bale and Howard barely get have enough time together to even form any kind of chemistry. I did like how Anton Yelchin was used as Kyle though. He at least kind of looked like a young Michael Biehn. The little girl that played his mute friend was good too. I even cared about their fate more than I did Connor's.

I need to say more positive stuff about the movie since it sounds like I didn't like it. I really really enjoyed it as a summer movie. As a Terminator movie it could have been better. But as a summer movie it was a ton of fun and it had plenty of excitement. It was at least a much better film than part 3 and it was a Terminator film that was different for once. All the others had similar plots with the heroes on the run through the whole movie. I don't get why some people say this one is all action and no brains. I actually found it to be a little smarter and more original, well more than part 3 at least. I think part 3 was the one that was basically all non-stop brainless action. The only new thing part 3 offered was the surprise ending.

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Star Trek

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J.J. Abrams' Star Trek is one of the most exciting Trek films since Wrath of Khan and the Search for Spock. Years after a Romulan attack that killed his father, a thrill seeking farm boy, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) joins Star Fleet. He doesn't take it seriously and cheats on a test. Which doesn't impress Spock (Zachary Quinto) much since he's all for going by the rules. They don't get along, but a Romulan attack on the Enterprise they're on might just be enough to force them to work together.

I really enjoyed this movie. The cast was a lot of fun and everyone did a good job in their roles. I was surprised how well Karl Urban played Bones. He wouldn't have been my first choice for the role either. Zachary Quinto comfortably plays Spock as well and plays the part perfectly. While Chris Pine is more of a gun-ho Kirk than I'm used to,. He is perfectly cocky as him though. Zoe Saldana wasn't bad as Uhura but my only problem with the movie is how she was used. I mean, I don't remember a Spock, Kirk and Uhura love triangle in the original series or movies lol. Spock making-out with her just felt wrong. But I was still entertained by the look on Kirk's face witnessing it.

I'm not used to a Star Trek film where Spock is a stud or one with some bad language either. While the space battles were a bit better in previous films. I still found a lot of the film exciting and fun though. Which is something I haven't felt watching a Star Trek film in awhile. Especially not the last 2 Trek films.

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2 Fast 2 Furious

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Fast & Furious is a fans dream come true since it has O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) together again. A part 2 or 3 shouldn't have happened without them back together. Now that they finally are, the material is a bit tired and old.

The film basically has it's best moments in the very beginning and the very end. The rest of the film didn't really offer anything new. I did really like end at least. The first is still easily the best though.

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Death Race

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Jason Statham stars as an ex-racer who's framed for the murder of his wife. Which is convenient for a prison race to the death show that's looking for a new racer.

The movie feels like a Steven Segal movie meets Mad Max meets Fast & the Furious meets a prison movie. It also can feel as if you're watching a video game play out. But all that together make it the perfect movie for guys.

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Seven Pounds

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Will Smith stars as a man who's out to help seven strangers in need. Three of them are Rosario Dawson who needs a heart transplant, Woody Harrelson who's blind and Barry Pepper who was his friend for years.

The movie is moving and Smith has great chemistry with Dawson. But I knew where it was headed by the middle of the film. I kept hoping it wouldn't go there but it does. The end still got to me even if I tried to hold back the tears as hard as I could. Just don't watch Seven Pounds and Marley & Me back to back.

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