Category Archives: Sci-Fi

BRIGHT (2017): The Things I Liked…

Bright (2017), Edgar Ramirez
Bright (2017), Edgar Ramirez

Directed by David Ayer (End Of Watch (2012) and starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez, Bright is a buddy / cop movie set in a world where humans live alongside fantasy creatures. It’s also a film that isn’t quite all I wished it to be.

The issues I have with Bright start with the story. Perhaps the fact of fantasy and sci-fi not being my go-to genres has something to do with it but I just didn’t fully buy into the world the story occupies. I’m not even sure that the truth of how Orcs, elves, fairies and humans came to co-exist in LA let alone planet Earth was properly explained. Then there’s the fact that due to pacing and one or two other unfortunate factors, the movie did’t really get particularly interesting for me until ‘the cop shooting’ that happens approximately forty minutes in. Even then, I still found myself thinking about how much more I enjoyed End Of Watch, especially the story and co-star chemistry.

I’m certainly not saying that I think Bright is all bad – because if it were, I’d have stopped watching long before the end, the way I recently did with A Bad Mom’s Christmas (2017). The things I did enjoy about Ayer’s movie start with the vibrant graffiti in the opening sequence, followed by the impressive Orc prosthetics. Then there’s Noomi Rapace’s villain character, particularly the way she fought and dressed. Last but in no way least, I rather liked how well Edgar Ramirez wore his elf / vampire look. It was very much a greater highlight than expected.

A thought that entered my mind soon after I hit ‘play’ on Bright was, I bet Will Smith is super happy about not having to wear any Orc prosthetics or makeup. I know I would be. Who said that acting isn’t hard work?’

Give Bright a chance if you’re curious enough. Or you can always watch / re-watch End Of Watch, if not some other good buddy / cop movie.

Happy Film Loving

G

MORTAL ENGINES (2018): New Trailer From Peter Jackson Starring Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Jihae…

Mortal Engines (2018), Hera Hilmar
Mortal Engines (2018), Hera Hilmar

Directed by Christian Rivers, starring Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving and Jihae, Mortal Engines is an action / fantasy / sci-fi movie set many years after the ‘Sixty Minute War.’ A time when cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels, attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources…

The concept for this movie which has Peter Jackson of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy involved as one of the screenwriters is definitely interesting. Nevertheless, there are just a few reasons why I find myself intrigued but not quite excited, yet.

One reason is the fact that I don’t really know the film’s star so I don’t have that prior connection. Another reason is we don’t get to see her face in this trailer so there’s that barrier to connection.  Last but absolutely not least, the idea of London, England my dear beloved city existing only on wheels is very unsettling to say the least.

Now that all my random thoughts have been aired, I’m quite sure that I’ll  get over my concerns enough to appreciate one more fearless screen heroine.

Joel Tobeck and Robert Sheehan also star.

Mortal Engines Release Dates: December 14th, 2018 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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JURASSIC WORLD – FALLEN KINGDOM (2018): New Trailer From Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum…

Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom (2018), Chris Pratt
Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom (2018), Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum are back in the J.A. Bayona directed Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to Jurassic World (2015).

New breeds that are more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before are to be expected…

I’m in for the special effects, what else?

Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, James Cromwell and Geraldine Chaplin also star.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom release Dates: June 8th, 2018, (UK); June 22nd, 2018 (US)…

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): The Things I Loved…

Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of my favourite directors recently; starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Sylvia Hoeks, Blade Runner 2049 is likely my favourite movie of 2017. Just like the 1982 film, the pace of the story and action started a tad on the slow side but it really just got better and better as time passed.

Set thirty years from 2019, this sequel focuses on a young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret that leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Ford). This may sound like a simplistic synopsis but rest assured, the story is highly engaging.

The various things I like about Villeneuve’s movie include the way Gosling’s character and all the replicants moved and fought; their general physicality was so fun to watch. I also loved the costumes. Now, this part is going to sound odd but I definitely also really enjoyed how easily the tears fell out of the eyes of the characters that cried. Why on earth, you may wonder? Well, one of the reasons is that I dislike quite intensely when tearless ‘crying’ happens on film and in life. If your tear ducts are in good working order and you produce no tears as you ‘cry’, then you’re quite simply lying. Lying through your filthy un-moistened eyeballs! And no, dehydration is not an adequate excuse.

My issues with ‘bad crying’ aside, the acting is really quite brilliant. For example, Jared Leto’s part is a small one but my, oh my is it memorable and impactful. The main female replicant played by Hoeks is just fantastic! I really loved her! She had such brilliant physicality and I couldn’t help but see her as a representation of a strong ‘woman’ in charge. So much so that I pretty much felt empowered throughout, just by looking at her.

