A new star child is born
Science fiction films, like any form of mainstream storytelling, typically hinge on humanity’s struggle against an antagonist, whether it’s an alien species, self conscious technology or earthbound asteroid. Powered by his ambition to deliver the most lifelike presentation of what it’s like begin in space, Alfonso Cuarón substitutes a tangible antagonist for a minimalist focus on the isolation, emptiness and natural dangers that occur within such an inhabitable space. It’s immediately clear that Cuarón’s daring enterprise is a rare breed, but this is only one of the elements that sets Gravity apart from the vast majority of others.
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To idly go where so many have ventured before
J.J. Abrams found success with his refreshing Star Trek rebirth four years ago, but plunges his enterprise into darkness with a lazily written sequel that lacks the charm and quality of its predecessor.
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Elysium fields political bite, but little more
Having stunned audiences with his exhilarating sci-fi debut District 9, South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp makes an eagerly anticipated return with another futuristic action thriller. Blomkamp’s Elysium may evoke the same politically-charged ethos of its predecessor, but rather than supplementing the narrative the excessive social commentaries dominate this mildly entertaining, yet ultimately hollow enterprise.
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Pull the other one
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, a talking alien and a referential science fiction narrative. It’s no surprise that prior to its release this brash sci-fi comedy was frequently mistaken for the highly anticipated third instalment of The Blood and Ice Cream trilogy.
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