Category: science fiction

REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018)

In the year 2045, the global economy and environment have headed into collapse. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) lives in Columbus, Ohio, and spends much of his life inside the virtual reality game the OASIS. Wade is a 'gunter', a player seeking clues in a contest left by the OASIS' creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) - ...

REVIEW: Crumbs (2015)

Candy (Daniel Tadesse) lives in the ruins of a bowling alley with his girlfriend Birdy (Selam Tesfayie). When the huge orbiting spacecraft above them appears to re-activate, Candy embarks on a crusade to find out what it means and - believing himself to be an alien - get a ride to his home planet. His ...

REVIEW: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is rescued from the imminent destruction of the planet Earth by his best friend and - unbeknownst to Arthur - alien researcher Ford Prefect (Mos Def). Together they are thrown out of the airlock of a Vogon construction ship, rescued by Ford's semi-cousin Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell) and Arthur's former acquaintance ...

REVIEW: Annihilation (2018)

Lena (Natalie Portman) is a biologist and former soldier whose husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) vanished on a classified assignment. When he unexpectedly returns home suffering from a critical illness, Lena is dragged into his final mission: to infiltrate a mysterious environment known as "the Shimmer", an expanding zone where the rules of nature no longer ...

REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

The Norse God Thor (Chris Hemsworth) goes on the hunt to find his missing father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), only to meet an evil sister he never knew he had (Cate Blanchett), get thrown halfway across the universe to a junk planet ruled by an eccentric immortal (Jeff Goldblum), and be forced into the arena to ...

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. ...