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TRON: Legacy (2010)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

What the…?

Let me get the good stuff out of the way. Style, sets, CG, Daft Punk soundscape, all top-notch. The world of the Grid looked amazing, and the effects crew should be commended. For this reason alone, I have to score this film at least average, because it’s just a unique visual and sonic environment, and certainly worth visiting for a little while.

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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The problems with Star Trek Into Darkness are fairly evident in the pre-title sequence–an extended set-piece in which the crew of the Enterprise attempt to detonate a “cold fusion” bomb in order to freeze a volcano that is about to destroy a primitive world (“cold fusion”–I’m not making that up).

Kirk and McCoy are being chased by the natives–we don’t really know why. The Enterprise is on the bottom of an ocean–we don’t really know why (we’re led to believe they’re hiding there, so that the natives won’t look up to the sky and see the Enterprise in orbit…yet somehow they managed to land the damn thing just outside a major city without anybody noticing). Improbabilities continue to pile up, and I pretty quickly got the message J.J. Abrams seemed to be attempting to communicate: this movie will be entertaining but dumb.

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