Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

Why did this movie flop and get bad reviews? It’s intriguing until the end. It stars two popular actors (Koen Degraeve and Matteo Simoni) who perform really well. It’s a universal concept that doesn’t have any reference to anything Flemish at all. (So, recommendable for anyone abroad). And it makes university town Leuven look like a place you want to visit soon.

It’s a science fiction take on the Groundhog Day principle. Two scientists find a way to send emails to people in the past. They do small  innocent, but successful tests and then decide to no longer use the technology  One scientist is married to a disabled woman though and cannot resist messing with history to make sure she doesn’t end up being as disabled as she is. And that’s when all goes wrong.

If you’re a fan of Batman or Superman or any DC comic, you may appreciate this action vehicle. If you’re not, you’ll get easily bored. In fact, after half an hour, you’ll be checking your instagram account, getting something out of the fridge, go to the washroom, make a phone call, chat a bit on whatsap, check the score of the movie on metaritic and leave twitter with the hashtag #whydowefeeltheneedtowatchbadmoviesuntiltheend .

The first half hour is okay though. Kinda looks promising with its stellar cast. It has Amy Adams as Lois Lane! But no-one stands out. There are absolutely no acting skills required for their parts. They could have just used debutants. The action is ok. The special effects as well done. Probably more efficient in a movie theatre than at home. But the story. There’s just too much going on. And none of it makes sense. What’s the deal with alien-phobic humans and Batman being afraid of the supernatural powers of Superman who only means well. And what’s the beef between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne? Go dig deeper, team of scriptwriters!

Arrival -*(*)

Posted: December 23, 2016 in 2016, Science Fiction, USA, X1/2

Not sure what all the fuzz is about. Amy Adams is a joy to watch, sure. And the movie keeps you puzzled for about 2 hours. It’s cool to see a science fiction picture in which the aliens aren’t aggressive invaders, but just, well around, with no particular evident purpose. And it’s also kind of cool to see a linguist in the main role, who’s hired to figure out a way to communicate with these aliens.

But that’s it.

The set up is quite intriguing. But the learning an alien language this fast just doesn’t make sense. We haven’t figured out a way to transcript how animals talk to each other and how we can learn them our language. So, how would we be able to learn how to communicate with aliens this fast? Even if they have a visual scripting of their language and are somehow superior. And yeah, it’s cool to see that these aliens haven’t just landed in the US, but also in 11 other areas in the world. But please, Hollywood, don’t push an idea about ‘working together across all borders’ if you make it look like the Americans take the lead and the other researches just don’t matter at all.  Moreover, what’s the use of showing these aliens above some Montana field a word like ‘human’ if in China they will show them ‘一個人’ and in Russia ‘будучи человеком’. How confusing would that be to these aliens? I pity the aliens who hover above Sudan and Sierra Leone, where no researchers go up and try to communicate with them. They are just hanging there.

Plus, all that pseudo philosophical bullshit about interpreting time at the end really ruins it.

So, go watch it, even though you’ll know it’s not going to be that good. But hey, that’s basically what this movie is all about: live your life even if you know what’s going to happen.


Attack The Block – *

Posted: April 10, 2016 in 2011, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, UK, X

It’s a horror parody and it’s British. How could this go wrong?

Because, there’s zero empathy for any character in the movie. And the jokes aren’t funny at all.

However, as a rental for 99 cent, it’s worth its money.

It’s the kind of movie you’d wish to see at a Fantastic Film Festival surrounded by geeks and horror freaks cheering for all the bad acting, crappy gore and silly special effects on screen!

The Martian – **

Posted: January 5, 2016 in 2015, Drama, Science Fiction, USA, XX

Decided to attend the last screening of The Martian at the local cinema. It’s a science fiction epos after all. Not really the kind of movie you want to watch at home or on a laptop.

The reason why it took so long is simple: it’s a science fiction epos about a guy who needs to survive on Mars for a LONG period of time. Alone. With no natural resources. And the producers want the audience to believe this is something that could actually happen in the (near) future. It’s not really an appealing synopsis.

In the beginning, it feels quite realistic that Nasa has a base on Mars. It kind of makes sense that a commander decides to abort the mission when an unknown storm hits their research area. And, though highly improbably, there’s a change that an astronaut might end up alone on the red planet. But after half an hour all logic goes away when this survivor keeps on surviving just for the sake of a great cinematic experience.

If you can turn off that mental switch and accept this unrealistic storyline, than you’re in for an entertaining drama with thrilling elements and some humor. If you can’t then all the scientific bullshit uttered to make it more authentic just annoys the hell out of the experience.

It’s difficult if you can’t find that switch. Luckily there’s Matt Damon, whose performance is worth the watch.

Surprise Surprise

The new Star Wars episode is the best movie of the year so far!

Until a few hours ago, that title went to either Inside Out or Mad Max. A tough choice, but no longer necessary.

Just go see The Force Awakens. Read nothing about it. Don’t let spoilers kill the nostalgic fun you’ll have. Be surprised to see old faces, be charmed by new characters, cherish the mild humor and enjoy this excellently produced reboot.

There are only a few minor points of critique, but they are not really worth mentioning. The story is familiar and even predictable, but somehow this a positive remark. Sometimes we don’t want too many things to change and we don’t need many surprises at all.

This is 135 minutes of nostalgic fun.

Suprise Suprise

In anticipation of The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the Star Wars sage, and after re-watching the original trilogy about a year ago, it felt necessary to re-watch episodes I, II and III again.

The Phantom Menace remains rubbish. Even the third time around. It doesn’t even get half a star. It’s terrible. It doesn’t make sense. The acting is abominable (even though I start to appreciate Liam Neeson’s contribution), the special effects are unspectacular, it’s made for toddlers and there’s an overabundance of new characters and vehicles. RUBBISH.

Attack Of The Clones (xx) is much better. There’s more action. There’s less child’s talk. The acting is actually quite good. Apart from Samuel L Jackson who looks really out of place. But it has Christopher Lee! And Temuera Morrison!

But, Revenge Of The Sith (***) needs another re-watch. Soon. It’s great. It’s dark and gloomy. It has excellent fights. The acting is superb. This Hayden Christensen deserves more credit! Plus, in times of radicalization of young muslims you can compare the seduction to join the dark side with the attraction of to jihadist movements. How come no-one ever made this comparison before?