Eagle Eye

  • Directors: D J Caruso
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Pat Crowley, Ed McDonnell
  • Writers: Dan McDermott, John Glenn, Travis Wright, Hillary Seitz
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis

The United States armed forces have a lead on a suspected terrorist in the Middle East, but as the man is a recluse, getting a positive ID proves difficult, and the DOD’s computer system recommends that the mission be aborted. The Secretary of Defense (Michael Chiklis) agrees with the abort recommendation, but the President orders the mission be carried out anyway. This turns into a political backlash when all those killed turn out to be civilians, and retaliatory bombings are carried out in response.

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a Stanford University dropout who lacks direction and faces financial difficulty. He finds out his twin brother Ethan, an Air Force lieutenant, is dead. Following the funeral in January 2009, he goes to withdraw some money from an ATM and is surprised to see that he has $751,000 in his account. When he returns home, he finds his apartment filled with a large amount of weapons, explosives, and forged documents. He receives a phone call from an unknown woman, who explains that the FBI is about to apprehend him in thirty seconds and that he must escape.

Not believing her, he is caught by the FBI, and is sent to an interrogation room where he meets Special Agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton). When Morgan leaves the room to meet with Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent Zoe Perez (Rosario Dawson), the unknown woman arranges Jerry’s escape over a phone and has him join up with single mother Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan). Rachel is being coerced by the unknown woman into assisting Jerry, by threatening to kill her son, Sam, a trumpet player on his way to Washington, D.C. from Chicago for a band recital.

In a hearing after the chaos Ariia caused, the Secretary of Defense urges that another supercomputer should not be built: “sometimes the very measures we put into place to safeguard our liberty become threats to liberty itself.” Ethan posthumously receives the Medal of Honor while Jerry, injured but alive and well, receives the Congressional Gold Medal. The film ends with Jerry attending Sam’s birthday party. Rachel thanks him for attending, which her ex-husband had never done, and kisses him on the cheek. She then tells Jerry that she’s glad he’s there. He then responds, “Me too.”

4 Rise of the Silver Surfer

  • Directors: Tim Story
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Bernd Eichinger, Ralph Winter
  • Writers: Screenplay, Don Payne, Mark Frost, Story, John Turman, Mark Frost, Characters, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Doug Jones, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne

Set two years after the first film, Reed Richards and Sue Storm are preparing for their wedding. A silver object enters Earth’s atmosphere, radiating cosmic energy that creates massive molecular fluctuations and causes deep craters at locations across the Earth. The government approaches Reed to build a sensor to track the movements of the object.

As the wedding begins, Reed’s systems detect the phenomenon approaching New York City, causing a massive power blackout. The object destroys the sensors while the Fantastic Four protect the crowd. The Human Torch pursues the object, discovering that it is a humanoid, a “Silver Surfer.” He confronts the Surfer, who drags Johnny into the upper atmosphere where the lack of oxygen and low air pressure snuffs his flame out, then drops him back toward Earth. Johnny manages to reactivate his powers and survives the fall. Later, when Sue tries to comfort Johnny, she touches his shoulders and their powers switch – he becomes invisible, and she is set on fire; when they touch again their powers revert back. Reed’s examination of Johnny reveals that exposure to the Surfer has set Johnny’s molecular structure in flux, allowing him to switch powers with his teammates through physical contact. Tracing the cosmic energy of the Surfer, Reed discovers that a series of planets the alien had visited before Earth have all been destroyed.

The film ends with the marriage of Reed and Sue in Japan, and the team’s creation of their signature “4” in the sky with the Fantasticar. The credits cut back to a shot of the Silver Surfer’s seemingly lifeless body floating through space. Just as he drifts off the edge of the screen his eyes open and his board races towards him.

Fantastic Four

  • Directors: Tim Story
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Bernd Eichinger, Ralph Winter
  • Writers: Screenplay, Michael France, Mark Frost, Comic Book, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon, Laurie Holden, Kerry Washington

Dr. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd), a brilliant but timid and bankrupt physicist, is convinced that evolution is triggered by clouds of cosmic energy in space, and has calculated that one of these clouds is soon going to pass near Earth. Together with his friend, the gruff yet gentle astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis), Reed convinces his equally brilliant but conceited MIT classmate Dr. Victor von Doom (Julian McMahon), now CEO of Von Doom Industries, to allow him access to his privately-owned space station.

Von Doom agrees, in exchange for control over the experiment and a majority of the profits from whatever benefits it brings. He brings aboard his chief genetics researcher (and Reed’s ex-girlfriend) Susan Storm (Jessica Alba), and her hot-headed brother Johnny Storm (Chris Evans), his private astronaut, who was Ben’s subordinate at NASA but is his superior on the mission, much to Ben’s disgust. The quintet travels to space to observe the cosmic energy clouds, but Reed has miscalculated and the clouds materialize well ahead of schedule.

