sci-fi

Transcendence (2014) – Review

Directed by Wally Pfister
Written by Jack Paglen
Starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman

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In Your Eyes (2014) – Review

Love must be in the air, what with At Middleton first and then this, an unexpected romance from the pen of Joss Whedon. Yes, unlikely as it may seem, it is indeed the same Joss Whedon responsible (writing and production) for this rather unusual tale of two people, polar opposites it would seem, that are somehow telepathically connected from a very early age, who find each other, by literal accident, twenty years later. It has been called a metaphysical love story and to be fair, the focus is on the romance rather than the supernatural, so know this before you part with your hard-earned folding paper.

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The Machine (2014) – Review

The radio chatter during the opening credits will give you an indication of the directors’ intention to make this just about as contemporary as they possibly can. There are nods to the recent financial crisis, the need for greater investment and furthemore, the effect this may be having on the seemingly short-handed military presence at home and abroad.  Given that this particular universe has Britain living through a cold war with China and you can see why national self-interest may become all consuming.

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Gravity (2013) – Review

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In a year that will be remembered for being one of less renown with regard to science-fiction, along comes something as close to science-fact as you’re likely to get for some time. Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ appeared on the scene like a godsend. At least, that is, if you’re a space geek or studio executive. Those of us in the middle were well served too, with not only sumptuous visuals, but a mighty dollop of genuine acting chops. The story, albeit sometimes sickly sweet and emotionally corrosive, will have touched many and empowered at least fifty percent of the planet that Bullock and Clooney were often witnessed floating helplessly above.

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