Review: Ad Astra

An astronaut must travel on a secret mission to the edge of the Solar System in a bid to save all life as we know it, and perhaps reunite with his estranged father in the process. “Space” movies often fall into two categories, each category with a spectrum with two extremes on either end. The…

Review: Black Mirror – Bandersnatch

A little late to the party here, but Bandersnatch is certainly an interesting mix of media. Stefan Butler is a video game programmer prodigy, and he hopes that an adaptation of a Choose Your Own Adventure book called Bandersnatch will be his greatest achievement. But, how to do it? Despite this feature being released in…

Review: Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel was a good movie. Not… much more to say about it. Vers, a Kree warrior with a surreal power of photon-blasts from her hands, goes on a mission to destroy Skrulls – dangerous aliens who can shape-shift into anyone. But on this mission, she is haunted by visions of a past she doesn’t…

Review: Alita – Battle Angel

A lot of great design work and a surprisingly strong lead performance, Alita is only somewhat forgettable in its action-heavy pacing. It is the 26th century, and the world is not as it was: much of the land is desolate wasteland, and cities are mostly rusting and over-populated with a cybernetically enhanced populous. High above,…

Review: Mortal Engines

I’ve seen so many overblown, overpriced franchise movies this year that have disappointed me, it is nice to watch something entirely new for once. Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, where civilisation was almost completely destroyed and the shape of the world was forever changed by a cataclysmic event. Settlements now battle for what little resources…

Review: The Predator

This film has great posters… Shame the film is utter garbage. As a sequel following (at least) Predator and Predator 2, a ragtag group of mentally unhinged soldiers find themselves up against an alien invader. But what is it doing here on Earth? Do we care? Sorry Predator fans… if you thought 2010’s Predators was…

Review: Ready Player One

An eclectic, computer generated action sequence, the TRON of a new generation… it actually made me feel old. In 2045, society has almost completely collapsed with over-population, people live in shanty towns made of re-purposed trash and vehicles stacked on top of each other. But people escape this near-dystopian society within a sprawling virtual reality…

Review: Annihilation

Another month, another Netflix release! Annihilation is a surprisingly different experience. When a Lena’s husband returns from war having been presumed dead, he is suffering from a bizarre pathogen and she looks to find out what happened. She finds herself recruited into a suicide mission investigating a extraterrestrial landscape that is overwhelming the natural world….

Review: Mute

I do enjoy dystopian science fiction films, so Mute had quite a lot to give. In the middle of a hi-tech, future Germany, a mute, Amish bartender finds himself embroiled in Berlin’s seedy criminal underworld while tracking down the girl he loves after she mysteriously vanishes. After the burns of Bright and The Cloverfield Paradox,…

Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox surprised everyone with its release… after viewing it my feelings are somewhat torn. British scientist Eva Hamilton commits to joining an experimental space program to test an advanced particle collider in hope that it might solve Earth’s debilitating energy crisis. But operating the machine, even in Earth’s orbit, has bizarre and far-reaching…