The old iPad gets its last repairs, and we take a good look at World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Last round of ipad repairs

It’s time to take the old iPad in for it’s last round of repairs. It became damaged a while ago now, and so now that it’s about to be handed over to a new owner, it’s time to hand it over for repairs so that it can be in top condition for them.

I have made the mistake of having no screen protection since the first repair, which helps to absorb some shock. The existing cover is no longer able to protect things well either, as the corners have gone on it and the pad leaps out at the first opportunity. So a screen protector and cover are being obtained for both the new and the old iPad, in order to ensure many future years of good service to come.

DVD movies

We got to see World War Z and Star Wars Into Darkness today, and the latter was by far the better of the two.

World War Z

World War Z (2013) starts off okay, but the zombies are more than just fast zombies – they are super speedy ones. The pacing of the movie is off too. With so much happening in the first parts of the movie, the battle and escape from the States, North Korea, Israel, the plane –  you’re suffering from battle fatigue and just want it to all be over.

There was going to be even more action involving Russia, but even the movie makers considered that to be too much and went for a slower paced ending to the film. It’s in that final section where the more enjoyable parts are to be found, but sadly that can’t make up for a script that needed lots more work done to it before filming occurred.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) is by comparison, a much more enjoyable film. While it does have its faults and brings in several things from Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982), it cannot be the same movie and better yet, doesn’t try to be either. Instead it flips the Kirk/Spock relationship on its head. Spock is having relationship trouble because he’s emotionally distant, as we find out that this is not because he doesn’t care, but because his human side feel emotions far too strongly.

Later on when Kirk goes to fix the reactor, Spock and Kirk say their goodbyes in a similar death scene from the original, and Spock heads off to take down Khan, partly driven by revenge about Kirk. This makes good sense in terms of the script too, because we have learned earlier that Kirk and other humans are just too weak in a 1-on-1 against Khan.

When Spock learns that Khan’s blood can revive Kirk, has to somehow stop himself from killing Khan so that Kirk his friend can be saved. This bookends neatly with with the beginning of the movie when Kirk’s emotions cause him to break all rules and regulations to save Spock’s life. So Spock later on having to fight his own human emotions in order to save Kirk is a nice mirror to what happened at the start.

All in all, it’s a good movie with heart, which goes a long way.