Archive for the ‘SciFi’ Category

Film: Hunger Games

Year: 2012

Cast: Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Laim Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Paula Malcomson, Rhoda Griffis, Sandino Moya, Josh Hutcherson, Raiko Bowman, Dwayne Boyd, Anthony Reynolds, Judd Lormans, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones, Kimio Gelman, Nelson Ascencio, Brooke Bundy, Lenny Kravitz, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeiyi, Leven Ramblin, Jack Quaid, Latarsha Rose, Donald Sutherland, Alexander Ludwig, Isabella Fuhrman

Plot: In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Review: well the plot sums it up really, apart from this is definitely a teen girl flick bit like twilight but more interesting and my daughter says the books are awesome. Who am I to argue? This is well acted film with plenty of star names, excellent graphics and scenery as well as a good plot, until it starts to get soppy towards the end, what did I expect? Well just what I got a well acted good film, would I watch it again? Probably not as it’s not really my kind of film but if you have the choice of this or centipede, I’d watch this.

6/10 not for me, good Sunday afternoon, raining outside kind of film.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/FovFG3N_RSU

Film: Iron Sky

Year: 2012

Cast: Julia Dietze, Peta Sergeant, Kym Jackson, Udo Kier, Stephanie Paul, Christopher Kirkby, Gotz Otto, Monika Gossmann, Yuki Iwamoto, Jim Knobeloch, Tero Kuakomaa, Nick Dong-Silk, Tilo Pruckner, Jeffrey Coulas, Michael Cullen.

Plot: In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

Review: This is as surprise of a film; my son told me about it, I hadn’t seen it advertised anywhere or any trailers. It sounded like a real B movie so I though “go on I’ll give it a go” on first watching I thought this Cannot be a be B Movie the start to it was fantastic great CGI good concept, then the acting started. Oh yes this is a B Movie just a well made one.

So the Americans send a Rocket to the moon to win an election, with the slogan “Going back, Going Black” they send a Black model to the moon!!! This is where the fun starts especially when they turn him Aryan, and he goes back to earth.

The problem is he doesn’t know he’s now a white guy, so we have a white black guy and two Moon Nazies inNew York, bedlam ensues.

Although the Acting is a little rough it’s acceptable for this film most of the language is German so be prepared to read subtitles, this doesn’t take anything away from the film it actually adds to it.

Udo Kier is his usual spectacular self as the Fuhrer, this guy just takes creepy to another level, must be the eye’s but he always plays a good Baddie.

This is a very Tongue in Cheek film, with fantastic Dialogue, When the US President expresses her disgust that the rest of the world, apart from Finland have armed their space craft, the reply is “but you lied, you armed yours!”

She replies with we always lie, it’s expected of us! Hysterical.

This is a definite watcher and will become a cult classic, it’s all the little in Jokes and slights that make it. Leave your Political Correctness at home and give it a watch.

 10/10 a definate watcher

Trailer: http://youtu.be/Jth4yATniS4

Film: Prometheus

Year: 2012

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charliz Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall Green, Sean Harris, RAfe Spall, Emun Elliot, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie, Patrick Wilson, Lucy Hutchinson,

Plot: A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus” on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

Review: ok so a bit of background, this film was due to be made after the original Alien film back in 1979 and be it’s prequel, this was eventually shelved and was resurrected back in 2010. This being the finished result.

So after that, what did I think of it? Well I was confused for most of it, as it doesn’t really follow any of the alien films, there is very little Alien action and what there is isn’t “Alien” I can understand it as a stand alone film, no need for any knowledge of the Alien Franchise etc… as part of this franchise it goes against pretty much all the films apart from the first one and would have worked well as the prequel before any more of the films were made.

That said as a stand alone film it was pretty good [but still confusing In parts] the special effects were great as you would expect the opening sequence shots were in Iceland which looked barren and hostile but beautiful at the same time.

Although this film is a stand alone film and the Alien references are subtle, they are there just subtle you just need to look for them.

