Tag Archives: futuristic

Now Playing: One Spaceship Flies Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in ‘Pandorum’

26 Sep

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September 26th, 2009–

Here’s the Great Fatsby with his review of Pandorum. How did it pan out? Good, bad, craptastic? I’ll let him fill you in on the details. Take it away Fatsby….

cinemagrade c+As a big fan of both the science fiction and horror genres, from cheesy to classic, I’ve always had a particular love of sci-fi horror.  Any time you can blend two of my favorite elements into one delicious product, like the almighty Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, I’m hooked.  The most recent truly great mixture of these, in my mind, is Event Horizon.  Come on, it’s like Hellraiser (and by that I mean parts 1 and 2, not the 8 other crappy sequels) on a spaceship – beam me up, Scotty.  So I was fairly excited to see Pandorum, and was only mildly disappointed. Continue reading

Now Playing: ‘Surrogates’ explores our technological obsession

26 Sep

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September 26th, 2009–

cinemagrade b-In the new Bruce Willis techno-thriller Surrogates, humanity’s collective desire for ease, comfort and convenience prove to be its undoing.   Adapted from the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, Surrogates shows us a future where our reliance on technology has become the ultimate crutch. Instead of a dreary, rain-soaked dystopia, the world of the film is a bright, shiny, peaceful place. From a material and cultural standpoint, everything looks like sunshine and kittens. Something is missing though. Continue reading

Now Playing:Rockwell Encounters The Darkside of ‘Moon’

23 Jul

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Moon (R) 97 min.

For here I am sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet earth is blue
And theres nothing I can do

Though Im past one hundred thousand miles
Im feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows

Space Oddity, David Bowie

cinemagrade AThose haunting lyrics to Bowie’s song about a lonesome and isolated astronaut seem to echo in every silent space of Duncan Jones’  new hard-science fiction Moon.  And there is a certain sense of symmetry there when you consider that Jones is Bowie’s son and this movie his first directorial debut. What a debut it is too! Starting small and quiet and then gaining momentum slowly and purposefully, Moon tells the story of astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a company man fulfilling the last bit of his three year contract on the lunar surface where he is the only human member of a mining operation. What is it exactly Sam is mining ? Helium-3, a clean fuel source that is abundant on the moon but provides the key for Earth’s energy crisis. Employed by Lunar Industries, Sam’s primary job is to oversee the automated robotic process. As a result, that means Sam’s only crew member is the base’s A.I. system, GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacy as a cross between Hal 9000 and Robby the Robot).  Continue reading

‘Daybreakers’ trailer brings us vamps, sci-fi and a cross-bow wielding Willem Dafoe. Sign me up!

26 Jun

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June 26th, 2009–

I’d be tempted to call this Equilibrium with vampires if it wasn’t for the fact we already got that, from the same director, called Ultraviolet. And it sucked something fierce, no pun intended. 

Instead, Daybreakers might  be trying to unhinge the universe from its complacency by threatening to give us something actually original. True Blood has synthetic hemoglobin and Twilight has vamps who have refrained from the human version altogether. Now, the Australian Spiereg Bros., who made the low-budget zombie film Undead, have concocted a darker world where nearly everyone is a vampire and they keep the humans in storage facilities not unlike The Matrix so they can harvest them at will. Without the blood, it appears the vampires go feral and revert to a more monstrous version(see the pic below). To add to their troubles, the human race is going extinct and the threat of a vanishing food supply looms large. Continue reading