The Rover (2014)

  • Director – David Michod
  • Starring – Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy
  • Writer – David Michod (Story, Screenplay), Joel Edgerton (Story)
  • Year – 2014
  • Running Time – 102 minutes

 

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How far would you go and for what?

Have you ever woken up at night, not quite sure where you are or how you got there?  Well, this is a very similar feeling to the opening of The Rover, when director David Michod who previously brought us the Australian powerhouse Animal Kingdom, throws us straight into the middle of the unforgiving Australian outback and straight into the repercussions of a robbery gone wrong.

Set ’10 years after the collapse’ The Rover paints a picture of an unsettling, dangerous and diverse future, where survival depends on uneasy and temporary alliances.  Material positions are limited, hard to come by and what you have, you guard and defend with your life.  Visual clues litter the landscape, which hint at what may have led to ‘the collapse’ but the true nature is never explained, nor is it needed.  What is important is the present; the past does not matter and the future uncertain. (more…)

Lockout (2012)

  • Director – James Mather and Stephen St Leger
  • Starring – Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace and lots of others that I won’t spoil…
  • Written – James Mather, Stephen St Leger and Luc Besson
  • Year – 2012
  • Running Time – 96 mins
 

Die Hard in Space 

Ok, so lets begin with the plot, as much as it is.  It is the year 2079 and criminals from all nationalities (however still under the watchful eye of the USA) are now being locked up in space on board vessels such as Maximum Security 1 (M.S.1).  The most serious criminals are kept in stasis for the length of their sentence. For some inexplicable reason the US Secret Service lets the President’s daughter  Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace) visit M.S.1 as part of a research project into the potential adverse affects of stasis.  During her visit the prisoners escape and she gets Taken (see what I did there…..) hostage.  In swoops Guy Pearce, a CIA agent who has been wrongly accused of espionage and given the opportunity to break into M.S.1, free Ms Warnock and clear his name all in one fowl swoop. Game on.

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The Wednesday Review: Prometheus (2012)

  • Director – Ridley Scott
  • Starring – Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender
  • Written By – John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof
  • Year – 2012
  • Length – 124 mins

 At the start of the summer, I decided this was going to be the summer of expectation management.  There was so much promise and potential to look forward to, but I couldn’t shake the underlying fear that when it was all over I would be left feeling a tad disappointed.  However, we got off to a good start with films like The Hunger Games, The Avengers and Iron Sky all arriving on the back of significant levels of marketing which successfully fed the already heightened levels of anticipation.  Luckily, two out three have lived up to the hype, while one felt a little bit too stretched.  That’s not a bad percentage.  Next up was the big one though: Prometheus.

Right from the off, I think it is worth saying I thought Prometheus was fantastic and probably the best film I have seen so far this year.  It is an epic piece of film-making, during which Director Ridley Scott takes us on a gloriously mesmerizing journey following the crew of the spaceship USS Prometheus as they travel in pursuit of the answer to the ultimate question: Where do we come from? (more…)