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Ad Astra (2019)
Trojan horsing religious views of space exploration funded movie
Was very hyped to watch this movie . The cinematography and feel is a direct homage to 2001 with visual story telling creating a solemn atmosphere that fits to the story .
However , very soon a number of odd quotes and indications pop up in the movie that make you realise there is a wolf dressed in scifi infesting this movie , and that wolf is called religion . Sadly , this movie appears to be a trojan horse of religious views trying to parade themselves as beliefs held by scientists . In fact , after watching the movie , the motives behind it become apparent . This is a religious anti-space exploration movie dressed up in a familiar 2001 cinematography to create the illusion of validity of the story and its undelining message .
Were it not for the visuals , this movie would have received a 1 from me . Just a brief googling of the movie brought up a number of gems from religious websites which just go to show you when church magazines take an interest in a scifi movie , so it is no suprise you find this review of the movie in "Catholic News" - yes ... you read that right :
"...Refreshing in any Hollywood movie, but especially one populated by scientists and technicians, these indications of traditional spirituality imply that faith, in some form, is a given among them..."
Underated and beaten to the box office by Matrix
Has this movie been released before the matrix , we would all have been talking about the ground breaking directing and fighting scenes Equilibirum brought to Hollywood . That being said , it does diminish the fact that in many aspects , Equilibirum is better than the Matrix in regards to its directing of fight scenes .
An action packed dystopian scifi thriller that deals with notions of fascism and totalitariasm . All the elements are there .Good acting , good visuals , awesome fight scenes and plot twists.
The only thing that seperates this movies from other like it and scores it lower is that it has held up to the test of time .
In the beggining i mentioned matrix . The matrix is a movie you can watch today and still go wow .. sadly Equilibirum's age in visual effects has started to show . Don't let this though discourage you from watching it - It is worth your time .
The 90s was the era of great thought provoking scifi
I had the luck of watching contact at the cinema when it came out . Being young meant that watching a movie of this grandure in a grand movie theatre with massive screen (something that was dying out at the time) means that this movie has been engraved in my mind .
But it is not due to nostalgia or corrupt memory .
Contact is a thought provoking mind bending movie ahead of its time .
In fact it is the Interstellar of the 90s .
Stunning gorgeous visuals , and a storyline and plot asking some hard questions and providing answers that many might not want to accept as the movie battles between science fitction , science fact and religion in a way that in the end no one is left wanting .
This is not just a movie , this is an event !
The Abyss (1989)
A masterpiece which defies decade
If you have the chance to watch The Abyss is its remastered HD version then you are in for a real treat . The movie looks and feels like it was made yesterday .
In fact almost nothing in this movie makes it feel old or of wrong decade, and that is the real magic of this film . Watching in the 90s -00s or even '19 , the effects , story and acting is on par with anyting made today .
Everything is shot in real surroundings meaning no cheesy bad blue screens . Even when the visual effects come into play , they were so well made , that even today many high budget movies struglle or even fail to compare to this masterpiece .
The Abyss is in the top 10 , if not the top 5 of best sci fi movies ever made .
Event Horizon (1997)
An severely underated Sci-Fi Masterpiece
When rating a movie , one must take into account other similar movies and what they have scored . Only through comparisson can you trully appreciate the score you give a movie . The fact that Event Horizon has scored the same as the movie "Pandorum" is an insult and anyone who has seen both will agree .
Event horizon takes scifi horror to a completely new level and is up there together with the same mystery horror and frantic beauty of the likes of Aliens.
With a solid backstory and real science intertwined with the creation of the spaceships as well as the various mechanics of their "jump drives" work , Event horizon is nothing short of a scifi horror masterpiece that does not deserve the score it has been given on imdb . For those of you who have seen this movie and agree with me , i urge you to rate this title properly as to help its rating be equal to the quality movie that it is . For those of you who havent , watch it , then watch the likes of pandorum and i think you will see anything less than 8 for Event Horizon is a disgrace.
How It Ends (2018)
Ran out of time ? budget ? what a shame
Now this is a movie that was an awesome 9 all the way until the last 10 minutes ...
From there on , Noone knows what went wrong with the production . Maybe they ran out of budget and cut the story . Maybe they overproduced th 2/3 of the movie and then at the end didn;t know how to tie it up equally ?
