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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 [ Hits:3130 ]
Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 picks up the story after The Hunger Games have been destroyed. Our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, discovers District 13 has been decimated before moving onto District 12, where President Coin convinces her to become a symbol for the revolution. All the while, Peeta's increasingly dire situation is being transmitted via talk show interviews with Caesar Flickerman, making an attempt at rescuing him seem inevitable if not impossible. Katniss Everdeen without The H...

Interstellar [ Hits:3668 ]
Review: Christopher Nolan has become one of the few living directors, who could claim to be a household name. When he releases a film, it's not just another movie... it's a cinematic event. The Inception and Dark Knight trilogy director has gone beyond the beyond with Interstellar, a film he claims has been strongly influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Star Wars and the works involving warped space-time by theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne. Although, after watching it you could include:...

Snowpiercer [ Hits:3296 ]
Review: Snowpiercer is a visually-arresting, thought-provoking and action-packed sci-fi thriller based on French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige. It's headed by Captain America, one times Chris Evans, who is backed by a critically-acclaimed ensemble including: John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Kang-ho Song and Jamie Bell. The film is set in a future where a climate change experiment gone wrong has killed all life on planet Earth except for the passengers on the Snowpiercer, a tra...

Lucy [ Hits:1627 ]
Review: Lucy is a high concept sci-fi action film from Luc Besson, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. The subtitle on the movie poster for Lucy reads "The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with a 100%.". This intriguing premise is what attracts and repels in what seems like a mash up of Besson's greatest hits. Luc Besson is a filmmaker, who has earned his stripes as a director with films like The Big Blue, La Femme Nikita, The Professional and The ...

Guardians of the Galaxy [ Hits:2022 ]
Review: Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2014. Apart from being yet another superhero comic book adaptation, the ragtag Guardians of the Galaxy have been described as "Space Avengers" and have been toting an exciting trailer in the build-up to their intergalactic adventure. James Gunn directed Rain Wilson in Super, a low budget vigilante crime thriller about a guy who decides to beat up the bad guys. It followed in the tradition of Kick-Ass and Defendor, giving Rai...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [ Hits:2074 ]
Review: Whether you believe in evolution or not, there's plenty of great contrasts to be made in The Planet of the Apes saga. After it seemed like Tim Burton had broken the franchise, a prequel in Rise of the Planet of the Apes renewed interest in the science-fiction concept, leveraging Andy Serkis and his second most famous digitally rendered performance as Caesar. The result was magical, blending groundbreaking CGI and performance in a story that grabbed our attention and imagination. James Franco he...

Edge of Tomorrow [ Hits:2156 ]
Review: "Live. Die. Repeat." The tag line turned mantra for Tom Cruise's latest science-fiction action thriller is not officially endorsed by Scientology, although many religions would probably find a nugget of truth in the thematic content at play in his latest sci-fi blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow. Perhaps this stems from the Groundhog Day plot device of reliving the same day over and over again. According to the late Ghostbuster and director Harold Ramis, Bill Murray's comedy classic was adopted by m...

X-Men: Days of Future Past [ Hits:2282 ]
Review: X­-Men: Days of Future Past has it all: mutant superheroes, time travel, retro '70s cool and of course, Wolverine. Hugh Jackman has been the X-­Men mascot for some time now, sans yellow spandex, so naturally he was the first choice to make the journey back in time to save their future from an event that could endanger humans and mutants. The first thing you'll notice about X-­Men: Days of Future Past is the stellar cast. The ripped Hugh Jackman is the frontrunner to a fleet including: Jenn...

Transcendence [ Hits:1569 ]
Review: Transcendence picks up a similar thread to The Lawnmower Man, following the trajectory of a man, whose meddling with computer science turns him into a god. The divide between humanity and technology is narrowing as artificial intelligence evolves. When will machines overtake humanity? It's a recurring, thought-provoking and timely science-fiction theme that takes root in our collective consciousness. What if we could preserve a brilliant mind in a digital form? Wally Pfister, best known for bei...

RoboCop [ Hits:1976 ]
Review: RoboCop is a remake of the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven. Visual effects have come a long way since the '80s, yet the new RoboCop still pales in comparison with the original. Elite Squad director, José Padilha, has crafted a slick, visually spectacular sci-fi actioner with a strong cast, however the film, like RoboCop himself, seems to be in search of its heart and soul. It's 2028, an age in which the United States is using machines manufactured by OmniCorp to police foreign interests. In order ...

