It is interesting to speculate as to why British director John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”,” Marigold Hotel” etc) would choose the totally different and sometimes impenetrable world of the American political jungle as the setting for his latest film.
Guillermo Del Toro is back in his wheelhouse and so clearly relishing every moment of it. Crimson Peak is vintage Del Toro, as he pushes his gothic proclivities into overdrive on the amazing set that is Allerdale Hall. Set in the late 19th Century
Ridley Scott is back, and has this time turned his head to a less fantastical sort of sci-fi. The Martian, very faithfully based on the bestseller by Andy Weir, is extremely grounded in a plausible not-so-distant-future where manned missions to Mars are not only possible, but in their third iteration.
Written, directed and produced by Monson, Unity is a sequel of sorts to his 2005 film Earthlings. In part Unity can be regarded as political. In part social. Unity makes significant commentary on the lack of unity within the human race despite our technological, social and political improvements. Humankind is yet to become a peaceful race. Still we kill and oppress one another, using animals and nature purely for our own gain.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work...