Category: science fiction

REVIEW: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

It seems likely that, in years to come, The Cloverfield Paradox will be remembered more for its canny marketing strategy than for the film itself. Produced by Paramount Pictures as the third instalment of their weird anthology series of genre thrillers, but then delayed from release, sold off to Netflix, and launched worldwide for anyone to view ...

REVIEW: Arrival (2016)

When 12 alien spacecraft descend into the Earth's atmosphere, linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is recruited by the US military to work with physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) in finding a means of communicating with the visitors. When relations between one of the ships and the Chinese government breaks down, Banks and Donnelly's mission turns ...

REVIEW: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

In the 26th century the Earth's International Space Station has expanded to a planet-sized city in deep space, populated by a myriad of alien species and cultures. Major Valerian (Dane Dehaan) and his sidekick Sergeant Laureline (Carla Delevigne), part of a peace-keeping police force, follow a case about a mysterious toxic zone in the centre ...

REVIEW: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

In the aftermath of Starkiller Base's destruction, the Resistance finds itself on the run from the First Order fleet with no apparent means of escape. While hot-shot pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) challenges the decisions made by General Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Vice-Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), Finn (John Boyega) sets off on a last-ditch rescue ...

REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

In the aftermath of Superman's death, the world comes under attack from the alien menace Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). With time running out, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) pool their resources to assemble a group of super-powered individuals to save the planet. The short version: Justice League is an imperfect but very enjoyable superhero adventure. ...

REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

California, 2049. The replicant blade runner K (Ryan Gosling) makes a disturbing discovery at the scene of his latest mission - one that could have earth-shattering consequences for the future. There is a common wisdom that there are some films to which you should never make a sequel. No one needs Casablanca 2 (although we did get ...

“It is not too late to undo this madness” | Masters of the Universe (1987)

In 2007 Paramount Pictures released Transformers, a glossy big-budget science fiction film based on a range of action figures. It was a massive commercial hit, grossing more than US$700 million theatrically and inspiring an entire franchise with four sequels to date and a total worldwide theatrical gross of US$4.4 billion. Transformers was, of course, not ...

“Have we got a vacation for you” | Westworld (1973)

Two men, Peter Martin and John Blane, travel to a high technology theme park named Delos. There they both book into Westworld, a reproduction of 1880s America partially populated by interactive robots. When a computer failure spreads like an infection through the park’s robots, they suddenly turn violently against the guests – and Peter and ...

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is reunited at long last with his father, a mysterious and powerful alien named Ego (Kurt Russell). While he acquaints himself with his father, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) discover Ego is not telling Peter the whole truth. Meanwhile Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) get caught ...

REVIEW: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson) is a world-first cyborg working for a near-future anti-terrorism unit. When a mysterious hacker (Michael Carmen-Pitt) launches a series of murderous attacks on the robotics corporation that made her, Killian's investigation leads her to question her own origins and the motives of the robotics CEO Cutter (Peter Ferdinando). Ghost in the ...