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Assuming the DNA check comes back fit and fiddle, I’d like to wish Mrs. Rotten Week a happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for giving me that little tomato and listening to me complain about awful movies. I get the feeling this is exactly how you pictured motherhood would turn out. For your present I’ll talk a little Star Trek Into Darkness. Love you and Happy Mother’s Day!

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Star Trek Into Darkness
Space: the final frontier. Reaching out into the great beyond, exploring the heavens, tooling around the infinite abyss. That sh#$’s a reality these days people. Consider the 78,000 applicants who put their name in a hat to take a one-way trip to Mars, and die there. One dude even referenced wanting to go because it would make him a “true Star Trek officer.” It’s happening people. And though many of these people are most likely the loony fringe, eighty thousand people wanting to expire literally anywhere else but on Earth, has to owe something to a Star Trek/ sci-fi culture of exploration, discovery and the ever-so-remote chance to bang some intergalactic hottie. Star Trek didn’t come up with space travel, but it certainly didn’t dissuade anyone (especially the fanboy crew) from wanting to hit the warp drive and blast the f#$% off the major drag of a planet we’re on now.

And kudos to J.J. Abrams’ crew for making Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise relevant again to a whole new crew of kids who gaze longingly at the heavens, wishing they could don a polyester Star Fleet getup (ray gun not included) and kick terra firma to the curb. They’re bringing new people into the Star Trek universe without pissing off the Baby Boomer crowd who made it popular in the first place. This is no easy feat. But it’s a testament to quality flicks that just happen to have a huge franchise label attached. This is a mistake many movie makers run into. They think sticking the franchise tag on something guarantees some sort of success. In reality, good movie making works independent of the source idea. Abrams reaffirms this in the Star Trek movies. The flicks are entertaining and engaging in a vacuum; adding the Enterprise crew into the mix essentially just guarantees higher ticket sales.

Abrams’ resume keeps getting stronger adding his latest (sitting at 90% through 50+ reviews) to (Star Trek (95%), Super 8 (82%), Mission Impossible III (70%) and couple of television shows Lost and Alias. In this newest he’s directed a film that most likely stands on its own while also throwing in the Klingons and mysterious baddies that make the Trekkies salivate. Oh and guess what? Next he’s tasked with re-energizing another little sci-fi flick, Star Wars. Ever heard of it? The Rotten Watch for Star Trek Into Darkness is 86%

Did Doug get it right on his Star Trek Into Darkness prediction?
Recapping last week:

Damnit, The Great Gatsby (Predicted: 71% Actual: 48%) just looked so off-putting. I knew it. I wrote about it. I blew it. A problem I had in this prediction was that I don’t particularly care for any of Baz Luhrmann’s work, yet he’s scored well on the Tomatometer in the past. This threw me off a bit. So when Gatsby looked a bit wrong I had to factor in that stylistically it could be just me, and not the critical community as a whole. That was a mistake. Critics came in under the halfway point and my score was off by a decent margin.

Meanwhile, Peeples (Predicted: 39% Actual: 38%) was almost a direct hit. Eric’s review confirmed what I suspected: this was just a blatant rip off of Meet the Parents. And yet he didn’t completely hate the flick, feeling the performances held up on their own. Big winner here? Tyler Perry as this is one of the most critically acclaimed films with his name attached. Congrats big guy.

Next time around it’s a big one with Phil, Stu and Alan completing the trilogy, Vin D. getting fast and furious one last time and an animated epic. It’s going to be a Rotten Week!

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