Classic Review: The Matrix

Genre: Sci-fi, action, dystopian Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving Stars: 4.5 THIS IS NOT A STANDARD REVIEW You’ve all seen The Matrix. It came out in 1999, was a box office smash and is generally regarded as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re never gonna. Move along, this post … Continue reading Classic Review: The Matrix

IO

Genre: Futuristic, Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi Starring: Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie Stars: 2.5 There is nothing overtly wrong with IO, however there’s nothing particularly special or impactful about it either. It’s a fairly standard end-of-the-earth scenario executed with little panache or enthusiasm. The opening of the film gives us a synopsised account of an over polluted earth that is no longer inhabitable in almost all spaces except … Continue reading IO

Never Let Me Go

Genre: dystopian, drama, depressing as fuck movies based on books Starring: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightly, Andrew Garfield Stars: 3  This is a hard movie to rate objectively because it’s well shot and acted, and is a tense and gripping tale. Yet…it is SOOOOOO relentlessly depressing that I did not enjoy watching it and would have been quite happy to never have discovered its existence. The … Continue reading Never Let Me Go

Arrival

Genre: Sci-fi, drama Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Stars: 4.5  This movie hooked me from the get go with a heartbreaking prologue showing the main character, Louise Banks (Adams) giving birth to a baby, raising her, and then 20 years later grieving her death from an unnamed incurable disease. OMG SOB. I don’t even know this woman yet but I’m in, I’m devastated … Continue reading Arrival

Equals

Genre: Sci fi, romance, drama Starring: Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, Jackie Weaver Stars: 4 Set in an imagined future, Equals tells the story of Nia (Stewart) and Silas (Hoult), two colleagues at a company called Atmos who fall in love. What’s noteworthy about that is in this future emotions are considered a type of disease called SOS (Switched On Syndrome) and any ‘coupling … Continue reading Equals

Extinction

Genre: Sci-fi, futuristic, thriller, apocalyptic Starring: Michael Pena, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Colter Stars: 3 This was a husband pick, chosen at random without either of us knowing anything about it. It’s a new release on Netflix AU and isn’t terrible, although it’s not exactly terrific either. Extinction is set on a not-too-far-in-the-future earth. Michael Pena plays Peter, an engineer who is having visions of apocalyptic … Continue reading Extinction

Self/less

Genre: sci-fi, action, drama Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Ben Kinglsey Stars: 3  Damien Hale (Kingsley) is dying of cancer, and like many movie billionaire tycoons he thinks his money ought to entitle him to cheat death. Similar in idea to Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, Self/less follows the story of Hale as his consciousness is transported though a mysterious (read: utterly improbable) method … Continue reading Self/less

Singularly The Worst Film Ever?

Genre: Sci-fi Starring: John Cusack and some poor, unfortunate actors who will probably never make another movie again if this is on their resume. Stars: 1/4  I love John Cusack. I mean, I’m a child of the 80s so of course, I do. Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing, Say Anything… And then there was John Cusack’s 90s masterpiece Grosse Pointe Blank… okay, I could go … Continue reading Singularly The Worst Film Ever?

Transformers: The Last Knight​ (AKA A Terrible Terrible Film)

Genre: action-adventure, craptastic Stars: 1/2 (not kidding) What’s wrong with Michael Bay’s latest and (God, please make it be true) last Transformers film? Everything. This is Optimus Prime. I’m not kidding. There is nothing right about it. Not even Marky Mark’s flashed upper torso (flashed for reasons I still can’t fathom but I’m sure in Bay’s mind furthered the plot in some significant way). Imagine … Continue reading Transformers: The Last Knight​ (AKA A Terrible Terrible Film)