Category: science fiction

“Ripples in the water” | Alien³ (1992)

According to the diary of actor Ralph Brown, who played the role of Aaron in the film Alien³, there was a message carved into a wall at London’s Pinewood studios. It purported to list the six stages of film production, as follows: Wild enthusiasm Disillusionment Panic Search for the Guilty Punish the Innocent Reward the ...

REVIEW: Alien Covenant (2017)

In the early 22nd century the colony ship Covenant is in the middle of its long journey to a new planet when a stellar phenomenon critically damages the ship and kills its captain. While the surviving crew conduct repairs they receive a mysterious human signal from an uncharted planet just three weeks away. Once there, ...

REVIEW: Terra Formars (2016)

In the 26th century, an attempt to terraform Mars for Earth's overcrowded human population has led to a planet with a breathable atmosphere but an infestation of cockroaches. A varied crew of criminals and desperate civilians undertake special genetic engineering to make them better suited to exterminating the insects. On their arrival on Mars, however, ...

REVIEW: King Kong Escapes (1967)

The villainous Dr Who (Eisei Amamoto), working on behalf of a rogue government, constructs a giant robotic King Kong to dig in the Arctic for the mysterious "element X". When the robot Kong fails to operate due to the high radiation levels, Dr Who decides to kidnap the real Kong and force it to work ...

REVIEW: Logan (2017)

In the year 2029 mutants are seemingly extinct. Just south of the Mexico-USA border, Logan (Hugh Jackman) - known popularly as the Wolverine - cares for a frail and increasingly senile Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). Logan himself has seen much better days. His adamantium claws do not spring from his knuckles so well, and his ...

REVIEW: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

A vast and unknown object is approaching Earth. It appears to destroy any starships in its way, and its ultimate intentions are a mystery. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) arranges to re-take command of his former ship the USS Enterprise and to investigate the mysterious entity and prevent it from destroying the planet. While ...

“All that cold blackness” | The Abyss (1989)

A United States submarine runs aground near the Cayman Trough, following an encounter with an unidentified object. With both Soviet submarines and a violent hurricane fast approaching, the crew of a deep-sea drilling platform are co-opted to assist a naval mission to secure the submarine. When the hurricane hits, and contact is lost with the ...

REVIEW: Cargo (2009)

By the year 2267, Earth has suffered an irreperable ecological failure. Human refugees crowd orbital space stations, while a lucky few travel to the distant colony world of Rhea where they live in a comparative paradise. Dr Laura Portmann (Anna-Katharina Schwabroh) signs on as medical officer on the cargo ship Kassandra, which is embarking on ...

“It’s a science experiment” | Back to the Future Part III (1990)

In Back to the Future Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travelled back in time 30 years from 1985 to 1955, using a time machine invented by the eccentric scientist Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd). In Back to the Future Part II Doc took Marty 30 years into the future, before events forced them to return ...

“There’s something very familiar about all this” | Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Sequels are common in Hollywood. Good sequels are much rarer. Back to the Future Part II, released in November 1989, is arguably one of the most inventive and jaw-dropping sequels ever made. The noted astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan once told its director that it was ‘the best movie ever made on the science ...