a) if it is human or robot/android/vampire/monster/somebody else
b) who exactly is the robot and who is the human
Director: Morten Tyldum. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Lawrence Fishburne. USA, 2016. IMDB: 7.0. My rating: 1.5/4.
– We were woken too soon… Ninety years too soon!
– We have too go back to sleep!
– We can’t!
(typical dramatic dialogue between main characters)
Director: Shane Carruth. Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden. USA, 2004. IMDB: 7.0. My rating: 1/4.
Abe: Did you notice those? When you were controlling the feeds, did you notice the parabolic? Hey, it’s important. Parabolas are important. Here, look at this.
Aaron: I don’t know, Abe.
Abe: Now, I’m gonna start it up and let it run for sixty seconds with, with nothing in it, okay, it’s empty this time.
Aaron: [watching the time] That’s twenty-two.
Abe: In all the equations that describe motion and heat…
[They start to cross-talk over each other]
Aaron: Now, just one minute, just a second…
Abe: …in all the Feynman diagrams, what’s the one variable that you can turn into negative and still get rational answers from?
(a conversation between main characters)
Aaron: You know that story, about how NASA spent millions of dollars developing this pen that writes in Zero G? Did you ever read that?
Aaron: You know how the Russians solved the problem?
Abe: Yeah, they used a pencil.
Aaron: Right. A normal wooden pencil. It just seems like Philip takes the NASA route almost every time.
(a conversation between main characters)
Primes is one on remarkable examples of where independent ultra low-budget science fiction can get. It was made by Shane Carruth for just about $ 7,000 (he also wrote the script, the soundtrack, played one of main characters and lots of other stuff as well). It gained good recognition on festivals (including Sundance grand jury prize, oh yeah) and still holds 7.0 with almost 80.000 votes on IMDB. Sounds like a great deal for a true low-budget sci-fi fan? I also thought so. But it’s fascinating to see how high a movie like “Primer” can get, gaining recognition between geeks. (more…)
Director: Richard Stanley. Starring: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, William Hootkins, Lemmy, Iggy Pop. USA, 1990. IMDB: 5.9. My rating: 3.5/4. Cyberpunk.
– My heart…it feels like an alligator.
– This is Angry Bob, the man with the industrial dick, coming to you loud and clear on W.A.R. Radio with the good news and the bad news. Bad news is the heatwave’s not going to let up. As for the good news – there is no fucking good news! So let’s just play some music!
(Angry Bob, the DJ)
Post-apocalyptic future. The world became one big slum covered with radiation. Most seas and oceans have dried, leaving just a devastated radioactive desert. The space marine Moses Baxter (Dylan McDermott) buys a robotic cyborg head that some nomad found in the desert. It’s a gift for his girlfriend, Jill (Stacey Travis), who creates works of art of various metal garbage and broken robots. Pretty soon, the head of the robot reactivates and he starts to rebuild himself, preparing for a violent massacre. (more…)
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson. Starring: Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Kathleen Quinlan. USA, 1997. IMDB: 6.7. My rating: 3/4. Sci-fi, horror, thriller set in deep space.
– Where we’re going, we don’t need eyes to see.
– You will never be alone anymore. Now you are with me. I have beautiful things I want to show you”.
(Dr. Weir’s dead wife)
Darkness, space, hell, madness and obscurity. Such a cheerful company. Welcome on board of the “Event Horizon”. (more…)
Director: Tony Elliott. Starring: Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson. USA, 2016. IMDB: 6.4. My rating: 2.5/4. Timelooped sci-fi thriller.
– He has apples.
– Nobody has apples anymore.
– He does.
(conversation between the military guys at the 3rd and 43rd minute of the movie)
– I was ordered to recover an energy turbine. Apparently, it’s a time machine.
“ARQ” is another try to approach the famous Groundhog Day effect, now in a very limited space. Through just few strokes and accidentally heard TV news it seems that the diminishing amount of fuel becomes the cause of armed conflicts in the world in not so distant future. We just have the vague picture of what is happening as only in last minutes the story gets out of the appartment, where a young couple tries to protect an innovative machine that could possibly change the concept of producing energy. But as they wake up in their bedroom, the house gets assaulted by strangers in masks and they got killed. Seconds later, they wake up again at the same place and time and the situation repeats as they try to find the way out of the loop to save the machine. Welcome in the company of groundhogs! (more…)
Director: Alex Rivera. Starring: Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Tenoch Huerta. USA, Mexico, 2016. IMDB: 5.9, My rating: 3/4. Drama, romance, sci-fi.
– We give the United States what they’ve always wanted. All the work without the immigrants.
– Is our future a thing of the past?
A very realistic look in our not so distant future. Water terrorism, drones substituting cheap foreign labor, real-time TV shows about military drones controlling suspicious areas, anti-immigration laws, Mexico-USA wall (ha, ha, ha…), plus electronic nodes that connect to human body for ve-ery various purposes. It’s and old kind of sci-fi – the one that operates with ideas and possible development of our world. “Sleep dealer” will not give you groundbreaking effects or scenes (and they are not needed). It will not entertain you. Instead, you get something to reflect upon. Everything that’s needed is portrayed really well, and it looks damn real.
Director: Ari Forman. Starring: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti, John Hamm, Danny Huston, Kodi Smit-McPhee. France-Israel-Belgium-Poland-Luxembourg-Germany, 2013. IMDB: 6.5. My rating: 3/4. Trippy reflection about the modern world and cinema.
– Ralph, it’s dark in here or is it just in my mind?
– Everything is in our mind. If you see the dark, then you chose the dark.
(Robin Wright to a robot-bellboy)
– We at Miramount, want to… want to scan you. All of you – your body, your face, your emotion, your laughter, your tears, your climaxing, your happiness, your depressions, your… fears, longings. We want to sample you, we want to preserve you, we want… all this, this… this thing, this thing called…”Robin Wright”.
– What will you do with this… thing ? That you call Robin Wright?
– We’ll do all the things that your Robin Wright wouldn’t do.
(conversation between Jeff and Robin Wright)
Very confusing movie indeed. Both in terms of the story and structure. But I am not sure whether it would be a flaw in this case. By the way, in this review you will find more and bigger screenshots than normally. It’s worth seeing them, trust me.
Director: Steven Gomez. Starring: Vanessa Kirby, Thure Lindhardt, David Ajala . UK, 2016. IMDB: 5.7. My rating: 3/4. Slowly-paced action movie with military guys fighting the robots.