Posts tagged ‘science fiction’

April 8, 2012


Now here’s a nice little movie to pass the afternoon with. Electrical aliens invade the world leaving a group of survivors to get through the streets of Moscow in a bid to reach other survivors. Following two Americans stuck in Russia after the invasion, they team up with a Russian businessman who screwed them oit of a deal earlier in the day along with two girls. The effects work brilliantly as we learn that the aliens are invisible in the daylight, their presence only seen when electrical equipment lights up. This gives the movie a ghostly supernatural edge and a clever twist as night becomes the only way to see them.

The effects where the aliens begin mass slaughter are wonderful as people and dogs are shredded in mid air with some deaths being particularly superb. When they learn that a submarine is waiting to take any survivors in order to meet up with similar subs across the world the race is on to reach it. the tension never lets up and we see how good humans are at adapting and coming up with counter measures to combat the aliens. We meet a man who has turned his flat and cat into a Faraday cage and a group of militia that are able to turn themselves and horses into anti alien weapons, especially as we learn the aliens are drilling for minerals all over the world.

Everything works here from script to screen with solid performances where no one is guaranteed to survive. The alien effects are top notch and the ending of the movie makes perfect sense in the world apocolypse. 

A cracking movie with great imagination and worthy of a sequel.


April 8, 2012


I have just watched the new John Carter movie and to be honest I can see why it failed to ignite te box office. It wasn’t the fault of the actors or special effects guys, they did a sterling job on creating an alien world and society and the Edgar Burroughs tie in was clever. However I thought the middle of the movie floundered some what and could easily have been cut to make the story flow better and faster. There was no point in the desert crossing to look for the mystical Gates.It slowed things up but I did like the shot of Carter facing down the alien army and slicing and dicing to his heart’s content, Trapped beneath a sea of bodies, it reminded me of an old Conan the Barbarian comic cover. The ending though felt like the Flash Gordon movie with him sweeping in to stop the wedding. The fact Disney withdrew its marketing of the movie was the death knell for the movie. It was epic and sweeping with solid performances but didn’t keep my attention for the duration. Maybe a director’s cut would be in order. By no means the worst movie ever, indeed I don’t think it deserves the label biggest flop ever but the scripting did need a severe overhaul.