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Event Horizon DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

Event Horizon is a favorite film of mine for many reasons. Chief amongst those reasons is the attention to detail within the film. Rather like Alien and Aliens, great efforts have been put in to the costuming and equipment shown on-screen. Each member of the crew on the Lewis and Clark has their name and medical information on their shirt, to aid in the event of an emergency situation. Their space suits actually look like they should work, with their simplistic design and the little lights on the side of the boots that signal magnetic lock. Everything is, well, practical, when it comes to the rescue craft and its crew. They feel like a unit, with their little jokes and jibes, and Fishburne as the no-nonsense Captain Miller feels perfect as their leader. Even when he is bouncing around in the coolest command chair this side of the Enterprise’s he gives of an air of cool calm. That is, until they arrive at their destination.

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Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element is a weird movie. Almost every aspect of it is bizarre, and, for the most part, I can’t tell if it’s intentional or not. With a few caveats, it’s awesome. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Attack the Block

A gang of inner city youths do battle with an invading alien in this South London-based sci-fi film, which kept me entertained from beginning to end.

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Attack The Block

A gang of inner city youths do battle with an invading alien in this South London-based sci-fi film, which kept me entertained from beginning to end.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: I Am Number Four

Alex Pettyfer stars as Number Four, one of nine aliens sent to earth as children when their homeworld of Loren was destroyed by the invading evil Mogadorians, and kept hidden by their Guardians until the time that their Legacys (superpowers) manifest and they are able to protect their new home planet from the Mogadorian hordes. Naturally the Mogadorians (or Mogs) want to stop this happening, but some mysterious reason prevents the evil nasty aliens from simply killing the young Loren warriors as they please. I don’t remember it properly being explained in the movie, though a little bit of web-based research into the book on which the movie is based revealed that it is to do with a “charm”. Instead, they must be hunted down and killed in numerical order. We get to see Number Three’s demise at the start of the movie, in what is a rather well-filmed and creepy jungle chase scene, so, after having to flee their home after an alien symbol appears in a burst of light on Four’s calf in front of onlookers, Four and his Guardian, Henri, (Timothy Ollyphant) know he is next on the list. Read the rest of this entry

I am Number Four

Alex Pettyfer stars as Number Four, one of nine aliens sent to earth as children when their homeworld of Loren was destroyed by the invading evil Mogadorians, and kept hidden by their Guardians until the time that their Legacys (superpowers) manifest and they are able to protect their new home planet from the Mogadorian hordes. Naturally the Mogadorians (or Mogs) want to stop this happening, but some mysterious reason prevents the evil nasty aliens from simply killing the young Loren warriors as they please. I don’t remember it properly being explained in the movie, though a little bit of web-based research into the book on which the movie is based revealed that it is to do with a “charm”. Instead, they must be hunted down and killed in numerical order. We get to see Number Three’s demise at the start of the movie, in what is a rather well-filmed and creepy jungle chase scene, so, after having to flee their home after an alien symbol appears in a burst of light on Four’s calf in front of onlookers, Four and his Guardian, Henri, (Timothy Ollyphant) know he is next on the list. Read the rest of this entry

Surrogates

Back in 2003, Robert Vendetti came up with a manuscript for a story.  This story worked well enough to have Top Shelf, a comic company, make a graphic novel out of it-but unfortunately it doesn’t quite translate well into a feature film. Surrogates starring Bruce Willis is based on the Surrogates graphic novel and doesn’t hit the mark. Read the rest of this entry

District 9 (Devil’s Advocate Review)

District 9 is a Sci-Fi action film set in an alternate Earth, where a mysterious alien aircraft descends upon Johannesburg, South Africa in 1982. The film opens through a documentary type film style, where  the situation is explained from events covered by eye-witness interviews and media coverage. While contact wasn’t initially made, as six months past, anxious humans decide to force their way onto the ship and make contact. The humans find that the aliens seem to be aboard a refugee ship and are malnourished and in a sickly state of health. Geneva convention rules on refugees are applied and the aliens are shipped to militarized refugee camps just beneath the hovering ship, called District 9. As roughly thirty years pass, rehabilitating the aliens turns into exploitation, while the camps turn to slums and human/alien integration runs rampant between the aliens labeled “Prawns” and feuding Nigerian warlords.

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District 9

Science fiction has a long history of dealing with real world issues. Some of the best sci-fi (Star Trek, Babylon 5, Fahrenheit 451) tell stories that have real meaning behind them. District 9 is definitely one of those stories.

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Moon (Lil Devil)

With the rise of CGI and its effect of making standard action movies huge blockbusters, there’s been a real lack in a favorite genre of mine: thought-provoking sci-fi. Some of my most treasured films fall into this category: The Matrix, Blade Runner and Minority Report. Finally, the industry has been blessed with another: Moon, starring Sam Rockwell and directed by Duncan Jones.

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