Goslings acting range has been questioned by some people who argue that he generally plays the same moody roles over and over again. The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I heard this. All I can say now is, Gosling is great in Blade Runner 2049. I bought every single second of his character’s emotional journey – to the point where by the end, I felt pretty badly for him.

Villeneuve managed to capture the same moodiness and well imagined dystopian aesthetic present in the first film, but of course using present day technology. I’m so happy that I didn’t see all the story twists and turns coming. There really isn’t much about this movie that I don’t like. Of course I must mention the stunning cinematography that’s synonymous with Villeneuve’s films.

The slowish start aside, watch it because it’s really rather good. Something tells me that I enjoyed the story even more simply because I’d only just watched the original for the first time the previous night.

Happy Film Loving

G

 

BLADE RUNNER (1982) Movie Review: The Things I Liked…

Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford
Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford

Directed by Ridley Scott, first released in 1982 and set in 2019, Blade Runner has Harrison Ford playing a police officer (a blade runner) who’s hired to hunt down and assassinate four human-like androids (replicants). Replicants were built for use in dangerous off-world colonisation, but four have gone rogue.

Based on how much sense the story seems to make and how well constructed it is, I can understand why this film is considered by many as one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. Perhaps I’d be even more in love with it had I watched it for the first time nearer the year of release rather than in 2017, 35 years later.

The dystopian world created for Blade Runner is one that can be referred to as a key character in itself because it’s so visually rich, moody and impressive in its execution, especially for its time. I had fun watching this movie because of the world of the story, the actual story, and the way it covers issues that humans may well have to face one day. The only part where I was’t quite sure about the film was during the slower pace at the beginning. As impatient as I was for the action to start, it did become clear by the end that the seemingly slow pace was likely all about portraying what most days were actually like in that world, especially for Ford’s character.

Acting-wise, everyone including Ford and Daryl Hannah all deliver strong performances. Overall though, it’s what Rutger Hauer did with his character Roy that sticks with me the most. I just love the way he sold Roy’s emotional journey to me. Maybe I empathised quite a bit with his goals. Then there’s the line, ‘Wake up, time to die which might just be my favourite movie one liner of all time, probably.

Spotting some of the predictions about the future that seemed quite valid and feasible 35 years ago but are today, still yet to come true was fun. For example, flying cars. Wouldn’t it be amazing if flying car became a thing just in time for 2019? Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film loving

G

RAMPAGE (2018): New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris…

Rampage (2018), Naomie Harris, Dwayne Johnson
Rampage (2018), Naomie Harris, Dwayne Johnson

Starring Rampage Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Naomie Harris, Rampage is a new action/ adventure / sci-fi movie that’s based on the classic 1980s video game that features apes and monsters destroying cities…

King Kong – like story combined with the end of the world, except that Johnson is playing a regular hero not a super one with a cape.

I’ll probably watch just to see how much of Johnson’s one liners I can take before I’ve had enough. In other words, I’m tuning in on the strength of The Rock’s charisma. A great reason, obviously.

Rampage Release Dates: April 13th, 2018 (UK); April 20th, 2018 (US)…

Happy film Loving

G

X-MEN – THE NEW MUTANTS (2018): New Trailer From Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton…

X-Men The New Mutants (2018), Anya Taylor-Joy
X-Men The New Mutants (2018), Anya Taylor-Joy

Directed and co-written by Josh Boone, X-Men – The New Mutants follows five young mutants who are just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will. They must fight to escape their past sins and save themselves…

The X-Men young mutant story is one I’m more familiar with than I particularly care to be. However, this one has my attention because of the ‘horror’ and the setting / psychoanalysis element. There’s also the fact that no mention of ‘coming together to save the world’ has taken place, a pleasant surprise for those fatigued by the super hero movie story formula.

X-Men – The New Mutants Release Dates: April 13th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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PACIFIC RIM UPRISING (2018): New Trailer From John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Adria Arjona…

Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), John Boyega
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), John Boyega

The fight to save the world from an apocalypse continues in Pacific Rim Uprising, where Jake, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots to confront the looming threat…

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight; the names Pentecost, Mako Mori and Jaeger pilots – none of these names mean anything to me since I haven’t actually watched (Pacific Rim (2013). I am however, contemplating rectifying that just so I can get to the new movie and listen to Boyega deliver the speech partly featured in this trailer in its entirety. I had no idea there was that much beautiful bass in Boyega’s voice.

Pacific Rim Uprising Release Dates: March 23rd, 2018 (US); May 18th, 2018 (UK)…

Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman and Charlie Day also star.

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