I recall watching this one on cable back in the day. It was a sleeper, but was full of surprises. A scientist (the protagonist) is involved in research into a new form of energy - a band that would encircle the entire earth. Something goes awry, however, and he wakes up one morning to discover that the world seems bereft of human life. Is he alone? I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it and wants to watch it. It's one of those rare philosophical sci-fi films, the kind that speaks about more than one issue facing humanity.
Sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out.
Our friend The Professor sent along some links to reviews and news about Star Trek: Into Darkness
(Edited for format and to avoid spoilers)
May 17 Box Office Update: "Star Trek: Into Darkness"
Flies Into First Place
Everything I could have asked for in this sequel
Sitting down in my chair as the movie begins I leaned to my girlfriend
and said, "This movie will be action from start to finish. I promise,
you will be engaged." J.J. Abrams never seems to disappoint. This film
takes you and pulls you in all directions. I can be laughing at an
undermining comment stated by Bones one minute and wiping the tears
from my eye the next. The picture and set pieces are just mind boggling.
I cannot tell you how many times I shook my head in amazement, but I
expected nothing less from Abrams. The character interaction as well as
the development they each have, is lovely to watch. The movie hits home
for Trek fans more than a few times which still gives me goosebumps
just thinking about it. As the ending credits roll on by, my girlfriend
leaned over to me and whispered, "You were right!" This sequel exceeds
Alice Eve, the Beautiful New Trekkie, Talks "Star Trek Into Darkness"
by Marlow Stern
May 18, 2013 4:45 AM EDT
The newest addition to the Starship Enterprise is the stunning British actress
Alice Eve. Oxford-educated Eve opens up about her journey to Star Trek:
Into Darkness, on-set shenanigans, and more.
Review of Star Trek: Into Darkness
Running Time: 2 hrs., 12 minutes
Movie Rating: A
"Star Trek: Into Darkness" opens on a primitive planet, where the natives are
restless and a volcano, in mid-eruption, traps First Officer Spock
(Zachary Quinto) over a boiling ocean of lava. Naturally, the Vulcan stays
cool as a cucumber, ready to die to save his crew — an impeccably logical
decision that also happens to be the compassionate one. But Capt. James T. Kirk
(Chris Pine), commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise, has other ideas. He'll
rescue Spock, even if that means violating a Federation rule that says
the Enterprise can't be exposed to the planet's uncivilized hordes. Kirk,
who never met a regulation he couldn't trash, guides the starship up into
the air and over to where his comrade is about to perish, and the
white-mud-caked warriors stare at the ship as if it were a god. It's a
sensation that the movie transmits to the audience, since the Enterprise,
emitting an awesome thrummm, never looked quite so massive or looming.
[Many years ago on the planet earth, indigenous peoples saw aircraft
for the first time and constructed effigies. Some of the events in
the Star Trek movie showing a primitive civilization encountering
advanced aircraft may have a similarity to real historical events.]
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