This is a wild and extravagant film. I know the reviews have been unkind, but I suspect that it’s one of those films that will eventually gather a culty little reputation, once it escapes from the tiny box the reviewers have put it in and onto the small screen, like a lot of other, equally […]Read more "Mortal Engines (2018)"
I was certain that I wasn’t going to like this one. After all, the trailers looked…silly. So it does come as a bit of a surprise that I enjoyed it. Stranger things have happened, I suppose, but it’s generally a bad sign when the sinister alien monster in the trailer grabs the arc whip of […]Read more "Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)"
(Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.) For a long time it seemed as if every Science Fiction film had to have a “Stargate” sequence like 2001. Even a normally sensible director like Brian DePalma fell into the trap in Mission To Mars. But it’s been a long time since I saw one. A very […]Read more "A Wrinkle in Time (2018)"
Apparently nothing is safe from teen movies anymore. First it was vampires. Then werewolves. Then alien invasions and Mars. But I really would have thought genetically engineered soldiers were still safe. Apparently not. Here we have the all too familiar angsty teen drama, where those angsty teens all have remarkable powers, like telepathy, super strength, […]Read more "Maximum Ride (2016)"
This must have seemed like a good idea to someone in Hollywood. One can almost imagine the process: “hey, we’ve done well with realistic space films like Gravity and Interstellar…and we’re packing the teenagers in with these angsty romances…I know! We’ll combine the two!” Or was there a Reese’s commercial moment when two aides carrying […]Read more "The Space Between Us (2017)"
Allegiant does something truly unimaginable: it offers a more or less plausible explanation for the Faction system in the Divergent series. Of course, on the downside of that, it is part one of an adaptation of the final novel of the YA series, with a final film yet to come. Sigh. Okay, okay. You had to […]Read more "Allegiant (2016)"
Well, it isn’t completely familiar. We’ve seen an awful lot of Young Adult novel series getting turned into SF movies lately, and it is rather nice to see one which doesn’t have children forced to fight each other… Ooops, we’ve got that. Mostly. We do, however have a special effects heavy apocalypse, with aliens launching four […]Read more "The 5th Wave (2016)"
I liked The Maze Runner. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the sequel. The original had a lot going for it – the mystery of why they were there and the purpose of the maze; the dangers lurking in the maze and the puzzles they had to solve to escape from it. However, the sequel doesn’t […]Read more "The Scorch Trials (2015)"
I guess we have Harry Potter to blame. It was, after all, the final Harry Potter novel that was first hewn into two separate films. Admittedly, the book was the size (and weight) of a cement block, and making a one-film version would have been appallingly difficult (or ridiculously long). But somehow this has become […]Read more "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)"