2017

Generally better than Prometheus but Alien Covenant was a bit lost.

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Members of the colony ship Covenant discovered an chartered paradise. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival. This movie is directed by Ridley Scott under 20th Century Fox.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo & Callie Hernandez.

Genre: Action-Adventure, Science-Fiction, Mystery

Here are some alien-inspired movies as well: Riveting. Thrilling. Superbly-acted. LIFE gave all other films of the genre a run for their money. / Arrival redefined Sci-fi with mind-blowing, imaginative & subtle formula.

WHAT I LIKE?

Alien Covenant is perhaps one of the visually-entertaining franchise of Ridley Scott in the Alien universe. The movie is a sequel of Prometheus, the latest movie in the universe. If you haven’t seen Prometheus, you might have a problem catching up with the story since much of it has a direct reference to its predecessor. The story started of course in a space setting. I really like the editing and production design. The ship is by far the best in the Alien universe. Also, the idea of the ship carrying colonizers for a new planet for human beings make the premise of the whole movie interesting too. Its like a human civilization from another planet kind of thing. This time, it has a larger crew in the ship. Generally, the plot would be easier to follow if you have background from the latest Alien movie of Scott. I really like the scenes in the unchartered planet too. Loved the setting. Its very eerie, dark and very isolated too. Cinematography is great too. Suspense is presented on chunks but are all spot on. Death scenese are gory and shocking too. Given that the crew is in large number, scenes are executed fast leaving you at the edge-of-your-seat during these moments. Also, much emotional attachments were established with the whole cast giving audience an affecting attention to the characters as they die.  The first half of the movie is packed with suspense-filled scenes and the second half will try to answer some of your questions about the plot. For the record, this is by far the most disturbing Alien movie in terms of death scenes. Blood, body organs and broken bones are everywhere. The Aliens featured were scary as hell too. The ending will leave you with such questions too though I loved the suspense and tension as it builds towards that shocking and confusing twist too. As a whole, if you are a fan of Ridley Scott’s Alien movies, you will surely love Alien Covenant.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Alien Covenant was a bit lost for me. This was better as a straight horror-suspense movie just like the previous Alien Movies. For me, it did not answer some of the major questions raised in Promotheus. The plot of Alien Covenant will either confuse you or bore you specially if you haven’t seen the past movies in the universe. Also the movie is cluttered with many characters. Despite a good tension of horror on their deaths, I find them as dangling modifiers covering the loop hole of the movie – the premise itself. Its a bit formulaic and very familiar too. Generally, its still a great film. I still it enjoyed though I have so many questions on the twist. But of course, I won’t spoil it.

RATINGS:

7/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Riveting. Thrilling. Superbly-acted. LIFE gave all other films of the genre a run for their money.

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“LIFE” tells a  story of a six-member crew of the International Space Station currently orbiting the Earth and are on their journey to discover a breakthrough discovery and evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. Upon their discovery and research, they will face thrilling and unintended consequences that will may risk all their lives even all of humanity. This space-film is directed by Daniel Espinosa under Columbia Pictures.

CASTS: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Olga Dihovichnaya, Hiroyuki Sanada & Ariyon Bakare

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Here’s my review of a past Ryan Reynolds’ Film: DEADPOOL. 

WHAT I LIKE?

LIFE may have a similar formula among all other Space films in Hollywood and a resemblance to Aliens which is somehow a closer comparison but for me, LIFE has gave a fresher and more direct take on this extraterrestrial formula that made it my MOST FAVORITE SPACE MOVIE OF ALL TIME after The Martian, The Space Between Us, Passengers, Gravity, Interstellar, Alien and Armageddon.

This fast-paced movie veered away from any introductory scenes on earth stuff or even spared us from the backstories of the 6 crew. It went directly to the whole nutshell to begin with. Its a full-length Space Film Setting just like GRAVITY. What makes it unique is that the story was directly presented into our very own eyes. Its a study of a certain specie from Mars. What I loved about LIFE is that story-line is not very much complicated. It is easy to digest as whole. The film will instead take you to a very thrilling and disturbing ride from its turning point towards its very shocking ending that I saw coming but actually did not expect the movie will end like that. LIFE is a riveting piece that offers a very decent edge-of-the-seat entertainment. At times, I screamed at few scenes. The scenes just gave me those space thrills I loved from Gravity and Aliens. The Alien figure was also presented a much newer approach which is more or less scientific. Somehow, it gave the movie ALIENS a modern prequel. LIFE somehow introduced the origins of it. I am amazed and impressed with Setting and Production design as well. They have a nice setting on the earth’s orbit (outside space) and a very good Space ship setting too. Its not too overrated at least. LIFE’s major win is its wonderfully acted performances from Gyllenhaal, Reynolds and Dihovichnaya. I must commend all other characters too. I just felt the intensity of every scenes especially those scenes that they are fighting for their lives. Its very emotionally-compelling too. Most of the scenes affected me in some way. I had a good time watching it. It may have the similar formula but the approach in terms of direct storytelling, a notch higher alien interpretation and greatly acted performances made LIFE as my most favorite film in the genre to date. Highly-recommended for all those thriller-seekers out there.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

If you keep on comparing it with ALIENS and all other Space Movies, you will see a lot of cliches actually. But I don’t have a problem with that. We all have different takes on movies like this. Hey, I enjoyed the movie.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns

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2017

Arrival redefined Sci-fi with mind-blowing, imaginative & subtle formula.

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Arrival is a science-fiction film about a rigorous investigation of a mysterious spacecraft that laded on earth. An elite force including Louise, a linguist, worked together in the race against time to save humanity from pending threat of this extra-terrestrial beings.

Casts: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Genre: Mystery, Science-fiction, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

The Arrival is not your ordinary science-fiction movie that heavily invested its creativity and effort in deep and impressive concept of extra-terrestrial and realism at the same time. The movie has effectively created a suspenseful succession and sparked enough curiosity until a mind-blowing and unexpected twist that will surely leave you in awe until the last credits of the film. I was breathless. The film is one of Hollywood’s finest to date. It may not be as thrilling in terms of action sequences but the real strength of The Arrival lies on its superbly done cinematography and story-telling technique that will surely tease your brain. Aside from its very unique plot, the movie is actually heartwarming and inspiring in the end. Credits given to its very talented cast – Renner, Whitaker & Adams. I must give it to Amy Adams for giving off her best performance yet. She is just stunning and amazing from beginning to end. The movie veered away from the usual sci-fi and alien thing formula and took a wild risk on its whole formula. Worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

This film may disappoint action-junkie audiences.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns

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