Review: Looper (2012)

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The year is 2044. Joe is a Looper, an assassin paid to kill targets sent from the future – the year 2074 when time travel has already been invented. All’s well and dandy until Joe finds out the mob from the future is closing the loop on assassins, sending their future selves back in the present to be killed.

I love time travel movies, when they’re done well, and Rian Johnson (the director) didn’t disappoint me. Much.  Continue reading

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Review: Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Yet another one of those. See, I really am one of the people who appreciate Mila Jovovich as a badass in a skin-tight suit, cracking zombie skulls. I am. I do expect more from the movies I watch though; say, a … Continue reading

Review: Cabin in the Woods (2012)

I’ve wanted to see this movie since the first time I heard of it, but I kept putting in on the back burner. I mean, I haven’t even seen J. Edgar and I’ve had the movie for a couple of months now.

I’ve read great, no, scratch that, glowing reviews for Cabin in the Woods so, of course, I had huge expectations. Glad to say they were met and more! Continue reading

Review: Total Recall (2012)

Total Recall is a remake of the 1990 movie of the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the 2012 version Colin Farrell plays Douglas Quaid/Hauser and Jessica Biel is Melina.

I think it’s hard writing a review when it comes to a remake without mentioning the original piece and/or comparing the two, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do myself. But first let’s start with the things I enjoyed about this one. Continue reading

Review: Cube (1997)

Cube is a 1997 Sci-Fi psychological thriller directed by Vincenzo Natali. It’s about 7 complete strangers who wake up inside the terrifying creation that is the Cube, with no memories of how they got there and no sure way of how to get out.

Unlike its sequel, Cube²-Hypercube, and the prequel Cube Zero, both movies that thoroughly relied on visual effects to produce a scare or any kind of reaction really, Cube relies solely on the surreal settings. The feeling of confinement, the lack of any explanations as to what the Cube is, where it’s located, who made it and why those particular people were chosen to be put in, is what adds to the psychological scare. Continue reading

Review: Continuum (2012)

Continuum is a tv show, created by Simon Barry, about time-travelling.

A police officer from 2077, Keira Cameron (Rachel Nichols) gets trapped in the past (2012-present day Vancouver) with a gang of convicted terrorists. After a failed attempt at getting back to her time and family, with the help of computer genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) and Vancouver’s PD agent Carlos Fonnegra ( Victor Webster), she starts hunting down the criminals.

With only two episodes aired so far, this is a really good show. The sci-fi is great and the main attraction of the show, the tech believable and a novelty. Her 2077 protector suit is a cool and nifty gadget, but I liked that they didn’t go over the top with it: it’s a gadget from the future, not a miracle worker.

The story about the freedom fighters trying to bring back democracy to a corporate ruled future world is interesting and has potential.  Continue reading

Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

I have finally kept my promise, got around to reading the book so here’s the much awaited (hopefully?) review.

Based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games story is set in a dystopian future in the nation of Panem, which consists of the Capitol and the 12 surrounding districts. As a punishment for the past rebellion against the government and a way of keeping people in line, every year the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to be a part of the Hunger Games: a televised event in which the boys and girls have to fight to death and there can only be one winner or victor.

The heroine, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen offers herself as tribute when her sister is picked to be part of the Games. If you read the book then you understand why Katniss does this, because she loves her sister more than anything else or in her own words “the only person in the world I’m certain I love”.

The choice to play Katniss was Jennifer Lawrence, starring now in her second film adaptation after Winter’s Bone. If you haven’t read the book yet maybe you won’t be so quick and willing to praise her talents and performance, but if you have then you’ll understand why I am.  She exudes the exact confidence, harshness and power Katniss has on paper. She also plays it perfectly during the reaping scene, showing utter desperation as her sister’s name is called out, confusion as her sudden decision sinks in and ultimately fear of knowing what’s next.  Continue reading