Her [ Hits:2266 ]
Review: We're living in an age when being without our phone makes us feel disconnected from society. No social media, no messaging services, no Internet and no fast track to our list of contacts makes us feel insecure and out of touch. These mobile devices have become more than our personal assistants, they've become an integral part of our lives, accompanying us as if surgically attached. iPhone, Blackberry, Samsung, Nokia... these aren't technology brands, they're lifestyles waiting to be adopted, di...

Ender's Game [ Hits:2201 ]
Review: Ender's Game is based on Orson Scott Card's classic science fiction novel. South African writer-director, Gavin Hood, best known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Rendition and Tsotsi, was entrusted with bringing the book to life and for the most part, he's succeeded. It's not an entirely faithful adaptation with a number of casting and story compromises for the sake of the cinematic experience, yet it retains the essence of Card's original vision. The story follows young Ender Wiggin, played by Hu...

Riddick [ Hits:2029 ]
Review: Pitch Black introduced us to the dangerous escaped convict by the name of Richard B. Riddick. The survivors of a prisoner transport ship were stranded on a planet becoming prey to the local flesh-eating alien inhabitants. This gave Vin Diesel, now the poster boy for The Fast & The Furious, xXx and The Chronicles of Riddick, a chance to make right. Riddick is more of a sequel to Pitch Black than of The Chronicles of Riddick. David Twohy has dialed the Riddick universe back a few notches, ret...

Elysium [ Hits:2100 ]
Review: Elysium is the much-anticipated follow-up to District 9. South African-born Neill Blomkamp has crafted another epic and spectacular science-fiction actioner that prods us by holding a broken mirror up against present day society. Armed with a bigger budget and more sway, Blomkamp has relocated the story to the year 2154, the same year as Avatar. While he initially considered Die Antwoord's Ninja and even Eminem for the role of Max, Matt Damon was cast with Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley in sup...

After Earth [ Hits:4500 ]
Review: After Earth is an M. Night Shyamalan film. The director’s signature film is still The Sixth Sense and many would agree that his best years, while love-or-hate projects, surround this film. His most recent “blockbusters” have not lived up to his heyday with invisible, biological retaliation in The Happening and a wishy-washy animation to live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender. Unfortunately, After Earth is not his comeback. The film may leverage the sentimental father-son team of Wil...

Oblivion [ Hits:3512 ]
Review: Tom Cruise has now done three science fiction films: Minority Report, War of the Worlds and Oblivion. The first two under blockbuster juggernaut, Steven Spielberg, were well-received with Philip K. Dick adaptation Minority Report winning approval from critics and audiences alike, with War of the Worlds making a less convincing case. Oblivion, however, is a Joseph Kosinski film. While not nearly in the same league as Spielberg, Kosinski showed promise at the helm of Disney's recent remake/sequel...

Looper [ Hits:3387 ]
Review: Where will you be in 30 years? More importantly, who will you be and would you really like the you you've become? Before we get too ahead of ourselves, that is essentially what's at play in Looper, a new sci-fi actioner starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, from the mind of writer-director, Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom). Time travel has become a reality in 2074 - something that has been outlawed by government, to prevent a complete meltdown in society. What happens when something becomes prohibite...

Cloud Atlas [ Hits:4245 ]
Review: The Wachowski Bros. brought us The Matrix, a film that redefined action sequences and challenged audiences to wrap their minds around a nightmarish vision of the future, now. The sci-fi actioner was revolutionary and set in motion a multi-million dollar franchise and a trilogy with diminishing returns. It's been 13 years since The Matrix and they still haven't managed to better it. The Wachowskis have racked up film credits for The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Speed Racer, V for Ven...

Total Recall [ Hits:3347 ]
Review: It's difficult getting the balance right when you approach a remake. You need to offer the audience enough nostalgic hooks, entertainment value and enough reinterpretation to justify recycling a movie title. Unfortunately, the new Total Recall doesn't work as a tribute, only sells eye candy and delivers a patchwork refresh to a superior film that still holds up today. Instead of being set on Mars, the new Total Recall is based in an over-populated world, where an underground transporter known as...

Prometheus [ Hits:4497 ]
Review: Ridley Scott's long-awaited science-fiction film Prometheus has crash-landed. Prometheus was initially intended as a direct prequel to Alien, but has been set apart as a stand-alone work within the Alien universe. This sudden change in direction suggests that there may have been some serious problems during filming, something that Scott may have done in an attempt to salvage Prometheus and its crew from the fire. Prometheus was the Titan who served the gods and stole fire only to bestow the gi...

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