Star Wars The Force Awakens: Infinite Goosebumps Assured

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Star Wars The Force Awakens should have come with a disclaimer that it would be an experience truly worth the hype and that it would be one of the best Star Wars movies since A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and that it would charge up your fanboy cells like never before. There, I have said it all. Continue reading Star Wars The Force Awakens: Infinite Goosebumps Assured

Exodus Gods And Kings: What I Thought!

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Agreed Ridley Scott is an accomplished director but to have delivered mediocre movies since, say 2005, isn’t such a good sign. I am a huge fan of his Blade Runner and Alien but my confidence in the director has been steadily diminishing since Kingdom Of Heaven. The only saving grace was with the ill received Prometheus, I loved it and it was due to my affinity towards the Alien mythos that I’d accepted it. Continue reading Exodus Gods And Kings: What I Thought!

Automata: What I Thought!

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Automata had oodles of promise in its first trailer. Just one preview was enough to draw the crowds to watch this movie. Set in a post apocalyptic world and Antonio Banderas in the lead, Automata tells the story of an insurance agent investigating the robots or Automatas that populates the city that alters itself, which by the way happens to be a direct violation of their own cognitive laws. Continue reading Automata: What I Thought!

Under The Skin: What I Thought!

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I am not familiar with a lot of Jonathan Glazer’s work. The only one that I’d seen was Birth and frankly, at the time, I wasn’t quite pleased with it. Like they say about wine, it might get better after a few viewings. But the thing about Birth was that it felt commercial and I found nothing in the movie that I could connect to. Coming to the movie in discussion here, Under The Skin packs almost everything I love and yes that initially included a Scarlett Johansson going full frontal. I wouldn’t lie, I saw this movie after watching and being teased by the dozen bootleg clips and trailers that had come out prior to the movie. Call me a pervert but its not everyday you get to see Scarlett Johansson so. But on the contrary I was intrigued by the fact that this movie was raking in good reviews as well. Continue reading Under The Skin: What I Thought!

The Last Days on Mars: What I Thought!

The-Last-Days-on-Mars-Review1Somebody over at the studio behind The Last Days on Mars screamed “We gotta make a movie, set in Mars“. And the board members all replied “We already have enough of them, Mission to Mars, Red Planet, Total Recall” and this other guy screamed again “Aha, that’s where you guys go wrong….our movies will have zombies…friggin…ZOMBIES!” Applause! Applause! And that’s how The Last Days on Mars came into being. Continue reading The Last Days on Mars: What I Thought!

Looper: What I Thought!

Directed by Rian Johnson, Looper, stars Joseph Gordon Levitt & Bruce Willis in the lead along with Emily Blunt. It is without doubt one of the best sci-fi movies this year. The one thing I loved about Looper is the unconventional attention to the plot. Unlike other sci-fi movies you are not welcome to JUST beefy visuals and eye-candy which diverts your attention away from the plot. There’s not much ‘sci-fi bling’ in Looper, instead you are greeted to brilliant writing and awesome dialogues. From the very first scene the plot manages to cling on to you and immerses you.

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John Carter: What I Thought!

I remember reading something on something called the ‘John Carter of Mars’ on IGN an year back. I didnt know squat about it…so obviously when I finished reading the article I was intrigued that a movie was in the making. The Teaser poster caught my attention and the promo was ok too so I was gearing up for the movie eventually. John Carter was based on a 100 year old story written by none other than Edgar Rice Burroughs. It seemed it had a cult following and a movie made by animation veteran Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo) couldnt be bad right?….. WRONG!

I went in for John Carter today and was greeted to an awesome 3D intro by Disney. Hoping for the best, a TRON LEGACY-esque experience, I sat through the movie – 2 hours and 10 minutes in length and what did I realize? The 3D was just another gimmick…and was only present in the intros. John Carter was essentially a romance-action adventure movie…a princess in peril and a hero comes saves the day. Played by Taylor Kitsch, John Carter himself felt broken…the character was juggled in and out of different time frames and even a decent background story was’nt fleshed out. An American Civil War soldier, already troubled, John is  transported to Mars aka ‘Barsoom’ via what seemed like a weird coincidence, and is then caught up in between an ongoing war between 3 factions and by which he meets his romantic interest, princess Dejah Thoris and thus starts a chain of events mostly comprising of getting caught, escaping, getting caught again and saving the princess from the clutches of evil and thereby saving the world. Lynn Colins plays the princess and was weird in some way. I don’t know why I felt so…but she felt really ‘outta place’. She, remotely reminded me of Princess Leia from The Return of the Jedi and maybe the makers intended so too…but Disney had made sure there wasn’t a metal bikini to be seen anywhere 😛

I at least thought the CG would be impressive but it was nothing I had not seen before. The CG beings ‘Tharks’ felt clumsy and not detailed enough, it was more laughing stock than anything else. Amongst the Tharks, Willem Dafoe plays Tars Tarkas, a wasted performance underneath the mask of CG Cosmetics. I found many of the scenes not polished enough. Mars itself felt boring as it looked like another post apocalyptic desert which I have seen aplenty in Fallout 3, Rage and plethora of other games. The action sequences were’nt particularly eye-popping either. The only saving grace would be ‘Woola’ a CG dog which looked like it was half dog-half toad that provided some giggles.

The score was uninspiring and boring. John Carter was hailed as a sci-fi epic post production, a decent score would have saved it a bit.

Agreed, John Carter was made with passion, the story stuck true to its source material and that exactly was the problem. The last 5 minutes turned out really interesting and made me wish the whole movie was filmed the same way. John Carter should be remembered as a 100 year old story by Edgar Rice Burroughs and never as a movie. If it had been released 10 years back it would have worked, it would have been ‘RAD’…but not now…SO NOT NOW! I’d ask anybody to let it pass…there’s much in store for us in the coming months.