Dir. Peter Sasdy, Paddy Russell, Rudolph Cartier, UK, 1965-71, 1200 mins Cast: Edward Judd, Donald Houston, Peter Barkworth Review by Dennis Sisterson The BFI have excelled themselves with this comprehensive release of Out of the Unknown, the monumental BBC science fiction anthology series from the 60s and early 70s. This 7 DVD set includes impeccable […]
Dir. Jack Plotnick, US, 2014, 91 mins Cast: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan, Matt Bomer, Jerry O’Connell Review by Dennis Sisterson It’s the future, as seen from the 1970s, and Jessica (Tyler) arrives at interplanetary refuelling depot Space Station 76 to take up her post as assistant captain. She fits right in, because like […]
Dir. James Gunn, US, 2014, 121 mins Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace Review by Dan Collacott If Marvel did Star Wars… As the frequency of Marvel franchises ramps up along with the profits, the studio must feel they’ve earned the right to take a few risks. […]
Dir. Matt Reeves, US, 2014, 130 mins Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell Review by Dan Collacott 2011 saw the release of Rupert Wyatt’s hugely acclaimed monkey reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Three years on and Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) has taken over director duties for the sequel. Ten years […]
Major William Cage (Cruise) finds himself stuck in a time loop in the midst of a war against an alien species that is being fought on continental Europe. The time loop allows Cage to perfect his fighting skills through the thousandfold plays of each scenario. It also allows him to team up with Special Forces soldier Rita (Blunt). Together they work play by replay, scenario by scenario towards victory.
In 2010 Gareth Edwards gave us the beautifully crafted low budget creature flick Monsters. Low on plot and characterisation but with a great concept and soul (plus imaginative use of CGI). Monsters received enough critical acclaim to earn Edwards a shot at a new Godzilla film.
Someone named Brad on the back of the DVD of Ice Soldiers has proclaimed it is 'The best super-soldier movie since the first Universal Soldier'. This is a bold assertion, given there have been no fewer than five more Universal Soldier films since then - at least two starring both Jean-Claude van Damme and Dolph Lundgren
Some of the best science fiction takes elements of contemporary society and projects their possible consequences into the future. Huxley did it with Brave New World, Orwell with 1984 and to cite a couple of movies, so did Gattaca (genetic discrimination) and the recent technological love story Her
This is the latest in the Marvel comics big screen extravaganzas, 3D and all, and it pretty much does what it says on the tin. Lots of action and spectacular special effects, a few starry names and not a lot of subtlety.
What is the definition of being "alive"? When does artificial intelligence simply become...intelligence? If these questions sound familiar to you, it's because they probably are. They've been pondered in one of any number of movies you'll have seen if you've even a passing interest in science fiction.