Tag Archives: Sci-fi

Altered States

WHEN HE HEARD HIS CRY FOR HELP IT WASN’T HUMAN.  Psychopathologist Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) begins to experiment with his mind using drugs from a Mexican tribe and a flotation tank. This sci-fi film was a departure for Ken Russell, a collaboration with Paddy Chayefsky that didn’t end well. The latter based his story on … Continue reading Altered States

Ready Player One

BREAK FREE. In 2045, Ohio teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) takes part in a high-stakes game where the reward means ownership of OASIS, a virtual-reality platform that most people on Earth take part in. Steven Spielberg is the right person to capture the essence of the novel, having created much of the pop-culture world that … Continue reading Ready Player One

Alita: Battle Angel

HER TIME IS NOW. In 2563, Earth has been devastated; scientist Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds a female cyborg in the junkyard, gives her a new body and learns that she has great powers. This 3D adaptation of the Japanese manga series was long in the making, but the final result is worth a look. … Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel

Twelve Monkeys

THEY’RE COMING.  Baltimore, 1990; a mysterious man (Bruce Willis) ends up in a mental institution where he tells the doctors that he comes from the future, looking for a virus that’s going to wipe out billions of people. Terry Gilliam put his stamp on this feature film version of a French 1962 short called La … Continue reading Twelve Monkeys

Solo: A Star Wars Story

A young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) joins a band of misfits led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), as he tries to find a way to return to the planet where he lost a girl (Emilia Clarke) he loved. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine of the Star Wars franchise, this 3D spin-off and prequel to Star Wars … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story

Annihilation

FEAR WHAT’S INSIDE.  When a biology professor’s (Natalie Portman) husband (Oscar Isaac) returns home very ill after a mission inside a mysterious shimmering electromagnetic field, she joins a team of three other scientists into the area… After Ex Machina (2015), Alex Garland reunited with Isaac for another ambitious sci-fi thriller, but this time women take … Continue reading Annihilation