Category: science fiction

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 ...

REVIEW: The Fountain (2006)

A medical researcher races to find a cure for cancer before his wife dies from a brain tumour. In the 1500s, a Spanish conquistador embarks on a perilous journey to find the Biblical tree of life, to please his queen. In the far future a man travels halfway across the galaxy in a glass sphere, ...

REVIEW: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

A gunslinger (Daniel Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the wild west town of Absolution. When aliens begin abducting the townsfolk, the gunslinger teams up with a mysterious young woman (Olivia Wilde) and a battle-hardened cattle rancher (Harrison Ford) to rescue the humans and defeat the alien menace. In all honesty Cowboys & ...

REVIEW: Children of Men (2006)

In the year 2027 an unexplained global fertility crisis has led to no human being born in more than 18 years. As the world's governments topple and collapse into anarchy, Great Britain struggles on via a totalitarian government and the mass deportation of immigrants and refugees. Theo Faron (Clive Owen), a mid-level government bureaucrat, is ...

REVIEW: Starman (1984)

An alien intelligence travels to Earth to study humanity, only for its spacecraft to be shot down by the United States Air Force. Assuming a human form based on a dead man (Jeff Bridges), the alien travels across America to reach a rescue site before the US government can capture it. It drags along Jenny ...