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Review: Another Earth

Posted by Ali at 07:00 on 14 Dec 2011
Another Earth
Like Melancholia earlier this year, Another Earth is a sci-fi movie that isn't really a sci-fi movie at all. Essentially it's an indie drama, one that exists in the sci-fi universe, but is set a world away from where the action's at. Unlike Melancholia, Another Earth's director isn't a Nazi. (I should probably check that, though).

Movies that are more implausible than In Time

Posted by Luke at 07:00 on 06 Oct 2011
Movies that are more implausible than In Time
A few days ago I tried to explain my fascination with In Time, and its plot that defies all human reasoning. Reminder: society *chooses* to have timers implanted to count down their remaining days, only living past the age of 25 if they can afford to top up. Riiiight. But sci-fi being the genre it is, there's always someone out there with an even more crazy idea. So we put our heads together, drained our exhaustive knowledge, and came up with a list of sci-fi movies even less plausible than In Time.

Review: Pandorum

Posted by Steven at 20:55 on 01 Oct 2009
Pandorum
Earth has depleted its resources and become over populated. The answer to this problem? Neuter the world's idiots? Nope - in Pandorum, the solution is to send a large group of cryogenically-frozen men and women into space, hurtling towards a newly found plant that can sustain life. Far less exciting an option, if you ask me.

Review: Surrogates

Posted by Rob at 23:30 on 29 Sep 2009
Surrogates
Movies based on computer games are usually complete balls - it's a well known cinematic fact. But it seems that finally, some powerful people have realised this. The solution: Films inspired by the gaming world but not based upon anything in particular.

Review: District 9

Posted by Ali at 21:12 on 03 Sep 2009
District 9
Alien skirmishes. Big guns. Badass military hardware. Interstellar war. Yeah, the Halo movie would have been pretty cool. Alas, with credit being crunched at every corner, a $200m budget was deemed too expensive for a mere videogame movie (but a toy movie? Well, that's another story) and the project was canned. Bummer.

Review: Moon

Posted by Ali at 20:39 on 15 Jul 2009
Moon
Considering that Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind ranks as one of the most recent triumphs in the grand scheme of human exploration, it's a little odd that science-fiction has never really landed on the Moon. A case of 'been there, done that', perhaps? Maybe Apollo 11 robbed the Moon of its mystery. But given that every h...

Review: Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Posted by Ali at 23:54 on 12 Jun 2009
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
It doesn't take a genius to figure out why, out of all the big ass summer blockbusters this year, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen was the one I was least worried about performing. Camp-as-Christmas Hugh Jackman trying and failing to unleash his inner animal? Cringe. Christian Bale's CHAN CANNAR trying to avoid termination at...

Review: Terminator Salvation

Posted by Ali at 00:20 on 21 May 2009
Terminator Salvation
Terminator Salvation is explosive - not in the sense that it'll blow your mind, more in the sense that it'll burst your eardrums. Pound for pound, it features more explosions than any other movie I've seen - there's literally something detonating or collapsing or being shot or catching fire every 30 seconds. Even in quiet scenes...

Review: Star Trek

Posted by Mark at 22:52 on 09 May 2009
Star Trek
Let's play a little game of word association. If I said 'majestic', 'enjoyable' and 'meaningful', you wouldn't think Star Trek, right? No. But if I said 'lazy', 'predictable' and 'dull'.... well, that's Star Trek down to a tee - at least, that's how it's been for the past decade and a half. Of late, Star Trek has been a poten...

Review: Monsters Vs Aliens

Posted by Kirsty at 22:58 on 21 Apr 2009
Monsters Vs Aliens
Like so many brides to be, Susan Murphy's wedding day consisted of getting up early to be faffed and fluffed over; sneaking off to see her groom before the ceremony; being squished by a quantonium-laden meteorite and subsequently transformed into a 49-and-a-half-foot government secret codenamed Ginormica. It's a timeless tale. ...
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