The ending is left wide open for a new film which, by the way they have left it open would be a side movie rather than a follow on or yet another prequel of a prequel.

All in all this was a really good film, although I will have to watch it again and put aside the alien and AVP films, this is hard but I feel a must to watch this film then you can watch Miss Weaver in Alien and all will be well in the world, just don’t watch the AVP films because that will just confuse the issue!

10/10 good stand alone film, not for AVP fans

 

Wikipedia link gives a complete plot synopsis [SPOILER………………………….] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(film)

Trailer: http://youtu.be/iIJeQNyZ6VE

Film: Arena

Year: 2011

Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Kellan Lurz, Johhny Messner, Katie Winter, Daniel Dae Kim, James Remar, Nina Dobrev, Lauren Shihama, Irene Choi, Kofi Yaidom, Derek Mears, Dean J West,JasonZone Fisher, Kent Jude Bernard, Grant Case.

Plot: After his wife and unborn child are killed in a car accident David Lord [Kellen Lurz] goes off the rails and soon finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses. As death dealer he has to complete ten kills to gain his freedom. Will he survive and will he get his revenge?

Review: I was expecting this film to be just a blood fest and a predictable one at that and I wasn’t disappointed, although I did watch it because Samuel L Jackson was in it and for that reason only.

As far as films of this type go it was ok and no more, the fight scenes should have been extended and not glossed over as they were; it ended up with just a load of killing scenes.

There is a little bit of a back story to this to get you into it but not much of one, you have no real understanding of whom or what the characters are until near the end a little confusing at first, as I am not sure that firemen are trained in martial arts etc… I have never seen any that take part in ultimate fighter either, so the fact that he can disarm and kill a samurai as well as other trained fighters was really strange. The change of Heart for his kidnapper the gorgeous Katia Winter was a little predictable, but added humanity to the film.  The main question I have is why? Mr Jackson Why? The only reason I can think he did this film was because he read the wrong script and thought oh go on then I’ll do it seeing I’m here!

But with that said if you’re not expecting too much out of a film and what you want is flat acting with plenty of blood sweat and guts, with the odd pair of tits thrown in. then this is the film for you. The ending is left open for a sequel, but if Mr Jackson has any scruples at all when he escaped at the end of this film he ran and ran, he then went into hiding till a proper script came along. Let’s hope the writers run out of paper when writing a follow up to this turkey!

Just as a side note, if you watch the trailer below you won’t actually have to watch the film as it pretty much sums it up.

5/10 watch on a cold dark day when there is only antiques roadshow on!

Trailer: http://youtu.be/3rOBJZn4JFo

Film: Pandorum

Year: 2009

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le, Eddie Rouse, Norman Redus, Andre Hennicke, Friederike Kempter, Niels-Bruno Schidt,Asia Luna Mohmand, Delphine Chuillot, Wotan Wilke Hohring, Julian Rappe, Domenico D’Ambrosio

Plot: Two crew members are stranded on a spacecraft and quickly – and horrifically – realize they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It’s pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can’t remember anything: Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft’s shocking, deadly secrets are revealed…and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined

Review: I have read a few reviews about this film and they have really gone to town to give it a really bad review, I must admit it is yet another film that has slid successfully under my radar, and must also admit I would have wanted to watch it on the big screen, I really enjoyed it.

Not one for tight spaces this film had me from the start crawling through ducts getting smaller and smaller then falling to a dead end, no not for me, gave me a bit of a squeaky bum!

However once Bower escapes this confinement the film starts to come into it’s own, with the atmospheric interior of the ship the flickering lights etc… really added to the suspense of what was going to happen, at first you don’t see who he is trying to get away from, but when you do you realise why he needs to get away, teaming up with some other members of the ship that have been “woken up” in their endeavours to find the core and reset it they get chased all over the ship, there are a couple of personal journeys of discovery in this film and an ending I didn’t expect which was a nice touch. Not as predictable as I thought it would have been.

