Tag Archives: sci-fi

Divergent

‘Divergent’ will grab your attention

Synopsis: In a future where the population is divided by personality types, one young woman classified as “divergent” uncovers a conspiracy to eliminate all who bear her misfit label, and attempts to find out what makes the powers-that-be so frightened of them before time runs out. Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) and Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) star in this action thriller adapted from the novel by Veronica Roth, and directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Opens in theaters March 21st!

P.M. a new sci-fi horror from Colorado filmmakers ben Martinez, Dave Franco and Kris Simms

P.M. trailer showcases Colorado filmmakers

Chances are, most of you know I’m kind of a film nerd. In my nerdy travels, I worked at the Colorado Film Commission, where I met Ben Martinez. Now he and friends Dave Franco and Kris Simms have made a movie—and based on this trailer it looks like a good one! Check out the trailer for P.M. here on Trashwire and support these great local filmmakers. Continue reading

Saoirse Ronan plays the lead role in THE HOST

Imaginative sci-fi bogged down by teen romance in ‘The Host’

Saoirse Ronan plays the lead role in THE HOST

We all know Stephenie Meyer from Twilight, the franchise that set teen hearts aflutter with sparkly vampires and bland high school love interests. She’s back with something of the non-blood-sucking variety with The Host, adapted from her sci-fi novel of the same name. The film takes an classic sci-fi concept (aliens taking over the human race) and mixes in the teeny romance Meyer is known for, creating a sort of Star Trek meets The Notebook film that falls flat. Continue reading

Colin Farrell in Total Recall

‘Total Recall’ remake doesn’t stack up against Schwarzenegger original

Let’s face it, Hollywood loves a remake. In a world seemingly out of ideas, films from the days of old are revamped with CGI and sold to a new generation who might not be familiar with the source material. The 2012 version of Total Recall is one of those films, remade from the 1990 Paul Verhoeven film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This time Colin Farrell stars as Doug Quaid, a simple factory worker who gets his synapses screwed up and discovers that the life he’s been living is lie. Continue reading

The alien temple in Prometheus

Scott stumbles with ‘Prometheus’

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is billed as smart sci-fi, the unofficial prequel to his 1979 classic, Alien. With a slick trailer that mirrors the original Alien trailer, this film had fans of the franchise excited to see it resurrected to respectability after the Alien vs Predator films. Unfortunately, Prometheus lacks the groundbreaking nature of Alien and ends up a muddled sci-fi mess. Continue reading

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in In Time

Fast pace keeps ‘In Time’ entertaining

Time is money in In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In this future society, everyone stops aging at 25 (when they’re at the height of hotness, coincidentally) and gets one year of time to “spend” trying to extend their lifespan. The super rich can live forever while the poor end up dying in the streets–yep, they’re dropping metaphors here–and someone’s got to shake up the entire system. Continue reading

Justin Timberlake stars in In Time

‘In Time’ surprisingly entertaining

Every morning Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) wakes up he has less than a day to live. So he gets up early and looks for work to buy more time. The movie In Time is a futuristic world where time has replaced money. When you want to buy things you purchase them in units of minutes, hours, days, weeks or years. You track this time on a digital clock that runs on your arm; if you run out of time, you die. This clock starts ticking when you turn 25 years old and it gives you a year to live. After you turn 25 you can live on only if you work to buy more time. However, once you turn 25 you cease to age. Needless to say this movie has a very young attractive cast. In Time is a surprisingly entertaining film. I went into it thinking it was going to be a cheesy over-the-top action movie; and while it had its cheesy moments it was very entertaining as well as thought provoking. Continue reading

The kids of Attack the Block defend their turf from an alien invasion

Trashwire talks to Joe Cornish and John Boyega about ‘Attack the Block’

Attack The Block thrilled crowds at Comic Con, and it’s not hard to see why. A film produced by Edgar Wright, who directed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, about aliens attacking a council estate in the hood in South London is an instant draw for geeks looking for a witty turn to alien invasion movies. But it’s not just for geeks. ATB also boasts an impressive cast of young actors on the level of Super 8 and a fast-paced script filled with comedy, suspense and heart.

Trashwire had the chance to sit down with writer/director Joe Cornish and star John Boyega at Comic Con to talk about the film. Continue reading

District 9 an alien original

District-9It’s no surprise that District 9 kicked off the weekend with a strong 100% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes. The hype has been off the charts! Nearly everyone I know has been talking about it for weeks and Twitter was all a’buzz with early reviews from people who attended midnight screenings. I finally got the chance to see the film and I definitely was not disappointed. Continue reading

Cloverfield

Was ‘Cloverfield’ shot with Britney-cam?

It seems like a great idea: a post-9/11 disaster flick with aliens. After watching the emotional footage from Ground Zero, much of it shot by average people, it’s easy to see how that could inspire a new style of cinematography for narrative film. Combine that with America’s love for action movies (as evidenced by Transformers) and you should have the formula for an amazing film.

Unfortunately, Matt Reeves Cloverfield begins like an episode of The Hills and leaves viewers emotionally unattached from the characters and the so-called plot. With a film that has been marketed as a different kind of action/disaster movie, it’s such a let down to hear the same dialogue rife with banality and cliche movie acts of heroism as every other over-the-top explosion film.

As if that wasn’t enough, visually the movie looks like the cinematography was done by Britney Spears a la her homemade reality show Chaotic. Where Blair Witch Project engaged views with it’s hand-held style, Cloverfield is so filled with rapid camera movements that it feels more like a nauseating ocular assault. Several people in the theater were shielding their eyes during the film, not out of fear or suspense, but because they started to feel motion sickness from the constant jumbled up shots from the perspective of a guy running with a camera.

The hype surrounding this film and the spectacular trailer gave me very high hopes for Cloverfield. It’s too bad that the trailer contains nearly every watchable part. Aside from the subway sequence, the only time I liked the film was when the camera was still enough to focus on a subject; too bad that was less than 20% of the movie.

Even the much anticipated monster was clearly visible for only a matter of seconds. Frankly, that’s just not fair. Don’t make me sit through a movie that feels like 90 minutes on a nauseating tilt-a-whirl only to short change me in the monster department.

The highlight of this movie going experience has nothing to do with Cloverfield. Instead, what I most enjoyed was seeing the trailer for Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. About 20 minutes into the actual feature, I realized that trailer was about as good as it was going to get for the night.

Like I said, it seems like a great idea.