NEW SHOW | STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

STARRING: Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs

Today was the Netflix release of Star Trek: Discovery, the newest Star Trek series since Enterprise in 2005.

This series revolves around the Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), an intelligent and head strong young human woman who has been raised by Vulcans after her family were killed by Klingons. When their ship – USS Shenzhou – captained by Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) comes across an unknown object floating around in space; Commander Burnham volunteers to go and see what it is.

What she discovers – see what I did there – is the presence of Klingons who in this setting haven’t been seen in over a century. The first two episodes are then a battle of wills between Burnham and Captain Georgiou who differ on how to deal with the possible threat of the warrior race.

This all sets up for an exciting opening episode but for me, I was lost for a while in how much Burnham annoyed me! It’s the same annoyance that one feels for Mr Spock and his supreme intelligence and sense of superiority. However, because I was so annoyed by her only went to prove how well she’d embodied the characteristics of Vulcans.

The appearance of another familiar race – the Klingons – is done well as they feature heavily in the episodes as does their language. Their guttural language reminds me a lot of Dothraki but that’s neither here nor there; I’m sure George R.R. Martin got his inspiration from somewhere! Their leader’s drive for unification amongst their race against what they view as a common enemy is definitely relevant to current events. Whether this was intentional remains to be seen but it doesn’t go unnoticed, especially within the inclusion of such a diverse cast.

An African- American woman as the protagonist of a sci-fi series is virtually unheard of but can definitely work. Martin-Green does well enough in the role for me to continue watching it.

My only negative with the show is the effects. While it is set roughly ten years prior to the original Star Trek series – I’m talking Captain Kirk original here people – it looks slightly dated. I realise this may be keeping in line with the original but watching with 2017 eyes makes me a bit picky. I’m used to Apple HD level viewing; felt like I was watching through SnapChat on an Android 😉

Either way, I’ll be watching this and see if it brings any surprises along the way.

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN – REVIEW

 

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch
Director: Michael Cuesta
Running Time: 111mins
Cert: 18

Last night I went to the movies after a long while and saw the patriotically titled, American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien.

I’ve been a Dylan O’Brien fan since small roles in The Internship and then  of course The Maze Runner and was excited to see what he would offer in the way of a more ‘adult’ role.

Before I go into his performance however which is well done in my opinion; this film in a lot of ways is not the best in terms of release time. There are a few who may agree with the opposite as the content is current and thought provoking and to witness the destruction near the end was actually quite emotional for me. Its not the best content to have been released in such tumultuous times for America when relationships with Muslims are strained and this film plays heavily on that animosity.

When his fiance is killed during a random terrorist attack, Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) takes it upon himself to exact revenge against the man/terrorist group who killed her. While this dedication to revenge brings him to the attention of the CIA; the dedication is overshadowed by what seems to be his hatred of ALL Muslims which isnt a good thing to watch. It plays out that his reckless and impulsive behaviour is rewarded by top authorities when he is hired to work for them to bring down a terrorist group.

Moving on from this, O’Brien’s performance is commendable although for future reference Dylan – growing a beard does not a grown up make – although it does suit him!
He embodies the character really well and you believe his passion for wanting to go after the terrorists even when the fight is no longer his to fight.

The negatives? A bit too much globe trotting for my liking. One minute we’re in Roanoke, then we’re in London then we’re in Turkey then Greece! I gather its the nature of a ‘spy’ but it was a bit much to keep up with! The characters, though played well by all involved are quite 2 dimensional: tough ex Army vet, tough as nails Black female at the head of the operation; loose cannon rookie that has exceptional skill.

On the plus side, there are some decent fight scenes especially one in an apartment that has one entire wall made of glass which makes for good viewing. They’re not overly done and believable in the technique and skill. There are a few Easter eggs in terms of ‘the real enemy’ but not too obviously so.

I liked that it was brought together in the end that things were not as they seemed which helped with the general impression of the film.

Definitely enjoyable and thought provoking as to what is going on around us right now.

American Assassin is out in UK cinemas Sept. 14

NEWS! NEW JOKER ORIGIN FILM IN THE WORKS!

It’s been announced that Warner Bros and DC are in the very early stages of an origin story for Batman’s signature arch nemesis, The Joker.

Set in the Batman Universe but not attached to any other iteration, the film will be directed by Martin Scorsese. Joining the famed director, are writers Todd Phillips and Scott Silver who scripted The Hangover and 8 Mile respectively.

Joker has been portrayed on-screen before, most memorably by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. and most recently by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. Leto is unlikely to play the lead in this film but will reprise his role in the Suicide Squad sequel and Harley Quinn spin-off. This movie is likely to cast someone younger and possibly unknown.

Nothing has been confirmed on where this will fit into the DC schedule but it will, as always be going up against the titan that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU already has a string of successes but with a director like Scorsese in the driver’s seat, things could get even darker with DC.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr writes, “The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy.”

Do you think this new outlook will give DC what it needs to propel the DCU? Do we need another character taking on such an iconic role as The Joker?

*NEW* BLACK PANTHER IMAGES

The excitement levels for the release of Black Panther has just gone up a notch as new character images have been released. Have a look below at the images provided by Entertainment Weekly feature a star studded cast including Angela Bassett, Forrest Whitaker and Lupita Nyongo!

They all look amazing and i cannot wait for the film!