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Time Trap (2017)
Conceptually brilliant, but.....
The idea behind Time Trap is really interesting and thought provoking, as others have pointed out. But the flaw with this film is that its potential is totally lost in the poor writing and acting. I did manage to get through the entire film, but it was painful watching C actors (the dog was pretty good) recite a B (at best) script.
In the hands of better writers, directors and actors, this could have been a true 7+ film.
Vapid and pathetic
So I watched one episode of this while in Thailand. What a pathetic group of people. It was obvious that the Americans are all psychologically damaged and seeking something that doesn't exist. In every case, the people they met were disappointed and clearly not into the Americans.
First, it was clear the woman from Georgia had misrepresented herself to the guy from Nigeria, not to mention that she was over-the-top clueless about being in a different culture. Then the guy who met the girl from the Philippines was oblivious to the fact that all she wants is to get out of the Philippines.
I could go on, but in every case the person foreign person was so clearly not interested in their partner, that it was pathetic and depressing. But what is more depressing is that TLC would take advantage of these poor folks for the voyeuristic appetite of the rest of us. That is why I hate these 'reality' shows.
Predictable and mind addling
I went to see this film because it was recommended by a friend. My expectations were low to begin with, but the predictability was off the charts. Way too many last second saves where Dwayne Johnson escapes death. Okay, that may be acceptable to most, but my intelligence was totally insulted when they used the fire suppression system to remove the air from the fire with DJ and his kid in the same room. Now, excuse, but wouldn't that have extinguished their 'fires' too? But then we see the building still smoldering away in subsequent scenes.
I'm sorry, but this was a total waste of 110 minutes.
The Discovery (2017)
For a thinking audience
This is truly an amazing fillm. The concept of recordingmemories and the ability to change alternare universes is not for the intellectually lazy. As a result, many will dismiss this gem of a film. I neither can nor will give away spoilers here, but will encourage those who are seeking a film that is Sci-fi and existentialism, this is it.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Finally a Marvel film I can actually Marvel at.
Okay, misanthrope alert! In the case of Avengers: Infinity War, I found myself actually rooting for Thanos more than the Avengers. It seems Thanos is the only one who realizes that there are too many people and is actually doing something about it. No that I have that off my chest, what about the movie?
As with the rest of the Marvel Universe films, there is no shortage of action and all your favorite characters are there. In that respect it feels like Pasta Puttanesca: You throw in whatever you have in the cupboard. And, for those of us who have not been totally sucked into the storyline, CNN has produced a good summary and timeline to help decipher the nuanced hints of what was to come in Infinity Wars.
The writers have done a good job of interweaving the various storylines together, no mean feat, to keep those who, such as myself, have not followed the story arc over the pat 10 years. Visuals, as yo would expect are stunning, and the hand-held photography is kept to a minimum so as not to induce vertigo!
Infinity Wars certainly raises some major questions about what is to come. I mean how can you eliminate that many key figures and keep the franchise alive? But then, Thanos does have the time infinity stone, so who is to say that time won't be reversed. After all this is fantasy.
The Marvel franchise is getting long in the tooth and personally, I lost much of the wide-eyed anticipation long ago. But Avengers: Infinity Wars does a lot to bring back the enjoyment of the franchise and left me with a "Say what?" at the end.
Lost in Space (2018)
Not so much a reboot as a rewrite
About the only thing this version has in common with the original 1960s version would be the main characters. And even then there are significant changes to te who they are and why they are there.
This series offers good, bad and ugly in its delivery. Yes, there are many holes in the stories and questions arise from the very beginning that need answers, that don't appear to be forthcoming, presumable to give the writers something to build towards.
The good is there is enough CGI to keep the brain addled, deer-in-the-headlights crowd happy. The range of characters seem plausible if you are trying to capture a cross section of society to colonize a new planet. It is also good to show that there was more than just the Robinsons out to colonize a new planet. From this perspective it is a more plausible story.
The bad is the writers have insulted the most basic of intelligence by suggesting that 1) in 30 years we will have interstellar travel using methane gas! Really? Oh, come on. If you are writing a science fiction script, then take the liberty of creating a propulsion system that can actually bridge the 4.3 light years it takes to get to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to the Earth. Second, if you are going to colonize a new system, you would most certainly have some form or defense i.e. weapons. So keeping that out of the script just doesn't make sense.
The ugly consists of mainly stereotypes characters like the group leader who is overbearing and not totally clued in. Other aspects of the ugly are the cheap props used that, when interacted with by the characters, wobble and flex in unnatural ways. Perhaps it is the attention to detail that is lacking te most in this series.
Bottom line is if you can suspend disbelief, as is requied in virtually any sci-fi series, then you can have fun watching Lost in Space v3.0. Just keep your expectations in low Earth orbit.
Black Panther (2018)
The same old story wrapped in ethic window dressing.
Visually, the movie is rich great eye candy. But form the perspective of a story, this is Thor, or any other good vs bad family feud. In the Marvel universe there is nothing new here. While I am happy to see an attempt at diversity, Calling this character the 'Black Panther' and staging the story the way they did, felt like pandering. As with many superheros, you have to consider the context of the time period in which they are created. Black Panther was created in 1966 at the height of the US Civil Rights movement.
