Sci-Fi

LOGAN (2017)

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A  film by James Mangold

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

Logan hides out with the professor of the X and a Mutant in Mexico. He is a limo driver trying to make a buck across the border. But suddenly he  is haunted by young mutant with dark forces that are after her .

It is the year 2029 now and Logan takes care of the professor somewhere in Mexico. Sorry I can’t help myself with this one the Trump wall is not build there are just fences. The mutants have been persecuted for a long time and only a few remain. Those who has not been caught hides to survive. Logan gets a job as a limo driver to pay for the medicine for the professor with an albino-mutant tracker Caliban (Stephen Merchant). the professor’s  attacks can and do trigger seismic activities that can kill hundreds of people.You will see an older Logan here and as you watch the film later the answer will be thrown at you.But then comes Laura (Dafne Keen) who is like him.

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The violence here is set though out the film but you can see that Logan here has trouble with himself. The father-son relationship with Logan and the professor makes things to an other new level with human relation to which Logan become a little grumpier. All of the X-men film were so good they did not mess up the series what so ever. You have seen Logan going through different stages in his life. We finally hold the reference of the saga X-Men. Logan goes beyond the film of superheroes and redefines the genre by finally addressing to the  adults. The thing here I knew where this was going unfortunately a little predictable for me but a warning here there is a surprise ending and will open a different era I hope.

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RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2017)

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A film by Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter

The Resident Evil film series has been around for a long time now, this is now the sixth film in the series and the last one it seems. You will see the ending. It is fun to watch it all anyway I still love the first one.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson has done well with this one, the film is entertaining, fun, action packed and fast paced and the visual with the special effects that contain the gore and the violence to go with it. The film start with the narrative of Alice played by Jovovich of what happened to her 10 years earlier and what she has to do now. Let’s go to the hive. It is a fun action film here with a stunning visual plus the fighting, gun blazing, slashing throat, cutting off fingers etc… It is a bit predictable especially at the end but I have seen about 8,000 movies in my life time so I know how Hollywood thinks. I would went the other way. It is a guilty pleasure at its best and some of you might think it is the best one yet. Maybe who knows, it is purely entertaining  just fasting you seat belts this film is going to go into high-octane. Have fun.

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ARRIVAL (2016)

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A film by Denis Villeneuve

Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

This has to be the master piece of Dennis Villeneuve. Wait until his next picture which I can’t wait. For now let’s talk about this one. It looks to me as if the encounter of the third kind has been rewritten and what an intelligent screenplay to it all off.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe a team headed by lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. To try to talk to them, to decipher their language. It is making some other countries very nervous and the team races against the clock to try to avoid the global war. Will they make it on time?

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Amy Adam has this hypnotic breaking performance in which communication, purpose and time are key.Villeneuve masterfully creates intrigue on a grand and personal scale. Based on Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life, Eric Heisserer’s screenplay makes it look like you are witnessed something that is life changing. Arrival has a spiritual feeling where there is an authenticity in the story and we are seeing trough the clear blue eyes of the story’s vulnerable female protagonist.US army’s recruitment of Louise Banks (Adams), a top linguist who has previously assisted the government when a Farsi translation was required. The lead a brilliant female protagonist and puts her in a situation where she is going to try to decipher some king of language. The intellectual excitement makes the film run along just fine. However the cinematography (by Bradford Young) is breathtaking and the ending perfect.

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ROGUE ONE : A STARS WARS STORY (2016)

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A film by Gareth Edwards

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker,Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits 

Yes it is an all-star cast here with some extremely talented actors.The first “Star Wars” trilogy had a fresh, insurgent energy, how ever with Rogue it is going back on the saddle and I do not want reveal too much. It seems that the  Rebel Alliance and the power struggles in the imperial ranks fasten our seat belts  and engage our emotions into a roller coaster.

The Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to work with a team including Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) to steal the design schematics of the Empire’s new super-weapon. And yes it is a spectacular return galaxy far away. Here the heroine is trying to make sense of it all and when it does click it is inevitable there is going to be a war.Technically brilliant, Rogue One delivers the spectacle and the aerial combat that are such signatures of the Star Wars character. To top it all off you have some outstanding beautiful photography. No disappointment here but there are a few surprises.What is special is the storytelling; the how we are involved and engaged by the characters, their mission and the challenges they face it is like you are living it with them.