Who knows , the fact is that I want to say watch it if you love post apocalyptic theme movies cause this is AWESOME in atmosphere , mystery etc . The visuals are perfect and fit the narrative . and then .. DAMN - Don't watch it , cause you will hate the director and wonder why you just wasted 2 hours of your life .... Such is the extremes of this movie that I can only say , watch it until 10 minutes before the end and then close the TV and pretend that that was it ... better to live with wondering what happends next than actually seeing what happens next ...
Seriously Mr.Director ... Whyyy ?
Yet another splendid movie hacked on imdb
This is an excellent story , played out with great scifi visuals and acting .
The fact that this movies scored under 7 is outrageous .
Beautiful twist to the story that you don;t expect at all . Worth watching and to be honest finally a story that differs from the usual scifi bang boom story lines .
If you enjoy something differennt , something new , with lost of suspence , great visuals and invasion themes , watch Extinction !
Why so much hate ? Watch it before reading the critics
Io esthetically is great . The visual are excellent as is the atmosphere . The story itself is very good and the directing ties in with the isolation and feeling of "guilt" the actor is meant to feel having been left to make a choice which is the essence of the movie .
The acting is on par with any other Drama and in no way is there bad acting . Maybe what most people don't get about IO is that it is a DRAMA movie . They propably see the title as well as the trailer and think they are in for "Intestellar" and then can't understand why this movie doesn't go into full sci-fi mode , which to the extent this being a Drama movie does very well .
It has a great atmosphere and digs deep into uncomfortable truths and decisions that have to be made ... Maybe the low score is from Climate change deniers that believe this future is some sort of propaganda..... seriously this movie demands alot more that below 5 . Give it a chance ....
Another sad instalment and ultimate tombstone of another destroyed franchise
The Jurassic park franchise has ended up being everything the original movie strived NOT TO BE .
Soulless CGI taking the place of ground breaking animatronics , a storyline which has no originality and with this latest film (Fallen kingdom) proves that there is no depth beyond guns - fire and another boring comedy act by Chris Pratt .
This latest instalment is almost as if they just used leftover footage from action disaster movies , through in an overdose of dinosaurs just to prove they have alot and ending up bringing them into the modern world with an endless amount of b=movie cliches .
It pains me truly to see the direction the movies will now take with the ending of this latest film which only means that we are in store for alot more Hollywood action B movie bonanza based on effects rather than substance , teenage comedy scripts , instead of acting quality and depth of character etc etc .
In all honesty even J.P 2 and 3 which could be considered inferior to the original in quality of writing and storytelling , are of oscar quality and acting compared to the new "re-boot" of pet dinosaurs being trained like dogs , and comedy acting to hide the fact that there is nothing of any worth left in this once grande statement to movie history .
From the pivotal movie of dinosaurs to just another fang-flick with big explosions , Jurassic Park's glory , originality and soul appears to be well and truly , extinct .
Patient Zero (2018)
This was bad on so many levels
Just ..why ? How did they manage to secure funding for such a bad movie - how ? I want to know seriously .
A Quiet Place (2018)
a bad attempt at a good movie or a good attempt at a bad movie ?
There are alot of small points of bad continuity and bad logic , that stick out in this movie which "maybe" the average movie goer might not care about however the devil is in the detail , and there-in also lies what makes or breaks a movie like this. .
It was nice to see a movie create a dramatic atmosphere based solely on the soundtrack that accompanied each scene - if anything this movie "succeeded" in being gripping thanks to the composer of the soundtrack and not due t the cast or production .
Sadly though , the entire movie boils down to the final 10-15 minutes where a person , working in a garage , manages to create an effective weapon against the intruders . The solution , simple , effective and logical , HOWEVER in the entire 1 and a half years since the invasion , no goverment , scientists, specialist etc etc was able to come up with it despite the planet knowing almost since the beginning that the creatures used and were affected by sound solely .
It is annoying that I had to watch an entire movie , having been dictated by the script how "in-destructable" these creatures are , only to have the solution be something so simple. And i say simple cause any basic sound engineer would have known about sound feedback - . Once again , in true Hollywood fashion , humanity faced with extinction , suffers some sort of brain impairment and everyone dies due to stupidity ....