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Review: Ender’s Game

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Aramis Knight, Suraj Partha.

Rating:   Running Time: 114 mins.

Based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is set in the future on an Earth where years earlier, mankind was attacked by an alien race known as the Formics. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), an unusually gifted student has been entered into a military school where the most intelligent young minds are trained in warfare ready to defeat the Formics, After an encounter with a bully at the school, and how Ender reacts to it, he is chosen by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) as being the kind of mind they are looking for, Ender is advanced rapidly to an orbital training platform, where he joins other like-minded students, to see if he will be the one to lead their military force, and save humanity. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Pacific Rim

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr, Ron Perlman, Diego Klattenhoff.

Rating:   Running Time: 130 mins.

After a inter-dimensional rift opens on the sea bed of the pacific ocean, gigantic creatures 25 stories high, referred to as a ‘Kaiju’(Japanese meaning ‘Strange Creature’ or ‘Monster’) came through. Making land in San-Francisco, it was eventually defeated by the military, and the world’s nations united to build ‘Jaegers’(German meaning ‘Hunter’), robots where the pilot is neurally connected to the machine, to fight the Kaiju invasion. Because of the strain, a Jaeger is piloted by two people, connected mentally by the drift, a neural network connecting them with each other and the machine. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Oblivion

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo.

Rating:   Running Time: 126 mins.

Earth 2077, 60 years after an alien invasion by a race referred to as the Scavengers in which the moon was destroyed, the Earth’s surface has been left an uninhabitable wasteland after shifting tidal forces ripped the surface of the planet apart. Humanity eventually won the war with the use of nuclear weapons but has had to abandon the planet due to the resulting radiation fallout and a continuing Scavenger presence, and have settled a colony on the Saturn moon Titan. Few people remain on Earth, two of which are technician Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and communication’s officer Victoria Olsen (Andrea Riseborough), a ‘mop up crew’ who five years earlier came to Earth after having their memories wiped for security purposes. Their job – Maintain a compliment of drones protecting machines that convert Earth’s natural resources to energy which will then be sent to the colony via the TET, an orbiting space station. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Prometheus

Directed by: Ridley Scott.

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce.

Rating:   Running Time: 124 mins.

The movie starts on ancient Earth, where a remotely human looking being, standing at the edge of a waterfall, watches as a ship lifts off and ascends away into space. After drinking an odd liquid from a cup, the being convulses and begins to disintegrate, falling into the waterfall and disolving entirely. We zoom in close enough to see the being’s D.N.A. being broken down simply as it’s sacrifice forms the first blocks of human life. Read the rest of this entry

Feature: The Movies Of Ridley Scott

With his latest sci-fi epic Prometheus beginning to be released theatrically, we thought we would take a look back at the impressive collection of movies by director Ridley Scott. Read the rest of this entry

Review: The Thing

Directed By: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen.

Rating:   Running Time: 103 Minutes.

If you’ve listened to or read any of my reviews before, you’ll be aware that I’m not a fan of horror movies, it’s not (just) that I’m a wimp, but I just am not hugely into the genre. That’s not to say that I don’t watch horror, I usually stick to those crossed with a healthy dose of another genre. I’ve seen more than my fair share of horror movies, the majority of which are some of the worst made, cliché ridden movies i’ve ever seen. It’s also possibly the genre which seems to spawn the most sequels and follow ups than any other. Hellraiser, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, all of which has multiple sequels, most of which people wish they’d never seen. Read the rest of this entry

Win a copy of John Carpenter’s The Thing on DVD!

With the release of the prequel to John Carpenter’s movie next week (which we will be reviewing on next week’s show!) we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of Carpenter’s original movie starring Kurt Russell and featuring the fantastic and horrific effects work of Rob Bottin (Robocop, Totall Recall). All you have to do is answer the following question: Read the rest of this entry

Trailer: The Thing (Red Band)

BEWARE – THIS IS A ‘RED BAND’ TRAILER NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in the prequel to John Carpenter’s critically acclaimed horror remake, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr..

First Impressions: Looking good, similar in tone to Carpenter’s original, though it looks like they’ve been over-reliant on CGI effects when it would have been nice to see them get someone to do some more work similar the the great special effects artist Rob Bottin. Though the trailer says October, we’re going to have to wait slightly longer in the UK, The Thing is due for release here December 2nd.

Aliens, Predators and the Humans in the middle

I’m not a fan of horror, flat out horror (same as torture porn as witnissed most recently in the Saw movies) just doesn’t do it for me, but i love science fiction, so i will indulge horror crossed with that genre or other cross genres. This feature will take a look at the movies of the Alien series, Predators, and the crossover series Alien Vs Predators, as well as a look ahead at the possible future of the Alien franchise, with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Read the rest of this entry