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ARES (2016)

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A film by Jean-Patrick Benes

Cast: Ola Rapace, Micha Lescot, Thierry Hancisse

Paris 2035, the world order has changed. With its 15 million unemployed, France is now a poor country. The population oscillates between revolt and resignation and finds an outlet in ultraviolent televised fights where the participants are doped legally and where everything is permitted.   Reda, known as Ares, is a veteran who lives on small jobs  for the police. Everything will change when his sister is arrested and he must do everything possible to save them: she and her daughters.

Inspired more precisely by the recent economic crisis in Greece and Spain, the filmmaker imagined a devastated Paris, occupied by the homeless and gangrened by misery. The  society of consumer dominates to such an extent that the man’s body itself becomes a commodity that can be sold to the pharmaceutical laboratories which are the only ones making a lot of money. Paris is here devastated in ruin almost it almost is a waste land  by its own: the inhabitants, disillusioned, live in makeshift shelters, at the foot of monuments where they are abandoned. The low-budget film here will give you the chilled that could become a possibility, look at Greece where the country is broke and people lost everything even their saving and retirement plan gone in smoke. Well Europe gave them an ultimatum and we are trying to get a solution to the problem. Thank god it didn’t happen like that but it could. If the extreme urbanization is realistic, it is mainly because the film team set up  in China: Shanghai made it possible to offer the images of skyscrapers, within a dehumanized business district . Shenzhen, the capital of buildings, also served as a backdrop to make La Défense as spectacular as possible. The filmed images were then integrated in Paris to combine this urbanization with the symbolic monuments of the city, between the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Not too bad there this is how you contain the budget from going up. It is a terrific piece of cinema film neo-noir and dark. The actor does their jobs beautifully well here. It is a film that deserved to be seen.

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VIRTUAL REVOLUTION (2016)

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A film by Guy-Roger Duvert

Cast: Mike Dopud, Jane Badler, Jochen Hägele

Paris 2047. Most of the population spend all their time online, connected into virtual worlds, and don’t care anymore about reality. A bounty hunter Nash is hired to find who are the terrorist who threaten the system.

Virtual Revolution is a stunning visual piece of Neo-Noir film taking place in 2047 in Paris. With VR technology finally becoming something consumers can experience with the release of Samsung Gear VR, if this technology explodes into the mainstream and evolves into something much more than a simple device to play games and watch media well the world is going to hell like the one in this great film from Guy-Roger Duvert, where people go on-line most go the time and never gets out of their home. Nash, (Mike Dopud) a shadow agent hired by one of the VR companies to get  out and kill cyber terrorists who will stop at nothing to destroy these virtual worlds and force people back into reality killing them in the process.

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The film resemble a bit like Blade Runner painting a dark picture of a depressing  future lit up only by neon signs, computer monitors and flying cars.The CG background looks awesome here considering that it is an independent film. It paints a clear picture of what is going to happen in the near future. will it happen to us in the near future no one can tell. I think people are smart enough to see that this gaming virtual world is for entertainment only and no more than a few hours a day.

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TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016)

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A film by Sang-ho Yeon

Cast: Yoo Gong, Dong-seok Ma, Woo-sik Choi

This film was presented at the 69 film cannes festival at a  midnight screening, “Train to Busan” will have startled more than a spectator, making the show (sometimes funny) and giving shivers for almost two hours. zombie movie in the greatest tradition in no way seeking to explain the reasons for the spread of a supposed virus, while this movie Korean manages its special effects while maintaining a frantic pace, and causes a surprise, returning to the classic mode.

You will follow a group of people stuck in a train, while surrounding with blood thirsty humans who turned violent, or the separation of the group between cars that will elevate the suspense. The director amplify the horror in keeping in the close place of a train with includes the stops or not at the other train station. It is one of the best horror film that will involve ordinary people fighting for their lives. The passagers includes cold single dad Seok-woo (Yoo Gong) and his sweet gradeschool daughter, Su-an (Su-an Kim); pregnant Sung-kyung (Yu-mi Jung) and her gruff husband, Sang-hwa (Dong-seok Ma); an entire athletic team (baseball bats that is used to beat the shit out of zombies. The film uses its moment of humor. A real little movie fun, stimulating  the survival instinct as well as  the thirst for destruction.

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