Before you even reach the features menu on the Ender’s Game Blu-ray, you are sharply reminded of the commercial failure of its theatrical run by the inclusion of a trailer for Divergent, the latest attempt to launch a Hunger Games/Twilight sized franchise adapted from popular young adult literature. This home entertainment platform gives a second chance to Tsotsi (2005) director, Gavin Hood’s take on Orson Scott Card’s successful series of science-fiction novels
Gravity casts a long shadow. That's probably such a nonsensical, non-science sentence it'll send Isaac Newton into the type of underground rotation that could threaten the Crossrail development, but by popular assent the Bullock-Clooney behemoth has taken science fiction movies into a new stratosphere. There's another one, sorry Isaac.
The film opens with rookie astronaut Ryan Stone (Bullock) and seasoned space veteran Matt Kowalski (Clooney), as they attempt to service the Hubble Telescope.
'Found footage' films are certainly polarising. Though Wikipedia tells us the genre was born with Cannibal Holocaust in 1980, the creepy duo of 1998's The Last Broadcast and The Blair Witch Project of the following year were the first serious popularisation of the shaky-handed style of movie-making. The latter was a massive hit, and yet among the quartet I myself watched the movie with, two loved it and two loathed it.
Early images confirmed Kinnaman looked more man in a black body armour than cyborg. Despite Samuel L. Jackson's (Pat Novak) ranting cameos in various promos, it was also clear that the black humour and brutal dissection of American society was to be thrown out in favour of a more straight-down-the-line interpretation (less gore, more dumb action).
If you are a guy and were born sometime between now and the invention of the Sputnik, it’s most likely that there would have been a time when you and your friends have committed themselves to some kind of ludicrous pact that was probably born out of a twisted sense of loyalty to each other, and quite possibly over a woman.
A good space-based movie is a surprisingly difficult thing to find. Aside from classics and reboots involving the word 'Star', the best of the rest in the last few years has been 2005's Serenity, which mixed an excellent script with genuine action and a healthy dose of self-mockery. Other notable efforts include Sunshine (2007) and Moon (2009), but beyond that there's not a lot to chew on.
The survivors of a near-future ice age are huddled underground in small colonies. The leader of Colony 6, Briggs (Fishburne), runs the place along communal lines, which has caused tension with his old military mate Mason (Paxton). Colony 6 even has a food laboratory and a seed bank – both overseen by Kai (Sullivan).
Billed as ‘the ultimate B-movie experience’, this low budget horror/ comedy stars Greg Grunberg as Alex Mathis
So let’s recap; we’ve had a freak storm, five dead probation workers, a troop of zombie cheerleaders, rampaging nuns and a total of eleven jumpsuit clad ‘yoofs’ with a questionable attitude to community service. Say hello and goodbye to our reluctant heroes in orange, with the final series available to own on DVD and Blu […]