Victor refuses Reed’s plea to abort the mission, knowing he must produce results to justify his expenditure, no matter the human cost involved. Knowing Ben is space-walking to set up equipment, Reed, Susan and Johnny leave the shielded inner area of the station to rescue him, and Victor closes the shield behind them. Whilst Victor is seemingly safe, the others are exposed to the cloud. Ben receives full exposure out in space, while the others receive a more limited dose within the station.

Ben informs Reed that he has accepted his condition with the help of Alicia Masters, a blind artist for whom he has developed feelings, and the team decide to embrace their roles as superheroes and unite officially as the Fantastic Four. Reed proposes marriage to Susan, who accepts. Doom’s remains are being transported back to his homeland of Latveria when the ship carrying them experiences unusual electronic interference.

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Toshio Suzuki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Japanese, Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi NaitЕЌ, Yasuko Sawaguchi, English, Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Lauren Holly, Suzanne Pleshette, David Ogden Stiers, Susan Egan, Bob Bergen, Tara Strong

Chihiro and her parents are moving to a new town. While driving, her father decides to take a shortcut, but gets lost, stumbling across what appears to be an abandoned theme park. The family crosses a tunnel and explores the park, finding the stalls are full of freshly-cooked food. Her parents help themselves while Chihiro refuses to eat. While Chihiro’s parents are eating, Chihiro wanders off and meets a boy named Haku. Haku seems to be familiar with Chihiro and warns her urgently to escape with her parents; she returns to find her parents have turned into pigs, and that the way back has become inundated into a deep river. Spirits appear and go about celebrating in the park. Haku secretly takes Chihiro to a large bathhouse, careful to avoid alerting the spirits to the presence of a human. Haku then tells her that she must get a job from the witch Yubaba, the owner of the park’s bathhouse, until he can help her recover her parents and escape.

With the help of the boiler room master Kamajii and a bathhouse servant girl Lin, Chihiro is able to convince Yubaba to give her a job; in exchange, Chihiro is forced to give up her name so that Yubaba may keep her in her service forever. Yubaba gives her new servant the name “Sen”. Chihiro eventually learns that Haku is similarly indebted to Yubaba. Chihiro is put to work alongside Lin, helping to bathe and serve the most difficult spirits in the bathhouse. Chihiro is able to successfully bathe a “stink spirit”, later revealed to be a river spirit who had been heavily polluted, who rewards Chihiro for her service with a magic healing cake made from special herbs, as well as with gold. Later, Chihiro discovers Haku’s true form, a dragon, as he is attacked by paper birds controlled by Zeniba, Yubaba’s twin sister. Haku had stolen Zeniba’s sigil under orders from Yubaba. Chihiro tries to help Haku recover from his injuries using the cake given to her by the river spirit, which acts as an emetic to the dragon, thus recovering Zeniba’s sigil and squashing a peculiar black slug that had been attached to it; however, Haku remains comatose, so Chihiro decides to travel to Zeniba’s home to return the sigil, hoping to break her curse over Haku. Chihiro sets out on a lonely train ride across the spirit world, along with a wraith-like spirit called No Face, who terrorized the bathhouse and tried to earn the affection of Chihiro, and Boh, Yubaba’s gigantic infant son whom Zeniba had transformed into a mouse.

The group arrives at Zeniba’s house to find that Zeniba is friendlier than expected, and that the curse on Haku was placed on him by Yubaba, but Chihiro’s love and caring has broken the spell. Zeniba makes Chihiro a special hairband to show her that her friends are with her, as well as for protection, and No Face is offered to stay at Zeniba’s home as her assistant. Haku, now recovered, shows up to return Chihiro to the bathhouse, explaining that Yubaba will return Chihiro’s parents to normal and allow all three of them to leave in exchange for returning Boh. As they travel on Haku’s dragon form, Chihiro realizes that Haku is the same river spirit that saved her as a small child when she fell into the Kohaku River, and the realization helps to break Yubaba’s control on Haku completely. At the bathhouse, Yubaba reveals that Chihiro must pass one more task as part of Haku’s deal: identify which pigs out of several are her parents. Chihiro passes the test, and Yubaba is forced to let her and her family go. Haku escorts her to the entrance of the spirit world, telling her that her parents are waiting on the other side, but to not look back or else the deal will be broken. Chihiro rejoins her parents, not once looking back; the family returns to their car, now dusty, to continue to their new home. Zeniba’s hairband is still in Chihiro’s hair.