All in all well acted well directed and great sets and CGI and not to mention the makeup for the villains of the film

8/10 well worth a watch, expect to be sat on the edge of your seat in places

Trailer: http://youtu.be/yMEhkTxs3_E

Film: Contagion

Year: 2011

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tien You Chui, Josie Ho, Daria Strokous, Matt Damon, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Griffin Kane, Yoshiaki Kobayashi, Laurence Fishburne, John Hawkes, Jude Law, Teri McEvoy, Sue Redman, Teri Campbell, Stef Tovar

Plot: Soon after her return from a business trip toHong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic

Review: Bit of strange one this, I looked forward to watching it for a long time,  it started of with real promise then lost it somewhere, Matt Damon was a real disappointment  not him, but the character he was playing, it was shallow and didn’t really achieve anything in the film.

Neither did Jude Law, he could have had his own story nowhere near this film, in fact you could have taken him out of this film and it would have made no difference to the film at all, it was like his own little side project.

This for me was just the usual over hyped film, all previews and no substance. Don’t get me wrong the science behind an epidemic scares the crap out of me, the fact that it only needs one person to infect the world that is just mental.

What this film didn’t do was give me that level of anxiety or fear it was just a load of scientists running round a lot of Jargon people sniffing and coughing and that was it.

The stars themselves didn’t seem that excited to be in the film, it was just dire!

4/10 – watch it if you really have nothing else left to watch, nothing at all.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/4sYSyuuLk5g

 

Film: Thor/Captain America

Year: 2011

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, STellan Skarsgard,  Kat Denning, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Colm Deore, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Jamie Alexandra, Renne Russo, Adriana Barraza.

Plot: The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth.

Review: Not a big super hero fan, as you’ll notice the lack of reviews, but I watched this as I had nothing else to watch!

As it goes it’s another super hero film, a tie in film for the Avengers film out in 2012 the film that will include Iron Man [Downey Jr] Thor [Hemsworth] CaptainAmerica[Evans] Black Widow [Johanson] and Hawkeye [Renner]

As a background story this wasn’t too bad as a stand alone story it was a bit weak as it just took too long to get going then it was over in a flash, good acting, and so it should be with the big money cast it had. CGI, makeup etc… was outstanding which you would expect, plenty of eye candy for the ladies as Hemsworth likes to take his shirt off.

As a side note because I can’t be bothered to do a separate review, I also watched CaptainAmericathe same night, pretty much the same as it’s a background film for the avengers on blah, blah. Bit more action in this one and more enjoyable than Thor.

6/10 for both films, watch them if your into Marvel and Stuff

Thor Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/JOddp-nlNvQ

Captain America Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/-J3HfllvXWE

Film: In Time

Year: 2011

Cast: Cillian Murphey, Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Shyloh Ooswald, Johnny Galecki, Colin McGurk, Olivia Wilde, Will Harris, Michael William Freeman, Jesse Lee Soffer, Aaron Perilo, Nick Lashaway, William Peltz, Ray Santiago, Matt Bomer

Plot: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a police force known as ‘time keepers’

Review: A disturbingly good film great plot and acting I actually liked Justin Timberlake in this one, more than a passing resemblance to the Bonnie and Clyde story of a couple on the run robbing banks, but instead of money they are stealing time.

Right from the beginning you know exactly what is happening and the problems they face, you cotton on early on how weird it is for everyone to look the same age, as Rachel Salas {Wilde] looks the same age as her son Will [Timberlake] yet she is 50! Also the plot is set early on when Rachel “Times out” seconds before meeting up with her son who has just been given a century by someone who has “lived to long”

He then crosses time zones looking for the people responsible for the time .

He is then pursued by the Time Keepers lead by Cillian Murphy a great young actor who ads smouldering anger and angst to the film, no matter how much Salas gives him the run-around  time keeper Leon keeps his cool.

He soon comes across Raymond Leon who is the time equivalent of a multi billionaire Will is introduced to his Daughter [Amanda Seyfried], wife and mother-in-Law who, you got it, look 25! Freaky it’s like some kind of nightmare.

