sci fi

annihilation – ooh shimmery

Annihilation is the latest science fiction movie from Alex Garland (Ex Machina). This film is based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It’s about a group of military scientists who enter an extraterrestrial event called “The Shimmer” to see if they can learn what’s going on.  Continue reading

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passengers – next stop, space, and to your left, space

Passengers is a science fiction film directed by Morten Tyldum and its written by Jon Spaihts, it stars; Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia. It’s about two people who wake up too soon on their hibernation induced trip to a new planet. Continue reading

tomorrowland – great, big, beautiful

Tomorrowland is about a place that only a select few are allowed to go to, Frank Walker (George Clooney) went and was kicked out, now Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) gets her chance to go there. In Tomorrowland, events affect our world and vice-versa, but as to the extent… that’s up to our main characters. The film is co-written and directed by Brad Bird. Continue reading

chappie – johnny 5 for the new generation

Finally got around to seeing Chappie. After the critics panned it, and those great trailers, and the poor opening weekend, I waited and I waited, and waited…
Chappie is about a robotic police force in South Africa, but one of these robots gains sentience. Throw in a pair of rap/pop artists who play gangsters and Wolverine as the antagonist and that’s what you get. Continue reading

interstellar – to infinity and beyond!

Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s latest film. It’s a science fiction adventure about a team of NASA astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of an inhabitable planet, because Earth is dying.
Directed by Nolan, written by Nolan and Jonathan Nolan. Continue reading

automata – i, robot eat your artifical heart out

Automata is a science fiction film staring Antonio Banderas. Directed by Gabe Ibanez and written by Ibanez along with Igor Legaretta Gomez and Javier Sanchez Donate. It’s about Jacq Vaucan (Banderas) who’s an insurance agent for a robot manufacturing company, while on assignment he finds a robot that’s ignored protocols and has modified itself, what he discovers causes waves in the company and society at large. Continue reading

doctor who – kill the moon

This weekend’s episode Kill The Moon of Doctor Who is what I’ve been waiting for! Just take a look at the trailer above, we’ve finally landed, the Doctor is on an adventure in the future where something’s gone wrong with Earth’s Moon.

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total recall – quaaaaaaaaid…

Total Recall is a sci-fi action adventure film. It was released in 1990 by Carolco Pictures and StudioCanal, directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povil and Gary Goldman. It’s loosely based on the story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick. It won a Special Achievement Academy Award for the visual effects, and the score by Jerry Goldsmith won the BMI Film Music Award. It stars; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, and Ronny Cox.

Before I get carried away, go check out what my friends Dr. Q at Craft Beer Tasters and Cody from Three B Zine have to say about this film and what we did for Starship Troopers, here, here and here. Continue reading

ender’s game – insert coin(s) to continue

Saw Ender’s Game with Brian and Frank.  It’s about a future world where Earth has been ravaged by an alien invasion, Earth barely repels the attacking forces and since then they’ve been working against another attack.  The International Fleet prepares for this upcoming attack by recruiting and training children, Andrew Ender Wiggin is one of those children. Continue reading

elysium – where matt damon shoots things, not as jason bourne

This weekend I saw Elysium with Damielle and Gonzalo.  The film made it’s way to number one at the box office this weekend, it was a close call.  The short of it… Earth is ravaged, the wealthy move off world and on to Elysium.  The poor working class dream of getting up to Elysium, while the privileged class there work on keeping them out.

The good; Neill Blomkamp’s new film after District 9 keeps in the sci-fi genre.  He’s again created a world in which the sci-fi genre is a social metaphor.

The film looks amazing, it’s shot beautifully, the special effects are top notch.  The world is populated with droids that do the law enforcing, to security detail, to medical assessment/aide, you name it they do it.  Limiting the human jobs to manufacture of these droids, keeping the poor… well, poor.
Insert Matt Damon, I really like this social commentary, Damon plays Max, the film’s protagonist, he’s an orphan who grew up with some nuns and fell in to the wrong crowd, he’s got a bad record and now working at a factor which makes the droids that keep him on parole.

Much like District 9, the action and violence is both graphic and well executed (pun intended).  Seeing a man eviscerated as he flees has never looked so good.

The bad; Jodie Foster’s in this movie, why?  She’s under utilized.  The pacing of the film is much faster than Blomkamp’s previous one, I don’t think that’s a good thing here.  We didn’t get enough time to live in this world that he’s created, it’s very well thought out and has a system of its own, I wanted more learning how this world works.
I wonder if the script could’ve benefited from another draft or two.

Overall I had fun, the ending is much happier than District 9, a little too happy actually.  And there are a lot of logic flaws that are usually reserved for horror movies and why characters are making these seemingly bad decisions.
The ending is basically in favor of universal health care.  Hopefully Blomkamp’s next team up with Copley will be more “on track.”