There are several areas that do not make sense. For example, if Vibranium (really?) were that powerful, then why wouldn't Wakonda be a leading world power? Why would it hide its superiority? That makes no sense.
Bottom line is this is just more Marvel eye candy that has no depth.
Beyond Skyline (2017)
Take motion sickness meds first
First of all, they should get the camera man to stop drinking so we can hold the camera steady. This new style of hand-held cameras is absolutely, and literally, nauseating. I I would like to say it I actually saw the film, but for 40% of it my eyes are closed just keep from puking on the guy in front of me.
The about beside the movie is extremely weak with no character development and it's highly unlikely that an advanced civilization of aliens as those depicted in the movie The Practice martial arts as too close to just vaporising the human beings. I am an absolute sci-fi geek, and willing to forgive a lot of things. But this movie fails on so many levels I wonder why I even spent the time watching it that I will never get back.
I gave it 5 Stars only for the reason that it has some good special effects. But even they were amateurish and I can only think that the camera movement was designed to disguise the poor quality of the CGI.
The Walking Dead (2010)
Too many inconsistencies
Okay, I realize that a zombie apocalypse series requires one to suspend disbelief in the first place. There there are so many holes in this story and the characters are so predictable, they only thing the series has going for it is the special make-up effects and a whole heapa' flying blood.
So let's pick this apart: Dead Zombies that are rotting, yet still have pumping blood in their heads? Not likely.
Second, if the zombies are as easy to kill as our rag-tag pack of survivors indicate, then the fact the Army cold not defeat them is also way out of the realm of possible Third, it is inconsistent that some zombies come back to life while others do not.
So I am happy to go with the general idea, but at least don't insult us by twisting the rules only to comply with a weak plot. I only gave this 5 start due to the fact that it isn't the worst program out there.
Generation Kill (2008)
Reinforces the stupidity of war and the current warrior mentality
This is certainly no Band of Brothers and the drive to watch it is more out of a sense of morbid curiosity. But what is does reinforce is the concept of basic stupidity of the average Marine, and the lost reason and sanity of a few intelligent Marines in an otherwise testosterone laden landscape of illiteracy and limited vocabulary. I would like to think that this is a piece of fiction, but I fear this is , as others have said, true to life. It makes me sad to be an American if this is a true and actual depiction of what it is to be a Marine. if this is true it does not give one a sense that we will win anything based on intelligence, but rather by brute force. I suspect you could consider this a sanitized version of what the Defense Department didn't want you to see during the real war. None of thee men are heroes as you would find in Band of Brothers, where people rallied to a well defined enemy and the country made huge sacrifices to support the war effort.
Look up in the sky.....
I originally bought Contact from the Pleides and was fascinated by the images. But over the years I find the evidence to be grossly lacking and thought this film, touted as a documentary, might shed some light on the whole Billy Meier incident. Instead what I saw and heard were simple allegations of contact and interaction with extraterrestrials. The 'evidence' provided here is at best questionable and grossly lacking in detail.
There were so many opportunities for Meier to demonstrate the reality behind his claims. Instead what the viewer gets is disjointed claims supported by flimsy images. For example, when he holds the 'beam weapon' why didn't he show how it works? Instead we wanders around waving this device and then cuts to images of holes in treed that are claimed to have been made by the weapon. Opportunity squandered and therefore I feel this is more likely a hoax that continues to be unsubstantiated.
If you watch this file like you would Blair With project, instead of as a documentary, then you might enjoy it. But if you hope to see anything that is credible, keep moving.
Under the Dome (2013)
The names should be changed to protect the innocent
This is a very formulaic series that could have just as easily been called Falling Skies or any of the many other series that being churned out. There are the obligatory whacko that lives on edge of sanity, the sub-plot of some business deal gone wrong, the fleeting love interests and the do-gooder cop.
the concept of a dome capturing a city is a good one in its most basic, but this series fails to develop the characters and, in fact, demonstrates the basic stupidity of rural folk. Were I one who lived in the county I would be upset at how I and my community were portrayed.
I was initially surprised by the product placement of Windows 8 on a Microsoft tablet until the credits rolled and it was noted the series was produced in part by Microsoft.
If you want to spend another mind numbing hour on poor sci-fi, then this may be for you. But if you are looking for something more thought provoking, or even with more production quality, then make another choice.
Termination Point (2007)
An interesting concept that totally missed the mark. While science fiction does test the limits of logic and reason, this film is so badly beyond that it pushes one's tolerance of the genre.
In the end just a bad film and a wast of a few hours of your life that would be better spent elsewhere. From bad acting to a poor story line, there is little to redeem this film.
The cast, while including some talent, does not reach its potential and is overwhelmed by poor cheesy acting by the lesser known actors. Even the CGI is not of a high enough standard to make up for the poor acting.
For a movie made for television I guess it is passable, but I have a much higher standard in this day and age of CGI.