It only when Timberlake and Seyfried get together that the film kicks off and it comes into its own, a great film with a scary them fantastic all rounder, with more emphesis on the characters than the scenery oh and was great to see Johnny Galecki, Leonard

10/10 awesome film, definitely worth a second and third watch.

Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/efNzhEKm3w4

Programme: The Fades Season 1 episodes 1-6

Year: 2011

Cast: Iain De Caestecker, Natalie Dormer, Daniel Kaluuya, Lily Loveless, Johnny Harris,
Jenny Murray, Tom Ellis, Robbie Gee, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Chris Moon, Sophie Wu,
Claire Rushbrook, Ian Hanmore, Francis McGee, Daniela Nardini Craig Conway.

Plot: A teenage boy named Paul is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that
nobody can explain. As if that weren’t terrifying enough, he begins to see
spirits of the dead, known as The Fades, all around him. The Fades can’t be
seen, smelt, heard or touched by other humans. When an embittered and vengeful
Fade, Polus, finds a way to be human again, it’s up to Paul to stop him – and
all of the dead – from breaking back into the world and destroying the human
race. Written by BBC
Publicity

Review:
Like most people I had only seen the trailers for this six parter and was by
and large unaware of what it was about, I resisted the urge to check it out on
line and waited for the series to start.

Epsisode 1, was I confused?
Hell yeh I was confused not a clue what was going on and what was with all the dying
birds? The acting was good and you could tell that they were setting you up for
other things later in the series.

I Hate the wait for things
on the TV that I want to watch, seven days later we introduced to killings the
dead walking the blah, blah still confused as hell but this programme was
compelling viewing and I found myself waiting for Thursday nights!! Which is
sad, however, in my defence this is a really good programme. De Caestecker
plays a fantastic part as the geeky, quiet and deep Paul, the soon to be super
Angelic the one that can sort everything, the only thing is he is a bit of a
reluctant hero and keeps getting it wrong.

All in all a fantastic
story, left wide open for the second series, although it looks like there is
nothing planned at the moment. Great cast, so many big names it ridiculous couldn’t
get Miranda out of my head every time I saw Tom Ellis though which was a shame.
Apart from that role on season two, in the meantime catch it on BBC IPlayer and
I will be watching it again but all in one go this time.

10/10 Fantsatic

Film:StakeLand

Year:
2010

Cast:
Danielle Harris, Michael Ceveris, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, Bonnie
Dennison, Nicki Damici, Chance Kelly, Sean Nelson, Marianne Hagan, Adam
Scarimbolo, Eilis Cahill, Stuart Rudin, Traci Hovel, Lou Sumrall, Gregory Jones

Plot: Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in
an empty pit of economic and political disaster. A vampire epidemic has swept
across what is left of the nation’s abandoned towns and cities, and it’s up to
Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin safely north to Canada, the
continent’s New Eden.

Review:
Written by and staring Nick Damici with co writer Jim Mickle Directing, if you
can’t give yourself the best parts then why bother? So what did I think of this
blood fest of apocalyptic Horror? Well actually I liked it, pretty reminiscent
of a few different films in places but that doesn’t take away from the film
overall, there is the Narratives by the Michael [Paolo] which was a little like
Zombieland, another great film, boy meets crotchety old man etc.. etc… there
was a bit of the film the road in  there
as well as countless other ideas that horror and Post apocalyptic fans will
recognise, but as I say that doesn’t take anything away from this film.

The story line is good and
Damici plays the part of Mister as if it was written for him. Characters come
and go and the action has you on the end off your seat, not much in the way of
jumpy scenes however that is more than made up for by the acting, the makeup of
the vamps [forget Twiglet] etc..

All in all this film is a
well put together piece of cinema, pity I didn’t know it was out at the
pictures or maybe it was just straight to DVD here, I don’t know. So if you are
a horror freak or a post apocalyptic fan then this film is for you.

9/10 worth a second
viewing